Monday, March 9, 2009

Review: The Engine 2 Diet

Thank you to Anna with Hatchette Book Group for providing this book for my review. Author: Rip Esselstyn
Rating: 4.5/5
Grade: A - All ages

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:


Anonymous,  March 9, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

Thank you, Books Ahoy for your positive review of the book. I would like to add that by eating a plant-strong diet you are creating health and beauty from the inside out with a natural byproduct being healthy and sustained weight loss. Almost every diet plan out there focuses solely on the outside to the exclusion of your inside; your blood, arteries, cells, bones, immune system, and intestines. With engine 2 you'll be tuning-up the most important engine you own-your own body for a life of health and happiness. I hope you are giving the gift of plant-strong nutrition to your five little Book Ahoy readers!!!!

Teddy Rose March 10, 2009 at 9:17 PM  

Wonderful review Lisa. I heard about this book through one of the vegetarian newsletters I belong to. I have been a vegan for close to 20 years and was wondering about this book. Thanks to Rip for promoting a plant based diet!

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