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The Pritikin Edge

10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life


We Americans may reside in the greatest nation on earth, but our lifestyle is killing us. Onequarter of us still smoke, two-thirds of us are fat, three-quarters of us don't exercise, and stress and depression are ubiquitous. We wolf down oversize portions of fast food in minutes and boast of not having taken a vacation in years. We get misinformation like "olive oil is healthy" but then get fatter because drizzling three tablespoons of oil on a salad adds as many calories as two scoops of premium ice cream. Despite all our advances in drugs and surgery, obesity and the diseases it causes have shortened life expectancy; this is the first time in history that children can expect to die younger than their parents.

The Pritikin Program was the first comprehensive lifestyle program in America, and after fifty years on the cutting edge of lifestyle science, it is still the longest-running, most successful program for reversing many of modern society's diseases, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. What sets Pritikin apart from the myriad of other diets is that its program is based on real science. Pritikin doesn't make random claims or base advice on half-truths or fads; Pritikin's effectiveness has been proven and documented in more than 110 scientific studies.

You've picked up this book because you want to change your lifestyle, improve your health, and live longer, and with the program in these pages, you can start reversing the effects of years of unhealthy living today.

Here you'll find the ten simple lifestyle ingredients that will change your life. Stick with them and you'll lose weight without feeling hungry, your energy will surge, and you will look and feel healthier and stronger than you have in years. Included are more than 75 recipes for flavorful and healthful dishes, detailed meal plans, and tips for dining out healthfully and happily. You'll learn what kinds of physical activities are most effective and how to make the most of your time on the road or in the gym. You'll get sets of simple exercises you can do anywhere that will make you strong, help you shed fat, and keep you toned. The real science of lifestyle and heart health, from fat molecules to heart attacks, is described in accessible terms, and popular diet myths are debunked. You'll find out why lowcarbohydrate or other fad diets won't help you lose weight in the long run and why they won't improve your overall health.

The Pritikin Edge gives you the real facts so you can take control of your health and add years to your life and quality to your years. Once you begin living with these principles, you'll wonder how you ever lived any other way.

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Dr. Robert A. Vogel is a cardiologist, Pritikin's chief medical director, and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. He has been designated as one of the best doctors in America by Good Housekeeping magazine and is a weight and heart consultant to the National Football League and a diet consultant to the National Health Institute.

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Son of Pritikin cofounder Dr. David Lehr, Paul Tager Lehr is the president of the Pritikin Organization, which has helped more than 100,000 people worldwide who have gone to the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa and the 10 million plus readers of Pritikin books lose weight and prevent and reverse obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

"As a food journalist, I review every different diet and lifestyle program every year and I have no doubt that the best is The Pritikin Edge; it is the perfect guidebook for people, including baby boomers like me, who want to follow the path to good health for the rest of their lives." -- Phil Lempert , The Supermarket Guru, NBC's Today Show

"Pritikin is one of the most scientifically proven and effective lifestyle programs anywhere. I highly recommend it." -- Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum and clinical professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco

"To achieve my maximum level of fitness, Pritikin is the perfect nutrition and lifestyle plan." -- Amy Yoder-Begley, 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, women's 10,000-meter run

"Whenever I need to get back down to 147 for a welterweight title defense, the Pritikin approach is the best and healthiest way to do it." -- Bob Costas, NBC/HBO broadcaster

"Pritikin is not just about looking your best; it's about feeling your best. It is something you definitely take with you." -- Adrienne Vittadini, American fashion designer

"The Pritikin Program, pioneer for the last 50 years and proven in more than 110 studies in leading medical journals, is a must to live the healthiest life we can. After years of helping celebrities and CEOs, the Pritikin Program is now neatly packaged in a fabulous new book -- The Pritikin Edge. Oh, and I don't want to forget to mention those recipes -- they're awesome." -- Charles Stuart Platkin, author of the nationally syndicated column Diet Detective

"Run, don't walk, to Pritikin! That's what I tell people who ask me what program delivers results for lasting weight loss and health and lifestyle changes. Pritikin changes -- and even saves -- lives." -- Susie Ellis, president, SpaFinder, Inc.

"Staying at Pritikin is the best thing I've done for myself in years." -- Tim Zagat, chairman and CEO, Zagat Survey

"The food at Pritikin tastes great and you can follow the program in the real world, and that's saying something for a steakhouse guy like me. Pritikin works, not only short term, but long term." -- John Timothy Gannon, cofounder, Outback Steakhouse, Inc.