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    1. French Women Don't Get Fat
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    Catlog: Book (2004-12-28)
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    2. The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet: Boost metabolism, get rid of fattening toxins, safely lose up to 8 pounds overnight and keep them off for good
    by Ann Louise Gittleman
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    Asin: 0767920457
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-08)
    Publisher: Morgan Road Books
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Results Driven
    Well I have to say that I was shocked at the results I received even without exercise and a little cheating while on the detox track, I lost 5 pounds. Now imagine if you keep to the 11 day plan for the detox and do some mild-moderate exercise? The results can be endless!! I also noticed how much clearer my skin has been since on being on the Fast Track detox diet. I am definitely going to continue on the Fast Track!
    Christina Rose~*

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, but too much hype
    There is one thing that I absolutely agree with Ann Luise - the amount of chemicals that we are exposed to in our daily lives is overwhelming. I think that cleansing our bodies from them ("unchemicalizing ourselves") from time to time is a very good idea. There are several other authors that pointed to this problem in the past. There are also a few who suggested better or worse cleansing solutions. My favorite to date was Mikhail Tombak who offers total body cleansing solutions (starting with the liver, via kidney, intestines, bones and joints, and ending with blood) in one of the chapters of his book Can We Live 150 Years. The other author dealing extensively with this topic in her few books is Hulda Clark. Gittleman's Detox Diet is only a good addition to the anthology. I do, however, have a problem with the "eight pounds weight loss in a day" idea. Isn't this just a little over-promising?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Always interesting
    Even if it's not quite an overnight diet, there's always something helpful, tips, ideas, tactics, that you can take away from one of Ann Louise Gittleman's books and incorporate into your weight loss approach.

    Definitely one for my weight loss library!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great "non-diet" way to lose weight AND regain energy!
    This is yet another of Ann Louise Gittleman's sound nutritional plans to safely and effectively lose weight AND regain health and energy. Yesterday was my last day of the 11-day Fast Track and I lost a total of 13.5 pounds!! I lost 10 lbs on the prequel, 3.5 lbs on the one-day fast, and maintained during the sequel. I'm thrilled!! I'll be Fast Tracking it every 6-8 weeks because I FEEL GREAT!!

    Even during the one-day fast I wasn't really that hungry and I slept great that night and woke up the next morning feeling more rested and energetic than ever...AND 3.5 lbs lighter!! I'm totally amazed at how great I feel and how much weight I lost in 11 days because, honestly, I didn't feel like I went hungry or really did without.

    I did give up my beverage of choice, coffee, and did really miss it for a few days. But now I find myself craving cranwater even more than!

    I'm going into Gittleman's Fat Flush plan now to continue to lose the remaining 50 lbs I have to lose. I'll combine it with another Fast Track Detox session every few weeks to jumpstart my metabolism and add some variety. This is a very "non-diet" way to lose weight, especially when you have 50+ lbs like I do. As an added bonus is all the energy I have and the fact that I feel healthier than ever at 44!

    Thanks for a great plan, once again, Ann Louise!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Plateau Buster
    What a great experience!I lost 4.5 lbs in the prequel and 3 lbs on the fast day for a total of 7.5 lbs in all.The best news is that was last week and the weight is still off.Thanks Ann Louise!This has helped kick start my weight loss again after being on a stubborn plateau.I plan on doing the fast again next month. ... Read more

    3. The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life
    by David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
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    Asin: 1579549985
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-19)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 268
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health-for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Or you could spend just six weeks with David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health magazine, on THE ABS DIET-an easy and effective program for everyone that is helping thousands of people lose weight, flatten their guts, banish post-pregnancy bellies, and become healthier than they ever thought possible.
    What's more, once on this revolutionary new diet you'll look and feel better than ever without deprivation dieting, counting calories, measuring foods, worrying about confusing phases-or ever feeling hungry!
    Sound impossible? Let David Zinczenko prove it to you. As editor-in-chief of the world's most important men's magazine, Zinczenko has devoted his career to helping people improve their lives through the latest and most well-researched health, nutrition, and exercise information available.
    Now, in the national bestseller THE ABS DIET, Zinczenko reveals his infallible formula that works for both men and women:
    >>The ABS DIET POWER foods: the 12 best foods (all part of an easy-to-remember acronym) that will naturally boost your metabolism so that you can strip away fat, build muscle, and look and feel great for life. (Bonus: Many of the Abs Diet Powerfoods are even-gasp-carbs!)
    >>SIMPLICITY: This low-maintenance program is easy to follow because there are no scales, no phases, no calculus-like formulas to compute, and no recipes that take a culinary degree to make. (One of the secret weapons: Satiating smoothies.) In fact, many of the dozens and dozens of delicious meals you can make take no more than a few minutes to prepare!
    INCENTIVE: The plan never leaves you hungry. Instead, it encourages you to eat (a whopping six times a day!), stokes your metabolism, and even lets you cheat now and then.
    ENERGY: Designed to help you build the lean muscle that and melt away that pesky belly fat, this full-body exercise program can be done at home in only 20 minutes, 3 times a week, with nothing more than a set of dumbbells!
    LONGEVITY: An easy-to-remember maintenance plan will help you maintain your flat stomach forever.
    Thousands of people are on THE ABS DIET, which can help you lose up to 20 pounds in six weeks-all while gaining pounds of muscle!-because it's easy to follow and even easier to stick to. THE ABS DIET also describes some of the stories of people who went on the program and had amazing successes. In those cases, these people ended up changing their waistlines-and their lives.
    THE ABS DIET is the best, last and only diet and nutrition plan that you will ever need.

    Read about how low-carb diets are making you fat, about how the food industry is putting secret fat bombs in your favorite foods, and about how you can fight back. You'll find out why 95 percent of all diets fail, and why THE ABS DIET is different.

    So how about joining on for a six-pack? Yours.

    - 12 "superfoods" that will change your life.

    - A simple maintenance plan to keep your abs from disappearing

    Six weeks to superior strength and sexy symmetry every man-and woman! -lusts after. Men's Health can show you how.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced, Helpful Information - But Not For Abs
    Ninety percent of this book is about adopting and maintaining a diet and exercise plan that will reduce body fat percentage, increase LBM, and lead to a more healthy body. The information in the "Abs Diet" can be beneficial to beginners to nutrition, weight training, and cardio, but for those with the basics down, it likely contain information already known. Here is a reiteration for the umpteenth time of the following: The Glycemic Index (GI). Avoid the starvation mode by eating small, balanced, and nutritious meals throughout the day to keep the metabolism up and running by eating approximately every 3 to 3.5 hours. Keep your body adequately hydrated. Avoid sugars, fructose and corn syrups. Really? The basic theme of feed the muscle burn the fat, that has been regurgitated for years now.

    The only portion of this book that focuses on defining the abdominals and obliques is the last chapter. So why the title?

    This book is put forth by two authors with backgrounds in health and nutrition. David Zinczenko is editor and chief of "Men's Health" magazine, which gives advice to the perrenially out-of-shape and uneducated, according to its own statistics on it market base readership. The title "Abs Diet: The Six Week Plan to flatten your stomach," is another attempt to ride the recent health wave of out-of-shape Americans who are spending billions to obtain any information they can get their hands on regarding anything that is 1. "healthy" and 2. will make them look better.

    For someone to shed the fat that covers their abdominals they need to very knowledgeable about their diet to a "T" This takes lots of time, trial and error, and consideration, while simultaneously living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a properly executed exercise regimen. All these things mentioned, can NOT be done in a mere 6 weeks. The title alone insinuates and perpetuates the myth of "spot reduction" when it comes to reducing body fat percentage.

    Those who seek instant gratification with little effort or long-term foresight will be the buyers of this book. Check out Tom Venuto.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable information, truly effective.
    First off: I'm in my fourth week of the plan and I've lost over 15 pounds, more than one size down in my waist, feeling great, and not even thinking I'm on a "diet".

    Second: If you bought this book and you're already a fit person like some of the reviewers, you need to pay better attention. This isn't "an abs workout book", it's a diet.

    Bottom line: Intelligently presented, logical explanation of how (and why) you can change your lifestyle to make drastic and effective changes for life. Just by my undertaking this program, my better half has lost 8 pounds as well (and the extent of her participation is that we eat the same meals pretty regularly).

    I'd never tried a diet before this one because, frankly, they never made any sense to me. After reading about the plan on the web site, I had to read the book. Once you read it, you'll believe. It's fact, not fads.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A healthier approach to weightloss!
    I have long sought a weightloss plan which allowed you to take a sensible approach to eating, while incorporating all of the food groups. The Abs Diet is it. I began the diet a couple of weeks ago and have begun to see results in the loss of belly-fat. As a middle age woman whose genes have suggested a predisposition to a "thick middle," I have found that the diet alone has left me totally satisfied, while eating the foods that I like, in sensible nutritious amounts. I have lost my craving for sugary foods through the fruit that I eat everyday, and I have found that the small amount of pasta and bread that I eat has overcome the craving for carbs. South Beach and Atkins watch out! I expect that when I begin to work out again(I am recovering from shoulder surgery) I will experience major results, while living a healthier lifestyle! I am a vegetarian, so I must carefully monitor my protein intake. The inclusion of 3 snacks a day has allowed me to ingest a healthier level of nutrients.

    While this book was written with men in mind, my only criticism is that it should have included a feminine side as well!

    3-0 out of 5 stars I thought we weren't supposed to count calories...
    Let me start off by saying, I'm not condemning this book. I didn't buy it to educate myself on how to eat right and exercise - I already knew that from the half-dozen or so other books I have read on the subject. I was curious to see Mr. Zinczenko's take on the 12 power foods and exercise regimen. In short, my conclusion is that the rate of weight you are expected to drop following the plan to the letter is unhealthy.

    By that I mean that his book specifies the 6 meals you are to eat a day and the simple exercises that go with it. Even though the book tells you time and time again not to count calories - for curiosity's sake I did anyway for the first week just to see what Zinczenko's power foods and portions came to. My conclusion is that I averaged 1600 calories a day. Couple that meager amount with my exercise routine and I have a net effect of about 1000-1100 calories for my body not burned off by exercise.

    Based on my 6' 2" frame and basal metabolic rate, I'm likely to have a calorie deficit of about 1500 calories a day. Simple math tells me I would lose a minimum of about a pound every two days. In fact I lost 4 ½ lbs the first week. Sounds good doesn't it? Well the problem is most nutritionists (and I have talked to several) will tell you not to lose more than 2 pounds per week on any plan. You risk cannibalizing your own muscle for energy and therefore set yourself up to gain it all back in the future. In other words the average man should probably take the slow and steady approach and feed themselves about 2000-2200 calories a day of healthy food.

