Pritikin Longevity Center

Back in 2006 I was overweight and wanted to jump start a weight loss program. I had just had a health check-up and my cholesterol was elevated at 275. I knew that back in 1981 the Pritikin Program had worked for me when I had wanted to lose weight. My husband suggested that I go to the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida. I was thrilled with this idea and called the Center and made a reservation for a two week stay three weeks later.  I bought the book “The Pritikin Weight Loss Breakthrough, 5 Easy Steps to Outsmart Your Fat Instinct” by Robert Pritikin, son of Nathan Pritikin.
I loved the book and for the next three weeks read it and followed the advice to the letter. He had 5 steps to outsmart your fat instinct.
  1. Exercise: Robert Pritikin felt that our food cravings were determined in part by how much exercise we got each day.
  2. Choose the Right Carbohydrate: Basically Pritikin said to eat plant based carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables) and whole grains like oatmeal
  3. .Limit Your Fat Intake: The Pritikin Program allows for 3-1/2 oz of animal protein a day as well as two servings of skim milk but suggests eating as little fat as possible.
  4. Eat Frequently to Avoid Hunger and Avoid Fat: Pritikin suggests 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks a day.
  5. Be Consistent: Consistently eating more healthy, low fat food helps to change a person’s taste in food.
Robert Pritikin also had a part of the book that I heavily relied on. It had a Better, Better Still and Best rating for a weeks worth of menus. I tried to usually eat from the best but took the book with me so that if I was in a situation where that was impossible I could choose from the “Better”. I limited myself to 3-1/2 oz. of meat a day. Therefore if I ate lunch out and had a turkey sandwich I knew that night I would have beans or some no-meat meal.I will give you a sample of the Best Menu for a day:

Sample “Best” Menu:
Breakfast
1-1/3 cups hot oatmeal with cinnamon
1 cup blueberries
8 oz. nonfat milk
Herbal tea
 
Lunch
½ cup vegetarian non-fat chili
Baked Potato
1 Cup steamed frozen mixed vegetables
Orange
Decaf tea
 
Dinner
4 oz. poached salmon
4 to 5 roasted new potatoes
½ cup asparagus
2 cups salad with non-fat dressing
½ cup fruit salad
Herb tea
 
After following the eating plan for three weeks I had already lost 15 pounds. I went to the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida in May. It was a wonderful experience. The first day there I was examined by a doctor and given many lab tests. I then had a stress test to see my cardiovascular ability. The doctor and lab tests were repeated half way through and again at the end of my stay.
The Pritikin Program conducted many clinical studies on the effects of the Pritikin Program. In a study of 268 guests, 83% lowered their blood pressure enough to leave the Pritikin Program off medication.
In a study of 652 participants, 39% with Type 2 diabetes that were on insulin were able to leave the Pritikin Program fre of insulin.
A five year follow-up of 64 participants tht entered the program in lieu of undergoing heart bypass surgery showed that 80% of them stil had not had the surgery.
Analysis of 4,587 guests that stayed at Pritikin three weeks showed an average 23% drop in cholesterol level and a 33% drop in triglycerides.
After returning home I continued to follow the program and lost a total of 50 pounds. My cholesterol level went from 275 before Pritikin to 175 after. I would highly recommend the program for anyone with cardiovascular problems or those who just want to lose weight. Many of the participants went annually to keep motivated to stay on the program. The program was also very fun, like getting to go to camp. The best part for me is that this time I knew that it needed to be a lifestyle choice and I have been able to keep the weight off.
 
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