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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: BPS Books (Sept. 6 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927483530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927483534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on Jan. 5 2014
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This book is written in a clear and straightforward manner which makes it very user friendly. In fact, it is the first "diet" book that I have bought (and there have been many!) which I have actually read from cover to cover. It is chock full of good information, whether you are looking to lose weight (as I am) or just want a resource to help you to clean up your diet by eliminating some of the fat, salt, sugar and red meat. The Health First program offers a basic, easy to follow outline for healthy eating - no gimmicks, no expensive supplements, just suggestions for clean healthy foods available at all grocery stores. The program guidelines are few and uncomplicated. Daily and weekly food budgets are explained clearly. The suggested quantities of food are generous so you never feel hungry. A definite bonus! I have been following the Health First program for a while and have consistently lost 1-2 pounds a week and I feel terrific! This book is well worth the investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MSPEACE on Jan. 2 2014
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I Love that the author (a doctor) tested this method of achieving and maintaining wellness over a long period of time with so many participants.
This is real-world, and totally achievable!!!!
After looking into many "diets" I am excited to kick-off my New Year armed with this information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liane Sharkey on Jan. 3 2014
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I found - and still find - that this book is so useful precisely because it is written in such an organized and easy to follow format. The author's logical and conversational tone is comfortable to read. He doesn't patronize but does recognize the challenges of changing habits from unhealthy to healthy, and offers really useful guidelines. Many other books I've seen have focused on more unrealistic weight loss extremes, but Dr. Hirsch focuses on a long-term goal of good health, which is much more sensible and will hold the reader in better health status than any quick loss reduction plan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Banks on Jan. 20 2014
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Dr. Hirsch has put together an easy to read and easy to follow program to improve your health.
He covers a lot of material that we do know and a lot that I didn't know as well.
He has put together some sample meal plans that will help you with your weight loss and general health.
Lots of case studies as well.
Dave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norm Williams on March 1 2014
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Dr.Hirsch painted a very effective picture for me. Get a grip on my lousy eating habits or pay the consequences. His program was simple. It changed my life. I went from 215 pounds to 185 pounds and have been able to maintain that weight for over 10 years.
NRW Mississauga.
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I bought this book yesterday and didn't put it down until it was done. It is a very straightforward book, no high end medical terms making you scratch your head. To the point and understandable. A lot of info in the book is generally known, but it does help you put in perspective exactly how to gauge what food you should eat and what to avoid.

I also love the fact his meal plans can be mixed around and configured very easily to your liking. He does say in the book to not go from one end of the spectrum to another because you set yourself up for failure right off the bat. He reiterates throughout the book for each aspect to take your time adjusting to changes. Switch out your morning breakfast Timmy's run to something more wholesome, work yourself off colas, and sugary drinks. Just baby step yourself to build your own "Food Budget". The same goes for exercise. Work up to it, don't go from 0 to 60. This type of plan is possible for anyone, and the even better part is no points, or calorie counting. I would suggest investing in a scale. I sure am, just to learn what a proper portion is instead of "guestimating".

I will be recommending this book to my friends and family for sure! My Mom recommended it and I am only upset she didn't recommend it sooner!!
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Dr. Hirsch is one of a number of doctors warning about the change in our diet brought about by packaged food. One instance is the "low-fat" label. When fat content is reduced, sugar content is increased for the sake of maintaining flavour and product sale.

The danger with high sugar content in the blood stream is that it is like gravel which rubs against the veins and arteries, especially on vulnerable points in the eyes and the extremities – a reason why diabetics lose their eyes and extremities. So high sugar content, even though it may be eventually regulated, may do damage during the spike.

The author gives helpful instructions on how to read package content, especially linked to sugar. For example, although the label may say 4 g of sugar, the introductory part may say units in tablespoons, meaning that there may be 10 times the amount of sugar in the entire package.

Many other helpful topics. Worth a read if you eat!
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If you all looking for the latest fad diet in order to lose weight quickly, this book is not for you. You won't be asked to count calories or forego any of the major food groups (unless you consider salt, sugar and saturated fats as food groups). Dr Hirsch presents a common sense and easy to follow plan to eating healthier and losing weight. Just watch portion size and be mindful of what you eat. Dr Hirsch doesn't "preach" to you, but rather provides a logical and straightforward plan on how to get your eating under control. The examples he provides really hit home - when you see how much sugar is in some of the foods we eat, they become less appetizing and much easier to avoid. The concept of a food budget each week is easy to understand and follow - especially when you realize that you can still eat foods that are restricted in many other diets. Dr Hirsch is a real medical practioner and his advice is sound.
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