    I guess my point is, that while the science is good and Zinczenko's motivation seems rational - when you really look at what he has you eat and how much, it is a starvation plan whether he admits it or not. Breaking it up into six meals is helpful, but at the end of the day I find myself craving more food. The portions suggested in the book are not realistic for long-term maintenance.

    2-0 out of 5 stars silly, silly, silly!
    Abs diet?

    come on. Does fat know where to go?

    Oh, Mr. Oreo, please don't go to my abs, go to my calf?

    If you think fat has intelligence and won't go to your abs, then you need a shrink, not a diet book. ... Read more

    4. 6-Day Body Makeover : Drop One Whole Dress or Pant Size in Just 6 Days--and Keep It Off
    by Michael Thurmond
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-11)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 288
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Lightning fast weight loss is now a reality with THE 6-DAY BODY MAKEOVER. The secret to Thurmond’s rapid fat-loss formula is customization. By customizing a diet regimen to an individual’s unique body type and metabolism, the program delivers dramatic results, making it easy for virtually anyone to lose a whole dress or pant size in just six days. Thurmond’s exclusive "blueprinting system" helps you identify your individual body type so that you can select just the right foods in the right combination to trigger rapid fat loss. With customized meal plans, menus and recipes, fat burning exercise secrets, a maintenance plan, and more, readers will be amazed at the difference six days can make. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It Works!
    I'm writing this on day 6 of the 6 day body makeover.I lost 5 pounds! I didn't expect to loose so much because I'm not that much over weight, in fact five pounds was my goal!I'm going to Hawaii in two weeks and wanted to be swim suit ready.This way of eating is very foreign to me because two servings of meat a day is my usual max.I stuck to it though and now jeans that were too tight last week fit again.My stomach is flatter than it has been in a long time.This diet rocks! p.s I'm over 40 and loosing weight wasn't easy anymore, until now!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars it works, but it requires consistency
    I'm rating this a 3 bec I haven't bought his book, but I did buy the plan after watching an infomercial, and with consistency, it worked for me for a while.This was about 3 years ago.I lost 27 lbs in about 10 weeks.Then I stalled for about 6 weeks, got discouraged and gave up.

    I did the bands 4x per week, day 1 on Mondays and Thursdays, and day 2 on Tuesdays and Fridays.I also walked btw 40 and 60 minutes on my treadmill Mon - Fri.I took the weekends off to give my body rest.

    I drank 15 cups of water per day, because I had about 100 lbs. to lose.

    I joined an online support group that had challenges to keep me going.My husband was also a big support.

    The hardest part was eating so much fish!!!For my body type, I needed to forego red meat (my fave!) and stick to mostly fish, but also poultry.I ate fish for every meal, trying to lose and it worked, but I grew to hate the fish.I love salmon, but it wasn't allowed for my body type.

    I don't know why I stalled.I was following the plan to a "T".Maybe I needed to do some diff exercise to shake things up a bit, or maybe I just needed to wait it out longer.After losing 27 lbs in 10 weeks, and then stalling for 6 weeks...I had mixed feelings walking away from the plan.It worked...but, you have to be consistent to stick to anything, I guess.

    I ended up getting pregnant a few months after giving up his plan, and stopped trying to lose weight altogether.(and of course, I gained it back, and then some...sigh)

    I should mention, I also have fibromyalgia and the exercise turned out to be a great benefit to my overall energy levels and reducing stiffness and muscle pain.

    I am looking at Ann Louise Gittleman these days, bec I'm getting into those pre-menopause years, but I may buy Michael's book to see what new things he's suggesting.I have read a lot of plans and pick and choose what seems to be consistent in most of them, and what makes the most sense to me personally.

    I'm really sick of the whole yo-yo thing, and am after a healthy plan I can live with as a lifestyle...not so much a diet to lose, but a way to eat and exercise that is healthy and doable for me.I like the divided plate concept that is touted in other eating plans...half veggies, 1/3 starches, 1/3 protein...using your hand to measure: palm = meat portion, fist = starch, cupped hand = veggies, thumb = fats. Walking each day.Seems simple & liveable.

    Best wishes to us all to living a healthier lifestyle!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
    I've admired Michael Thurmond's work since I first saw him appear on Extreme Makeover. I purchased this book soon after it was published, excited to try out his plan for myself. The book is well written and well organized, offering a personal body type test in order to identify the correct six day meal plan for each individual.

    I didn't expect to lose an entire dress size at the end of the six day period (I'm not overweight, but I'm trying to lose about 10 pounds and tone up for the summer).As I expected, I had not lost a whole dress size at the end of the six days, though I did lose 4 pounds, and more importantly, I learned some excellent eating habits and workout tips. For the past two or three years, I've consumed more frozen meals than I can remember. I always find myself starving about two hours after consuming one, however. Michael's book promotes a very "whole foods" approach to eating, offering recipes with virtually no sugar or salt. I can honestly say I was not hungry one time during the 6 day period (I did tire of chicken breast and turkey breast from time to time, but I did not follow all of the recommended recipes).

    All in all, I believe that this is a great read for anyone that wants to learn more about health and finess, metabolism, and a healthy approach to eating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Weight loss and increased energy
    This is a great book.I have seen Michael Thurmond on Extreme Makeover and his infomercial for the Six Week Body Makeover.I thought this book would be a great way to sample his ideas.In the six days since the book arrived, I am down a size, and more importantly, I'm not hungry and have more energy.The book has you take a quiz to determine if your body type is A, B, C, D or E.Then it recommends an eating plan for your body type.The eating plans have you eating five or six small meals a day, combining measured portions of protein with certain vegetables, fruits or carbohydrates.The book also recommends daily long slow distance exercise, like walking for 45 to 60 minutes.Then he tells you how to modify the eating plan after the six days by adding additional fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates. He also includes modifications to his plan for certain health problems.I have been doing Weight Watchers, but without much recent success. I find that this works well with Weight Watchers.This past week I lost several pounds, and more importantly, gained energy.I just feel so good when I follow this plan. ... Read more

    5. Rachael Ray's Get Real Meals for the Carb-Frustrated
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    Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
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    6. Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork : A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle
    by Mike Huckabee
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    Asin: 0446578061
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
    Publisher: Center Street
    Sales Rank: 314
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book and live a healthier life!
    I heard the author on "The Sean Hannity Show" and was so impressed that I bought the book that evening.Gov. Mike Huckabee is right on the money with this book and he is living proof that you can get healthier, IF, you make a commitment to yourself.This book is informative and motivational.The title says it all......too many Americans ARE digging their grave with a knife and fork.If you want to live a happy, healthy life, read this book.The time to change your life is now.I highly recommend this book.

    Dr. Michael L. Johnson, author of "What Do You Do When the Medications Don't Work?--A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia, and Other Chronic Conditions"

    5-0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good guide to healthy living
    It's not everyday that you find a book by an elected official that ends on a positive note."Quit Digging" is both informative and inspirational.The best advice for living a healthy life given by someone that has been through the process. I would recommend this book to anyone who hasn't had luck with diets or even those that think they can't get motivated to live better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Motivational Guide to getting healthy
    Mike Huckabee truly gives an insight on why weight loss should not be a goal but healthy living should be our focus. He lays out in an entertaining and useful way tips on becoming healthy. Along with a personal and inspiring message that gives the reader encouragement and hope. I reccomend this book to everyone and encourage you to read this and his other books This is a great book by a great author. ... Read more

    7. The pH Miracle for Weight Loss : Balance Your Body Chemistry, Achieve Your Ideal Weight
    by Robert O. Young, Shelley Redford Young
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    Asin: 0446577227
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-12)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 776
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Weight loss is not about fat; it’s all about acid. So forget about fat grams, cholesterol, carbs, and calories: reaching your ideal weight is simply a matter of maintaining the delicate pH balance of the blood. And in his new book, Dr. Young offers a simple 7-step diet and exercise plan to help you change your shape and shed those pounds once and for all. How ever many pounds you need to lose before you reach your ideal, healthy weight--10, 30, 100--multiply it by two. That’s the maximum number of days it will take to reach your goal with the plan. This revolutionary program explains which foods will help you obtain the best results and how the right type of water can make a big difference. Also including a specific exercise plan and menus with delicious recipes, THE pH MIRACLE FOR WEIGHT LOSS will help readers balance their body chemisty and lose those extra pounds for good. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Yet Another pH Miracle Book - **YAWN**
    Alkalizing did not produce results for me. Weight loss is still about diet, calories and metabolic rate, no matter how you disguise those factors with supplements or theories designed to sell them.

    As I've said elsewhere, if fat is an acid problem, why doesn't vinegar make you fat? Perhaps because there are no calories in vinegar? The products behind the ph Miracle can only be sold by word of mouth and in your home on a table or shelf, sort of a shrine. Why? Why can't you sell it on eBay or in your own health food store? Maybe because that would mean price competition, and at $80 a pound for some powdered veggies you can understand why competition is unwelcome.

    Beware when manipulative marketing organizations, no matter how many scholarly credentials they have, ask you to open your wallet for products or tests designed to confirm the need for the products. They're trying to help you while helping themselves to your wallet. There are plenty of watchdog sites to explain the aggressive marketing tactics used by some MLM charlatans. Books such as "Combating Cult Mind Control" by Hassan, or "Dangerous Persuaders" by Samways, or Butterfield's book on Amway ... With any MLM, you should first ask HOW will I recover my initial sales kit investment? WHO will buy these products at these prices? Take it from a Long Distance Marketing vet who took a bath ... MLM is set up for and by the people at the top of the pyramid who milk the profits. And if you encounter any alternative marketing strategies, like some warmly seductive member of the opposite sex who comes on to you in a major but false way - but won't give you the time of day when you're not BUYING something - report it to the company, the MLM marketing association, and any appropriate authorities. The public is not required to tolerate any form of harassment in sales, marketing, or employment situations. Complaining long and loud is the only way to put manipulative people where they belong. If you don't, you too could end up feeling USED and PLAYED by the GREEDY motivations of manipulative people. And there is nothing moral about pulling people's heartstrings to line your own pockets. It is un-Christian and it should be stopped.

    I lost weight when I boosted my metabolic rate to burn calories through exercise. In America we eat heavily all year round. In the summer we store fat when the heat reduces our metabolic rate and we hibernate in air conditioning, and in the winter we're supposed to burn the stored fat to stay warm, but instead we keep eating and live in warm homes. Then we complain we're fat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scientific Health is Yours!
    For the first time in my 47 years of life, I decided to go on a program after reading Dr Young's book.

