The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan That Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds (Paperback)

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If you think eating vegan is for wimps, the Engine 2 Diet could change your mind.  Author Rip Esselstyn was a firefighter when he wrote this book; vegan for 20+ years, he thrived in a world where, if you weren't strong, smart and alert, you were—literally-- toast.  His “plant-strong” diet is simple:  whole fruits, grains and vegetables; no sugar, meat, dairy, or processed oils.  What separates this book from its peers are the three approaches Esselstyn recommends to get you plant-strong.  First, he details two ways to transition to the vegan lifestyle:  gradual, or cold-turkey.  Second, he includes three levels of exercise routines, beginning to advanced, which target your legs, arms, core, and cardiovascular system.  And third, throughout the book, he teaches how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your stuff from fire.  A good read, with plenty of practical advice (and recipes).

— Martha


Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit--in just 4 weeks.

Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344 )-he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip's program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This invaluable guide features: **Dozens of easy, mouthwatering recipes-from pancakes to pizza, Tex-Mex favorites to knockout chocolate desserts-that will keep you looking forward to every bite **Pantry-stocking tips will take the panic out of inevitable cravings and on-the-fly meals **Guidelines on menu choices that will allow you to eat out, wherever and whenever you want **Rip's simple, firefighter-inspired exercise program that will boost your metabolism and melt your fat away.

Medically approved, easy-to-follow, and amazingly effective, this diet is designed for anyone who wants to make heroic strides in his or her health, weight, and well-being-all without heroic effort.

"Want to be as strong as a Texas firefighter? Or as healthy as a professional triathlete? Then follow the wonderful advice of Rip Esselstyn, who is both. His book can save your life--whether you're a man or a woman. Highly recommended " -Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, U of California SF, author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

About the Author

Born in upstate New York, Rip Esselstyn grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied speech communciations at the University of Texas, Austin, where he was an All-American swimmer. After spending 10 years as a professional triathlete, Rip joined the Austin fire department in 1997. He now travels year-round lecturing and giving seminars on the Engine 2 lifestyle. He is the author of THE ENGINE 2 SEVEN-DAY RESCUE DIET and The New York Times bestsellers The Engine 2 Diet and Plant-Strong. Visit his website at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780446506687
ISBN-10: 0446506680
Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style
Publication Date: December 26th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English