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1. The Ultimate Fit or Fat
by Covert Bailey
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Asin: 0618002049
Catlog: Book (2000-01-04)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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"In my little way I'm going to rattle the world," proclaims Covert Bailey, who already rattled the world when he changed the way America looked at weight loss and exercise with his original Fit or Fat in the mid-1970s. Now he's back with a new spin on the Fit or Fat principles. This small book (180 pages, about 5 by 8 inches) teaches you how to get fit faster and raise your metabolism. To improve your fitness level most quickly, Bailey recommends his "Four Food Groups of Good Exercise": aerobic exercise, cross training (varying your exercise choices), wind sprints (short bursts of high-intensity activity), and weight lifting. "I'm not burning a lot of calories while I'm exercising, but my body is changing into a better butter-burning machine," he says. "The purpose of my exercise is to change my chemistry." As we expect from Covert, his style is clever and feisty--the book is fun to read, and the information goes down easily. He offers some witty, memorable principles, such as "The more muscle an exercise uses, the less long you gotta do it!", "If you're fit, exercise long; if you're fat, go short but often," and this motto for the older exerciser: "When you are over the hill--you pick up speed!" He includes a body-fat test and a find-your-pace fitness test. --Joan Price ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars New Info!
Thanks again Covert!

I was wary of purchasing this book as I've read Covert Bailey's original "Fit or Fat" and doubted that there was anything new to say on the subject. However, a friend convinced me to give it a try and I'm glad that I did. Valuable new information on wind sprints (not as strenuous as it sounds!) is included in this new book. I've incorporated sprints into my work out and have seen a dramatic jump in my fitness level. That alone was worth the price of the volume. Covert includes an easy formula to determine an accurate body fat measurement using a tape measure - just in case you don't appreciate spending $80 to be dunked in a tank of water or pinched with calipers. There's also an easy introduction to weight lifting that you can do at home without purchasing any expensive equipment. Even though I try to get to the gym a couple times a week to do weights, there are days when it "just doesn't happen". I use this beginning program as my fall back plan. I just up the reps and I can get in some weightlifting exercise in my hotel room when I'm on business travel.

This book is intended for average folks that know they should be getting some exercise but have difficulty getting physical fitness into their daily routine. It's motivating, complete unto itself, and will explain in very clear and easy terms how to get the most physical benefit from your precious exercise time. (This applies to 90% of us.) This book is NOT intended for gym dogs or athletes in training that have already established an intense exercise program. That 10% of the populaton is training at a much higher level and already knows this stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars So sensible, it's a relief!
While there are more advantages than disadvantages to living in an age where we can get so much information about anything, it's a relief to read something simple and sensible about exercise and fitness. Bailey never makes you scratch your head trying to figure out what he means or undermines his own credibility with impossible promises.

I also love that the program he outlines is so simple and straight-forward. In case you can't translate into the latest fitness lingo, he's advocating interval training as the keystone of losing fat (with cross-training and weight-lifting playing a supporting role). I've been doing all of the above for a while and seeing results, but now I finally understand that it's not a good idea to push myself so far I hurt.

Although Bailey is emphatic that this is not a book about dieting or nutrition, again, his good sense comes through even there. This book is anti-diet in the way the American public has come to understand it. Bailey doesn't advocate that we eat like pigs and cautions against over-indulgence, but basically advocates a straight-forward eating plan where we stay away from fats and sweets. He cautions that while exercise is ultimately how we'll stay fit and healthy, we can eventually undermine that if we eat badly. Again, pretty reasonable.

A word of warning: this is not for people who want to look like size 0 supermodels or brawny weightlifters. This is for people who want to get or stay in good shape and sustain it for the rest of their lives. He has some very good (and simple) tools for figuring out just how fat you really are and what you should weigh. A lot of people will be surprised to find they only need to lose 5 pounds, not 15, and that losing that extra 10 will make them less fit, not more.

5-0 out of 5 stars very practical and understandable
Ultimate Fit and Fat is an easy and quick read. Just as he did in his earlier book Smart Exercise, Bailey discusses the importance of exercising over dieting in improving and maintaining one's fitness. The recommendations that he makes regarding exercise are practical and easy to implement. I would strongly recommend this book to people who would like to improve their fitness AND understand the process of improving their health.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very readable, helpful guide to burning fat through exercise
This is a highly readable guidebook to burning fat through exercise. Bailey uses just enough science to back up his suggestions, but not so much that an unscientific minded reader (such as myself) gets bogged down.

