Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, Texas were in dire physical condition-- several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)-- he sprang into action and created a lifesaving plan for the firehouse. Everyone who followed Rip's program lost weight (some more than 20 pounds), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven program in THE ENGINE 2 DIET. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in just one month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This invaluable guide features: -Dozens of easy, mouthwatering recipes-- from pancakes to pizza, Tex-Mex favorites to knockout chocolate desserts-- that will keep you looking forward to every bite, including 10 brand new, exclusive to the paperback edition-Pantry-stocking tips that will take the panic out of inevitable cravings and on-the-fly meals-Guidelines on menu choices that will allow you to eat out, wherever and whenever you want-Rip's simple, firefighter-inspired exercise program that will boost your metabolism and melt your fat away. Medically approved, easy to follow, and amazingly effective, THE ENGINE 2 DIET is designed for anyone who wants to make heroic strides in his or her health, weight, and well-being-- all without heroic effort.