They say that you can take weight off and keep it off and that you can also get healthy and stay health and if one follows the proper diet and establishes the right set of habits, then it is quite possible.

These ground-breaking findings are the work of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., whose work on heart disease, its cause and prevention have been called nothing short of a paradigm shift in thinking.

Dr. Esselstyn's book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure", focuses on plants and oils and their effects on our health. A longtime research and leader in this field, Dr. Esselstyn illustrates that a plant-based diet, combined with cutting out many of the oils we commonly use daily, will lead to better, longer and more productive lives, free of heart disease.

Dr. Esselstyln's work is based on his own research that shows that people who take his regimen seriously not only are living better lives, but they are also living lives that are as rich or richer than those people who use heavily processed foods. Indeed, some of Dr. Esselstyn's research involves patients who have been told they have a year or two at best and who, on instituting the plant-based, oil-free way of eating and living have not only found they have reversed the way their disease has progressed but have ended up healthier.

There are many cases where Dr. Esselstyn's patients and research subjects have found that the two years thay have been given have stretched into 20 healthy years and that the same patients still have years ahead of them.

Actually, if you look at Dr. Esselstyn's work, you can see that it makes sense. Imagine cutting out highly saturated fats and foods for non-saturated fats and oils or unsaturated fat, you will also find a corresponding increasing in the health of the patient as the amount of saturated fat is cleaned out of the system. Then, if you combine that with eating and living a more balanced, plant-based diet with the benefits they bring, one can see that Dr. Esselstyn's work is not far-fetched. Indeed, it is real and it works.

His work not only shows you how to prevent and reverse heart disease by discussing it in a matter-of-fact manner as he pulls no punches, he then goes on to give you tips on how to live your life better, including providing many recipes that show you the benefits of a plant-based, oil-free lifestyle.

It is true there are some oils out there that one must avoid - palm oil is one that one can think about as are other naturally saturated oils - but there are other oils that are high in anti-oxidents, such as olive oils. Then, there's the benefit you will find in a simple plant like garlic which also is worth its weight in better health.

Fellow researchers have lauded Dr. Esselstyn's work as not only groundbreaking but also life-changing and, it is. And, when you think about the benefits that ths type of lifestyle brings, you can see that it works.

There's one other advantage that no one really talks about and that it is much less expensive to buy a couple of pounds of the right, protein-bearing grains than it is to buy a cheap steak and that steak is loaded with everything that Dr. Esselstyn's diet is meant to reverse. You won't be unhappy with the results, although you might want the steak.

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Roberto Sedycias works as an IT consultant for Polo