Bailey is very adamant that burning fat comes through exercise, and that trying to burn (lose) fat through diet alone is not nearly as effective. The best fat-burning combination includes 4 components: aerobic exercise, cross-training, weight training, and sprints.

Bailey does a great job of explaining how each of these exercise components works to help retrain the body and muscles to burn fat. There are very helpful tables and graphs throughout the book.

My one disappointment with this book concerns his formula to measure percent body fat. Although he claims this formula is "nearly" as precise as expensive medical alternatives (especially floatation methods), it has a 2 percent margin of error. That means your final calculation is correct *plus or minus 2 percent.* That means you have a range of 4 percentage points. That does not sound very precise or helpful to me.

Nonetheless, I found the book overall to be very instructive, and it will help me design my exercise workouts for no doubt much better fat burning results.

3-0 out of 5 stars His heart's in the right place but some wrong information
Covert Bailey remains a strong proponent of the fitness-health connection, and is an entertaining writer. Overall this book is pretty good. There are several pieces of misinformation though:
1. He makes the common "low intensity exercise" mistake of depicting fat-burning vs sugar-burning as a black and white issue. At higher exercise intensity levels, you don't suddenly switch to burning sugar instead of fat, you just burn a higher percentage of calories from sugar. But since you are also burning more total calories, you'll burn more fat than when exercising at lower intensities, AND burn more sugar. Further, higher intensity exercise leaves the metabolism higher so continues to burn calories after exercise (he mentioned this effect for weight lifting but missed it for other types of anaerobic exercise).
2. In addition to his incorrect prejudice against swimming (mentioned by another reviewer), he also incorrectly states that bicycling burns little fat. At slow speeds bicycling is comparable to walking in rate of calorie (and fat) burning, at higher speeds it is comparable to running. Just check any of the calorie calculators on the web to confirm this.
3. I think he is still missing one of the main points of the value of weight lifting, which is to reverse the continual muscle loss that occurs with aging in sedentary people. ... Read more


2. Smart Exercise : Burning Fat, Getting Fit
by Covert Bailey
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Asin: 0395661145
Catlog: Book (1996-01-05)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 32042
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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The best-selling author of The New Fit or Fat offers a feast of useful information and practical advice in this comprehensive guide to exercise and training. Helpful to anyone designing a fitness program, whether it's to lose a "spare tire" or train for a marathon. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book On Exercise and Weight Loss Available!
Tired of reading all those diet books (Sugar Busters, The Amazing Just Eat Protein And You'll Permanentely Lose Weight) while you continue to get hopelessly fatter? Then I have good news, my temporarily over-fat friends: Covert Bailey's "Smart Exercise!"

Why? Because as Covert explains time and again in this wonderful book "THE ONLY WAY TO PERMANENTLY LOSE FAT IS TO BECOME A BETTER 'BUTTER BURNER', AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO EXERCISE--PERIOD!"

Save yourselves the money and heart-ache, people. No diet plan ALONE is going to keep you thin and fit. Diets will only promote temporary weight loss. Unless you plan on starving yourself the rest of your life, you'll gain all the weight back and more. Just read Covert's book and he'll explain why--in easy to understand terms. He's got a degree (in biochemistry, I beleive) from MIT. I think he knows what he's talking about.

If any of you have read Bob Greene's book (The Oprah book--another excellent choice) I think you'll be happy to see that he and Covert recommend the same things (Isn't it nice to see two experts in the field actually agreeing?) Do what Covert says, and you'll lose weight and feel better than you ever imagined. I guarantee it.

Oh, and a note on a few of the hot diet books mentioned above. Skip 'em. Sugar Busters is fine, but you need to worry about exercise first! ( For MUCH better dietary advice, Read Dr. Dean Ornish's books) And when are these "high protein diet" people going to quit? High protein diets are not only hard on your body, they also dehydrate you--which is where all that miraculous weight loss comes from. Exercise and eat a balanced diet as outlined in Covert's and Bob's books and you'll be fine.Best of luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars More in-depth explanation than I've seen before
I bought this book because it was recommended in a mens' fitness magazine as being one of the best fitness books of the decade and I don't regret it. I've read a lot about diet and exercise and after a while it all sounds the came, but Mr. Bailey's book tackles the subject of exercise in a more in-depth manner. He doesn't just tell you that low-intensity full-body exercise is good for burning fat. He explains why in a convincing manner and the explanation goes beyond the "standard" stuff you tend to see in magazines. And it's not just about burning fat either. He explains what are the best ways to work out so that you can improve your aerobic fitness or how to train your short-term engery system for sprinting, etc...

