Preorder How Not to Diet Now!

My new book How Not to Diet is now available for pre-order! 

It’s hard to express how excited I am that it’s finally coming out. It’s the biggest single research project I’ve ever taken on. There are more than a half million papers published in the medical literature on obesity with 100 new ones every day. It’s no wonder no one has yet pulled together all the best science…until now!

In Part 1, I explain the cause of the obesity epidemic. What exactly happened in the late 1970’s that triggered the global crisis? In Part 2, I construct the ideal weight loss diet from the ground up, identifying 17 different ingredients for optimal weight control with a chapter on each. Then, in Part 3, I go through specific foods proven in randomized, controlled trials to enhance weight loss by acting as everything from fat blockers and burners to appetite suppressants and metabolic boosters. And it’s not just what you eat, but how and when. In the last twenty chapters, I dive into optimal meal and exercise timing and frequency, habit formation, negative calorie preloading, and more—all immortalized in my Twenty-One Tweaks to accelerate weight loss that will complement my Daily Dozen

Why Pre-Order?

The book comes out on December 10, 2019, in time for the holidays and the burst of New Year resolutions. We’re hoping to get on all the major media outlets so we can spread the idea of evidence-based nutrition far and wide, but that depends in part on whether I can get on the New York Times Best Seller List. The list is decided based on the number of sales we get in the first week—including all of the pre-order sales. Thanks to so many of you, when How Not to Die launched, there were already tens of thousands of orders queued up, so it debuted as an instant New York Times Best Seller starting out at #6 on the list. Ready to help me shoot for #1? Pre-order it now at

I don’t receive a penny from the book. It’s right in my contract that all the money I would normally receive from the advance and sales and royalties instead goes to charity. But the faster the book sells, the more opportunity I may have to broadcast this message of dietary sanity to the world. Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could get on some of the big morning shows? With your help, we can reach many more millions. So please pre-order a copy for yourself, and however many copies you think you may be able to gift to friends and family to get them on the right track for the new year (and the rest of their long, healthy life!). And if you’re active on social media, help me get the word out by directing folks to the pre-order page. I’ll be using the hashtag #HowNotToDiet.

And Don’t Forget Your Signed Bookplates!

By pre-ordering the book now, not only will you help launch How Not to Diet onto the New York Times Best Seller list, but you’ll also be able to get a bookplate signed by me to insert in the book. Just make a donation of any amount with this form, and we’ll send you a signed bookplate in appreciation. It makes a great gift or a keepsake for yourself. Your tax-deductible donation helps keep going and growing. There’s only 3,000 bookplates available, so don’t delay!

I end the Preface with these words:

“This has been a mammoth but joyful undertaking. People sometimes ask me why I don’t go on vacations or even ever take a day off. I have to explain that I feel as though my entire life is a holiday. I feel so blessed to be able to dedicate my time to helping people while doing what I love, learning and sharing. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

New Webinar: Fasting for Disease Reversal

Last month, thousands of people joined me for my first webinar on fasting, something I knew next to nothing about… until I did this deep dive into the medical literature. By my count, there are 1,527 articles on fasting in English-language peer-reviewed scientific journals, and I read every single one of them so you… don’t have to!

I’ve compiled all the best science into 41 videos which I will drip out on over the next few years, but for those who don’t want to wait, we have a series of webinars so I can share the information all at once and answer questions throughout.

Last month I had a blast covering all the latest and greatest research on intermittent fasting and time-restricted eating. You can stream all the videos I covered here. I also covered the safety and efficacy of water-only fasting for weight loss, but what about the use of fasting for the reversal of disease? That’s the focus of my next fasting webinar, where I will spend three hours covering fasting for blood pressure, diabetes, depression, autoimmune diseases, and more. To get the full list of topics and titles, visit the webinar page.

Webinar Date & Time: September 29th at 1pm ET

Registration Closes: Midnight on September 22nd

There was so much research regarding fasting and cancer, that we made its own separate webinar as the third and final installation of the webinar series. This 3-hour webinar will be October 25th (on my birthday!) and focus on fasting for cancer reversal and during chemotherapy. Make sure to mark your calendars now—registration will begin in September.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who attended the webinar. If you missed it, the digital download is available here:

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Live Q&As – Sept 19

Live Q&AI won’t have a live Q&A this month, but I’ll be back at it on Sept 19:

  • Facebook Live: At 12:00 p.m. ET go to our Facebook page to watch live and ask questions.
  • YouTube Live Stream: At 1:00 p.m. ET go here to watch live and ask even more questions! 

You can now find links to all of my past live YouTube and Facebook Q&As right here on If that’s not enough, remember I have an audio podcast to keep you company at


In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. Wow, I am overwhelmed!

    I am definitely going to be pre-ordering the book. The topic list is fabulous!

    And I am so happy that the intermittent fasting webinar is available. Scheduling conflict, I ended up not being able to attend that one.

    I am interested that two out of three top-viewed videos are diet-oriented, once again. That tells me a lot about where people are in the process.

  2. No matter what, I LOVE the Webinar format so much!

    THANK YOU for taking on topics in a deeper format!

    I am SO EXCITED about that concept!

    Thank you for reading every single one of the 1,527 articles on fasting so that I might not have to.

    1. Marilyn,

      I am praying for that. I was talking with a friend today and she has mystery illnesses but did go for a physical and will be going for lots of lab tests and she is a Christian and was talking about the health problems and how God has helped her lose weight and other things and I told her that, even though I haven’t lost much weight, I felt that He helped me by the provision of WFPB. She is afraid of having out of control Diabetes and has neuropathy symptoms and she wrote “Whole Food Plant-Based” down but said that she couldn’t give up dairy and I said, “That is exactly what I said a year and a half ago, but here I am and I am not eating dairy.

      She likes the Paleo community and does eat fruit and vegetables, but she loves dairy and fish and meat. But she is willing to move closer to Whole Food Plant-Based and has started eating veggie burgers instead of meat every day and she asked what they eat for breakfast and I had answers, even though I don’t eat it.

      1. The woman is afraid of medical bills and was diagnosed years ago with Diabetes and never went back to the doctor and can’t afford the insurance being taken out of her paycheck and can’t afford testing equipment and can’t afford Diabetes meds, etc.

        She was praying for provision and I said, “That is partly why I looked at WFPB and immediately understood it as provision. I do understand it as a way to avoid medical bills and a way to avoid disease diagnoses and higher insurance cost and high cost of medications and testing equipment.”

        I spoke with her about my horizontal nail ridges going away and how I buried my head in the sand, too, for the same reasons and that my neuropathy went away and my eye problems improved, etc.

        Honestly, I feel like it is a total gift from God and I give thanks for it all the time.

        1. She is a Christian and believes that God wants to heal all of her diseases and she is just waiting for Him to show her what to do and I said, “Yes, but with me, He gave me so many miracles and so much mercy and I fully believe that sometimes He just shows us how to live properly and wants us to do it.”

            1. Thank you, Matilyn and thanks for the verse.

              People are so scared.

              She was talking about a couple she knew who committed suicide because they couldn’t afford insurance anymore.

              My teacher friend said that the school is trying to get rid of teachers in their 50’s to not have to pay salaries and they raised their insurance deductible by thousands of dollars and my other friend said that there are so many occupational therapists in her area that the competition for kids has become extreme and she isn’t sure she will have a job until retirement either.

        1. Tom,

          Yes, she is so confused by internet experts.

          She listens to Paleo and Gundry and grass fed movement and thinks that raw, grass fed is superior.

          She did say, “It is worth a shot” when I explained what PlantPure Nation did, but when I said no dairy, she backed up to grass fed.

          If she fails her lab tests, the answer may change.

          My best friend just contacted me about transition food and she wants to see if she can lower her Diabetes meds moving more toward vegan, but she backed up on chicken.

          Still both of them were willing to do it mentally.

          That is progress.

          My other friend had Gundry make things harder. She won’t eat beans and worries about nightshade.

  3. Thank you, Dr. Gregor and team for all you do for the world!

    Eat great tasting, easy to prepare meals, knowing you are giving your body health-promoting nutrient-rich foods. Everything your body needs, nothing it doesn’t.

  4. I have at various ties shared on this website how I reversed multiple chronic diseases using a WFPB diet as advocated by Dr G. Cardiovascular disease, severe ulcerative colitis and cancer. It seemed hopeless. I was in the process of updating my Will. Since I had no insurance, I decided to forego medical attention and give my estate to faith-based charities. That was 2012. Delays in completing the Will allowed for experimenting trial and error on different foods, I found the more plant foods I ate, the better. That was the opposite of what gastroenterologists I had read said to do with UC. They tell you to avoid these foods, Specifically WebMd said the following:

    “Diet doesn’t cause ulcerative colitis, and special diets can’t cure the disease,” says Walter J. Coyle, MD, director of the Gastrointestinal Program at Scripps Clinic Medical Center. “But it can help to avoid foods . . . like broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and whole grains. ” . . . Although a variety of popular IBD diets have received a lot of hype, doctors say no one diet has been proven to effectively treat the disease.”

    So more plant foods = better result? How could that be? But that’s what my trial and error experiment was showing. Then I saw Dr G’s video on Crohn’s disease and a vegetarian diet. That video changed the course of my actions now building on what had already been proven and documented, and more importantly taught me the value of evidence-based medicine.

    Today, all the diseases have been reversed. . . yes, reversed. UC is in full remission with 91% medication reduction. With 11x the medication 7 years ago it was severely out of control. Now it is in remission with 91% reduction (so far).

    Then I realized another priceless lesson. What healed ulcerative colitis, also reversed cardiovascular disease. And the cancer both my dermatologist and surgeon warned had a bad habit of returning has never resurfaced > 7 years. There was no chemo or radiation, only surgical removal of the tumor. And Dr G teaches about the foods that are protective, of these diseases in particular, and overall as well. And so I constructed my diet. 5 years ago I went 100% plant based, and today it is pretty easy to continue, especially given energy level is incredible, and in particular since I’m now 65 years old. My body weight and dimension returned to where I was in my 20s. And people have noticed, and inquired how I do this. I refer to Dr G.

    I still make annual doctor examinations, but now they are asking me how I reversed the things they see in THEIR records. Things they didn’t treat but have now reversed. And I suspect they wonder why they don’t know how to do what I did. So I explain and refer to Dr G’s website. They are taking notes.

    So today’s mission is learning how to make WFPB more fun. Since I have no skill in the kitchen, I am glad Dr G has now put out an instruction manual. . . Just pre-ordered Thank you Dr G. You saved my life.

  5. These words:

    “This has been a mammoth but joyful undertaking. People sometimes ask me why I don’t go on vacations or even ever take a day off. I have to explain that I feel as though my entire life is a holiday. I feel so blessed to be able to dedicate my time to helping people while doing what I love, learning and sharing. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

    You are so ridiculously precious Dr. Michael Greger.

    A little bit like Mary Poppins, don’t cha think?

    Mother Teresa said a similar paragraph about why she didn’t take vacations or a day off.

  6. Hello, I am an Australian student of the university of Wollongong. I am currently enrolled in second year of a bachelor of medical & health science and have recently been given the opportunity for an honours year after my third year of university. An honours year is a year of research on a field of my choice (A mini PhD). I have been plant-based for two years now and regard “how not to die” as a scientific bible. I also am a constant supporter of your work to promote a plant-based diet (or just communicate the irrefutable science haha). I was wondering if Dr Gregor has an opinion into which field in nutrition has need for more research? I am wanting to focus my honours year in a nutrition and biochemical field but unsure what area would be suitable to get adequate results from a years worth of research that promote a plant-based diet?

  7. Hi Dr. Greger,

    I’m interested in reading your newest book, “How Not to Diet” and I think it’s wonderful that the proceeds of the sale are going to charity. Can you tell us what sort of charities you work with? I like to know what my dollars are supporting. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for your interest in a German book! The book translations are completely run by the publisher, but they are actively selling it to other publishers for translations, and we will announce translations as we learn about them.

      1. Thanks, Kate, for the information!
        So it seems that the German version will take a while after the launch of the original (English) version – what do you think?

        I am asking because I would prefer to read it in German, but if I have to wait some years I rather will have to take potluck with the English version.

        1. Unfortunately, we don’t have a timeline for them right now, but I would assume it will take at least a year. Hope that helps!

  8. I pre-ordered from this site, I believe. I received the note from Dr. Greger to place inside the cover. However, I cannot locate a receipt for the purchase.

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