    I must say I was impressed, and at the same time understood that not taking any incentive would mean poor health for the rest of my life. So I took up the challenge.

    I followed religiously all of your recommendations and tips and succeeded finally, oh btw I forgot to mention that my lower back used to hurt all the time and also my liver used to bother me. But now all the pain is gone thanks to this system. Here are just a few of the benefits I received: my blood pressure now is 117/84 (still can't believe it),

    I lost 19 pounds in 2 weeks, although I wasn't overweight, my skin is firm and silky and everybody is giving me compliments wherever I go, they just can't believe I'm 47.

    The only drawback is that I had to go and get my lenses replaced in my reading glasses because my vision has improved so much I couldn't use them anymore they became too strong.

    I now feel very light and even enlightened, and feel at least 12 years younger, my sleep has improved tremendously, and I go to the bathroom at night only once compared to 2 or 3 before.

    Thank you very much I will recommend your book to all of my friends, boy are they unhealthy and overweight!

    This is not some fad diet though; it WILL influence your decisions to the better. Dr Young explains that it's not the fat that is making you fat but rather the acid.

    Well, I don't want to give the whole book away you will have to find out for yourself.

    Scientific Health is Yours! Go get it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly a Miracle
    THis is the only diet book I have read that promotes true health and a sustainable life-long diet.I lost my entire goal of 30 pounds in 6 weeks!!I feel great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book, Amazing Insights
    This is a book that will save your health and your life.

    It is easy to see why some say Dr. Young is the Martin Luther King of health.

    The recipes are delicious.Results came for me within days.

    If you don't have time to follow this approach, at least read the book.There are many tips and facts that will change the way you think about food.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for anyone wishing to reclaim their health!
    I have read all of Dr. Young's books and this one is his best yet!Dr. Young has brought the reader straight to the heart of his new biology...simply and with the gentleness he shows every person who is blessed to meet him.This book allows the reader to learn about the new biology with clear instructions on how to follow his protocol, while giving them a true feel for the man behind the science.Dr. Young brings it all order to be successful in achieving your goals you MUST be willing to change the way you think, live and eat.It is a true mind-body connection and he took the time to give examples on how to begin reconnecting to yourself to live the life you dared to dream possible.You don't have to suffer, be ashamed of what you eat, how you look or depend on drugs to get the results you want.You have a choice and reading this book will be one of the best choices you can make for yourself and loved ones. No matter what your situation is...Dr. Young's book will help you to achieve your ideal life!I am personally grateful for his work and energy he has put into each book.Because of them I have been living a life without chronic diarrhea, pain, high blood pressure, and GERD. Together my husband and I have lost over 42 pounds and are in the best shape of our lives.Thank you Dr. this book--it is the answer for anyone truly ready to live again.Any parent out there wanting to save your child from a life of depression, being an outcast, developing diabetes, heart disease and all the things associated with being over weight will benefit from reading this book.It is never too late to help our children! ... Read more

    8. Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover : An Accelerated Program of Exercise and Nutrition for Maximum Results in Minimum Time
    by Bob Greene
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    Fitness is a lifetime commitment, but you can accelerate results and transform your body in 12 weeks, says Bob Greene, best known as Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer. Not for the "move a little" crowd, this program is intense and challenging, whatever your starting level. "It's a bit like boot camp," Greene acknowledges. You'll do vigorous aerobic exercise 15 (beginning level), 30 (intermediates), or 45 (advanced) minutes 6 days a week, and increase 2 minutes each week--and double your usual minutes for one workout a week. You'll also strength train with dumbbells or machines and do functional training (strengthening stabilizing muscles).

    The eating plan is not a diet--rather Greene describes 5 eating rules to help you eat fewer and burn more calories: curb emotional eating, eat breakfast, establish an eating cut-off time, drink lots of water, and limit alcohol. You'll get enough calories to sustain your intense exercise routine, but cut out the calories otherwise stored as fat.

    Greene, author of Get With the Program and Make the Connection, also analyzes popular diets, and fills the book with motivational stories of his successful clients. Recommended for those who are ready to commit to an intense program to burn fat, increase metabolism, and change habits for the long haul. --Joan Price ... Read more

    9. The South Beach Diet : The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
    by Arthur Agatston
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-19)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The verdict is in: those simple carbs we've been living on are killing us. For good health, we've got to get our blood sugar under control and stop the incessant cravings. Or so says Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach Diet. The first half of the book details the science behind the diet. Most of the explanations revolve around why things you thought were healthy—-orange juice, wheat toast, carrots—-are actually evil. To avoid blood sugar surges, Agatston created a modified carbohydrate plan, recommending plenty of high-fiber foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats, while cutting bread, rice, pastas, and fruits. Major differences from other diets include a lack of concern over portion size and a serious indifference to exercise. Feeling full while on a diet is a beautiful thing, but it seems odd that a cardiologist buries his exercise recommendations in a solitary sentence.

    The last half of the book covers his three-stage plan; daily diets are mixed with recipes, some of which are from South Beach restaurant chefs. The most restrictive period lasts just two weeks, enough time to stabilize your urges and lose a few pounds; stage two adds fruits and a handful of other carbs, while stage three is meant to last the remainder of your life, with occasional lapses for white bread or birthday cake.While the diet is sound, the book could be better organized. The first half mixes scientific study with anecdote in a seemingly random way, while the mix of meal plans and recipes can be confusing. Still, the recipes are varied and tasty, and you'll never feel deprived, unless you currently happen to live by bread alone. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars New Alternative
    There must be something about The South Beach Diet that makes it so popular. However, I think that we in North America, while chasing the perfect body, forgot about what really matters - the perfect health.

    I am a creature that trusts everybody, but not without a dose of skepticism. Therefore I always make a point of trying new approaches on my own before expressing any opinion. After going trough The South Beach Diet I realized that Agatston is just updated version of old Atkins. Although these two low carb approaches certainly bring good results from the point of loosing weight, I am not really convinced that this is what one need to focus on. First of all, it is a hard diet to follow, and sooner or later one is bound to break some of the rules. Secondly, I find that in a healthy diet we need carbs the same way as we need fats and proteins.

    Out of all approaches to losing weight, the one that makes most sense to me is presented by Dr. Tombak in his book "Can We Live 150 Years?" Using simple language he talks abut all aspect of health and longevity. Following some simple food combination guidelines, and not letting your stomach direct your actions are the basic things that one needs to do. As Dr. Tombak advises: "Eat to live instead of living to eat!"

    The interesting thing is that once I started following Dr. Tombak's guidelines I lost about 10 pounds within six to seven weeks without ever focusing on losing weight. I was more concerned about proper nutrition and healthy life style more than anything else. Loosing weight was just a pleasant byproduct of my new lifestyle.

    But of course that is not all. It turns out that improper diet is only one of a few causes of obesity for many people. Mr. Tombak names other, less known causes of the problem and he also suggests the ways of dealing with them.

    2-0 out of 5 stars use your HEAD, not some DIET!
    This is a good plan for those who need to follow some sort of "diet," but a better read is "The Overfed Head" by Rob Stevens. Stevens teaches how to learn to pay attention to what your body actually needs instead of filling your head with all kinds of diet regimens. It's much better to let your body's own natural instincts guide your behavior rather than what some diet seller tells you to do!It's also the only book you'll ever need to buy since there are no special recipes to sell use your favorite foods and your BRAIN!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars To lose weight, just head South.
    This is a diet book whose plan is to get you to lose weight by limiting your carbohydrates- essentially another low-carbohydrate diet. It has 3 phases where your carbohydrates are severely restricted at first, and then re-introduced. These kinds of diets will definitely help you lose weight in the short run, but in the long run, they fare just as well as any regular calorie restricted diet. An easy read, I give it 4 stars. Readers interested in other weight loss books might also want to check out "The No-Beach, No-Zone, No-Nonsense Weight Loss Plan" to see what the published research has to say about losing weight. Happy reading!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helps you focus on the right things
    My friends recommended the diet so I've been giving it a go for a couple of days and so far like what I'm eating and feel good. Whether this sticks or not, I see that I'm getting educated about what I put in my body and how it affects my weight.

    I also purchased a recommended title the "Emotional Intelligence Quick Book" and I read it in the last few nights. It's actually a good pairing because I've been learning how my mood affects my behavior (my eating!) and how I can control it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECTDIET

    I found the diet to be the best I ever tried and with all the foods I love to eat, even in the first two stages. I lost ten pounds the first two weeks and I did lose the belly fat first as told by the DR. A total of 25lbs was lost which was what I hoped for. I recommend it to everyone for a healthy weight loss!!!!! i also share with you a wonderfull book Sex and the perfect lover by Mabel Iam, ... Read more

    10. Slim and Sexy Forever
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Crown
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    11. Nutrition : Concepts and Controversies (with CD-ROM, Dietary Reference Intakes Supplement, and InfoTrac)
    by Frances Sienkiewicz Sizer, Eleanor Noss Whitney
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    Catlog: Book (2003-05-15)
    Publisher: Brooks Cole
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    NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERIES, 9th focuses on nutrition principles and their application while offering outstanding coverage of the biological foundations of nutrition without assuming previous knowledge of them. Its colorful design and conversational writing style make it appealing and accessible to students and has made it the leading Nutrition text for the non-majors or mixed majors/non-majors introductory course. ... Read more

    12. The G.I. Diet: The Easy Healthy Way to Permanent Weight Loss
    by Rick Gallop
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    Asin: 0761131787
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
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    Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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    For years we’ve been told that a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet is the way to lose weight and stay trim. But anyone who has diligently followed that regimen knows that it doesn’t work.Rick Gallop, former president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, tried it, along with countless other diets, and ended up back where he started: twenty pounds overweight. Frustrated, he set out to find a diet that was healthy and that would actually work. When he came across the Glycemic Index, or G.I., he realized he’d found the magic bullet.

    Developed by Dr. David Jenkins, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto, the G.I. measures the speed at which your body breaks down food and converts it to glucose, which is used for energy or stored as fat. When losing weight, it is critical to avoid foods that have a high G.I., because they are digested too quickly by your body. With Rick Gallop’s G.I. Diet you won’t have to calculate the glycemic ratings and calories because he has done that for you, by listing foods in one of three categories: foods to avoid, foods to eat occasionally, and foods that you can eat as much of as you want.

    With recipes, snack ideas, a pull-out shopping list, tips on dining out and strategies for maintaining your new weight, you’ll never have to pick up another diet book!

