We Endorse the things that make you feel & look your best: Low-Fat, Vegan Diets, Daily Exercise, & Love

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 diets, read: The Great Debate (by Dr. McDougall) and Zone Diet Debunked (by Charles Attwood, M.D.) and Zoning 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.

Also see 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: Dr. Atkins 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 Eating Right.

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. 

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 supplement." 

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 diets.

We endorse Dr. Attwood's 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, The McDougall 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 in mind!

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 progress!

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