The Eat to Live Diet

The Eat To Live diet was created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who states that individuals can lose 20 lbs or more in six weeks on this revolutionary diet.

The Premise

According to Dr. Fuhrman, The Eat To Live diet is based on healthy, effective and scientifically proven strategies to lose weight. When on this diet, individuals will eat foods that are high in nutrients yet low in calories. These nutrient-dense foods will help dieters feel satisfied on fewer calories and over time individuals will quit craving high calorie and high fat foods, which will lead to sustained weight loss.

The Diet

The Eat To Live diet features three separate food categories—Unlimited foods, Limited Foods and Off-limit foods. Dieters can eat an unlimited amount of foods listed on the Unlimited list. They are allowed to eat one cup or one serving of foods on the Limited list. Foods on the off-limits list are never allowed on the Eat To Live Diet. The diet is broken down into two separate meal plans–the vegetarian meal plan for rapid weight loss and the limited animal protein diet, which promises only moderate weight loss.

Foods on the Unlimited list include all raw vegetables. Dieters should aim to eat one pound of raw vegetables a day. Dieters are advised to eat one pound of cooked green vegetables a day. Beans, legumes, tofu and bean sprouts are also included on the Unlimited list. Dieters are supposed to eat at least 4 pieces of fresh fruit a day. Other vegetables on the Unlimited list include mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and onions. 

The Limited list states that dieters are allowed one cup of cooked starchy vegetables or whole grains a day. This includes cooked carrots, rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, breads, cereals and butternut squash. Dieters are advised to eat no more than 1 oz a day of raw nuts or seeds. Two ounces of avocado is allowed per day and dieters can have 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed per day.

Off-limit foods include all dairy products, animal proteins (if on the vegetarian meal plan), fruit juice, dried fruit and snacks.

The Foods

The Eat to Live Diet provides dieters with a long list of approved foods that supply the body with adequate nutrients and vitamins. This diet allows for individuals to customize their eating plan based on their own food preferences.

The Eat To Live diet is structured around the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, which has shown to reduce certain health conditions, such as diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease.


This diet can be extremely restrictive for individuals who are used following a diet that includes meat and carbohydrates. Additionally, it may be very difficult for individuals to eat out when on the Eat To Life diet. 

The Eat To Live Diet severely restricts the intake of whole grain carbohydrates, which have actually shown to have positive affects on the human body.

The recommended daily protein intake is quite low, which may lead to a loss in muscle mass for some individuals.


The Eat To Live diet is an extreme diet plan that would be very difficult for most individuals to follow long-term. While it does promote certain health benefits and is based around fruits and vegetables, dieters may want to find a diet that is better balanced around all the food groups.


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  • Rebeca Jones

    This reviewer has taken some items in this plan out of context. Dr. Fuhrman emphasizes vegetables and fruits as the basis for his eating plan rather than grains or animal products because they have much more vitamins, micronutrients, and phytochemicals. This is factual – it is based on a LOT of medical research. He doesn’t prohibit other items, but says to limit them. The reviewer is mixed up about protein, too. There’s a big misconception that you have to consume large amounts of animal protein to be healthy. Beans and other sources work just fine, and you can skip all the saturated fat. You can lose a lot more weight by eating plants and plant-based foods than on any other diet, and the disease-fighting benefits are amazing.

  • Sherry Lynne

    The prior poster is absolutely right about protein. Most Americans get far too much protein. It is very difficult to design a protein-deficient diet unless a person lives on just fruit or junk food…beans and even vegetables have sufficient protein for everyone, even athletes. The research over the last couple of decades has been very clear about that. I plan to start the Eat to Live diet tomorrow and stick to it, which should not be hard for me because I’ve been happily vegan in the past. I plan to deviate just slightly though and have a teaspoon of either olive oil or coconut oil, or a fish-oil supplement, each day.

  • Len

    I read his book and have done some research. A lot of modern rebunks the research in this book and has been totally taken out of context . If you read the studies he documents and some followup studies, it will show that most of it is outdated and the modern medical community has their own views. This diet is not safe for long term consumption. It is great for long term weight loss, but I would recommend going under a real doctors diet .

  • Don

    @Len….Share the information you have found that “rebunks” the research. You just saying there is research out there to “rebunk” it provides no validity to what you say.