Beware that there is some discussion of biochemistry -- so you will see references to scary-sounding terms like the Krebs cycle, glucose, lactic acid, pyruvic acid, and triglycerides. However, he doesn't go into horrible, boring detail about these subjects. In fact, having some familiarity with this from previous biology classes, I think I might've enjoyed a little more in-depth treatment of these areas, but then that depends on what you're interested in. Don't worry -- it's not super-complicated. He doesn't go through all the steps of the Krebs cycle for instance. He gives you enough to illustrate the points and to show that he knows what he's talking about.

Some might find his cute humor style annoying. For instance, he talks a lot about making you a "better butter burner". And he sometimes makes up silly stories that are not true to illustrate a point. It didn't bother me, but some people might be bothered by his lack of political correctness. He is quite liberal in his use of the word "fat people". He is pretty consistent in calling them "fat" rather than "unfit". Not being into political correctness, I found this amusing rather than offensive.

One other caveat is that the book is a little bit depressing at times in that it talks a lot about fat people (his phrase, see above :-) don't burn fat well, have a smaller range in which they can rest, have difficulty exercising at the proper intensity for results, and basically are just at a tremendous disadvantage while fit people burn fat well and have many advantages in getting fit. Might be depressing to you, but if it's true, you need to know so that you can take the right steps to get on the slow road toward fitness.

3-0 out of 5 stars not all that
the book is too biology/chemistry related. I was looking for a more practical hands on approach to exercise. This is great if you are already very knowledgable and perhaps you are in the profession of exercise. For your average person it was way too detailed. A whole chapter was on the Kreb Cycle. Who cares tell me what exercises are most beneficial. He also refutes alot of theories that have been long standing in exercise yet he does'nt provide proof of his way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exercise advice for the scientifically-inclined
I bought and read this book when it first came out and refer back to it often. As many people have suggested, Bailey does not shy away from detailing the biochemistry of exercise thought he does a pretty good job of presenting some very complex material in a simple manner (he has a PhD in chemistry or something like that from MIT and it shows). I have no science background myself so I found the book to be fascinating---particularly where he addressed the effects of low-carb diets way before they became the fad they are today (p. 35-38). On the whole, the best exercise book I've read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart Book - Smart Author
Covert Bailey is a master at making physiology easy to understand for the average person. If you are looking to improve your health and get into better shape, then you should have this title on your bookshelf. It does a great job of helping you to understand what works and what doesn't.

Much like Bill Phillip's book Body For Life, this book stresses that exercise is the key to reducing fat and improving overall health. It explains why diet alone won't help you to lose weight permanently, and what the benefits of cardiovascular exercise are.

When you finish reading this book, you will have a basic understanding of how the human body works, what makes people gain weight, how muscle is formed, how fat is formed and how to take it off permanently. Medical techno-babble is translated into terms that absolutely anyone can understand. His humor and amusing metaphors make for an enjoyable reading experience as well.

...This book is worth way more than it sells for. It is packed with useful information, good science and great advice. ... Read more


3. Smart Eating
by Ronda Gates, Covert Bailey
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Asin: 039585492X
Catlog: Book (1996-12-12)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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In this companion volume to his best-selling Smart Exercise, Covert Bailey teams with Ronda Gates to show you how to achieve and maintain your ideal weight without ever dieting. The secret is choosing the right foods, and the authors tell you exactly what your body needs. Especially useful is the unique Smart Eating Food Target, a pull-out diagram that grades foods according to their fat and fiber content. And the 200 recipes specifically keyed to the Food Target make it easy to cook meals that are as nutritious as they are tasty. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Smart Eating?
I learned a lot from this book but it really left me wanting to know more. His other books are much better. The recipes were not very exciting. I loved his other books and was dissappointed with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is the most sensible way to look at food I have discoverd. I've heard Gates lecture and it's too bad her diet plan strategy is not in the book (she reported Bailey "lost interest" in the "writing process" of the book so this was excuded. You can write to Gates c/o P. O. Box 974, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 ... Read more


4. The Fit or Fat Woman
by Covert Bailey
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Asin: 0395510104
Catlog: Book (1989-04-27)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 66751
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Specific diet and exercise advice that addresses the particular needs of women, including chapters covering metabolism, hormones, and social pressures. This book combines physiological knowledge, aerobic and strength exercises, and diet basics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Has good info for newbies to fitness and seasoned vetrens. Also it is an easy read. YOu can get the majority of the book read in one night. One Negative is the last few chapters are more wordy than nessasary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go Girl!
I am fed up with the magazine image American women are sold. Thin is being sold as fitness. Covert's tape helped me to affirm my belief in fitness, not just appearance. And another thing...has anyone else noticed that on the cover of most women's magazines you are given teaser titles on how to loose 10 pounds fast, and than in the bottom corners, pictures of cookies and 19 layer chocolate cakes?

