The Engine 2 Diet, written by the firefighter and professional athlete, Rip Esselstyn, is a twenty-eight day plan which "lowers cholesterol and burns away the pounds". This is quite the claim, and in general I would be skeptical, but since Rip promotes a plant-based diet, phasing out or getting rid of meat and dairy products, and even oils, I've no doubt this program would work. Rip explains how our American diet is making us fat, and killing us with illness' such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and why eating a plant based diet can change our health so drastically. He combats many of the myths that we have about protein requirements, and weak vegetarians, with himself--as the ultimate example of a professionally competitive athlete and strong firefighter--as a shining example.
Also included: an exercise program with simple exercises anyone can do with no equipment, just a bunch of reps and sweat; directions for taking your stats before starting the program; information on how to correctly read labels; and food and equipment to stock your kitchen with to make a success of the program.
The last half of the book is full of delicious recipes, and an easy weekly meal planner. I have done a plant based diet for over two years at one point in my life, and am able to recognize good recipes when I see them. These are very healthy, and not boring--many versions of favorites such as pizza and sloppy joes.
This book is clearly written, and easy to understand, it is full of useful information and is a program I would recommend for anyone wanting to have a healthier life and not just bounce around on another fad diet.
*Edited to add: Visit the Engine 2 website to find out more: http://www.theengine2diet.com/