|At VegSource, we are huge supporters of the program
of John McDougall, M.D., whose safe, effective program encourages you
to make a permanent change to a healthy lifestyle -- and has the added
benefit of weight loss. Our opinion is based not only on the vast,
solid scientific research backing up Dr. McDougall's program, but on a
lot of personal success by the founders and guests of VegSource.
We do not recommend "fad" weight loss programs like
"The Zone" or "The Atkins Diet," or other diets which are primarily
calorie-restrictive and potentially very dangerous to your health.
The answer to weight loss is not a pill that will "melt away fat"
while you keep on with the same habits that got you overweight and
unhealthy in the first place.
To read why you don't need high protein, Zone-type
Great Debate (by Dr. McDougall) and
Zone Diet Debunked (by Charles Attwood, M.D.) and
Out on the New Diet Books (by the Center for Science in the Public
Interest) and for info about The Blood Type Diet fairy tale, see
Zone & Blood Type Commentary (by Michael Klaper, M.D.). Also, see
Caution: Approaching the Zone by Jennifer Raymond, M.S. and
Low Carbohydrate Intake Equals Weight Loss? by Dr. David Klurfeld,
Chair of the Nutrtion Dept, at Detroit's Wayne State University.
High-Protein "Miracle" Diets Three reasons why they fail and the
American Cancer Research Institute's excellent and in-depth reviews of
the following books:
New Diet Revolution, by Dr. Robert Atkins The New Beverly Hills Diet,
by Judy Mazel and Michael Wyatt Protein Power, by Michael Eades, MD
and Mary Anne Eades, MD Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food,
by Suzanne Somers.
For a great piece from the Washington Post about the
lack of science backing up the high protein diets, see
We believe that robust good health is a product of
attention in three critical areas of your life: 1) what you eat; 2)
what your activity level is; and 3) how you feel emotionally.
- Switching to a low-fat, vegan diet is one of the
most positive steps you can take for your health. Fat and
cholesterol are major players in causing and/or promoting many
degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc.
You will find your body shedding pounds and returning practically
effortlessly to your optimal weight and condition -- when you feed
your body the fuels it was ideally designed to run on.
- Taking a daily brisk walk or run, or getting some
kind of regular aerobic workout will not only improve cardiovascular
fitness and help combat obesity, it improves your psychological
outlook, too. And you don't have to sweat for hours a day at your
local gym. Even modest regular exercise can pay big dividends.
- Your state of mind and emotional outlook also
play an important role in your body's ability to fight off disease
or to recover your health. Meditation and relaxation techniques
have been proven to provide significant health benefits -- and
increasingly experts are concluding that having a positive and
successful primary love relationship can have a tremendous impact on
your health, healing, and well-being.
Important studies, like
the China Project,
have demonstrated that the best approach is to work on the big picture
of health. The big picture means adopting a lifestyle of a healthy
diet (rich in veggies and grains, and low in fats), regular physical
activity, and stress-management, all of which combine to get and keep
you healthy. This is the aim of losing weight at VegSource -- and of
getting well and staying healthy. We're not focused on some "wonder
If you drink ten cups of green tea but then sit in
front of the TV all day eating burgers and fries, don't kid yourself
into thinking you're reducing your risk of breast cancer... And if
you're taking some wonder potion from your doctor or an infomercial
that promises you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight --
well, here's the url for CNN. You
can check over there regularly to read articles about all the magic
weight loss potions that promise "safe weight loss" and then end up
being very unsafe.
At VegSource we urge you to make a positive change
in your lifestyle that can help insure you'll be trim and look and
feel good -- as well as be healthy and stand the best chance of
avoiding disease and other problems all too common today.
The principles we endorse are found in the programs
of Charles Attwood, M.D., John McDougall, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and
others who advocate combining daily exercise with low-fat, vegan
Low-Fat Prescription for Kids as an excellent book to make a
transition from the standard rich diet to a healthy low-fat,
plant-based diet. It's a book not just with info on what's best for
kids to eat, but it presents a perfect diet for the whole family.
We also highly recommend Dr. McDougall's books,
Program and The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss,
as excellent guides to losing extra pounds and showing you how to live
in the healthiest possible way. You'll regularly read people's posts
about these books on Dr. McDougall's board (our Weight Loss board) --
a lot of us know first-hand just how fantastic these programs are.
These diets are not "all or nothing" approaches.
Even if you don't follow the guidelines to the letter or all the time,
you'll find that the more you do, the more you'll benefit. Keep that
Be sure to visit
Dr. Attwood's site and
Dr. McDougall's site.
Those of us who have embarked on the McDougall
program are happy to answer questions and give any advice and support
we can. And remember -- if we've successfully lost the weight we
wanted to lose by using these principles (and we have!), well you can,
too! Just post your questions and comments on our boards, and keep us
updated. We're looking forward to sharing and applauding your
Have fitness, diet or health questions? Remember, if
nobody on the discussion boards can help, you can always
ask our experts!