    “I can’t believe I’m actually losing weight . . . without even trying! I’m not even exercising! I do cheat a bit (I love popcorn). Thank you for your book -- I’m finally getting the help all my doctors couldn’t advise!” -- Tracy

    “I am thrilled about the 50-pound weight loss (in just less than 4 months) and significant reduction in my blood sugar. Your book has given me renewed hope in getting my weight off, as I have 50 more to go. It is so confidence building to know that it is not my fault for my obesity these past many years, and I only wish I had known this information years ago.” -- Irene

    “Lost 40+ pounds in a matter of 2+ months (from 210 lbs to 170 lbs). No more headaches!! Blood pressure back down from 180/120 to normal reading. My doctor can’t believe the change. Best I’ve felt in years. Not hungry between meals with your meal plans. Yes, I can indulge once in a while (without putting back any weight).” -- Joe
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Idea
    It's good to see the ideas of Dr. Atkins becoming more widely accepted. This book delves into an area that Atkins and South Beach touch upon, but deserves more attention, and that is--how do carbs and sugars impact our glucouse levels?

    The glycemic index of foods tells you how quickly a food product is turned into sugar after you eat it. As you would expect, white flour and high refined sugar food products convert instantly, causing a complex process of insulin secretion and fat storage. Whereas, foods with a low glycemic index do not cause the insulin reaction, and thus allow the foods you eat to be used as energy, rather than being stored as fat.

    The G.I. diet is not about military guys or your gastro-intestinal system, it is about learning to recognize good carbs and bad carbs. To lose weight, the author of course recommends avoiding foods with high glycemic levels. I have tried quite a few diets over the years, but find diets that emphasize careful carb consumption work best for me. Over the past 18 months I have lost over 50 pounds by watching carbs. I plan to use the information in this book to further refine my carb conscious lifestyle.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 12 Pounds/2 Inches Gone in 1 Month
    The GI Diet is easy to read, understand, and apply. In one month, I've lost 12 months and two inches in my waist. While that may sound slow to some, I think in this race, slow and steady will win. The great thing is this is one diet that I feel completely sure that I can continue and progress without feeling hungry. I'm actually eating so healthy I can't help but feel good. The author uses red (special occasions only), yellow (sometimes), and green (always) lights to define which foods you should have and when. It was so easy to print out the listing of green light foods and just run with it until I have reached my goal weight. It's almost like eating like I did in the mid-nineties when eating low fat was all the rage, only this time you don't make the mistake of eating all the bad carbs and sugars and fat free empty calories. It's a great balance of protein, carbs and fats. Like everyone, I've tried Atkins and it worked the first go round, but then became less effective on subsequent tries. This is one diet that I am convinced will continue to give great results and I can feel great knowing I am eating healthier than I ever have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The GI Diet even worked when I was on vacation
    I leafed through this book at a bookstore on my first day of vacation and spent the rest of vacation roughly following the diet (what I could remember, anyway). I came home from vacation 2 weeks later and 4 pounds lighter, and needless to say, I got the book and plan to stick with it. Simple, easy, not gimmicky, just gives you a list of the foods you should eat and foods to avoid.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 26 LBS and 4 Inches Gone in 2 Months
    Another month goes by and so does more weight on this terrific diet. The book is incredibly easy to read and follow. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything works better with this diet
    In addition to allowing me to lose 12 pounds over the last 6 weeks, the GI diet has reduced my chronic back pain, and enabled me to better control the pain. ( I am at BMI 21 - 144lb - age 50)

    I have always noticed that my back pain went away for a while after I ate something, so I wondered if this was something to do with my blood sugar/insulin level. The GI diet's stabilizing effect on insulin levels sounded intriguing when I spotted the Feb.17,2004 front page Women's World "Canadian Miracle Diet" headline, and when I saw how easy it was to follow, I bought "The GI diet" and started in. The recipes are excellent. I had no idea how strongly blood sugar/insulin affects one's appetite, let alone how one feels. The improvement in the way I feel is really amazing. I am quite active and have found my performance in swimming and exercising has improved markedly. My husband is sort of following the diet too (he cheats a bit - one beer a day, plus 30grams of dark chocolate a day, but he exercises with weights every day too) and he has lost 10 pounds, so I am telling all my friends, family, and colleagues about it. (A colleague at work has already lost 11 pounds since she started a month ago)

    This book is a life-line to all of us. ... Read more

    13. Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook
    by Weight Watchers International Inc. Staff
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    Catlog: Book (1998)
    Publisher: Wiley
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    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Today, Weight Watchers knows that losing weight is all about balance and variety and Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook reflects that trend. Whether it's a quick after-work meal, a fancy dinner, a family favorite or an exotic new entrée you crave, Weight Watchers has whipped up a batch of tasty recipes that combine fresh, wholesome ingredients with low-fat cooking techniques in a recipe collection you'll use for years to come.

    Sprinkled throughout Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook are handy tips for leftovers, the inside scoop on how Weight Watchers tamed the calories and fat, and helpful hints for getting meals on the table faster. What's more, each recipe includes POINTS® as well as complete nutrition information. As a bonus, you'll find basics on the Weight Watchers 1.2.3. SUCCESS™ PLAN and great ideas for helping you on the road to weight loss. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Foodelicious!
    This is another great cookbook from Weight Watchers. One measure of its success is that non-dieting friends for whom I've prepared some of the dishes always ask me for the recipes. The Roast Pork Puertoricano (pork tenderloin marinated in orange, garlic, cumin, and jalepeno then roasted to perfection) and Dolmades (vegetarian, but easily convertable to carnivore) alone are worth the price of admission. As with other WW cookbooks, the lack of portion size is inconvenient. But the pros far overshadow the cons: tasty, easy, and fast recipes the whole family will enjoy; WW 1-2-3 Points and nutritional information; good mix of vegetarian and nonvegetarian recipes; ingredients call for realistic and easily purchased food; complete instructions so novice cooks aren't scared off. The recipes in this book take some of the sting out of watching one's weight. For that, it's a bargain at twice the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a really great cookbook
    Even for non-weight watchers these are some really good, useful and tasty recipes. There are alot of recipes (over 500) and great color pictures. The recipres include *re-dos* of some common high fat items ( like sauses, dressings, dips desserts, cream soups) Entrees for poultry, beef pork, lamb, fish shellfish, pasta... its very comprehensive. Even thos there are some ethnic recipes the ingredients required dont seem far out and could be gotten in most grocery stores alot of the time.The only thing i have a bit of trouble with is that the points are calculated for *serving size* but you dont know if that is a cup or a few ounces...or whatever. It makes it a bit hard sometimes to figure out, when cooking for a family, if you will need to double a recipe to feed everyone. but that is really a minor point..... there is also a section on breads where the points seem closer to the diet-breads than the regular breads but look womderful. The dessert section is very good and the sweetner seems to be used is sugar, not a substitute. You could use a substitute yourself... but there seems to be a general emphasis on *real* ingredients..which is nice.The book itself, being plastic spiral bound is VERY nice as it sits flat on a kitchen counter and makes following a recipe directly from the book very easy. It is set up for using the winning point system but also includes other nutritional values (cal, fat,cholesterol,sodium..fiber..protein etc) I can see it being helpful on alot of diets becuase the info is so inculsive.There is a section on nutrition in the beginning and a short explanation of the winning points system. Certainly not as complete as you would get at a WW meeting...but you will be able to see how many points, for your size, you should be eating. And there are 6 pages of general point values. Also very helpful if you dont go to ww or want to substitute in a recipe. This is a very good cook book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Need to specify a serving size
    WW has great recipes but they've done my pet peeve again! It is so annoying to look at, for instance, the soup you just made and be forced to either guess at 1/8 or measure the whole batch of soup and then extract an 1/8. Why not: Serving size 1 1/2 cup?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for.
    No what I thought. I was hoping for more pictures and lower point recipes. Most meals called for several ingredients. Working full time and lack of cooking experience made this book difficult to fit into my schedule. Hoped more recipes would have me grilling in pam to cut out the unnecessary points in butter and oil.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great, with a few problems
    Like any cookbook, you're not going to love everything. There are some hits and misses here. Fortunately, so far, I've experienced far more of the good than bad. For instance, I can't say enough about how great the Chicken Quesadillas, Tomato Basil Pizza, Beef Chili and Balsamic Veal Chops are. I will avoid like the plague the Chicken Hash and the Roast Beef and Arugula.

    What is really lacking from this cookbook, however, is the absence of portion sizes. Like other reviewers have pointed out, this is not a big deal if you are serving up a baked item. But for something like the Beef Chili, you are forced to divide up the meal upon completion just to see what one serving out of four looks like. This is extremely annoying.

    Aside from that, the recipes are very easy to make. (Note: when making a dish, trust your instincts. If it seems like too much spinach is being used,like in the Spinach Fettuccine, it probably is. Cut back.)

    What I appreciate is the variety, which means you won't get bored and look to that bag of Fritos for comfort.
    Despite some shortcomings, I'm still giving this four stars because when this book is on, it's on. ... Read more

    14. The 3-Hour Diet (TM) : How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Sculpts You Thin
    by Jorge Cruise
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    15. Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength
    by Bill Phillips
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    Catlog: Book (1999-06-10)
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    Bill Phillips had been publishing bodybuilding magazines and marketing nutritional supplements for years when he had a weird revelation at a trade show: many of the most loyal and enthusiastic readers he had were totally out of shape. From that uncomfortable realization came his popular Physique Transformation Contest (top prize that first year: Phillips's own Lamborghini), now world famous, and this book.

    The three-times-a-week weightlifting program in Body for Life is deceptively simple. If you've spent any time in the gym, you've already done all the exercises. But Phillips includes a couple of high-intensity sets at the end of each exercise that should compound the training effect on each muscle group. Same goes for the cardiovascular exercise he recommends: just 20 minutes, three times a week. But those 20 minutes are spent jacking the intensity up and down, accomplishing more in less time.

