The Eat to Live Diet: One Must Eat to Live

The Amazing Eat to Live Diet & How I Lost 38.5 Kilos in a Year and a Half

At the age of 24, I weighed a startling 100 kilograms (220 pounds). I set out to lose 36 kilograms (79 pounds) so that for the first time (when not ill), I could be within the healthy weight range for my height.

I achieved and surpassed my goal.

None of that would have been possible without The Eat to Live Diet.

This is the story of my Eat to Live results. Before I tell you about that, though, let me give you a brief synopsis of what the Eat to Live Diet entails

How to Eat to Live

The Eat to Live diet starts with a strict 6-week plan and then proceeds to a more sustainable lifestyle or maintenance mode.

The 6-week plan shows that if you eat foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories, you can eat more and feel fuller for longer.

Dr. Fuhrman, the author of the program, calls this a “nutritarian” diet.

On this plan, you cut down on some carbs such as bread, pasta, sugar, and oil.

You also quit meat and dairy for at least 6 weeks, and eat more whole fruits, vegetables, beans, other legumes, and whole grains.

Eating to Live

In unlimited quantities, you may eat:

    • Raw vegetables
    • Steamed or cooked green vegetables, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and more
    • Beans and other legumes. Dr. Fuhrman suggests eating 1 cup of these daily to benefit fully from the fiber and resistant starch that they contain, which help you feel full and pass through your intestine without being digested.
    • At least four fresh fruits per day, but no juice. You can have frozen fruit, but not canned. You can use dried fruit sparingly, as a sweet accent.
How to Eat to Live: eat natural foods like this
Foods you can eat on The Eat to Live Diet

In limited quantities, you may have:

    • 1 cup per day of cooked starchy vegetables or whole grains (winter squash, corn, potatoes, rice, bread, cereal)
    • 1 ounce per day of raw nuts and seeds
    • 2 ounces per day of avocado (1/5 of a medium avocado is 1 ounce)
    • 2 tablespoons per day of dried fruit
    • 1 tablespoon per day of ground flaxseed


    • Dairy products
    • Animal products
    • Snacks between meals
    • Fruit juice
    • Oils
    • Processed foods

Dr. Fuhrman says it’s best to avoid alcohol if possible, but you can have one drink a day if that will help you stay on the plan.

Cheering in the light

Eat to Live Book/The Book Eat to Live

The Eat to Live Diet: Lose 20 pounds or more in six weeks – safely is a book written in 2003 by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

A revised version, Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, was released in 2011.

The book offers a formula for weight loss that health equals nutrients divided by calories.

The original book is an easy quick read (I haven’t read the revised edition) and I, personally, recommend it very highly!

Eat to Live Diet Before and After/Eat to Live Before and After

I can’t believe I didn’t actively document my experience with The Eat to Live Diet photographically. I’ll definitely try to dig up some pictures to share here.

Here’s a horrible picture taken of me towards the end of my Eat to Live journey (I am on the far right) eating a huge chunk of nyama choma ( grilled meat) with friends and family from out of town.

At the end of the eat to live diet

My Amazing Eat to Live Results

I first began to Eat to Live, not really intending to stay on the program but rather just to try it out.

Somehow, one day led to the next, and I found myself practicing The Eat to Live Diet for several months.

In that time, I was never hungry on the regimen and my Eat to Live results were astonishing.

Within 3 months, I had lost 15 kilograms, in half the time it had taken me to lose 15 kilograms before I started The Eat to Live Diet.

This is exactly what I’d always wanted, but had just never dared to hope for it.

Other Great Unexpected Eat to Live Results

WellbeingBut that’s not all I gained from following The Eat to Live Diet.

Although I am telling you about The Eat to Live Diet from a weight loss perspective, the diet itself is geared towards providing maximum health to those who follow it.

During the time I was on The Eat to Live Diet, I had increased energy (never suffering from the common afternoon post-lunch slump) and cannot remember suffering from ailments such as the common cold.

Overall, I was in very good health.

Another unexpected (but pleasant) side effect of The Eat to Live Diet for me was better financial health.

Yes, that may sound surprising, but since fresh produce, which is what I was predominantly eating, is a lot cheaper than processed foods in Africa, my bank account was also happy that I was eating this way.

All in all, The Eat to Live Diet, was a real blessing.

My Long-Term Eat to Live Results

Five years after the fact, the 15 kilograms that I initially lost through The Eat to Live Diet have stayed off.

Those who have battled the bulge know what a feat that is.

All in all, loosing the 30 kilograms I mention in this post, truly changed my life for the better.

Furthermore, now that I know exactly what it takes to shed weight healthily, I don’t live in fear that one day, I might wake up to find myself as overweight as I once used to be.

The Eat to Live Diet - Making Healthy Food Choices

Eat to Live Com

If you are looking for the official Eat to Live website, go to the author’s website which is

The Eat to Live Diet Plan

The Eat to Live Diet advocates eating a lot of vegetables (particularly leafy green ones), fruits, nuts, and beans almost to the exclusion of all else, especially during the first six weeks of the regimen.

