....if you'll think of obesity as a disease and accept the motion that to be fat is to be sick (not in any pejorative sense) -- which is why, according to the authors, telling anyone with a serious weight problem simply to eat less makes about as much sense as asking another patient to bleed less. Hence Drs. Elting and Isenberg use a behavioristic approach to weight reduction (and they're cloyingly sympathetic and understanding throughout), as they assess the whole physiology of the body (they suggest regular renal tests, EKGs, etc. while dieting). Their Food Intake Plan is somewhat like Dr. Stillman's (for his own latest see review below) -- few vegetables and only ""chewable"" ones, eight glasses of water a day (a must) -- then into a maintenance regimen that includes eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, etc., foods which after the initial restrictions will seem like a feast to the famished. For some, weight watching (and those daily eight eight-ounce glasses of water -- ""medicine"") must become a lifetime habit -- but you really can become forever fat free, the doctors promise, by following their plan. They did it.