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Congratulations! Whether you realize it or not, simply by picking up this book you have taken the first of what I hope will be many steps, both large and small, simple and challenging, toward the most rewarding journey of all-the road to reclaiming your physical health, well-being, and happiness. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
I have read this book, along with dozens of others over the years and although Bob's information is correct, I still feel that most of what Greene offers (like keeping a exercise/diet journal, ugh) instills that diet mentality that I've fought to get over.
I read the other reviews and agreed with many, especially the one reader, Reese. I too read the book, "The Quest for Peace, Love & a 24-Inch Waist" and it's fresh perspective of feeding the spiritual aspect of who we are was far more inspiring and effective. In fact, I've lost 18 pounds being inspired! Do the exercises in Deborah Low's book first and you won't need to buy both books like I did. As the other review mentioned, her website was a help too.
Overall, this book is clear and basic, and really good for exercise advice but still lacked what I needed to lose all of my excess weight over the past 5 months!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Focus on Daily Little Victory March 16 2002
Format:Spiral-bound
Interesting. When I picked up Bob Greene's GET WITH THE PROGRAM, the guidelines look familiar-this is almost exactly what my fitness friend told me to do few years ago to lose weight. GET WITH THE PROGRAM is a reiteration, reformulation of the basic "double E" principles we all know-eat healthy and exercise. So there is nothing new. But unlike another recent hot pick EAT MORE, WEIGHT LESS, Greene's program is more practical and will stimulate those who want to make a difference in their physique and lifestyle.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM has 4 stages that emphasize gradual change in eating and exercise habit. Phase 1 is easy but very little people will even try because of laziness and procrastination. Phase 1 includes exercises that get us going: some stretches, some aerobic exercises, some situps, and curls for couple times a week. By doing these exercises couple twice a week, we formulate a routine which builds a mindset not to give up. I call these daily little victories. We certainly can't just go to the gym and start lifting 300 pounds hoping to change our body metabolism. But aerobic and cardiovascular excersies can help retune our strength. Start with maybe 10 situps and curls then increase to 15, 20, then 25 a set and do 2 reps of sets. These are daily victories.
Phase 2 picks up the exercise and let you perform more sets. As the program progresses toward Phase 3 and 4, you will start changing the diet and watch what you're eating. Many people misunderstood about working out as burining fat. When you work out, you burn calories. Until you create a deficit of calories in diet, you will never get rid of body fat. When all calories from food have been consumed, then the body will go about the fat stored. So incorporating a diet to workout/exercise is the key.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating June 21 2004
Format:Spiral-bound
Bob Greene's book should not be labeled a diet book, so much as a book about changing one's lifestyle. Using his four-step process, I was able to rejuvenate my exercise and diet regimen and managed to lose about 20 pounds. Much of this was fat, as the fourth phase of Greene's plan emphasizes muscle building.
This book is probably best suited for beginners. Greene's message addresses losing weight, improving cardiovascular health, understanding why you eat (emotional eating, ala Dr. Phil), and improving self-esteem. Greene also advises people not to eat after 7pm, which I believe may be based on the false premise that a person's metabolism shuts off during sleep. According to Greene's plan, you should change your lifestyle in fours phases: 1) find out where you are at, what got you there, and what you want to achieve; 2) implement an aerobic exercise routine; 3) get to know what emotions are working to cause you to eat in excess of your body's needs; and, 4) build muscle with anerobic exercise.
If you already exercise regularly and are knowledgeable of sound nutrition concepts, you may not need this book. However, if you're like me, you may find Greene's book motivational and thus worth the money and time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book hits nail on the head May 16 2004
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I recently purchased this book. After much debate I dived into it. We all have emotional issues and this book makes you stop and think about it. Awareness of these issues will allow you to recognize those triggers. Its not a fad, its a way of life that you can include on a daily basis. No points to watch, no big calorie counting, only encouragement every step of the way. No tricks or "buy my powders". Nothing but guidance to help you through. I should know.....I bought the pills, the equipment- now a clothes holder, the bars and powders. I can stick with this program. It has four phases and I am well on my to seeing the light at the end of phase one. For some weightloss comes easy (like my mom, boy I didnt get her genes) and for others it something we battle everyday.
I bought the book and the philosphy because it was time to get honest with myself. :P
I even cleared the clothes off that exercise machine. :)))
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Spiral-bound
Excellent book. Practical advice that moves beyond just eating recommendations and exercise recommendations. Covers emotional eating, dealing with needs. Very well rounded and more practical and reasonable than a lot of ther programs. There are nice journal pages also. To improve wellness even more, and to help make good authentic changes--like weight loss, one of the best book I have seen in a long long time is "Effortless Wellbeing: The Missing Ingredients for Authentic Wellness" by Evan Finer. Get with the Program and Effortless Wellbeing combined can really help as a combination. HIGHLY recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
Get with the program, indeed! I AM a health freak! And I do care about my looks. Bob's book provides a lot of good, useful information that make a lot of sense to me. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2006 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! It's all about habits
The key to permanent weight loss is lifestyle change
and that is exactly what this book is all about. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive approach to lifestyle change!
This book is truly excellent. Of course we know if we are overweight that eating right and exercising regularly is the cure to our problem. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Really learned a lot here
One of the things I learned was about personal commitment to one's self. By regards of others I may not have a huge amount of weight to lose but I've benn procrstinating about it... Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by Omni
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holistic advice
This is a wonderful book about making the changes necessary to lose weight healthfully. Now if only I could follow Mr. Greene's advice!
Published on Feb. 16 2003 by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars He is a Genius
Help yourself lose weight the natural way. Make yourself over into the best you ever. It's wonderful! This book and a book called Dreams: Gateway to the True Self are magnificant! Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Started
I just started on this program but after years of battling with my weight I feel good about myself and my clothes are getting loser. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2002 by J. A Carty
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!
I've been on Weight Watchers for 13 weeks and have lost 27 pounds but I needed a program to get me "going" again because I have reached a plateau. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Wonderful! This book and a book called Dreams: Gateway to the True Self are magnificant! Look for both on Amazon.com.
Published on Oct. 23 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start...but as a trainer myself, there is more!
As a personal trainer I agree with what Bob shares. If you want change, Bob's book is a good, basic starting point, touching the mental aspect important to fitness success. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2002 by John
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