- Posted May 23, 2014 by
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Adoption of Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle Leads to 100-lb Weight Loss in 1 Year
Whole-Food Plant-Based eating. Wow. That’s a mouthful (no pun intended!) What is it? It’s a plant-based way of eating (not a diet in the modern sense of the word, but a lifestyle choice) based around eating plant foods. Starches, fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts – and all in their natural, original, whole forms. The Whole-Food Plant-Based lifestyle excludes all animal products (that’s meat, fish, eggs, dairy), minimal or no processed foods, and little to no oils.
My name is Benji Kurtz, and I’m a guy who has been overweight my entire adult life. I’ve tried every diet, I’ve lost and gained, I’ve done low carb, I’ve done WW, I’ve done Jenny Craig. Everything works for awhile – until it doesn’t. Having watched the centerpiece film of this movement, Forks Over Knives, followed by an immense amount of reading, and close to 70 hours of youtube lectures (which you can find on this site), I’ve finally found an approach that will work for the rest of my life, which makes sense to me scientifically, and which I can believe in.
Is it hard to change from the SAD (Standard American Diet) to a Whole-Food Plant-Based lifestyle? Sure – it takes discipline, resolve, and true desire to make a change. It it radical? Well, as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn says, you may find a change in diet radical, but many would think that having one’s ribs cracked open and having bypass surgery is much more radical! (Dr. Esselstyn is also known as the doctor whose writings convinced former President Clinton to become Vegan).
Just over a month ago, I reached a pretty big goal that I had set: LOSING 100 POUNDS! I hadn’t been actively trying to do so in one year’s time, but as the pounds started to add up, and the calendar started approaching one year, it suddenly became achievable. Now, I do have a confession to make. I missed it by a day. Technically, it was 366 days – but who’s counting, really? I was trying to figure out if there was some leap-year technicality I could make work, but what can you do…
Now that I’m minus 100 (and as of this writing, it’s actually 107 lbs in 13 months), and nearly 130 lbs from my heaviest, I wanted to take the opportunity to answer some questions that I’m getting more and more as friends & relatives are really starting to take notice. These questions range from the very common for those eating a whole-food, plant-based diet to some I didn’t expect. To see all of the questions and answers, please visit my Whole Food Plant-Based blog here: Whole Food Plant-Based Living Blog.