Nathan Pritikin

Pritikin Longevety Center
     ​Nathan Pritikin was born in 1915 and lived his early life in Chicago. He was an inventor and later a nutritionist. He was diagnosed with heart disease in 1957 and started researching a better way to eat to overcome his own heart disease. He studied primitive people that had almost no heart disease and lived on vegetables, legumes and whole grains. He changed his own eating, started moderate exercise and in a few years was able to reverse his own heart disease.

    He established the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Barbara, CA in 1976. He wrote his book “The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise” with Patrick McGrady, Jr.

    I first became interested in his book, “The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise”  in 1981 when I was pregnant with my fourth child, was in my late 30’s and was very overweight. My dr. had told me I would need to quit work because my blood pressure was so high. I changed my eating habits and adopted the recommendations in his book and my blood pressure immediately dropped to normal. I was able to continue working until my delivery date and actually weighed less than when I became pregnant. My doctor was not happy with me because he felt I should be gaining weight but I delivered a healthy 7lb. 12oz. baby girl who is now a healthy 32 year old woman.

    Unfortunately, as I now know, to make a change permanent you need to view it as a lifestyle change. I went on the Pritikin Program for a short term goal and afterwards resumed my old eating habits and regained the weight that I had lost. Using hypnosis can help to make permanent changes and change your attitudes about food and eating.

    Dr. David  Lehr, a well respected cardiologist, brought 60 Minutes to investigate the Pritikin Program. Dr. Lehr and Nathan Pritikin then appeared on 60 Minutes which helped make “Pritikin” a household word. In 1978 Nathan Pritikin and Dr. Lehr co-founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida. They instructed the participants on medicine, nutrition and physiology and on managing their own health.

    Nathan Pritikin was a vegetarian but his book allowed for eating up to 3-1/2 oz of meat a day. He talked about using meat as a condiment rather than the main course. He advocated keeping total fat grams to 10% of your total calorie intake.

    The Pritikin Program also advocated exercise. It suggested a minimum exercise of walking ½ hour to an hour every morning and again in the afternoon. The book said that two half hour walks was more productive then one hour walk.

    Nathan Pritikin created his eating plan to cure his own heart disease but after working with many people found that one of the main by-products was weight loss. He claims that weight loss through a low-fat method is safe and effective. His plan certainly worked well for me.
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