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Flip the Switch: Discover the Weight-Loss Solution and the Secret to Getting Started [Hardcover]

Jim Karas
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Dec 24 2002
What’s really stopping you from losing weight and having the body you’ve always wanted?

Is it that you’ve tried everything but nothing seems to work? Could it be a slow metabolism, or is it your genes? Maybe you love to eat but hate to exercise? Or possibly you lack the time, the energy, even the money?

The answer, according to Jim Karas—the man who has helped countless people lose weight and literally reshape their lives—is that it’s none of the above. Nor is it your gender, your age, or any other reason you may be wrestling with! The answer, says Jim, is that you still haven’t “flipped the switch”—that is, reached a point where the desire to lose weight finally becomes more important than the desire to overeat and not to exercise. The biggest hurdle you will ever face in losing weight isn’t sticking to a diet or going to the gym every day. It’s simply this: getting started.

Now the creator of the number one New York Times bestselling book The Business Plan for the Body arms you with the tools that will help you turn your desire for weight loss into reality. Get ready to hack through the nonsense (“Only strenuous aerobics will slim me down”) and negative mental graffiti (“I hate my body, I’ll never lose weight”) that are stopping you from achieving your goals, because Flip the Switch contains a blueprint for conquering all the obstacles to achieve permanent weight loss.

Jim blasts through the excuses, helping you to confront, understand, and ultimately vanquish these issues through a series of revealing self-tests. To help you flip the switch, he offers detailed eating guidelines, including a seven-day jump-start diet plan with menus and shopping lists, and three simple illustrated exercise routines to choose from. Jim’s eating and exercise recommendations are realistic and satisfying, especially when you begin to see the results! And his invaluable advice is sound, inspiring, and from the heart—he’s been there and he knows what you’re up against.

If you haven’t flipped the switch, then you haven’t taken the most essential step toward weight loss. Let Jim Karas’s Flip the Switch show you how to change your life—today.

