HCNFV – High-carb, low/no-fat, vegan

Proponents claim that a high-carb, low/no-fat, vegan lifestyle will “cure” diabetes. However, this dietary lifestyle must be maintained.

Approach High-carb, Low/no-fat (Vegan)
Major Proponents Weimar NEWSTART®, John McDougall, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn (primarily heart disease not diabetes); ); earlier proponents include Dean Ornish, Robert Pritikin
Lifestyle Required Strict vegan diet required (NO animal products)
Description Weimar Program based on eight fundamental principles proven to help you achieve optimum health: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust. Nutrition is a vegan diet of unprocessed foods with no sugar and no oil. Requires walking a minimum of 5 miles (10,000 steps) every day. Does not restrict carbohydrate intake.
Rationale Based on the premise that body fat causes insulin resistance, the rational is that this kind of diet (only vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes) promotes weight loss and helps to reverse insulin resistance.
Calories Calories not restricted
Macronutrient Percentages 50-70% from complex carbohydrates, 10-20% from fat of vegetable origin, and 5-10% protein from vegetable origin
Carbohydrates No restriction on amount of carbohydrates within allowed list of foods
Fats No fats allowed if overweight. Once normal weight is achieved, may have small amounts of foods like avocados, olive, and nuts, but never any extracted oils like olive oil or coconut oil.
Protein (meat, eggs, dairy) No animal flesh, eggs, or dairy products
Fiber 50-80 grams/day
Fruits All whole fruits, avoid juice
Grains Whole grains, avoid flours
Legumes All beans, peas, and lentils
Vegetables All vegetables allowed, especially starchy
Processed Foods Avoid. Most should be whole foods.
Exercise Weimar’s requirement is to walk 5 miles (10,000 steps) every day. In the McDougall Program, the only exercise required is “a nice daily walk.”
Water 8 glasses/day
Information & Resources http://newstart.com/what-is-newstart1/#sthash.YWSiizzf.dpbs



These are mostly on-site programs, ranging from one day to multiple weeks.

Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)
Developed by Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN, program founder and Clinical Professor of Preventative Medicine at Loma Linda University. Recommends adopting a whole-food plant-based eating pattern.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes
Based on a low-fat, high-carb, vegan diet

NEWSTART® (Weimar Institute)
Based on “Eight Laws of Health,” with low-fat, high-carb, vegan diet

TakeTEN (St. Helena Medical Center)
10-day lifestyle medicine program that combines medicine, lifestyle, fitness, (vegan) nutrition, and health

The McDougall Program – Diabetes
Plant-food based diet and exercise

Additional resources in Books, Movies, and Videos.

See also Success Stories.


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