    Phillips arranges all this into a 12-week program, along with nutritional and motivational tips. Be warned that the nutritional advice gets a little spacey. For example, he puts "carbohydrates" and "vegetables" into separate categories, and recommends three daily doses of a nutritional supplement called Myoplex, which his company manufactures. (Fortunately, he gives tips on how to make each dose taste different, such as by adding drops of peppermint extract.) Despite this strangeness, Body for Life still motivates because so many others have achieved astounding results in similar 12-week windows, and the pictures and testimonials are here as evidence. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sound Advice Great Book!
    I have been working out for years and consider myself in top condition so I wasn't exactly looking for an exercise routine, inspiration, guru or whatever.I too thought that the people in the book were roiders and thought NO WAY! Upon reading the book I thought "hey...this makes sense!" and decided to give the initial 12 weeks a try- I was so reluctant and very very skeptical. In fact I wanted this book and his advice to fail.I drafted my best buddy a former college athlete and bodybuilder to try BODY FOR LIFE too. We are in our 6th week and people are asking us what steroids we are using! NONE! Drug Free and we have built quality muscle while increasing our aerobic capacity. This is the real deal and can teach any regular man or woman, die hard fitness fan, athlete or trainer like me a thing or two. The plan stresses common sense, work out smart not hard, its fun nor arduous! Tons of variety.Plenty of rest and real world advice.Finally a book for the everyday Joe from fat to fit who wants to be healthier and guess what? A whole lot buffer! Must buy and ENJOY! Its actually fun!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I worked out with Bill and he deffinitely kicked my Buttttt
    I got the chance to meet up with Bill Phillips out in Los Angeles. We worked out at the Crunch Gym in Beverly Hills and let me tell you, he deffinitely knows his stuff! I have been working out for about 5 years, but when I did his workout with him pushing me, I was sore for days afterwards. His methods cut your gym time in half and will deffinitely have better results.

    (quality over quantity is what he says). I've never had a better workout in my life!
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Body for Life: Over the Top, No Depth
    BFL contains a lot of motivational speeches, but on the subtantive issues of diet and fitness, it has very little to say. The writing style is very informal and unpolished, even in comparison to other fitness books. Nice before/after pics on the inside front cover, but I doubt they were achieved after a mere 12 weeks on the program.

    Philips tells you to do 20 mins of cardio 3x a week, but says nothing about what kind of cardio to do or how they differ from each other, e.g. walking vs swimming vs tennis. Which form of cardio you choose affects which weight training exercises you should perform, both to balance out your body and also for specific injury-prevention exercises. For a better discussion of cardio and geneeral fitness I'd recommend Cross Training for Dummies by Tony Ryan and Martica Heaner.

    The BFL program relies on a vague "intensity index" and is one-size-fits-all. A well designed weight training program takes into account body type (obese vs. slightly overweight), goal (weight loss, muscle growth or strength gain), and experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced). The recommended 5 sets of 12-10-8-6-12 reps are questionable for beginners, who are presumable the target audience for the book. His cheesy cadence for raising the weight (say: Body for Life) and lowering the weight (say: I am building my Body for Life) illustrate the general shallowness of the book. For a serious and comprehensive weight training book try the Men's Health Home Workout Bible, by Lou Schuler and Michael Mejia.

    On diet, BFL is confusing; I'd skip this section entirely. The chapter consists of a table of permitted foods and a short list of "good carbs", but doesn't explain why certain foods are recommended. He recommends low fat foods, but also denigrates low fat, high carb diets. Then he recommends the potato, which current best practice avoids due to its high glycemic load. Is Phillips low fat or low carb? I can't tell. The only thing he's clear about is that you should buy his protein shakes. Instead of this mishmash I'd recommend Eat, Drink, and be Healthy, by Walter Willett.

    Overall, reading and following this book may be better than doing nothing for the next 12 weeks, but there are much better beginner diet and workout guides available. If you need motivation, look to other less over-the-top books, or better yet, to friends and family, and inside YOU.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Getting my body back after injury
    About a year and a half ago I suffered an injury that made it difficult for me to follow my usual exercise routine. Because of this I got soft and gained much unwanted weight. My mom recommended this book mostly because of the exercise program.

    I have only been on the program for a couple of weeks but have already noticed a great improvement in my energy level and stamina (not to mention a lifetime of insomnia seems to be getting better). While I still can't follow the entire program due to my doctor's prescribed limitations, I follow what I can and still find that I'm getting great results.

    If you can't start on this program whole-heartedly, the results will be slower than the examples given in the book. Even so, you'll still see some positive results.

    I'm looking forward to being able to ramp up and get on this program in its entirety. In the meantime, I'm just thankful that I have a guidebook to get the rest of me in shape.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Get Started, but missing a few things.
    I am now a two weeks into the Body for Life program outlined in the book. (I didn't take pictures and I am not planning on entering the challenge.)

    I notice a distinct change in my body. I once did the Atkins diet and shed close to twenty pounds in the first two weeks, and though Body for Life is not giving me those kinds of weight loss results, I am noticing muscular definition starting and my pants getting looser in the waist. The big change is in how I FEEL.

    I definitely feel as if my Fitness level is on the way up in a big way. In short, I am energized about my health and fitness in a way I have not been in a long time.

    Here is my experience so far:

    -Exercise routines are very intense, especially in the beginning. (I actually did a lighter version of the program for a week before I started in earnest, just to get the feel of what it would look like.) You will be sore, very sore in the first week if you haven't really worked out in a while. This will gradually improve into the second week. If you don't catch fire with motivation, I could see somebody who is coming in really out of shape start to dread the workouts and eventually give up.

    WARNING: The Bill Phillips book does not mention stretching AT ALL. If you don't stretch, I cannot see how you would not risk injury. I try to stretch before and after the workouts, which will add ten to twelve minutes on each end of the workout. (A friend who is a personal trainer says that though he thinks the program is a great way to increase fitness levels, he will not recommend the book to people almost solely because of its lack of respect for warm-up, cool down, and stretching.)

    -Meal Plan: I am being disciplined, but I will not lie, if you are a busy person it is tough to eat this way in a disciplined manner. If you are in meetings all morning it is pretty tough to break out a small meal or excuse yourself to go make a shake.
    One tip: Learn to love cottage cheese. The people I know who are most successful with the meal plan eat loads of cottage cheese. (It is portable, ready to eat, etc.) I haven't learned to love it yet.

    Supplements: I have been using the Myoplex shakes. I find that I only need one a day though. I started out with two, but felt like it was too much.

    BY THE WAY: There is a lot of anti supplement information being thrown around that I think will discourage people looking into this program. I cannot speak to the science or health statements being made about them, but I will say that the statement that you will spend $1000.00 on supplements for the 12 weeks is completely fabricated. The general meal plan put forward suggests an average of 2-3 shakes a day for 6 days a week. Let's take the high number of 3 per day. The math breaks down like this:

    3 shakes x 6 days = 18 Shakes
    18 Shakes x 12 weeks = 216 Shakes

    The shakes come in standard boxes of 20 packets per box. So...

    216 Shakes divided by 20 = 11 Boxes (rounded up.)

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    16. Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy!
    by Bill Phillips
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 0972018417
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-24)
    Publisher: High Point Media
    Sales Rank: 649
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Did you truly enjoy the food you ate today? Do you really like the way you look and feel? Are you consistently enjoying great health and high energy?

    Bill Phillips, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Body-for-LIFE, believes your answer to all of the above questions should be, "Yes!" He feels that food should be a source of pure pleasure. A source of positive, abundant energy! A "sure thing" in a world of much uncertainty.

    Phillips, who's widely regarded as today's most successful fitness author, has firm beliefs which go against the grain of today's popular weight-loss methods. "Diets, all of them, are potentially dangerous, most always dumb and ultimately a dead-end street!" he insists. "Eventually, anyone and everyone who's at all concerned with their health must learn how to feed their body, not how to starve it."

    Instead, Phillips encourages a safe and sound solution which includes eating balanced, nutrient-rich meals, frequently throughout the day. "This is what works in the long run," he explains.

    Rich with common sense and science, Eating for Life has rhyme and reason. It is specific. There are very clear dos and don'ts which help people enjoy food and improve their overall fitness.

    Bill's approach, which he calls the "Eating for Lifestyle," has already helped thousands of people break free from the dieting dilemma and discover that, contrary to pop-culture belief, food is friend, not foe. Used intelligently, it nourishes the body and mind, satisfies the appetite, calms cravings, renews health and lifts energy.

    Like Bill Phillips' Body-for-LIFE, this is a tell-it-like-it-is book. There's no promise of a quick fix. No metabolic tricks or so-called miracles. Just straightforward, clear, concise, practical and appropriate principles for eating right... for life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeded all of my expectations!
    This book is absolutely wonderful! A detailed book based on the Body for Life eating concepts created by Bill Phillips. It is chalked FULL of meal recipes and examples, included with FULL color photographs every step of the way. Also includes shopping lists of items to make sure your fridge is always stocked with and lots of other bonues! My husband and I were both wowed by this book. Having purchased the Body for Life book and being very satisfied with it, we didn't expect this one to be as good, and certainly didn't expect it to be even better! It WAS. This book is WORTH THE MONEY! The team at EAS truely are just there with a deep desire to help people change their lives. Read the book! Give one to a friend! Check out their website! Enter the contest! You have NOTHING to loose! :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes Body-for-Life much more tolerable!
    When you love food, it's hard to look at the list of allowed foods in the Body-for-Life book and turn them into something that you will truly enjoy. For that reason, you often will find yourself living for the "free day" at the end of the week.

    This book has a collection of recipies that allow the reader to return to enjoying food during the week while also eating meals that are nutritionally balanced.

    My only qualm with this book is that Phillips spends a lot of time taking low-blow shots at the later Dr. Atkins. Atkins can work for a lot of people who only want to lose weight. Phillips has a program that stresses actually getting into great physical shape as well. He doesn't need to get defensive about it, because it simply works. It's not a scheme, not a new scientific revolution -- just the simple truth. You'll know it's true if you look at a lot of other nutritional programs that are very similar.

    Anyway, without further digression, the book is a great value for the cost, and the recipies all look great. You should never find yourself bored.

