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paulawylma posted:
I'm about halfway this book, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution, apparently it's a new book, copywrite date 2008 and unfortunately, the author's website isn't really up yet. I'm thinking about trying this diet and I'm wondering if anyone has tried it. I've googled Dr Gundry and he appears to be who is bio says he is a respected and experienced heart specialist.. His diet is quite unusual moving in three phases, I'm over generalizing but phase 1 is protein and veggies phase 2 adds in "friendly" fruit and I haven't read phase 3 yet. :smile: All eliminate processed foods which in itself probably makes it tough to follow, but healthy. the book makes some unusually health claims, but like I said the author appears to be highly respected and credentialed. So has anyone tried it yet? What can you tell me?
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Anjl26 responded:
I've never heard of him. It sounds like it's very low carb, which isn't new. Eliminating processed foods should be everyone's goal. If we could just do that, we'd all lose weight. It's just really hard to do.
 
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irisheyes213 responded:
Sounds a lot like South Beach and possibly the best life diet too. Both of those have three phases where you eliminate a lot of food for the first phase and then bring them back in as necessary. South Beach diet actually started out with no processed foods, with the exception of sugar free jello occasionally, but I am not sure what the latest version of the book says about all the new "south beach diet foods". The best life diet endorses certain foods so that you can grab at a glance but it doesn't have any grab and go meals like south beach. Both of these diets make health claims about heart disease. If the plan that you are looking into does also, it probably does help. Both of the diets above and possibly the one that you are looking into, are trying to break the sugar habit that many of us have. If you try it, let us know how it goes. I would guess that phase 3 is closer to a maintanence phase? or the long term phase for losing weight. Good Luck
 
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LoveandLuck responded:
Sounds just like the South Beach Diet. Over all its a good concept, but completeling eliminating food you enjoy is a recipe for disaster. Allow yourself to have a bite (or small portion) of your favorite foods (like one slice of pizza, one beer, or a 1/2 cup ice cream etc). You'll have to decide if once a month, or once a week is enough to curb your craving. This way you won't break down and binge in a week or so after the initial motivation has disappeared.
 
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Health88 responded:
Hi Paulawylma, I just wanted to let you know that I have been on Dr. Gundy's Diet for 8 weeks now. I have lost 15 pounds so far. It is an amazing diet. It actually is a way of life not a diet. I am rarely hungry on this plan. I have 5 other friends on it with me and we are all doing great! 2 others have lost 15 pounds so far and another 12 pounds. I am on phase 1 without adding any fruit or grains until I reach the recommended BMI of 29. Then he recommends you add in those (fruit and grains) when you are at a BMI of 29. I have spoken to him on the phone a few months ago and his assistant Chris was helpful to my questions. His site is still under construction although when I spoke to him, I was told it would only be a few weeks. Chris told me they will have a forum as well for others to share. I really want this! I found organic ketchup by Organicville made with agave nectar as a sweetener with no artifical sweeteners or sugar and he approved it on the phone. It is great on Bison burgers or turkey burgers. I also found some other foods as well that are acceptable in his receipe section that are not listed on his food list. They are aware of that as well. (like low fat sour cream, etc) I have tried many diets over the years and lost on South Beach but didn't do well on Phase 2 of SB and that is because of the introduction of grains and fruits. Makes perfect sense to me. The nuts fill you up on this plan and I got over using more fat in my meals like using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to cook with and drizzle over my salads. I was always used to eating low fat and this plan teaches you to eat the right way going back to our ancestors (geno). I hope you start the plan soon and see the results I am seeing! :smile:
 
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mb1cpa responded:
I want to chime in on Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution. My husband and I started on July 9 and have each lost about 25 pounds. We too are staying on phase I until we get to the magic BMI of 29 (husband already is there). The best thing is that WE ARE NEVER HUNGRY when we follow the plan. We have taken two vacations since we started and we cheated while away from home, but the rest of the time we just follow what Dr. Gundry lays out. It takes time to cut up the veggies, but well worth it because the fresh, organic stuff tastes soooo much better than the "bagged" type. Our Ralph's Fresh Faire has a sushi counter and they have a "summer roll" with no rice which is totally heavenly. Try the cookie recipe, they are pretty good once you get used to no sweets. For te first time on over 10 years, I am not hooked on diet coke, that in itself is an accomplishment. Good luck to you all!
 