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
As a Fitness Trainer, I was amazed at the wealth of good/valuable information this book provides. I had read it originally 10 years ago, and teach many of my clients the principles Mr. Bailey describes. Use this book as your guide to weight loss!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fit Or Fat Woman
Covert Bailey speaks our language in his book. He also speaks bottom line. If you eat fat, you will be fat. I bought this book a while ago and felt I needed a push back to reality after reading all the other books (low carbs/high protein, blood type etc.) that just aren't for me. I gained weight. Its not going to happen over night with some crazy diet. We have to exercise for the rest of our lives. If you are looking for an easy way out, this isn't the book for you. But, if you are looking for the truth about how we as women are going to stay healthy and in shape, then I highly recommend you read this book. Get a buddy and start moving. I decided after turning 40 that now my happy hour hang out is at the gym! ... Read more


5. The Fit-Or-Fat Target Diet
by Covert Bailey
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Asin: 0395510821
Catlog: Book (1989-04-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Sales Rank: 195758
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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A sound and simple nutritional program for choosing the healthiest foods and achieving permanent weight loss without gimmicks. Bailey employs a unique target system that helps easily balance one's diet to obtain the full range of nutrition and reduce harmful fat. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Advice, Some Poor Advice
I'm not sure where I should put this book in terms of how good it is. Undoubtedly, it has some good advice and I would be lying if I said otherwise. At the same time, Bailey is off the deep end, which is fine if you too are off the deep end. But if you're only starting to get into a pattern of weight loss and healthy eating, this book is probably going to turn you away from that.

The fact of the matter is that Bailey has some good advice shrouded in inanity. If you eat cheese and crackers, chips, cookies, and honey roasted peanuts every night, you're not going to stop that completely and eat non-fat yogurt, non-fat cottage cheese, and ice cream once a year. It's just not going to happen. To think as much is pure folly.

The problem with this book, and every other diet book out there, is that they all say to do it now. Now now now. This makes little sense, since we have to consider the fact that any change is something we want to maintain for the rest of our lives. So, while yogurt and cottage cheese might be the ultimate goal, I think it's more effective to start with one small change at a time.

If you're not starting from scratch, but are trying to get a feel for how to hone your current healthy eating habits, this book is for you. This is precisely where I found myself and I think it did open my eyes to a few things. For instance, I think the anti-fat bandwagon is way, way overblown. But in this book, Bailey does make a good point that many of the foods that are high in fat are also very low in nutrition density. This is by far the best argument yet for avoiding things like cheese and honey.

Still, I think eating 1 bowl of ice cream a year is well into fanaticism. As is his obsession with fat. Cutting down is good. Avoiding it like it's evil is another thing entirely. In fact, it bothers me that Bailey seems to suggest that chemical substitutes are an acceptable way to avoid fat. That's a bothersome notion.

And really, why on earth would you be against pancakes? I eat buckwheat pancakes with fresh fruit and no syrup. Please explain to me why this is bad. Our psychotic fixation with directing unnecessary derision against one food is clinical sometimes. This book provides some serious examples of that.

Another thing I do not like is that portion control is not a goal in this book. He essentially admits that it's fine to eat like a slathering hog, just so long as you eat healthy food. I could not agree with that less. One of the problems we have in this society is that we cannot and will not control the amount of food we eat. If we ate reasonable amounts, there would be less of a need to consume 3 pounds of lettuce every night.

Having said that, I will reiterate that the content of the book is solid, in terms of what should and should not be eaten. Hey, let's face it, 24 ounces of steak every few days is going to kill us. Period. Eating foods high in calories and low in nutrition will fatten us, and leave us unhealthy, yearning for the nutrition our bodies require.

The concept of nutrition density is one that people should take from the book. We need nutrition, not calories. If we get ample nutrition then we're all set. If, however, we pile on the calories and lack the nutrition, our bodies cry for more food. And we give it more food, usually bad stuff.

So take the idea of nutrition density from this book. But leave the artificial substitutes there. And leave the notion that you can stuff yourself at every meal. Those are bad ideas, period. Eat a nutritious diet, learn portion control, and keep it natural and you'll do fine, even if you do eat ice cream (small portions) every night.

