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What's a diet book for?

  • Jan 15, 2007
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One of publishing's small ironies is that diet books
are themselves usually bloated and overweight. Most
of the information that they contain could easily fit
in a medium sized magazine article. Like all other d
iet books, You On A Diet has three kinds of advice:

In this book, that means walk for 30 minutes every day,
lift weights 30 minutes a week and do 60 minutes of high

intensity cardio each week. While you're exercising,
stay flexible-do five minutes of stretching a day
(he doesn't call it yoga)
2. Pay attention to what you eat.
Eat lean meat, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Reduce desserts. Eat at least3 meals a day and some
healthy snacks. Drink lots of water. Eschew variety
at breakfast and lunch to cultivate boredom with food.
3. Reinforce your intentions to lose fat. Sleep for
7-8 hours a day- tired people overeat to chase fatigue.
Enjoy sex as often as you want.

If you're thinking about losing some fat, you probably
know all this already. So why would you buy yet another
diet book? You would buy one simply to raise your
spirits, to toughen your resolution and act as a good
companion as you remake the way you live. (That is after
all, what one does on a diet, from the Greek diaita,
which means a way of living).
Let's judge this, and all diet books on that basis:
would this book make a good friend as you change some
deeply ingrained but potentially destructive habits?

In general, that answer is yes. If you respond well
to slightly sappy but good-natured humor and an
indulgent attitude to inevitable human weakness, this
is a great companion. The authors are not great writers
and they sometimes seem a bit desperate to coax a smile,
but they are easy to get along with. You could keep this
book at your bedside and spend a few minutes with them
each morning.
Remember, a successful diet is a forever proposition,
so the issue is not what you know, but how you feel.
You On A Diet will make most people feel good.

--Lynn Hoffman, author of THE NEW SHORT COURSE IN WINE and
the forthcoming novel bang BANG from Kunati Books.ISBN

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review by . August 26, 2007
Dr. Oz is great in his ability to deliver information in a fun and popular manner. Unfortunately this book is full of cute explanations that actually leaves people more confused than delivering the scientific facts. Worse though is some misinformation (Examples: page 136 has a list of blood test levels - the first TSH advises "less than 5" when it should be less than 2.2; Page 98 implies Sucralose, Aspartame and Saccharin are ok for you yet scares you away from the best choice of the list: Stevia).    …
review by . April 14, 2007
While at the library the other day, I happened upon the book You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management by Michael F Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. The title looked intriguing, and I know this book has been a best-seller. After reading it, I can see why. It's a common sense approach to dieting and exercise, and explains what's really going on in the body when it comes to food.    Contents:  Part 1 - What a Waist!: Introduction - You - On a Diet; The …
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I cook therefore I. .therefore I eat. No, maybe that's thereby I eat'.   Anyway, I love food, beer and wine: I like to write about them too,(The New Short Course in Wine is adapted from … more
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For the first time in our history, scientists are uncovering astounding medical evidence about dieting--and why so many of us struggle with our weight and the size of our waists. Now researchers are unraveling biological secrets about such things as why you crave chocolate or gorge at buffets or store so much fat.

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

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

Because the world has almost as many diet plans as it has e-mail spammers, you'd think...

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ISBN-10: 0743292545
ISBN-13: 978-0743292542
Author: Mehmet C. Oz
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Free Press
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