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ForLife99324 responded:
Dr. Gundry is for real! My mom (in her mid 50's) was the first member of my family to start Dr. Gundry. She had literally tried everything to lose the weight she had gained. The first phase (the first two weeks) she lost over 10lbs and has continued to lose weight (now over 45 lbs), she is going strong and has about another 20 lbs to go. She has been an inspiration to our entire family. And now my brother who had hypertension and high blood pressure has benefited hugely from following Dr. Gundry. I have lost over 15 lbs as well, and am continuing to lose about 2.5 lbs a week (I'm 9 lbs from my goal weight). My fiance has lost about 15 lbs and continues to lose and my uncle has also started the plan and has been doing well on it. Our family has all benefited from Dr.Gundry's plan and we are much healthier for it. It is much easier to make the good food choices when you know what the foods you eat are doing to your body. The thing to remember is that it is about what you eat but also about getting enough exercise each day.
 
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Gofiji01 responded:
Paulawyima, I have the book and have read it and think it makes complete sense! How many times have you worked out like crazy with no results? Well I have plenty. The reason I bought the book is because my parents are actually patients of Dr. Gundry and they LOVE him. I have had success too, but as a thinner person my goal was simply eating healthy because serious health issues run in our family. My mom had some health issues and needed surgery for a very dangerous condition. She was overweight and her health was not ideal. Her heart surgeon referred her to Dr. Gundry to help her lose weight and begin eating properly to help her health and to get her in shape for the operation. They visited Dr. Gundry and my mom began immediately eating as his book suggests. My dad went along for the ride... Within several months my dad has lost 40 pounds and my mom was well on her way. My Dad is a bit of a scientist so he decided not to change ANYTHING except the eating regimen Dr. G had suggested. He did not increase exercise or change a thing and he lost the 40 pounds just altering the way he ate his meals. He probably was a bit heavy by our social standards but being a tall man I would not have described him this way. It was very surprising when I saw him 40 pounds lighter! He looked great though. To answer your question my parents are examples of Dr. G's authenticity and results. My mom has gone on to continue to lose weight (I think 55 pounds now) and her health is ever improving. She has other difficulties and is NOT able to exercise. The thing to me that is impressive is that his explanation of exercise in the book mirrors my mother's experience. Before watching this I would NEVER have believed you could lose weight without exercise. My sister is eating the Dr. G way now too and she has lost more than 20 pounds. I don't think the plan is easy as it makes us break our American processed food habits... but it is very important. My mom says sometimes she gets tired of vegetables and will allow herself mashed potatoes or some other yummy treat. The good think is there are many combinations you can create that make things taste good. I had "spaghetti" using shredded cabbage.... it was actually good! One Gundryism is "do what you can with what you have". I like it.... Obviously check with your doctor.... but my family believes 100%!
 