Worth the read, but beware of neurotic & poorly thought out advice.

1-0 out of 5 stars ONE BOOK WHICH HELPED LAUNCH HIGH CARB/LOW FAT CRAZE!
Sometime in the late 70s to early 80s an anti-fat movement began to gain momentum, to the complete detriment of American health. Mr. Bailey along with Nathan Pritikin, Jane Brody, Dean Ornish, and many others (including that hyperactive woman who kept screaming: "Stop the insanity) became the gurus who have helped lead Americans into the state of health we are in today. Ladies and gentlemen, please read the statistics - Americans have never been so obese, not to mention the fact that type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. are increasing in this country. The "eat all you want", high carb/no fat/low fat solution may work (at best) if you workout maniacally, to the extreme on a daily basis (stop or reduce your daily workout and the weight comes back with a vengeance - EVEN IF - you are still following your no fat/high carb plan! Since the mid 80s I had tried to lose weight and keep it off by following this philosophy and I experienced short periods of weight reduction at best (it was always an unrelenting struggle). I would always gain the weight back faster than ever before - that is - until I got off the "fat free/low carb merry-go-round" and switched to the "Protein Power Program". I've lost the weight painlessly, gained energy, and only have to workout 3 to 4 days a week to maintain (I include free weights, and Pilates). It's hard to believe that after all these years the philosophy behind books such as this one continues to prevail. I only wish I could give this book 0 stars. Please check out the books by Drs. Michael & Mary Dan Eades, Dr. Atkins, and Dana Carpenter, and Dr. Diana Schwarzbein.

5-0 out of 5 stars great way to analyze the nutritional value of low-fat food
At first I didn't get this book because of another reviewer's comments. But, I like Covert Bailey's books so much that I decided to go for it. I'm glad I did. There's different material here than in Smart Eating -- greater depth. The prior reviewer mentioned "Bailey units," which is not a concept in the book. I suspect the reviewer was referring to the target units used to analyze food for serving size, calories, and nutritional value. It's similar to other units, points, or exchange models. I found the target unit analysis very useful as a tool for checking up on how I'm doing. I've been very successful eating low fat and have lost 46 pounds, but a recent analysis of my eating using the concepts in this book revealed some room for improving the nutritional quality of my food. Someone new to the target concept might need to do more analysis at first to get used to the model. The circular target chart is a bit clearer in Smart Eating, but The Fit or Fat Target Diet doesn't have all those recipes. Great stuff for analyzing food quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Superceded by Bailey/Gates Smart Eating
Great principles. No one cares about Bailey units, however. The book has been superceded by Smart Eating by Bailey and his associate, health promotion educator, Ronda Gates. In addition to an update of Target Diet Principles Smart Eating includes 200 quick-to-fix great tasting recipes that are keyed to the Smart Eating Target concept ... Read more


6. The Complete Fit or Fat Book: The New Fit or Fat/the Fit-Or-Fat Woman/the Fit-Or-Fat Target Diet/Fit-Or-Fat Target Recipes
by Covert Bailey, Lea Bishop
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Asin: 157866117X
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Galahad Books
Sales Rank: 264985
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7. Smart Talk on Health & Fitness
by Covert Bailey
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Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
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Covert Bailey, renowned fitness crusader and best-selling author, offers a delightful combination of humor, motivation, and facts in his latest audio original, Smart Talk on Health and Fitness. Bailey teaches you how to improve your level of health and fitness through what you eat and answers some classic health questions such as: Why Don't Fat Eskimos Have Heart Attacks?, Do You Need More Food in Winter? What's a Balanced Diet? How Do You Get a True Vitamin Deficiency? and Why Do Cows Get Fat on a Low-Fat Diet? His down-home humor makes good nutrition easier to swallow. 2 cassettes. ... Read more