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This refreshing how-to by fitness expert and best-selling author of The Business Plan for the Body eschews schemes, fads or gimmicks and focuses on the achievement of an internal belief in one’s self, which Karas maintains is the prerequisite for successful long-term weight loss. Drawing on a healthy dose of empathy (Karas is himself a "Lifelong Struggler" with weight) and offering personal stories and pep talks, Karas walks readers through the emotional path of self-examination on the way to that critical juncture where their desire to lose weight becomes more powerful than their desire to eat too much and exercise too little. But the "flipping point" is only the journey’s beginning. Chapter by chapter, Karas, whose high-profile clientele includes Good Morning America’s Diane Sawyer, takes to task the constant excuses or "mental graffiti" that stand in dieters’ way— "I don’t have the time"; "I don’t have the energy"; "I don’t have the right genes"—by equipping his readers with time-management solutions, tips for ordering in restaurants, detailed menus and exercises for both mind and body. He also goes after a number of diet beliefs,, such as that "carbohydrates make you fat," and stresses that strength and resistance training, not cardio, is the key to battling the bulge. With monthly inventory worksheets, a food diary template, illustrated workout programs and a seven-day eating plan, this guide is thorough and user-friendly. 60 b&w photographs.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Here's another way to get in shape: follow Karas's advice about changing your attitude. Interestingly, Karas is no jock; he's got the London School of Economics in his background.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Weight Loss Book You'll Ever Need! Jan. 6 2004
There just seems to be one weight loss book after another these days. It makes me believe that everyone runs from book to book without losing weight. Well, I, too, have a favorite weight loss book. It came out early last year. It's entitled, Flip the Switch: The Secret to Weight Loss and was written by Jim Karas who is Diane Sawyer's weight loss coach. I've seen Karas from time to time on "Good Morning America" and have been quite impressed with his common sense approach to losing weight. In fact he was on "GMA" as recently as Monday, January 5, 2004.
In his book, Flip, he begins by asking you if you're ready to embark on losing weight, he then encourages you to believe in your ability to be successful. You feel he is right beside your side throughout the book. I especially liked his tips on doing strength and resistance exercise. I have incorporated weights and bands into my exercise routine and I have lost 27 pounds in the past 5 months. Please realize that I used to spend an hour a day doing cardio exercise and never, I mean never lost a pound. Now, I spend approximately one hour twice a week on exercise and not only is my weight down, but my posture and body composition are changing before my eyes.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who desires an effective, empathetic road map to weight loss. I would also encourage readers to check out Karas' website jimkaras.com. I joined a couple of months ago and now Jim calls me once a week to encourage me.
I'm thrilled. He's made Diane Sawyer look terrific and he's doing the same for me. This is the only weight loss book you'll ever need.
Thank you Jim for a great and motivating read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Birthday Gift Oct. 13 2003
One month ago I celebrated my 50th birthday and along with my official invitation to join AARP I received a copy of Flip the Switch. I know, I know. Giving someone a weight loss book as a birthday present sounds insensitive, however, I have announced my intent to lose weight so many times, that all my friends knew that I wouldn't be offended.
The individual who gave me the book told me that the author, Jim Karas, is the guy who keeps Diane Sawyer looking so great. I've been a big Sawyer fan ever since she was on Sixty Minutes years ago, so I decided if it works for her, then it surely will for me.
Well, nearly a month into Karas' program and I'm down 17 pounds. What I particularly liked about the book is the author's emphasis believing in your ability to suceed, and I might point out that this book was written months before Dr. Phil's.
Karas. a University of Pa. grad., is a very talented writer - not what one would expect to encounter in the weight loss industry. I actually found myself quite caught up in the book. It almost reads like a novel. I liked the fact that this is a book geared toward women. He stresses the importance of exercise, especially strength work which I had never done. He stresses that weight loss isn't easy and that there are no quick fixes, however, the pounds can be taken off by what would seem to be, but evidently isn't to most of us, strategy, calories in minus calories out.
I'm losing weight and I have more energy than I've had in years. Who said middle age was a drag? Thanks Jim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works For All Ages April 14 2003
I purchased Flip the Switch last month and like most of my weight loss intentions, didn't read it. Over this past weekend, I decided to make an attempt. Well, I couldn't put this book down. I read it all weekend. I've purchased other weight loss books in the past, none of which have helped me. Most of them were either patronizing, or basically silly. This is not the case with Flip the Switch. Jim Karas provides the mental foundation one needs to actually begin a weight loss program. After reading the first two chapters, I was positive that I could motivate myself to actually succeed.
I just turned 60 this past month and am shocked at how much weight I have gained. Until I read Flip the Switch, I felt that it was too late for me. Fortunately, that's not the case. Jim makes it very clear that weight loss is possible no matter what one's age.
Additionally, he debunks all the excuses I, and probably every one else, has used to either put off or explain why I (we) aren't successful at weight loss.
I was very suprised at how well written this book is. I especially liked all the included worksheets. They helped me focus and enabled me to chart my progress.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has tried and failed at weight loss. Jim Karas is a great writer and motivator, I can see why he is the weight loss contributor to Good Morning America
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Source for a Long-Term Weight Loss Plan Jan. 19 2004
By drumona
I reiterate everything the other reviewers have said about this book so far. I've personally met Jim and he is refreshingly on of the most genuine, caring, and honest people I've ever met. He is truly an inspiration.
Both of his books offer some tough advice about weight loss (no gimmicks here!) His solution is the only to succeeding at long-term weight loss. Jim is constantly informed of new research and incorporates it into his writings. He is a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping magazine.
A tip I would give readers: Carry this book with you as if it were your Bible. (The softcover addition will be out soon, making this a little easier!!) I'll be honest, I tried once and failed. But I revisited the book and found it motivating once again. Now I re-read passages daily to keep me going! It works!!!! Don't fall for gimmicks and fad diets. The truth is right here! You will never need another source for weight loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Longer Stationary
I read this book in 2-3 days in between taking care of an active toddler. I recommend this book to anyone suffering from chronic pain and thinks they can't do it. I am proof. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by K. Pham
5.0 out of 5 stars I Just Lost 47 Pounds With This Book
I started Jim's program from Flip The Switch back in May. Then, to take my program even further, I joined his web site [...] in July. Read more
Published on March 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I Just Finished The BEST Book
I have been overweight my entire life. Right now, I hate to say it, but I am over 60 pounds overweight. I have tried everything and nothing has worked. Read more
Published on March 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Weight Loss Book Around
I have been overweight for over 22 years. I have tried everything from Atkins to The Zone, you name it.
About 8 months ago my best friend gave me his book. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Weight Loss Book Available
I have read and tried almost every weight loss book for the past 20 years. Never have I had the success I have achieved with Flip The Switch. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous Book
I bought the latest diet book by Phil McGraw. It was the worst book on dieting/nutrition I have ever read. I read it and threw it in the trash. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Did It For Me!!
I have tried every weight loss thing out there...Slim Fast, Atkins, Weight Watchers...you name it. This book was the only one that was so clear cut and inspiring that for the... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by p.puggy pug
5.0 out of 5 stars Reply to Skeptical Reader
In response to the skeptical reader of July 9, 2003:
Jim Karas's formula for weight loss is straightforward and simple (not easy, but simple). Read more
Published on July 12 2003 by "kschoo"
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Questionable
First of all, I haven't even read this book. However, I thought I'd mention that in all the 12 reviews I just read for this book, not one mentions any weight loss whatsoever. Read more
Published on July 9 2003
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