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Turn Off The Fat Genes
Neal D. Barnard, M.D.
Breakthrough genetic research indicates that genes are not just on/off switches for characteristics we can't control (like gender or eye color). Some genes, including those that shape our bodies, actually adapt to outside influences. In Turn Off the Fat Genes, Dr. Neal Barnard draws on this cutting-edge research to create a revolutionary new program for activating thin genes and suppressing fat genes, a dramatic tool for sculpting away excess pounds to reveal the healthy, vital body that nature intended.
In Turn Off the Fat Genes, Dr. Barnard begins by explaining the dynamics of nutrition and its impact on genetics. Once you understand how the genes that control your shape can be influenced, the next step is positive intervention. The heart of Dr. Barnard's book is a three-week gene-control program (complete with menus and recipes) specifically designed to influence the five key genes that determine: (1) which foods you prefer, (2) the strength of your appetite, (3) whether your calories are burned or stored as fat, (4) how fast you burn calories, and (5) your muscular type and ability to exercise. Dr. Barnard's program enables all of us to enjoy the same virtually effortless weight control as the naturally thin people we have always admired.
"No one knows more about healthy diets than Dr. Neal Barnard. I personally follow his recommendations faithfully. By revealing the effects of fat genes, Dr. Barnard provides the most up-to-date information on scientifically based yet remarkably easy ways to slim down and maintain the best of health."
—Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., The Heimlich Institute at Deaconess Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio
"Losing weight is not an issue of fashion or vanity. It's essential for our heart, our longevity, and our overall health. The dietary approach Dr. Barnard recommends is medically sound, healthy, and effective for weight loss. Achieving and maintaining ideal body weight and avoiding tobacco is the best insurance policy we can purchase."
—William C. Roberts, M.D., medical director, Baylor Cardiovascular Institute, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, and editor, American Journal of Cardiology
"Turn Off the Fat Genes shows how a healthy diet and enjoyable exercise can override genetic influences and give us back control over our body weight. This program holds powerful tools for tackling overweight and improving our overall health."
—Peter D. Wood, D.Sc., PH.D., professor emeritus of medicine, Stanford University
"Turn Off the Fat Genes shows how to use the remarkable ability you have to overcome a tendency toward gaining weight. Taste genes, appetite genes, fat-building and fat-burning genes, and even exercise genes—learning how they work and how foods alter their actions gives you a tremendous advantage."
—John A. McDougall, M.D., St. Helena Hospital, Deer Park, California
Neal Barnard, M.D., is president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and a leading advocate for the critical role of diet in health. The author of six books and hundreds of articles, Dr. Barnard travels and lectures widely. He lives in Washington, D.C.