Engine 2 Diet reviewEngine 2 Diet is a plant-based diet created by Rip Esselstyn, a former Texas firefighter and author of “The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan That Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds.” According to Esselstyn, the Engine 2 Diet is about eliminating junk, such as meat, dairy, refined and processed foods, from your diet and embracing nutritious whole plant-based foods. It is also about learning how to cook, eat and live in a truly healthy way.

The Engine 2 Diet consists of two 28-day diet plans: The Fire Cadet, which takes a more gradual approach, and The Firefighter, which is the extreme version of the diet. Dieters can choose to follow either one or the other of these plans. That being said, the goal of both of these four-week plans is to eliminate meat and dairy from your diet so that you essentially consume only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

To give you an idea of what it would be like following the Engine 2 Diet, here is a basic rundown of The Fire Cadet plan:

• Week one – eliminate dairy, processed and refined foods (ex. white bread, pasta, chips, soda, and so on).

• Week two – cut out meat, chicken, fish and eggs.

• Week three – eliminate all added or extracted oils, like canola, coconut and olive.

• Week four – introduce more fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, seeds and nuts to your diet.

Those who choose to jump in headfirst with The Firefighter plan will start off at week four, immediately eliminating animal products, processed and refined foods, dairy and the oils, right from day one.

In his book, Esslestyn provides a complete list of what users can and cannot have in their diet. Furthermore, he encourages dieters to give up alcohol, at least for the four weeks that they are following the diet. He also provides a four-week exercise plan.

Ultimately, Engine 2 Diet is a short-term vegetarian and vegan-style diet plan that is low in salt, fat and sugar and high in fiber. This may help to improve a person’s overall health by lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, which can be very good for the heart, among other things. This type of diet may also help a person lose weight, due to the consumption of less fatty foods.

That being said, on the downside, the Engine 2 Diet is quite extreme in its demands and may be too hard for some individuals to follow. Not everyone can instantly convert to veganism and stick to it. Furthermore, another potential issue with this diet is that even though it encourages many low-fat foods, you can still eat a lot of calories by ingesting lots of starchy foods like pasta, rice and potatoes. Moreover, followers of this diet will need to make certain that they are obtaining sufficient vitamins, protein and other nutrients that they may be lacking due to the elimination of foods, such as meat and fish. Therefore, it may be necessary to take certain supplements when following this diet.

Overall, there are better vegetarian/vegan diet plans that can be followed if adopting a plant-based lifestyle is of interest to you. However, if the Engine 2 Diet is something you are considering, consult with your doctor before moving forward with your plans, to make sure it is right for you.

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