8. Fit-Or-Fat Target Recipes
by Covert Bailey, Lea Bishop
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Catlog: Book (1989-04-01)
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9. The New Fit or Fat
by Covert Bailey
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Asin: 0395585643
Catlog: Book (1991-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars common sense guide to fitness
I really liked how the author differentiated between "overweight" and "overfat." You can be overweight, like a body builder, but not be "fat" by any means. I learned quite a bit here. Basically, good exercise (and he provides many, many tips on this) is the key to having a healthy body. And he doesn't think dieting is a good idea. I like this guy. If you're looking to get in better shape or lose weight, this book is for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BIBLE OF FAT LOSS!!
No other book describes what it takes to lose fat better than this one.Covert is brilliant at describing how the metabolism works in such a way that anyone can understand it.I refer to it oftenwhen my motivationslips because this book motivates as well as educates.It is pure commonsense which is something that is lacking in today's society.This book isall you need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, easy to understand, informative, a great source
It was an excellent source of basic information for the newcomer to the fitness world.The chapters were easy to understand but were in depth enough get the point across. An excellent source for someone who wants toget in shape. However, if you want a more scientific, in depth discussion,this may be a bit too simple.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book - changed my life
I am in my early thirties and had steadily gained weight for about three years at the rate of 4 or five pounds a year.The result was that last year I found myself about 15 pounds over my ideal 120lbs.I found thisbook logical and inspirational as it deals with lifestyle and eating habitsrather than dieting.Over the course of about 9 months I lost all myexcess weight without having to resort to diets. I am fitter and healthierand attribute this to the change in mindset I got from this easy to readbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars lots of good comprehensive info. on exercise and diet
Interesting information on the scientifics of our bodies and how they work, burning fat etc.A definite must have book for anyone who is interested on starting a workout program, or even those who are currentlyworking out.Mr.Bailey gets to the point with info that's easy to read andfollow. ... Read more


10. Covert Bailey's Total Body Power: An Action Program for Total Fitness
by Covert Bailey
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Asin: 1559274190
Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Sales Rank: 1100385
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Inspiration
Covert Bailey IS fitness!!! He blows all of the nonsense hype about fad diets and exercise out of your mind and replaces it with the truth! I own every product he has ever sold and I never get tired of them. The Total Body Power series is the best yet. I especially enjoy Christina Bailey's (Covert's daughter) workout. It's fun and effective. Covert Bailey's Total Body Power Program is the only library of fitness information you will ever need!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW!!!
This series is fantastic and I highly recommend it! Covert takes you step by step through proper eating and exercise!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great tools for the job of fitness
This tape series was enlightening and extremely useful. As a professional athlete, I found Bailey's understanding and approach to the facts about fitness outstanding, motivating and, above all, useful. He starts at the fundamental level and works his way up. This is a "Fitness 101" for anyone who wants to understand the way our body works with regards to metabolism, fitness, weightloss and nutrition. It was a breakthrough for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I heard Covert Bailey lecture at many dental conferences. He's funny. But this dental assistant believes he must need an audience to get him going because these tapes are boring, disjointed and without purpose--except maybe to make tapes. See Covert Bailey live or buy his PBS tapes if you want to watch and learn. ... Read more


11. Fit Or Fat New Way to Health and Fitness
by Covert Bailey
list price: $5.70
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Asin: 0395271622
Catlog: Book (1978-08)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co
Sales Rank: 921888
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my body image
This first of Covert Bailey's "Fit or Fat" series, the 1978 publication, saved my life literally when I was a sophomore in college and had gained much weight and, although I had been a fairly active person, hadn't been exercising. Covert's 12-minute approach to aerobic exercising -- which doesn't mean just dance, it means anything that keeps your heartrate up to a certain level for a certain amount of time -- made me realize I didn't have to "waste" precious time to get in shape. But most of all, I DIDN'T HAVE TO DIET! He explains the importance of light weight lifting and to basically give yourself a break and accept that none of us are going to have a perfect body. He also turned me on to jump-roping as a cardiovascular exercise, and I still love it. Anyone concerned with health ought to check out Covert Bailey! ... Read more


12. Target Recipes
by Covert Bailey, Lea Bishop
list price: $11.95
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Asin: 039537698X
Catlog: Book (1985-03-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Sales Rank: 1434039
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great, Tasty Recipes
Target Recipes gives you a whole range of dishes designed to be both delicious and healthfully low in fat. The recipes are easy to make, and simple instructions show how to adapt your own favorites to lower fat content. ... Read more


13. Target recipes: For fit or fat folks
by Covert Bailey

Asin: B000714C9M
Catlog: Book (1984)
Publisher: B & B Enterprises]
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14. Covert Bailey's Total body power!
by Covert Bailey

Asin: B0006RSAUE
Catlog: Book (1995)
Publisher: Distributed by Guthy-Renker Fitness
Sales Rank: 1830988
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15. Fit Or Fat Target Diet the Easiest Plan
by Covert Bailey

Asin: 6631581079
Catlog: Book
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 2021767
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16. The target diet
by Covert Bailey

Asin: B0006YGFQ8
Catlog: Book (1983)
Publisher: C. Bailey
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