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HEALTHYMOMMA4 responded:
HELLO MY NAME IS CAROL, 2 YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND HAD AN EMERGENCY AT WORK, TURNS OUT HE HAD ARTERIAL FIBRILLATION. A YEAR LATER HE MET SOMEONE AT A GATHERING WHO HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR GUNDRY WHO HAS HIS PRACTICE IN PALM SPRINGS. MY HUSBAND MET HIM WAS VERY IMPRESSED ,BUT AT THE TIME TRAVELED SO MUCH WITH HIS WORK HE STRUGGLED WITH THE DISCIPLINE TO FOLLOW THE PLAN. WELL RECENTLY MY HUSBAND WENT AND HAD HIS LAB WORK DONE WITH DR GUNDRY BOUGHT THE BOOK AND WE BOTH COMMITTED TO THE PROGRAM. WE GO BACK IN 3 WEEKS AND AT THAT TIME DR GUNDRY WILL REVIEW THE LAB RESULTS AND WILL PUT MY HUSBAND ON SPECIFIC SUPPLEMENTS JUST FOR WHAT HE INDIVIDUALLY LACKS. I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THESE LAB TEST, BUT THEY SEND THEM TO BERKLEY CALIF. BECAUSE THIS LAB IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WOULD RUN THE RESULTS IN SUCH A WAY TO GET THE DETAILED INFORMATION DR. GUNDRY NEEDS. THE NAME OF HIS PRACTICE IS THE HEART AND LUNG INSTITUTE IN PALM SPRINGS. IF NOTHING ELSE CALL AND GET INFO AND GET YOUR LAB WORK DONE. I AM GOING TO CALL FOR APPT MYSELF IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO I HAVE STRUGGLED WITH WEIGHT FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS, I FALL IN AND OUT OF EXERCISE , NOT BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE IT BUT BECAUSE I AM TOO BUSY. I HAVE 75 POUNDS TO LOSE AND I THINK IT IS HELPING SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS ON THE PROGRAM AS WELL. BUT I LOSE WEIGHT KINDA SLOW, AND IN THE LAST 1 1/2 WEEKS I HAVE LOST 6 POUNDS I AM SO JAZZED I THINK MAYBE I HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER FOR ME. NOT TO MENTION ALL THE HEALTH TESTIMONIES HE HAS I FEEL I WILL BE VERY HEALTHY WITH HIS ADVICE PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN IF YOU NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT OR GET HEALTHY JUST TRY HIM HE IS VERY FRIENDLY AND IT WORKS HOPE THIS HELPS CAROL
 
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MiraZ responded:
Hi Carol, It was very interesting for me to read your post, since my husband has Atrial Fibrillation too. How does eating all these greens affects you husbands PT? Is he on Warfarin or Coumadin? My husband's PT was always maintened at the lever between 2 & 3. We started this diet 3 weeks ago, he had his boold test and his PT is now 1.5. His cardiologist increased his Warfarin intake, and suggested to stop eating that much greens. Does your husband has any problems with it? Did you consult Dr. Grundy? Please let me know. We do want to stay on the diet, but I am worried about my husband. Thank you very much! Mira
 
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Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
I haven't tried it but it sounds familiar. If you are super interested in the science behind healthy heart diets I have two boards to recommend. One is the Diet Debate Board and the other is the Ornish Lifestyle board. The Ornish Lifestyle board had in the past an Ornish health professional on the board, but it has evolved into more of a board dedicated to people who follow heart health diets and lifestyles. They are actually a super group of people and know a lot about all of the variations of veggies and low processed foods for heart risk reversal/prevention. If you pop over there and ask about this, they likely can tell you quite a bit about the reputation of this particular diet and the variations that would make it better.
 
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katia0884 responded:
I first heard of this book from a coworker, who said she was feeling better after following it only for a couple of weeks. I read the book and have been following author's advices since then. It is not a diet, it is more of a lifestyle change. I don't have much weight to lose, but I have lost a little bit in pounds and quite a bit in fat (according to the body fat scale - not sure how accurate those are). I do feel great and after a couple of weeks, my body doesn't even want any processed foods and white sugars. Seriously! There are a few things in the book that I was a little skeptical about, like the part where he talks about slowing down your metabolism while everybody else screams about "revving up your metabolism", but even that has a point - high metabolism does help you lose weight in the first stages but then it makes you age faster, so it must be triggering another one of those killer genes. Anyways, I think it's a great book, a great plan, and I hope more people read it and follow it.
 
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Rgulen responded:
Note to newbies.... I have not heard of this diet. I strongly urge you to read the WebMd Review of diet plans in their Diets from A-Z section before starting anything new. Each diet has folks who have done well or not well on them. My general philosophy is that any habits that YOU can adopt for a lifetime are the best ones for your road to health. Rg
 
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moneill9 responded:
I agree with Rg! I believe that by making small changes that you can live with will ultimately prove more effective. Eventually these small changes will add up and you will see great results. We all know that we need vegetables and meat and some carbs. It is just hard to do. Everyone's body is different. That is why you have to find a plan that fits your life. Thanks Rg for the warning. Sometimes by reading about others success it is hard not to get excited and hopeful. You snapped me back to reality. Thanks! I am sticking with what works best for me. It all comes down to will power in the end! Meg
 
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irisheyes213 responded:
Wow, this is an old thread. Still haven't heard of this diet plan through the media or when researching healthy eating plans. Hope that it worked out for those that tried it.


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