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To really understand what goes on with your body and food...

  • Apr 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.

Part 1 - What a Waist!: Introduction - You - On a Diet; The Ideal Body
Part 2 - The Biology of Fat: Can't Get No Satisfaction; Eater's Digest; Gut Check; Taking a Fat Chance; Metabolic Motors; Make the Move
Part 3 - The Science of the Mind: The Chemistry of Emotions; Shame on Who?
Part 4 - The YOU Diet and Activity Plan: Make a YOU-Turn; The YOU Activity Plan; The YOU Diet
Appendices - The Medical Options: This is Your Fat on Drugs; Skinny Skin Skin; The Extreme Team
Acknowledgements; Index

The first thing to note here is that this book isn't into fads or strange eating combinations or controversial health practices. The dieting and activity information is pretty basic, and is based on eating foods that won't throw your body into chemical and hormonal overload. In fact, I'd venture to guess that most of what they have to say will be stuff that you've heard before. What makes it different this time around is that the doctors go into detail about how your body functions with the food you take in. And it's probably the most understandable text I've ever seen on biology...

They don't shy away from explaining things like NF-kappa B and norepinephrine. But surprisingly, it's all understandable. They converse with you in plain words, supplemented by plenty of cartoon illustrations that put chemical and bodily functions into relatable images. And while you may not *need* to know what serotonin does to your body when it comes to fat, it sure helps when you wonder why your anti-depressant medication is making your weight loss efforts more difficult. I also appreciated the fact that they realize that no one will be 100% successful with each and every choice they make. The recommendation is to acknowledge the slip, get back on track with the next choice, and don't beat yourself up over it.

If someone were to ask me who this would appeal to most, I'd say it would be the person who wants to be more fit, while understanding how the body really works. Even the most complex topics are entertaining, and you'll finally know the "what" behind the "why". I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone on a diet, as well as anyone looking to improve their nutrition...

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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 . January 15, 2007
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:    1.Exercise.   In this book, that means walk for 30 minutes every day,   lift weights 30 minutes a week and do 60 minutes of high     intensity …
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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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