    5-0 out of 5 stars finally!
    Finally, a healthy way of eating that I can follow throughout my lifetime. I've been searching for a program that would allow me to eat nutritional, good tasting food and still lose weight. I've never had a serious weight problem but after a long-term illness I gained about 15 lbs and was really in bad shape physically. I have tried every diet imaginable and still after a whole lot of suffering still didn't lose all the weight or "feel" healthy at all. This diet provides a basic, easy to follow plan that will allow anyone to not only lose weight but start to feel good again. My energy level is skyrocketing! The book recipes are simple, with basic ingredients that you can find at most grocery stores (no special nutrition house trips for some odd form of home-grown barley). The recipes are also very good, my husband can't believe we are eating diet food and who can blame him when we are eating shrimp scampi, spaghetti and meatballs, turkey burgers, french toast, quesadillas, etc... There has been some criticizing of the brand names, but I think that the wonderful addition of actually showing pictures of brand items at the bottom of a lot of the recipes makes shopping for items easier. I just take my book to the store when I'm feeling too lazy to write a list and plan my menus right there.
    My husband is losing weight, 6 lbs the first week! I'm losing lbs. and gaining muscle. My daughter is even losing and she was a nutritional nut before starting this program with us. She was already slim but couldn't lose a small amount of fat around her middle and in one week she lost 3 lbs and that middle fat is gone. The best part is that she is eating so much more than she was before and she is feeling good about food again instead of reguarding it as her enemy.
    Try the shakes. I usually loathe protein shakes, but these are really good and make me feel full of energy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Right Recipe
    I did the challenge back in 2002 and lost 25 lbs, but I had no variety in my diet--all I ate was chicken breast, cottage cheese, brown rice, and salad. Eating for Life takes care of that problem. So far I've tried the following recipes: Baked Chicken Parmesan (pg. 113), Mom's Chicken Enchiladas (pg. 114), Strawberry Cheesecake (pg. 195), Berry Dessert Crepes (pg. 199), Enriched Double Chocolate Pudding (pg. 201), Walnut Brownies (pg. 202), Egg-Cellent Enchiladas (pg. 223), Ham and Egg Sandwich (pg. 224), Denver Omelet (pg. 227), Cool Taco Salad (pg. 257), and the Tuna Salad Wrap (pg. 272). With the exception of the pudding, all of the recipes were great. I made the chicken enchiladas and cheesecake to share with my boyfriend's family and they all raved about both dishes (one tip for the cheesecake, mix the sliced strawberries with lemon juice and Splenda). The only recipe that took me longer than half an hour to prepare was the chicken enchiladas (mainly because I had to poach the chicken and shred it, buying pre-cooked chicken would solve that). Some of the recipes are really silly, like the Breakfast Du Jour (pg. 221) and the Turkey Sandwich (pg. 256), but there are plenty of interesting dishes to try. There is also a section containing 14 different ways to jazz up your nutritional shakes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Puts Atkins to Bed
    In this wonderful book, Bill Philips presents an overview of exactly what your body needs to be perfectly balanced and healthy, and then provides the recipes and eating schedule to achieve that result.

    What I particularly love about this book is that it flies straight in the face of the Atkins craze, picking it apart point by point. The fact is that humans were designed to eat carbohydrates - lots of them in fact. If your end result is losing weight, then Atkins will work just fine. But if you want to lose fat, actually *look good*, feel good and keep your muscle mass, then forget Atkins and buy this book today. The problem with Atkins that most people don't realize is that the catch word of the month - ketosis - is flowery talk for "starvation." Ketosis is what happens when your body starts eating itself - fat, muscle, even DNA breakdown in extreme cases. I've known people who have lost forty pounds on Atkins but actually increased their body fat percentage in the process. The weight they lost was muscle. These people were also miserable, not thinking clearly and completely lacking in energy.

    Eating For Life will give you the opposite. In the short time I've been abiding by the eating program I've been eating more than I ever have, enjoying eating as much as I ever have, and have lost weight. The most impressive results are the increased energy and clarity of thought from eating a balanced diet. These latter results were really my goal in buying the book - I'm not after severe weight loss. But if weight loss *is* your goal, Phillips provides you with many inspiring personal experiences of readers who have had success with his books. There are many full-color before and after pictures of amazing transformations, folks who were over 250 lbs. who ended up exactly in their target weights and looking amazing. (You might lose that weight with Atkins, but you will be a ball of weak, muscle-less flab when all is said and done.) Along with the pictures are the stories of these individuals, including a sample menu of what they ate before Eating for Life and what they eat now. The point is you can find someone who seems similar to your age and build and then model your weight loss after them.

    For healthy eating, this is the book to have. This is not some weird recipe book of organic foods, soy-whatever nonsense. It simply a program for eating great food, showing you what to eat, how to cook it, when to eat it, and why you should. If you take nothing else from this review, take the fact that Atkins is a marketing ploy based on terrible science. Yes it does produce weight loss, but at great expense. On Atkins you'll lose more muscle than fat, you'll be weaker than you've ever been, and you'll have as much energy as a piece of wood. It's a marketing scheme that works for all the wrong reasons. Don't buy into it. ... Read more

    17. The Fat Flush Plan
    by Ann Louise Gittleman, Barry Sears
    list price: $21.95
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    Asin: 0071383832
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-06)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 1848
    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    The keys to overweight are liver toxicity, waterlogged tissues, fear of eating fat, excess insulin, and stress, asserts nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman. Her Fat Flush Plan addresses these problems with a targeted diet.

    The Fat Flush Plan, filled with nutritional analysis and detailed explanations, is not a quick read. Despite Gittleman's assertion that the plan is "as easy as 1-2-3," it is quite regimented. No white flour, white sugar, margarine, vegetable shortening, artificial sweeteners, or caffeine. The diet emphasizes essential oils (e.g., flaxseed and GLA), protein (eight ounces or more, plus two eggs a day), vegetables, thermogenic spices (e.g., ginger and cayenne), water, and diuretic beverages (eight glasses/day of diluted, unsweetened cranberry juice). In its first two-week phase, the plan is a rigid, low calorie (1,100-1,200 calories/day), low-carb (no grains or starchy vegetables) diet. Phase two lets you increase your calories to 1,500 and add two "friendly carbs." Phase three, the "lifestyle program," moderately adds more dairy, carbs, and calories. Gittleman promotes walking and recommends strength training in phase three.

    The book includes 41 recipes such as Grilled Lamb Chops with Cinnamon and Coriander, Breakfast Egg Fu Yung, and Cumin Sautéed Scallops. The Fat Flush Plan is recommended for dieters willing to commit to a strict plan for weight loss. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lost Weight and Stayed Off
    I'd just like to say that the Fat Flush plan really works! Three months ago, I bough this book on a whim. I tried the Fat Flush plan for 1 week. I did not complete the 2 week program because I got a new job and was moving to a new place. Basically, my routine was thrown off.

    The first two days were difficult, I was irritable, and tired due to withdrawal symptoms forewarned by the author. But I pulled through and on the third day, I was feeling fine again. By the end of the week, I had lost 9 pounds! I have never been able to lose this much weight in such a short time in my life. The great thing was that I did not have to miss any meals or spend 4 hours at the gym.

    I still have 25 more pounds to go, but I justed wanted Dr. Gittleman to know the most amazing thing. Although I only stuck with the Plan 1 for a week, I have not gained back a single pound even though I am now keeping my diet prior to Fat Flush. It know is not the best practice, which is why I am planning to go back on the Fat Flush Plan very soon.

    For those of you who are wondering if this works, please give it a try. I feel that the ingredients in the recipes promote great health and you should do it for your health, if not anything else.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than Just A Diet!
    The book The Fat Flush Plan is amazing! Not only does Ms. Gittleman describe each of the three phases of her weight loss plan in detail - including sample menus, she educates the reader about how the body processes, stores, and burns fat and explains how people are sabotaging their efforts to lose weight in the chapter "Five Hidden Weight Gain Factors." In addition, Ms. Gittleman includes an exercise component, tips for eating out, a master shopping list, some recipes, a frequently asked questions chapter, and a resource section on where to find the Fat Flush ingredients. She does all of this in an easy and caring manner. This plan is so much more than a diet. It truly is a long-term healthy life-style eating plan that will ultimately make you thinner, more energetic, and feel and look younger.

    In The Fat Flush Plan, Ms. Gittleman emphasizes the importance of "detox." The liver is one of the key elements to weight loss. It needs to function properly and efficiently. This is why Phase 1 of the plan is so crucial. The detox process cleans out the liver so that it can do its job better. When purging all the "toxins" from the liver and body, there may be some side effects - from mild to severe. At first the side effects may make you feel badly, but after a few days, you will begin to feel better and finally you will feel great! I was one of the lucky ones for the only side effect of the detox process I experienced was a mild headache as a result of eliminating the several diet cokes I consumed in a day.

    The Fat Flush Plan can help everyone whether you have just 10 pounds to lose or if you have more than 75 pounds to lose. It has certainly helped me. I had a little bit of extra weight that I just couldn't seem to lose. To date, I have lost 12 pounds and I am back to wearing a size 4, but best of all, I feel wonderful! My sister-in-law has lost around 90 pounds down from a size 24 to a size 10. Even my 20 year old daughter has lost five pounds and reshaped her body in less than three weeks by using the Fat Flush Kit and following Phase 3 of the Plan.

    Be sure to check out Ms. Gittleman's web site for additional information and support. She offers an online forum in which people post their tips, recipes, and can ask questions about the plan. To get there, go to then click on "support" at the top of the page. When the new page comes up, click on "Fat Flush Forum" on the left hand side of the page. The Forum will appear. Anyone can view it, but if you would like to participate, you must set up a username and password. It is so quote Ms. Gittleman, "There are no quick fixes - but the Fat Flush Plan comes close."