Dr Fuhrman Weight Chart

Weight chart

What Is the Eat to Live Diet?

The Eat to Live diet is a vegetarian, vegan, low-salt, low-fat, and gluten-free (if you avoid grains with gluten) plan created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

After the first 6 weeks of the diet, when some restrictions loosen, you may add animal products in limited amounts, if you like.

Here is a video of Dr. Fuhrman telling you more about eating the Eat to Live way. He is not joking about the health benefits of his diet. This I know from personal experience!

I had been clinically obese for the better part of my life.

At the age of 24, I decided that lugging around so much weight no longer served me.

I felt: if I intended to do all the things that I dreamed of doing in my life, then I needed to be more lithe and energetic.

This is how, after an exhausting mountain climbing experience, I began to go to the gym regularly.

Initial Results

Exercising regularly made a great difference in my life.

Almost instantly, I found myself stronger, more energetic, and more vital.

Unfortunately, exercise alone did nothing to reduce my body weight.

Although I felt great, I still found myself 36 kilograms overweight, a few months before my 25th birthday.

That fact alone might never have propelled me to action—I had long learned to live with excess weight.

When I started to outgrow my size 20 clothing, though, vanity required that something be done.

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A black woman in plus size clothing
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My Weightloss Journey Begins in Earnest

At first, all I wanted was to fit back into my clothes comfortably.

When I started to see my weight drop fairly easily, though, through minor adjustments to my diet, I began to get a little more ambitious.

I figured: why not go all the way and end my weight woes once and for all?

Why not lose weight until I was within the healthy weight range for my height?

It seemed like a stretch. The last time I was within a healthy weight range for my height was more than 15 years prior.

Still, somehow I was willing to try.

Results After Six Months

Six months later, I had successfully shed 15 of the 36 kilograms that I intended to lose.

I was happy with the weight loss. My weight loss journey, though, had me emotionally drained.

Six months of constantly paying attention to what I was eating and how much exercise I was getting had taken its toll.

Still, I am not a quitter. I determined to succeed.

I was going to lose the remaining 21 kilograms…it just needed to happen a little faster!

As I do whenever I need something seemingly impossible to happen in my life, I turned to God and prayed.

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A Surprise Visit to the Bookstore Takes Me in a New Direction

The next morning, it occurred to me to try a weight loss regimen that had worked for me when I was a teenager in high school.

I had found the regimen in a book called Fit for Life, and during one summer holiday, I had lost weight, quite easily, without much stress.

I headed to Textbook Centre at Sarit Centre to see if, perhaps, I could find this book again.

I did find Fit for Life, but as I was browsing through the health and fitness section at Textbook Centre, I also spotted The Eat to Live Diet: Lose 20 Pounds or More in Six Weeks—Safely by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

At first, I scoffed at the book primarily because of its title.

It sounded like one of the many get-thin-quick gimmicks that I knew were very unlikely to yield results.

Everyone knows, after all, that it’s virtually impossible to lose that much weight in such a short amount of time, right?

Still, after looking through the book and reading its back cover, I decided to buy it too.

In fact, I decided to read that book first when I got home.

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Learning About The Eat to Live Diet

I read The Eat to Live Diet, and it seemed to make a lot of sense.

Still, I didn’t think that the kind of diet it espoused would be one that I could easily follow.

The Eat to Live Diet advocates eating a lot of vegetables (particularly leafy green ones), fruits, nuts, and beans almost to the exclusion of all else, especially during the first six weeks of the regimen.

Although I was keen to lose the remaining 21 kilograms of weight that I still had to lose, I was not willing to do so by being uncomfortable and constantly hungry.

I went to bed that night thinking that The Eat to Live Diet, though theoretically interesting, was not something that I was going to try myself.

The next morning, The Eat to Live Diet was still on my mind.

On a whim, I thought: let me try it out for a day and see how I feel.

In the morning, I did nothing different.

I had my usual bowl of fruit salad which was acceptable on The Eat to Live Diet plan.

At lunch though, instead of my regular meal, I decided to have a big plate of cooked spinach (I had lunch at a canteen near my workplace so had a limited selection of vegetables).

I was sure I would be hungry again within two hours or so.


I didn’t think about food again until 5:15 p.m., right before I left work that evening.

On a plate of spinach?!

The Eat to Live Diet had caught my attention!

You can read more about my Eat to Live experience and results above.

How Can You Replicate the Same Results?

If you are currently battling excess weight and have no clue what to do to win the fight, then get yourself a copy of The Eat to Live Diet and learn how you, too, can quite easily (with a little discipline) bring your weight under control.

I got my copy of this book at Textbook Centre in Nairobi (so that is a great place to start looking if you live there), but you can also buy it on Amazon.

When you do, let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Until the next time,

P. S. By the way, I did reach my goal of losing 36 kilograms. I lost 38.5 kilograms to be precise! 🙂

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21 thoughts on “The Amazing Eat to Live Diet & How I Lost 38.5 Kilos in a Year and a Half”

Hi Starlicious,

Welcome to ChickAboutTown.

