PHOENIX -- If somebody told you that you could eat all you want and still improve your health and lose weight, would you believe them?
Dr. Neal Barnard says you absolutely can. He explains how in his book "21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart." He says you can boost your metabolism, lower your cholesterol and dramatically improve your health.
Sound too good to be true? He swears it's not.
"The beauty of it is you're not counting calories. You're not limiting portion size," he said. What we're doing is we're focusing on four food groups -- vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans -- just like you mom always wanted you to eat."
The key to the program is that for at least 21 days, animal products like meat and cheese are off the menu. Not a "diet" per se, Barnard advocates a plant-based eating plan -- veganism.
"People lose weight because this approach revs up their metabolism for about three hours after the meal," he explained. "We're retraining the taste buds. It's just like quitting smoking. When people set the meat aside, after a couple of weeks they feel so good they're really glad they're doing it."
Dr. Neal Barnard is from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20016
WHAT: Dr. Neal Barnard details his three-week immersion program and signs his most recent book, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Encanto Park Clubhouse, 2605 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix