You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management

 
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For the first time in our history, scientists are uncovering astounding medical evidence about dieting--and why so many of us struggle with our weight and the size of our waists. Now researchers are unraveling biological secrets about such things as why you crave chocolate or gorge at buffets or store so much fat.

Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, America's most trusted doctor team and authors of the bestselling YOU series, are now translating this cutting-edge information to help you shave inches off your waist. They're going to do it by giving you the best weapon against fat: knowledge. By understanding how your body's fat-storing and fat-burning systems work, you're going to learn how to crack the code on true and lifelong waist management.

Roizen and Oz will invigorate you with equal parts information, motivation, and change-your-life action to show you how your brain, stomach, hormones, muscles, heart, genetics, and stress levels all interact biologically to determine if your body is the size of a baseball bat or of a baseball stadium. In YOU: On a Diet, Roizen and Oz will redefine what a healthy figure is, then take you through an under-the-skin tour of the organs that influence your body's size and its health. You'll even be convinced that the key number to fixate on is not your weight, but your waist size, which best indicates the medical risks of storing too much fat.

Because the world has almost as many diet plans as it has e-mail spammers, you'd think that just about all of us would know everything there is to know about dieting, about fat, and about the reasons why our bellies have grown so large. YOU: On a Diet is much more than a diet plan or a series of instructions and guidelines or a faddish berries-only eating plan. It's a complete manual for waist management. It will show you how to achieve and maintain an ideal and healthy body size by providing a lexicon according to which any weight-loss system can be explained. YOU: On a Diet will serve as the operating system that facilitates future evolution in our dieting software. After you learn about the biology of your body and the biology and psychology of fat, you'll be given the YOU Diet and YOU Workout. Both are easy to learn, follow, and maintain. Following a two-week rebooting program will help you lose up to two inches from your waist right from the start.

With Roizen and Oz's signature accessibility, wit, and humor, YOU: On a Diet--The Owner's Manual for Waist Management will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the food you consume, so that you'll diet smart, not hard. Welcome to your body on a diet.




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"Fat Chances: The Secret Story of What's in Your Belly" by Michael F. Roizen, MD, and Mehmet C. Oz, MD
Whether you're carrying a few extra pounds of fat on your thighs or a suitcase's worth in your belly, it's hard not to think about fat. You feel it when you walk, you roll on it when you sleep, and you curse it when you try to slide into last year's jeans. But while most of us are intimately familiar with how fat looks on the outside, we're not quite as familiar with how it works on the inside.

As we explain in YOU: On a Diet, we believe that to change your body, you need to know your body.

In the simplest form, everyone knows the formula for gaining weight. Daily buckets of ranch dip plus photo-album-sized hunks of cheesecake plus a life of couch-dwelling equals a very unfortunate conclusion: too-frequent popped buttons.

But many of us really don't know how fat works and how it works against us. Here's the inside story on the story of your insides.

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For the first time in our history, scientists are uncovering astounding medical evidence about dieting -- and why so many of us struggle with our weight and the size of our waists. Now researchers are unraveling biological secrets about such things as why you crave chocolate or gorge at buffets or store so much fat. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, America's most trusted doctor team and authors of the bestselling YOU series, are now translating this cutting-edge information to help you shave inches off your waist. They're going to do it by giving you the best weapon against fat: knowledge. By understanding how your body's fat-storing and fat-burning systems work, you're going to learn how to crack the code on true and lifelong waist management. Roizen and Oz will invigorate you with equal parts information, motivation, and change-your-life action to show you how your brain, stomach, hormones, muscles, heart, genetics, and stress levels all interact biologically to determine if your body is the size of a baseball bat or of a baseball stadium. In YOU: On a Diet, Roizen and Oz will redefine what a healthy figure is, then take you through an under-the-skin tour of the organs that influence your body's size and its health. You'll even be convinced that the key number to fixate on is not your weight, but your waist size, which best indicates the medical risks of storing too much fat. Because the world has almost as many diet plans as it has e-mail spammers, you'd think that just about all of us would know everything there is to know about dieting, about fat, and about the reasons why our bellies have grown so large. YOU: On a Diet is much more than a diet plan or a series of instructions and guidelines or a faddish berries-only eating plan. It's a complete manual for waist management. It will show you how to achieve and maintain an ideal and healthy body size by providing a lexicon according to which any weight-loss system can be explained. YOU: On a Diet will serve as the operating system that facilitates future evolution in our dieting software. After you learn about the biology of your body and the biology and psychology of fat, you'll be given the YOU Diet and YOU Workout. Both are easy to learn, follow, and maintain. Following a two-week rebooting program will help you lose up to two inches from your waist right from the start. With Roizen and Oz's signature accessibility, wit, and humor, YOU: On a Diet -- The Owner's Manual for Waist Management will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the food you consume, so that you'll diet smart, not hard. Welcome to your body on a diet.

Customer Reviews:

  • excellent
    This book talks to you in an easy to understand way and it shows you details of what you're doing to your body by being overweight. Plus it's not a sales pitch for a diet website like "best life"....more info
  • GREAT BOOK!
    since i purchased this book i have lost 10 pounds and 3 inches. it has been on and off the past couple months but they allow for not always following the rules. it is very easy to follow and understand and i like the analogies and comparisons. its pretty comical sometimes. they make it very easy to change your life for the better. its not a book with restrictions. the work out plan is easy and fun. i recently bought it for my mom. YOU WILL GET RESULTS IF YOU READ AND ADHERE. changed my life....more info
  • From the Author of Outstanding You
    Outstanding You: Discover, Design and Achieve Ultimate Fitness

    Perhaps the most important aspect of fitness is understanding your own body. This book provides another perspective on dieting. For that reason, I recommend at least reading it for the different viewpoint you may pick up. I rated it high because I find the more information, the better. Even if you decide not to use some, most or all of the information in the book, it's good to have that information anyway. The fitness field is largely unregulated - and diets are constantly going and coming. Only you can know what's best for you - and the only real way to do that is to learn as much as you can....more info
  • Awesome
    I love the way the information is presented, it really drives home the importance of feeding your body the right stuff. It also inspires you to work hard at taking care of yourself both by what you eat and the importance of exercise and being still and relieving stress....more info
  • RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE--not just those on a diet
    This is a fantastic book that is full of information. It is an easy read and takes complicated material and puts it in plain language that anyone can understand. The amount of material in this book is HUGE. It is definitely a book that you will benefit from owning rather than just giving it a once over read. I refer to it over and over again.

    This book is more of a health manual than a diet plan. It is explains how food reacts in your body and why different foods help you feel full and others make you crave more. For me, it makes it a lot easier to make healthy choices because I understand the why behind it. It is also a book that motivates me.

    The information in this book isn't just for people that need or want to lose weight. The principals apply to everyone. ...more info
  • You on a Diet
    i have enjoyed the research in this book. The basic facts are ones that you don't always think about and it makes you think about your daily eating habits....more info
  • Wonderful Book!... but fat jokes just aren't funny.
    Although I appreciated the detailed research, thorough explanations, and carefully broken-down science of this book, I did NOT appreciate the "cutesy" humor that barely masked itself as grade-school-style fat jokes. Size discrimination is never funny, and neither are jokes made at the expense of someone's physical appearance - whether it's based on their size, color, or gender. This book was so wonderful and so needed; too bad I had to deduct a big FAT yellow star because of the unneccessary fat humor that didn't make me laugh....more info
  • Buy this book if you want to learn about you.
    This is a great book. It isn't a diet book exactly - It teaches you what food does when it goes into your body. It teaches you what the best foods are for you. It talks about why you need to be healthy. Recipes, excercise, seriously helpful recommendations....more info
  • Great book - tremendous help - wonderful recipes
    I lost inches and brought my cholesterol down 50 points in 4 weeks on their diet. Food is delicious and I am never hungry. ...more info
  • Childish pictures and kindergarten prose is a WASTE of this "male's" time!
    This volume is frustrating !!! I've seen the author, Michael F. Roizen, on PBS and he has said over & over that "the pictures are for the men".

    I DON'T BELIEVE HIM. I DON'T BELIEVE THESE CHILDISH CARTOONS AND KINDERGARTEN PROSE WAS INTENDED FOR THE MALE AUDIENCE. [I think his explanation is an after thought, intentionally designed to hide the truth.]

    The author, at best, seems to be using a liberal helping of euphemisms ,,, although I have no idea who they are afraid of offending or not getting through to ,,, other then females !!!

    I believe, in retrospect, the author [publisher] reflected upon their intention of such infantile euphemisms, which were originally for women and switched, because of the offending response they received from some women who probably felt they were being fed "dumbed-down" information as exemplified by the infantile pictures and prose ,,, the author [publisher] in response to the female criticism ,,, manufactured a "new" intent ,,, now the infantile pictures and childish verbosity is for the "male" audience !!!

    There is no way I will ever believe these childish cartoons and baby-talk prose was intended for the male audience !!! NO WAY !!! -- Such nonsense completely turns me off and has relegated this volume to the garbage can !!!

    Also negative in this volume are the often used "highly technical terms" which ARE NOT FULLY SUPPORTED with meaningful and mature "definition" but instead [again] are defined with baby-talk and cartoons, cartoons in which I find absolutely NO help or meaning. They're more like children scribbling.

    On the positive side ,,, if you manage to sift through the verbose childishness, dumb-down prose and useless cartoons ,,, you can find some very worthy information, albeit very hard to locate in this toy box of nonsense.

    Sincerely,
    Matthew
    Phoenix, AZ
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  • Ugh. Insulting and trite.
    Fortunately, I checked this out from the library instead of spending money on it. I couldn't even manage to read it, let alone figure out what they were trying to suggest.

    I found the constant insulting analogies extremely off-putting. Really, if you're trying to encourage people to lose weight and let go of the all-or-nothing beliefs that lead many people to give up after the first slip, then you should reconsider slipping an insult into every other sentence.

    Absolute junk. Send your copy straight to the recycle bin....more info
  • For those who need to know "why"
    This is an excellent book for those who need to know why we should not eat certain foods. It is a convincing argument for healthful eating without making one feel you are on the D word....more info
  • Chapter 6 - The Sex Factor - Progestin? Are you kidding?
    The Sex Factor: The last sentence on page 134 reads, "Now, estrogen works great when it gets paired up with, or balanced by, another ovarian messenger called progestin, which gets released from the egg sac (called corpus luteum) after the follicle ships out its egg."
    Give me a break! My female body has never produced a drop of progestin in my entire life! Don't Doctors Roizen and Oz know the difference between progestin and progesterone? Does anybody who helped edit this book know the difference?
    I'm disappointed to have found this mistake, and I'm wondering how many other mistakes there are, and how seriously I should take this book?
    From a woman who knows the difference between progestin and progesterone.

    ...more info
  • Super great book!
    I am a registered nurse and this is by far the best book on the topic of waist managementthat i've read so far. Really wonderful ilustrations too. I would recommend it to any serious and diet conscious individual.
    E.P. ...more info
  • You on a Diet
    Excellent book, highly recommended for everybody who needs to understand how the body works and to start a healthy nutrition. Very good indeed....more info
  • Outstanding customer service
    I ordered the You on a Diet book and for some reason the us postal service delivered the book, but it never arrived to my suite. So I emailed customer service and they immediately sent out a new book free of charge with 2 day UPS delivery. Great service and the book arrived with no problems. I will definitely continue to use Amazon. Thanks.

    The book is great for explaining how your body interacts with food and it breaks down the body system in an easy way to understand. Very good read....more info
  • Must read for everyone
    Love this book. Roisen and Oz make their books easy to understand and read. Lots of great information on all around health. They explain how things effect your body and how to be healthy. They add humor to make it interesting. A great read!!...more info
  • Simply put, it works
    This book is the first I read in Oz and Roizen's YOU series. I have since been hooked and have enjoyed all of their books and specials on the Discovery Health network.

    Practical and effective advice fills the pages of this book. The authors include detailed information on how the body works as it relates to satiety, storing fat, burning fat, good and bad foods, and why being overweight is so very unhealthy. Even readers who are not interested in the "why" and medical jargon can benefit from the advice. The book is written in a friendly accessible style that makes it an enjoyable read. Although the humor is a bit corny at times, you won't be able to hold back a smile.

    By applying the principals and useful tips in this book I have lost 65 pounds, improved my cholesterol levels to "excellent" in all categories, and dropped my blood pressure numbers to that of a teenager. This was possible without going on a restrictive or bland diet. In fact, I ate cookies, cake, fried chicken, and drank non-diet soda (in moderation) while still losing weight. It doesn't have to be difficult!

    Let Oz and Roizen help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight without going hungry or depriving yourself of your favorite foods. Don't let previous failures discourage you from buying this book. Diets will always fail and this book even explains why. Changing your diet and implementing practical techniques will result in success. YOU can do it!...more info
  • Basic Information, Amazing Results!
    I purchased this book 7 weeks and 22 1/2 pounds ago! It does say many things that are pretty basic for a weight loss book (exercise, eat your veggies, etc.). The thing that worked so well for me was that it explained exactly WHY these things are good for your body and what happens when you don't do them. I haven't much followed the menu planner, just stuck to the guidelines of lean meats (mostly chicken and fish), fruits and veggies, low fat dairy, and whole grains. This combined with walking at least 30 minutes a day has transformed my body! I feel fantastic! If you are still on the fence check out their website www.realage.com for more details....more info
  • Solid Info, Great Delivery
    If there is a diet out there, I've tried it. This is the most comprehensive and yet understandable diet book out there. Everyone is different, and this book takes that into account. It doesn't beat you up, but gives you the tools needed to work with your limitations, such as genetics, hormones, etc. Identifies causes of weight problems that I've never heard before. THE best diet book out there. And I have a huge bookcase full of diet books that didn't work....more info
  • Insulting, but worthwhile in spite of that.
    This book has an incredible wealth of information that I found very helpful,and will likely put into use right away.
    However, I felt intellectually assulted and personally insulted by the writing style. This author seems to think that the way to appeal to those struggling with weight is to compile a bunch of juvenile fat jokes and insert them where ever they will fit into this book. Comments such as "waist the size of Neptune" are just insulting on more than one level! I'm pretty certain this author has never personally struggled with weight....more info
  • This book is excellent.
    I enjoy reading it with my 7 year-old daughter as I embark on my weight loss program. She loves the illustrations - they are so cute and funny!

    The book itself is a gem. It offers common sense advice for a change of lifestyle to a more natural way of eating and viewing food, plus a work out regime that you can stick to your whole life - moderate daily exercise with strength training on alternate days. Our bodies are meant to be used. Even if we are slim or have managed to lose weight, how healthy could our bodies be without regular exercise?

    The area on chronic low-level stress vis-a-vis accumulated belly fat was a real eye-opener for me also.

    Great book. Easy to read, loaded with informative science presented in a fun and accessible way. ...more info
  • This book took to long to make a point

    This book gives good information with far too many words. They could cut this book in half and I would recommend it. The authors mix facts in with silly analogies that are not humorous. I found it distracting from the actual topic. It made me wonder if they ever really worked with overweight women. The jokes they made were insensitive and assumed that people have little self control. If you like goofy one liners, you will love this book. I like the facts, some case studies and a few stories. The data was very good. I would suggest buying it used. Now when they create a road map of the book with the data and facts, it will be a good resource to those of us who help people lose weight.
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  • Great book
    This book is packed full of useful information. It's one of those books you have to take in small bites....more info
  • One of the Work Diet Books I've read
    This is one of the worst diet books I've read (and I've read many of them). I doubt that these doctors have ever been on a diet so have no clue what it is like to be on one. Telling someone to eat the same food everyday for one or two meals is a recipe for a fatter person. Someone may be able to do it for a week or two but when that person breaks it, it's going to mean going on a feeding frenzy. They point out that dogs and cats eat the same food day in and and day out but people are not animals. People control the food that comes into their lifes. Animals have no choice but to eat what they are given.

    The exercise section is another disaster. The doctors tell you "It's ONLY 30 minutes a day of walking" then in the next Chapter, add another 5 minutes of stretching OH and don't forget the one hour of regular exercise three times a week. Most people work and have families. If someone was able to do all the recommended exercise, that person wouldn't have time to eat with their kids, play with them and help with their homework. There would be no time to cook dinner or even kiss their love ones Good Night!

    And even on the walking only days, 35 minutes (30 minutes of walking plus 5 minues of stretching) will always become an hour. Add the time of changing into exercise clothes, a shower (if you need one afterwards), and whatever else you have to do to get ready. They make it sound so reasonable but unless you are single, it's NOT.

    DON'T WASTE your money on this book and the STUPID ideas of idiot DOCTORS! While the first two chapters were interesting only because they contained medical information and that is what a doctor knows and understands. This information is not enough to warrant spending your hard earned dollars.

    If there had been zeros stars, that is the rating I would have given this awful book....more info
  • TEDIOUS!
    THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A REALLY GOOD 100 PAGE BOOK, INSTEAD IT WAS A TEDIOUS READ AT 300 PAGES. THE FIRST 170 PAGES WERE ABOUT THE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF DIGESTION. SOME OF THIS WAS VERY INTERESTING AND RELATIVE BUT COULD HAVE BEEN CONDENSED INTO ABOUT 20 PAGES. I ALSO HAD TROUBLE WITH THE WRITING. ADDING SOME LIGHTHEARTED LEVITY TO AN OTHERWISE DRY SUBJECT IS A GOOD THING BUT THEY THREW A STUPID JOKE INTO EVERY PARAGRAPH. IT FELT INSULTING TO ME AFTER AWHILE. I REALLY ENJOY THEIR SHOWS ON OPRAH BUT CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK....more info
  • Amazing. Read it now! The last and best book on nutrition and managing your diet
    I bought this book from Costco and then the audio CD from Amazon.com so i could listen in the car too. It is no exageration to say that I can not imagine a better book on nutrition and dieting. The author breaks everything down. I learned so much. Be prepared for a seriously written book. It is so full of information that it can seem like a challenge to get past one page sometimes, but the things i learned blew my mind. For example, I am a sugar-aholic. The authors explained how sugar is addictive on a CELLULAR level. Plus, i was surprised to learn that sugar is not only bad for you in just one way, it unleashes a bunch of chain reactions in your body that spin you on a downward spiral that damages your body and makes you more addicted and fatter at the same time.

    If you want to understand what happens after you put food in your mouth, or why you always want the twinky and not the spinach (or vice versa), you will greatly appreciate the fountain of knowledge that is this book.

    Best thing i ever got from Costco. They have Audio CD too (I have a super long commute), but it is hard to follow if your not totally concentrating on the authors. But the authors narrate themselves, so that was cool....more info
  • Better than Expected!
    I absolutely love the You on a Diet audio book. It is like they are speaking right to you. In a world that is busy and full of lengthy commutes, what an easy way to get the information. The doctors explain things in an easy to remember and comical fashion. Such a great investment! The enhanced CD offers a shopping list, recipes, and other useful things. Don't waste any time....get this today! ...more info
  • Excellant Seller
    The book arrived in excellant condition. Shipment fast. A pleasure to do business with sellers like this one. Thank You...more info
  • Great Transaction
    The shipping for the product was great, received it before the expected date. As for the book it starts off a bit slow but it does have a lot of helpful information. I would recommend for anyone trying to change there eating habits not just looking for a quick fix. ...more info
  • Don't Buy This Book
    Even at Kindle prices, this was a waste of money. Just more of the same stuff. And, please note that I gave this one star only because it wouldn't upload without something in that space....more info
  • Great book
    Excellent book. Thoroughly explains how we get fat, what it looks like inside the body- and how to change that. Good basic plan of eating nutritionally and exercising for the benefit of the body circulation. Recommends walking- which most people can do and afford, an achievable goal for most....more info
  • Very helpful book!
    This book was a great resource and made complete sense. I recevied it on time. I would recommend it to anyone who really wants to get healthy...not just lose weight....more info
  • A diet help!
    This book is great at explaining the whys and hows of how our body works in conjunction with diet....more info
  • Awesome!
    This book changed my life. I've lost 15 lbs. in 6 weeks and I feel great!...more info
  • A fun and extremely informative book
    This fun and extremely informative book is an owner's manual for the human waist, that flabby bit that, for most of us, arrives everywhere first, making a big impression. The two medical researchers who wrote this book give you an in-depth look at you, food and weight. They take you on a tour of hunger, how you digest food, why you get fat, the effects of being fat, and what you can and should (and should not!) do to lose weight.

    Overall, I found this to be a fascinatingly informative book. I really enjoyed the authors' description of how your hunger and digestive systems work (the two are not the same, though they do overlap), and their advice on losing inches off of your waist (which is much more important than simply losing pounds). The authors take a fun, sometimes whimsical, style, which kept the book from being too heavy...and I do like a bit of fun.

    I found the advice to be mostly common sense, and non-radical, which I like. I fear diets in which the authors tell you to do things that seem strangely out of balance with the way humans have always lived. So, if you are interested in learning why the pounds are so hard to remove, and want a no-nonsense plan for getting thinner, then get this book. I highly recommend it!...more info
  • The Basics Here Are All You Need To Know
    "You: On A Diet" was on the bestseller list for such a long time it catches one's curiosity. Books on the best-seller list for so long are probably good. If something is on the top-100 for a long, long, time, it's got to be useful if people are willing to spend their income to buy and read it.

    After thumbing through "You: on a diet" in a big bookstore, I sat down on a stool and browsed (perused) it a little more, and caved in. I bought it, even though a lot of info on these health topics were stored within my long-term memory banks, as middle age approaches me. One of the many things that makes this book importantly useful, is the way the information is presented, and how you can quickly look something up in the index to find the info you're looking for.

    When you go to a bookstore, simply look at the Diet/Health section. The shelves are bulging with every conceivable "diet" you can think of. Because of the declining health of so many in the US and age demographics, the health & diet genre is a large and profitable industry. And, the industry is primarily a crass attempt to make money. There's a lot of redundancy, fads, and garbage. "Live healthy, lose weight, get fit, live longer, look the way you want, reverse aging, make your skin bright, feel young again," etc.

    As usual, the Pareto Principle applies: it seems about 20% of the books are worthy and about 80% below average, or poor. You can tell within minutes of browsing these books. With so many dry and mundane "health-diet," books out there, "You on a diet" is one of the best because 1. the information is succinct and sound, and 2. more importantly is *how* this info is presented. Readers don't need to know the specific details of anatomy and physiology to know how to reduce blood pressure or cholesterol. Just the basics will do.

    Waist width (large waists), or the "waist-to-hip ratio" is linked to many diseases and poor health conditions.

    If I'm going to read about the bad of LDL (low-density lipo-protein) and the good of HDL of (high-density lipo-protein) give me a good analogy: the "bucket man" is brief and to the point. Cool drawing, too.

    The 3 times a week twenty minutes of stretching and floor exercises, seems designated for seniors, honestly, and that's OK.

    But in addition the the presentation style, is the basic information itself. The info is based on facts and scientific research. For those that already have this knowledge, "You: on a diet" can be a brush up. The index is easy and quick to use.
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  • Comprehensive!
    I am still working through the volume of information contained in this book. And, no, I am not skipping ahead to the chapter with their actual diet in it just yet! As someone who has struggled with my weight off and on (more on than off), I know I need to learn the why I am fat, not just the how to be thin, and I think I found the book which will truly educate me. The text is written in everyday language that you and I speak to each other, not medical high brow stuff. From the tone, I know I would also enjoy this book on tape! My only criticism, which may or may not be fair as I see the merit in it, is that some of the pages are overwhelming with "tips" in one corner, and a cartoon in the other, and the actual text from the page before somewhere in the middle. Sometimes this busy-ness gets in the way of the awesome information contained in all these sections -- if that makes any sense.

    Anyway, I strongly recommend this book. I also strongly recommend catching the doctors on the Discovery Health channel when they are on. I love their down to earth approach to health. I would love to have them clean out my refrigerator and scare the fat off me with their outside the box tactics. They are just wonderful! More Manuals please!...more info
  • So true
    The book by Dr. Oz, "You on a Diet" was a real eye-opener! Lots of very good and timely advice AND explanations for the advice as well....more info
  • Good book, but same old low-fat advice
    You: On A Diet doesn't just lay out a diet plan, but addresses what goes on when we eat and the various chemicals in our bodies that effect our behaviors and body shape.

    Part 1 is a sort of introduction to your body.

    Part 2 is about appetite, your digestive system, inflammation, body fat, metabolism, and exercise. If you have ever wondered how food acts in your body and how food can effect how you feel and whether you store fat or burn it, this is the section for you.

    Part 3 focuses on how your mind effects your diet - emotions and psychology.

    Part 4 outlines the actual You diet and exercise plan and has a whole chapter about staying on plan by making "YOU-Turns" whenever you fall off the plan (and who sticks 100% to any diet 100% of the time?).

    The appendices cover medical intervention - drugs that cane help you lose weight, plastic surgery for saggy skin, and various bariatric procedures (stomach stapling, etc.).

    Throughout the book are little cartoons that illustrate the points made in the text. I found these helpful even though I am not a visual person.

    My main criticism is that they trot out the same old low-fat advice that hasn't helped America yet, and that they promote unhealthy vegetable oils. Neither do I believe that saturated fat is the enemy, though Mehmet and Oz do.

    This book is a good start, but I urge people to go beyond this and read more about vegetable oils and saturated fat and see if Mehmet and Oz are right in their views or not. Personally, the only oils I allow in my house are olive and coconut. Yes, coconut oil is a saturated fat....more info
  • WARNING -- nicotine recommended!
    I like this book, but I cannot in good conscience recommend it without one warning. Near the end there is a discussion about ways to boost metabolism when weight loss is stalled. They recommend nicotine as a way to rev up the body's engine. Not nicotine in cigarettes or spit tobacco, they emphasize, but in the form of nicotine replacement products like gum or patches.

    PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW THAT SUGGESTION. I think this is short-sighted. Get on nicotine to lose weight and you'll then be an overweight person who has a fiendish addiction. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in the world and is also one of the most dangerous. Nicotine is poison and that is not hyperbole. You don't need to smoke nicotine for it to sicken, cripple, and ultimately kill you. For serious no-nonsense information about nicotine and about nicotine addiction please do an online search for "Joel Spitzer" and "cold turkey" and "why quit". ...more info
  • common sense reminder
    good book to help you change and stick with a change in eating habits and lifestyle....more info

 

 
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