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but Perhaps a Bit Outdated
    There is no question that Gittleman has an interesting plan here for weight loss. Her focus is upon purging the liver of toxins in that the liver metabolizes fat and so, if the liver is impaired or sluggish, then the body's ability to lose fat is affected. This is an interesting premise and one that many of the diet specialists who emphasize detoxifying diets strongly support. The main culprit in many of these detoxifying diets is caffeine, and Gittleman is no exception here. She states that caffeine stresses the liver and so should be eliminated--especially in the first 2 weeks of the diet, which are the most restrictive. This book has a 2002 publication date, and the question is whether new research supports this view or not. Actually, no. On May 18, 2004, researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and of Digestive and Kidney Disease in Bethesda, Maryland and from Yale University made a presentation to the Digestive Disease Week annual conference in New Orleans that confirmed after an extensive study of 5,944 men and women at high rsik for liver injury due to excessive drinking, hepatitis B and C, obseity, or impaired sugar metabolism that caffeine actually reduced the risk of liver damage. In other words, caffeine was actually good for the liver! As the researchers pointed out, several other studies had confirmed this same finding that "people at high risk for liver problems can reduce their risk by drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages." So, so much for that part of Gittleman's fat flush program.
    That said, though, she does offer an interesting diet plan that probably will create weight loss--primarily because it is fairly low in calories for the first phase (the most stringent one) and because it is jam-packed with good foods, from the essential fatty acids (EFAs) in flaxseed to the two servings of fruits a day required. That plus you can eat unlimited amounts of most green vegetables, which will keep you feeling full and also give you lots of vitamins and minerals. She also restricts your daily protein intake to no more than 8 ouces a day, plust two eggs. This limit on the amount of protein guarantees that your body will not convert excess protein to sugar (through the process of gluconeogenesis, also called glycolysis) and thus undo your weight loss regimen of fat burning for fuel. She does emphasize that you must eat 2 eggs a day every day (which of course you must prepare without butter) and avoid ALL dairy products in order to lose weight. The 2 eggs a day reduce belly fat, she says, which may have more to do with that eggs are high in lecithin, which is a fat emulsifier and thus helps break down fat. So you may wish to take lecithin as a supplement in place of the eggs or to amplify their effects. And you drink a lot of water with unsweetened cranberry juice added, and you rule out nearly all diet foods and beverages in that you can only have Stevia as your sweetener. This actually is a good idea as there are concerns about aspartame (Nutra Sweet) and saccharin (Sweet 'n Low) from numerous studies, and some new studies alaso raise questions about sucralose (Splenda). Her plan is very detailed and seems to have a good basis in fact, except for here and there. There are oddities--like she says don't eat high starch vegetables, like potatoes and carrots, and then she has one carrot a day as a possibility for your vegetable selections. Also, she is a strong advocate of using conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as a supplement, while Jonny Bowden in Living the Low-Carb Life: From Atkins to the Zone says there are concerns about CLA and don't use it. And Bowden cites new studies on flaxseeds as having an adverse effect on men's health by contributing to enlarged prostates, so Bowden encourages caution for men--but not women--in using flaxseed products. Even so, he gives Gittleman's diet a 5 star (highest) rating--so go figure. One other thing I find odd is that in the list of unlimited vegetables, Gittleman includes some that seldom make the list because they are high on the glycemic index and have quite a bit of sugar--such as tomatoes (actually a fruit) and okra. Overall, though, it appears that this diet could be a healthy one, especially for people who have lived on high amounts of sugar and processed carbohydrates. And definitely switching away from those products to more healthy and lower-calorie ones will aid weight loss, too. And because Gittleman's diet, while not actually saying so directly, is one that favors a low consumption of saturated fats, it may well find more favor with doctors and dieters concerned about saturated fats--even though the research strongly indicates that saturated fats are not the problem, but the consumption of saturated fats in conjunction with highly processed carbohydrates is. In other words, the average American diet of junk food and little else.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more....
    I needed either a lot more time or a personal chef to adhere to this diet. The recipes are tasty, but very labor intensive, and the demand for all fresh and often exotic veggies plus lots of fish, steak and chicken made this expensive. I did lose weight for the few days I was able to stay on the diet, but I was constantly hungry (and therefore grumpy) so my family made me stop the whole thing. I do like cranberry juice in my water, though.

    5-0 out of 5 stars looking at it from another viewpoint
    Many of the ideas in this book are good; getting off of coffee, regularly drinking an anti-oxident rich drink, etc. If it's too much for you to sustain, -do it when you can-. Unlike diets that don't focus on health, a week here and there will combine to improve your health along with a healthy weight loss. ... Read more

    18. Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future
    by Mehmet Oz, Lisa Oz
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    Asin: 0452279550
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: Plume Books
    Sales Rank: 26785
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    "The medicine of the new millennium."--Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words

    Dr. Mehmet Oz, celebrated heart surgeon and co-founder of the Complementary Care Center at New York's Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, is spearheading the health-care revolution that is yielding powerful new healing tools that will forever change the way we think of medicine. In this ground-breaking book, he describes his pioneering work--combining cutting-edge Western medicine with such Eastern techniques as acupuncture and chi-gong, as well as such controversial therapies as hypnosis, music, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, and energy healing. The inspiring and affecting stories of his patients are the heart of this book--from the extraordinary discipline of Frank Torre, who used his professional sports training to "psych" himself into healing after heart transplant surgery, to the "impossible" recovery of blues great Johnny Copeland, who was roused from a seemingly impenetrable coma through the force of his own music. In recounting his patients' experiences, Dr. Oz forges a blueprint for the radical new medicine of the next millennium--drawing on the best from Eastern and Western therapies and empowering patients to become partners with doctors in promoting their own recovery.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars YES, a powerful voice for Medicine with Hope and Warmth!
    An inspiring doctor with a powerful but gentle voice. The more medicine opens up like this the better we are all going to be. I think everyone should read this book. Also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED is "Effortless Wellbeing: The Missing Ingredients for Authentic Wellness" by Evan Finer. Though not a medical book, it is a concise and extremely powerful guide to compliment any healing program, to induce true wellness and to help regain personal strength. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING. Thank you to the authors!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Medicine of the Future
    Dr. Oz is an accomplished heart surgeon in the field of cardiac transplantation. He describes how he combines complementary medicine (e.g. hypnosis, reflexology, yoga, message, acupuncture. Etc) with orthodox Western medicine. There is an excellent forward by Dr Dean Ornish, and an interesting epilogue containing an overview of the complementary medicine techniques. The bulk of the book contains stories of patients Dr. Oz treated using this revolutionary way. I am a cardiologist, and I have a great interest in combining western medicine with complementary medicine, which is the reason I bought this book. However this book was a bit boring to read and was also a bit of a disappointment. Nevertheless, those interested in this new medicine, which I think will be the medicine of the new millennium, will want to read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK - SUPERBLY WRITTEN!
    What is impressive about this book is the author's concepts of healing both heart and mind as he points out just how closely the two are interconnected. The writing style is one that will grasp the reader's attention from start to finish. The approach to holistic health is a welcome approach to healing. It is a concept that is gradually increasing in the health care field, but one that still has a long way to go before it is universally accepted by all physicians. More education and information needs to be provided in this area to all health care providers. Using the holistic approach, there can be fewer side effects from medication, less depression and a general feeling of well being during the most trying and difficult times. There is much to be said on combining Western and Eastern traditions in the process of healing. Our world can benefit dramatically from this approach and the author vividly explains why throughout the pages of this well-researched and superbly written book. It is highly recommended reading material and most deserving of a five star rating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book of the year
    A great book describing an insiders view of what total healing can mean in today's complex medical care system. The book has deservedly won the Books for Better America award for Best Wellness Book of the Year and should be required reading for all patients contemplating surgery.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book was fantastic - for the sick and healthy alike.
    Dr. Mehmet has given me a new perspective on holistic health and disease. As my mother is going through the breast cancer battle, I am incorporating many of his suggestions for heart patients: soothing music after the mastectomy, foot massages as she fades in and out of conciousness, arranging to have someone loved at the bedside constantly. I am looking into getting a masseuse to come in and perform foot massage as her body receives chemotherapy. As a result of this, her attitude is positive and I believe that has a grave impact on how her body reacts to all of this trauma. I'm waiting impatiently for his next book. ... Read more

    19. The South Beach Diet Cookbook: More than 200 Delicious Recipes That Fit the Nation's Top Diet
    by Arthur Agatston
    list price: $25.95
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    Asin: 1579549578
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-13)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 166
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    The long-awaited cookbook is here!

    Great food that's good for you--that's the foundation of the South Beach Diet and the reason millions of people around the world have adopted it as their lifelong eating plan, shedding unwanted pounds in the process. Created by leading Miami cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D., the diet emphasizes good fats and good carbohydrates, the kind that stave off cravings for unhealthy sugary food and promote long-term weight loss. It's not "diet" food--it's satisfying, flavorful dishes that are good for your health and your waistline.

    Whether you're already a South Beach Diet success story or brand-new to the program, you'll find a wealth of inspiration in The South Beach Diet Cookbook to keep you on track without feeling deprived. The recipes are simple enough to make every day but delicious enough to serve on any occasion: Oatmeal Pancakes, Buttermilk Salmon Chowder, Caribbean Baked Chicken with Mango, Grilled Filet Mignon with Roasted Garlic Chipotle Pepper Chimichurri, Mexican Lasagna, Sage and Rosemary Pork, Red Snapper with Avocado Salsa, Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry, and Chocolate Pie with Crispy Peanut Butter Crust. Each recipe is marked "Phase 1," "Phase 2," or "Phase 3," so you'll know immediately where it falls in the diet; there are also 25 all-new recipes from the top chefs and restaurants in Miami. Illustrated with 50 full-color photographs and packed with extras like shopping lists and a pantry guide, The South Beach Diet Cookbook is an essential addition to your kitchen shelf.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Pictures
    Okay, having read the basic bible to the South Beach Diet (ISBN: 1579546463), which I would recommend to you if you are interested in this cookbook, I wanted to try some of the meals Agatston referred to in his book.

    The author divides the cookbook into the following sections: breakfast, snacks, soups, salads, side dishes, fish and poultry, meats, vegetarian, and desserts. Each section has approximately 20 recipes, that appear easy enough to prepare and follow the 40% protein, 30% carb, and 30% fat you would expect on a diet plan like this. Also, most of the recipes included carb counts, protein grams, etc. I noticed in the dessert section (my personal favorite of any cookbook) that the recipes employ yogurt, almonds, and fresh fruit extensively. Some sugar substitutes were noted, but not a lot.

    The author also dedicates 8 pages of the book to summarizing the diet plan, a long chapter on shopping in accordance with the diet plan, and 5 pages of question and answer type stuff that addresses general questions relevant to the diet. Color photos were available for about 50% of the recipes, which is why I titled this review "Pretty Pictures." I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoyed and plans to use the SouthBeach Diet.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Another Cookbook Suggestion
    I really like South Beach by design. I have lost 40 pounds and love the fact it is a "healthy" low-carb alternative. It was great to see them (though not a suprise considering book sales) to come out with the cookbook. Overall the recipes I have made were good BUT

    1) They use a lot of ingredients I don't - aspaagus for breakfast, expensive seafood like seabass, sole and lobster and interesting but umcommon vegetables like choyote squash and fava beans
    2) They take a long time to make - and I am an accomplished cook
    3) The desserts are too limited and so-so

    The point is they worked hard to make pretty, chef like food so you feel you can eat well, but forgot how many of us love the basics - easy to follow recipes with easy to find ingredients for "regular" food.

    I highly suggest Fantastic Food with Splenda - 160 Recipes Low in Sugar, Carbs, Fat and Calories. It is compatible with SB and I love the Chai Tea, the Breakfast Cheesecake Cups (high in protein), the Three Bean and Spinach Salads, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Barbequed Pork Tenderloin. Better yet the Frozen Peach Yogurt and Key Lime Pie will truly make you forget you are on a diet. I have suggested it to many friends and they are also hooked. Delicious everyday recipes that are healthy - that's dieting made easy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars diet is more difficult than expected, so cookbook helps alot
    I just completed day 2 of Phase 1 - it has been more difficult in some ways than expected and easier in others. The difficulties are somewhat related to my not being able to clear out my house of foods that might tempt me. My 2 year old daughter who is a picky eater will only eat things such as Macaroni and Cheese, Pizza, Grilled Cheese, PBJ, Hotdogs... So every meal I make for her is done with envy that I am not the one about to consume that meal.