Yes, the battle can be won! Good luck! If you feel like sharing, please come back to share your success story! 😉


you are so right, i spend so much time on the
treadmill but i eat like a pig…thus the big booty
thank u for sharing this. I will start my diet
right now


Big booty is not necessarily bad. No matter how much I weigh, my booty still insists on having it’s place on my body. I’ve just learned to accept it and love it. 🙂

Still overweight can be a health issue – so you do what you need to do. Good luck on the diet! Let me know how it goes.


I know you like food like me. That is one of the things I love about your blog.If I was in Nairobi, I could see myself comparing notes on restaurants with you.

I have tried to locate this book in London bookshops today, and it is out of print!

However I can get it on Amazon.

The thing with diets, is it helps to know someone who can vouch for them.

You gave me so much steam, I must have lost a few pounds today, in search of the book. I also went to a number of secondhand bookshops,as Waterstones and Borders didn’t have it, but noone had it in.

I will keep you posted, when I start it.

Did you know he has a website


Hi Tamtam,

Thanks so much for the link. I will update my post now! I hadn’t found this website while researching my post. The website does a great job of discussing the diet plan and the benefits of eating the way prescribed in the book. From experience, I can vouch that what the website says is all true!

I am glad I inspired you to go out and look for the book. If I can give one person the pleasure of experiencing what I experienced and continue to experience as a result of this book, then my post will have been well worth it. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it.

Let me know what you think when you do!


Thank you for sharing your experience. I came upon this book last week and read it quickly. I have managed my first two days on the plan. I was glad to read about your experience because you sound like a reasonable person who has had great results. The verdict is still out for me because it is such a radical change that I have to wonder how practical it is for me. My family is watching me consume asparagus for breakfast and must be thinking I’ve lost it :-). I also pray for wisdom in these matters and was encouraged to know that you have found this to be a possible answer to those prayers. Congratulations on your improved condition!


Hi Kathryn,

Welcome to ChickAboutTown! Thank you for the congrats. Are you still on this diet? How is it going so far?

I recently tried on a pair of pants that I hadn’t worn in over a year and couldn’t fit in them, so I am back on this diet for a bit. It’s nice to know someone else out there is too.

I’d love to hear about your experience and your success so far (because I am sure you have successes to share!) Tell me more. 😉


hey guys im a 16 year old boy and i weight 217 pounds im 35 kilos overweight i would really like to know how is it possible to not think about food when ur hunger cuz i feel hungry relativly quick

Hi Abdi,

Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

Although I am not a weight management professional, I would still like to share some tips that I’ve learned on my own weight management journey. I, too, at your age was 20 kilos overweight.

When it comes to hunger, I don’t think that you should avoid eating when you’re hungry. Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that it needs food. If you eat when you are not hungry, then you give your body more food than it needs (which results in excess weight); but if you eat when you are hungry, then you give your body food just when it needs it, which is exactly what you should do if you want to balance how much energy your body consumes vs. how much it expends every day. Personally, I try to eat only when I am hungry, ignoring all other reasons for eating, such as social expectations, set meal times, and boredom.

Another question you might want to consider is: what should you give your body when it tells you that it needs more food? For me, the answer has been natural, whole, unprocessed foods with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables – basically nutrient-rich, lower-calorie foods.

I also recommend (if you aren’t doing it already) that you get into the habit of doing an hour of exercise every day. This can be as simple as walking or as fun as dancing. In my own life, I have found that this does wonders in helping me manage my weight. That, as well as drinking a lot of water (think: 8 glasses a day).

I hope that helps you somewhat!

Wishing you all the best,

I think we have to be careful with diet. The best thing would be to eat healthy food but a little less I think.
Food has to stay something you enjoy…
There are some new concepts that delivers food to your place that you can easely cook, and you are sure to eat well !

Hello Biche!
Wow! Congrats again for you weight loss!

Were you doing sport more or less when you started follow the “Eat to live” diet?

I have those 15kg to lose also, hopefully in 2 months. Will check out for the book. Thanks for sharing your story.


Hi Elodie,

Yes, I was exercising. I used to walk to work (5 km) and then would walk up the stairs (25 flights) when I got there. But I had been working out for many months before that and actually even put on weight when I first started going to the gym. The Eat to Live Diet was what seriously sealed the deal for me. The weight just melted off.

Good luck—you can do it! 🙂


Hi Bishe
I am so glad I came across this blog once again.
I am familiar with this diet , and can testify that it works!! 🙂
How I could I forget?!
I have been walking about 4-5km up to 4 times a week for the last 4 months with no apparent weight loss. Starting TONIGHT I am starting Eat To Live!!
Once again, thanks for resharing!


Hi, my aunt.

So nice to see you on the blog! Thanks for your comment.

I see you and your husband or on fire with all the exercising. But yes, I also know how weight can refuse to shift even when you are exercising regularly. Eat to live! And let me know how it goes. Come back to post your success story here in the comments.

Big Hugs,

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