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It's Exercise Not Yo-Yo Dieting !

  • Oct 6, 2011
Book Review: The Great Fat Fraud by Michael Schatzki  
By: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

The Great Fat Fraud by Michael Schatzki  is a considerable discussion on debunking
myths about weight gain or loss held by the public. The impact of fitlessness on mortality rates
was published by Dr. Jeremy Morris in 1953. Dr. Morris studied drivers and conductors on
English double-decker buses and discovered that conductors who climbed up and down steps
many times daily had a 50 percent reduction in their chance of dying of a heart attack compared
to inactive drivers. The conductors still had half the cardiovascular mortality rates of the drivers
"whatever their physique-slim, average or portly".

Heavy individuals who were fit had much lower death rates than unfit individuals who were thin.
The conclusion is that as long as you are fit, it does not matter what you weigh. Our body is
programmed to move a lot because humans were hunter-gatherers during early evolution.
Walking enhances fitness at the threshold of 10,000 steps a day.

The body recognizes a dietary famine and moves your set point to a higher weight so that you have
a larger fat reserve to survive diets.  Fitness helps you to maintain your existing weight even if
you choose not to diet. Buy a podometer for $10- $30. to count steps. Attach the instrument to the hip.
Incrementally, raise the number of steps you walk each day from 4,000 to 10,000 over months.
At 10,000 steps, you will be fit regardless of weight according to The Great Fat Fraud.

When you use an abs machine or do weight lifting, the body recruits weight evenly from across
the torso in the same way as if you were walking or jumping rope. Walk 10,000 steps a day and you will
eliminate any negative health consequences associated with weight gain.

The Great Fat Fraud has citations from prestigious medical journals like The Lancet, JAMA,
Int'l Journal of Obesity and Other Metabolic Diseases and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The presentation is easy to read and understand. The cost of the book is very affordable.
There are a number of simplified charts and tables which depict the supporting data in simple English.
Always discuss weight management issues with your private physician or health care provider.

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December 29, 2013
Yeah, I had thought this.
October 12, 2011
Thanks for both this review and its accompanying sound advice! You may have undermined the book's commercial potential by delineating its most salient points here, but I'm comforted to know that volumes like this, which promote sensible activity with ample supplemental research not organized elsewhere, are available.
October 12, 2011
The only thing that can undermine the value of the book is public ignorance of the facts. I know from personal experience that exercise trumps dieting any day for permanent weight loss. People should buy the book to understand the details and how to go about implementing them in coordination with physicians, nutritionists and physical therapists.
October 12, 2011
Thanks for sharing this, J. Very good info to know!
October 12, 2011
The information is good to know and to apply in real life. Many people can live a lifetime not knowing the value of sustained exercise everyday, as against yo-yo dieting. Quite simply, if I didn't exercise - I wouldn't be alive today. The issue is no more complicated than that statement.
October 13, 2011
I know, and it's really unfortunate! The government and doctors need to preach more about sustainable health eating and weight.
October 13, 2011
I agree.
October 06, 2011
Great review. I am reading this book right now and thus far I have been very impressed. Seems to be loaded with very sound advice!
October 06, 2011
Thank you. The book and the advice is excellent. In my own experience, the author is quite correct. Permanent weight loss comes only through sustained exercise as a life style change.
October 06, 2011
I think I'll see if I can get this one on Kindle Thanks!
October 06, 2011
Thank you and do get this on Kindle !
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10,000 steps at a time.
There are all sorts of theories, opinions, books, pills, potions, gadgets, exercise regimens and fitness centers out there. Turn on your radio on a Saturday or Sunday morning or click on your TV late at night and you will find a whole array of hucksters vying for your attention and hard-earned money.  Indeed, weight loss is big business in this country and around the world and if you are the least bit vulnerable you are probably going to get sucked in.  Author Mike Schatzki believes he …
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The revolutionary new book that debunks the myths long perpetrated by the diet and weight-loss industries. Are you tired of buying diet book after diet book? Have you tried every exercise class at your gym? Are you ready to toss the whole concept of diet and exercise out the window? It’s time to try something different.


1. Obesity is a disease that causes 400,000 deaths a year.

True False

2. The definitions for “overweight” and “obese” were invented by:

A. The World Health Organization
B. The Weight Loss Industry
C. The National Institutes of Health
D. None of the above

3. Most people who yo-yo diet actually gain weight over time because:

A. They have no will power
B. Their body raises its set point to protect against all the famines it is experiencing
C. They eat too much
D. All of the above

4. The Weight Loss Industry has annual revenues of:

A. Less than $10 Billion
B. $10 – $25 Billion
C. $25-$50 Billion
D. More than $50 Billion

5. The only way to avoid regaining weight after a diet is to exercise (run, bike, swim, etc.) for an hour a day, most days of the week.

True False

Answers: 1 = False 2 = B 3 = B 4 = D 5 = False

If you’re ready for a real change, and ready to take back control of your body, let The Great Fat Fraud provide you with the road map.

Mike Schatzki, BA, MPA is a bestselling author, professional speaker, professional negotiator, environmental lobbyist and, in his spare ...

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ISBN-10: 0983772541
ISBN-13: 978-0983772545
Publisher: Lamington Press
Date Published: September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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