    I was thin before I had my daughter, all of the eating off of her plate has gotten me into the position I find myself now: 15 to 20 pounds overweight, so despite my yearnings for her food I am committed to making changes that will help me look and feel better.

    Anyway, about the cookbook, I like it (don't love it because of organization problems mentioned by other reviewers). The recipes I have tried so far have all been delicious. Our favorite so far is the Steak Kabobs with Peanut Dipping Sauce. It does not taste like diet food AT ALL. The cauliflower mashed potatoes were just okay -- I personally do not like the flavor of trans free margarine and could taste that with every bite. Rosemary Chicken was excellent.

    I do feel fortunate to be a stay at home mother, otherwise I am not sure I would have the time to effectively follow this diet. I have had to run the dishwasher three times per day with all the pots, pans, cutting boards, and bowls I have had to wash. Also my initial grocery bill for stocking up for the first several days (and purchasing other pantry items that will last a while) was close to $250.

    I think the premise of the diet is a good and healthy one so I will stick with it -- for that reason I am glad I purchased the cookbook as it gives more direction and recipes that will help to stave off boredom.

    Good luck to anyone interested in trying the diet or the cookbook -- I hope I didn't turn you off. Hopefully the days to come will be easier - I expect they will given the feedback I have heard from others further ahead in the diet than I.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Has anyone but me had problems with these recipes?
    I thank Dr. Agatston for an alternative to a low fat diet. My husband and I have both lost weight. I have tried several of these recipes and some of these are a disaster. The Zesty Crab Cakes fell all apart and the cooking time was much more than stated. I have made the Peachy Walnut Torte twice with bad results both times. The instructions aren't clear whether it is to be stored in the freeze or what. The Sesame Baked Chicken is wonderful but it takes 3 times the amount of coating for the amount of chicken called for. Some of these recipes use every bowl in the kitchen. The amounts of ingredients called for are split up when you read the instructions. It seems to me, this was put together way to fast and the recipes not tested well. I also don't understand how they divided the Class 2 and 3 recipes. There is one class 2 recipe, Aruglua and Basil Pesto Linguine, that is a class 2 with 520 calories, 21 g. fat and 65 g. carbs. Should this one even be in the book? Recipes I have tried with good results are the Chicken Salad, Mexican Lasagna, Pizza Meat Pie, Chocolate Swirled Cheescake, (With FF cream cheese, not Ricotta that never gets smooth),Flourless Chocolate Cake, Breakfast Cups and the Oven Fried Chicken with Almonds.
    This is not a cookbook for beginers. Recipes have to be read carefully. I was curious if anyone had had the same problems?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Diverse ingredients, poor organization, some bad advices
    I do not know how a cardiologist turns out to become a cook that can write a Cookbook. As a physician cooking was not part of any medical education, I know. However, the book has many delicious recipes, each list its contents in grams and milligrams without giving a reference on how such measurements were calculated. The recipes start with phase 2, then phase 3, then go on haphazardly, alternating among the three phases that the author suggests for his "South Beach Diet". More frustrating, is the scattered letters from others throughout the book without reasonable relationship to the sequence of issues. In addition, the book contains many advertisements to local restaurants while it is meager on photographs of many described recipes. After browsing through the chapters you get a feeling that the author is very sloppy in organizing the book materials, no proper chapter titling, no proper theme for choosing fonts, no proper sequence for listing recipes.

    The author does not explain the rationale of choosing two weeks for the starch-free phase One. Although, the book claims to reverse the epidemic of obesity, it contains meals that have over 500 mg cholesterol per servings (the U.S. recommended daily allowance suggests no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol), completely overlooks caloric counting, and condones drinking wine (one or two cups of red or white wine per day in phase Two).

    The author expresses his apology for banning alcohol in phase One, then condones drinking wine in phase Two. This is a serious flaw on the part of a physician who claims to reverse the epidemic of obesity. Wine drinking will interfere with the ability to exercise actively and vigorously in a matter that promotes health rather than barely maintains minimal strength. The author seems to limit his scope of dealing with obesity to the quality of dieting alone without serious consideration to exercise planning for healthy lifestyle.

    Since the author bases his approach to healthy dieting on stabilizing the blood sugar level, then why limit that to merely two weeks? If that is meant to appease readers by offering delicious and fattening recipes then the book defeats its purpose of reversing the epidemic of obesity. ... Read more

    20. Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About
    by Kevin Trudeau
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    Asin: 0975599518
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-30)
    Publisher: Alliance Publishing
    Sales Rank: 181
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Kevin Trudeau blows the lid off a nest of deception and double standards concerning general and individual health in this new book, "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You To Know About."Kevin has risked government prosecution to bring you the full story of an intricate conspiracy.

    From the retail supermarket outlets of huge, publicly traded corporations comes processed, manipulated, engineered "food products" – produced by other wings of the same corporation.These artificial, toxic treats are then sold with the blessings of the Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration – government organizations charged with safeguarding the public good – laying the foundations for future disease and chronic ill-health for the consumer, and a guaranteed source of revenue for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

    Kevin reveals the shocking truth of how drugs – which are being advertised directly to the consumer, pushing their use to an all-time high – are actually the cause of illness and disease climbing to near epidemic levels.

    And, though it sounds dire, Kevin offers a light in the darkness and directs the reader to scores and scores of alternative therapies, medical practices, philosophies and – most importantly – potential cures that help your body regain its natural state of health and vibrancy.

    So follow Kevin on an amazing journey through the behind-the-scenes world of corporate sponsored "nutrition" and "health," and learn about "Natural Cures 'THEY' Don't Want You To Know About." ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars This is a scam
    If you are looking for the natural cures you won't find them in this book. All he talks about is how doctors & pharmaceutical companies are lying to you about the use of drugs & do not tell you about the natural cures available. What he does not tell you is the actual natural cures; for that info you need to subscribe (more money) to his website (which I refuse to do so I cannot tell you if the cures are there.) Also, a big thing in his book is "if you won't put it in your body, don't put in on your body" but last week I saw him on an infomercial selling miracle cream for wrinkles. I don't know about you, but I would not put that in my body! Don't waste your money - I'm sorry I did.

    1-0 out of 5 stars False Advertising to the Max
    This book does not offer any cures at ALL.It's basically Kevin Trudeau's rant against the drug and food industry in this country. He goes on to state how the FTC and the FDA censored his book and would not allow him to name any of these so called herbs and natural remedies because they would lose money.Meanwhile, why is it that you can go into any health food store/holistic book store and find tons of books that do name herbs and natural suppliments known to help?I try not to take OTC or prescription drugs and try to stay all natural, and I can find information that he claims he's being censored from writing down very easily. (...)
    This book is nothing more than a rant against the drug companies and while I may share many of his opinions about the power and the abuse thereof by the drug companies, this book is NOT what is advertised.Do NOT by it. It's just a hollow rant by a moder day snake-oil salesman.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What a Sham!
    And Kevin Trudeau doesn't want you to know about them, either...

    I bought this book and couldn't believe that this was the book advertized on television.First of all, there is not a single reference to a single natural cure in the entire book. I bought this book because of references made on the infomercial, and to my chagrin, not a single reference existed, was printed or noted in the book.I just could not believe it.Now, if he goes down, he will complain that it's because the establishment is after him rather than that he and his newsletter (don't bother with that, either) are cheating customers by not providing them with _any_ relevant information.

    I would save your pennies and not invest it here as his knowledge is not just lacking, but completely non-existent.It's as though he picked up a couple of books on natural health and then sat down proclaiming himself an expert.The thing is, you need a great deal of knowledge to work in this field and just as important, a great deal of experience and feedback from dealing with customers to develop a compass as to where you should be going with regard to nutrition and health concerns.

    This was just a rage against the pharma-cartel (which is wholly justified, but cannot make up the entire book!) and some very basic knowledge on diet, nutrition, and the danger of additives that someone can easily access by researching natural health topics at any library (lookup enzymes, raw food diets, or Biogenic Living, for example) or by asking any questions of the knowledgeable personnel at any reputable health food store.

    When it arrived, I took one look through it, and immediately asked for my money back as I have worked in Natural Health Management for the past five years and have more than enough knowledge and experience in this realm to know _what_ I am talking about and am completely aware of when I'm being 'fleeced.'

    I wouldn't recommend this book if it were the last book on earth on the subject...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don,t waste your money
    This book is a waste of money. He doesn't offer any informaion on any cures because he says the FDA won't let him and then tries to sell you a subscription to his web site for 10$a month or 400 for a one time price. Do not buy this book it is a waste of money. It was a waste of my money.

    1-0 out of 5 stars An opinion from a pharmacy student
    Well, I don't have to tell you that no cures are actually listed.I am guessing you already read that.However, you should be aware that this guy is a flat out lier and doesn't know a thing about medicine or health.I will give you two examples from his infomercial.
    1) Kevin says that all you have to do to cure cancer is make the body's pH alkaline (above 7.0)Kevin failed to mention that the normal body pH is 7.35, its alkaline!If you try to alkalinize your body any higher than 7.4-7.5, you begin to experience severe respiratory problems and organ failure.Did you know they have a natural cure for HIV (AIDS)?They do.They have found that Clorox Bleach will kill the virus.However, we can't ingest Bleach.Its toxic to the body.What I am saying is that although the alkalinizing thing may be a cure (I have no way to know), it absolutely would not be a viable treatment.And yes, most people who have cancer do have an acidic pH, but that is due to an increase of ACIDIC by-products from cell overgrowth (which is the most simple definition of cancer, cell overgrowth).
    2) Acid Reflux is an actual disease caused by an excess of acid in the stomach.The hogwash about not having enough acid causing the heartburn is a crock.Last time I checked, something with a neutral pH (one that has less acid content) does not burn (see water!--pH 7.0).He mentions that the vinegar will make it go away.This may actually help because vinegar has a pH of around 2-3 which is much better than the hydrochloric acid produced in the stomach which has a pH of less than 1.So, vinegar may act as a neutralizer in this case.I read another review of the book that claimed this was much like taking baking soda for heart burn.Well baking soda is a base (pH is greater than 7) so it should work.In fact, many antacids have Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) as their active ingredient.
    This guy is simply trying to take advantage of the undereducated public.Before you use any sabstance to treat a disease talk to a health professional.They know what they are talking about, unlike Mr. Trudeau ... Read more

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