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The Petite Advantage: Achieve That Long, Lean Look -- and Eat the Right Foods to Feel Full Fast -- with the Specialized Diet for Women 5'4" and Under Hardcover – Dec 19 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; 1 edition (Dec 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025456
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They make clothes for “Petites” so why not a specialized diet plan? You’re smaller, you’re more delicate, you’re 5'4" or under, yet you’re expected to follow a diet plan for the taller girls. What’s wrong with that?

“A lot,” says Jim Karas, author of the number one New York Times bestseller The Business Plan for the Body. For over twenty years, Karas has helped the Petites. He makes them longer (without the rack). He makes them leaner (without starving) and he makes them feel more confident and sexier than they have ever felt before. Why? Because he knows how to get results specifically for you . . . a “Petite”. . . and get them fast.

“I understand you,” says Karas. “I know you are watching your taller friends and colleagues eat more than you do but stay slim.” Fact: you do have to eat less, because a Petite needs only about 1,600 calories a day (compared to 2,500 calories for a taller woman) and is therefore naturally more prone to gain weight.

But you are looking at the glass only as half empty. Thee glass, according to Karas, is really half full. Being a Petite has huge advantages such as:

  • You can work out more effectively than a taller woman because your muscle-to-height ratio is greater; translation—better opportunity to boost your metabolism
  • Your center of gravity is lower, and therefore you are less likely to injure yourself when you’re working out, and
  • You can create that sexy hour-glass figure that taller women can’t achieve. Think Penelope Cruz (5’4”) and Dolly Parton (5’0”). Both are gorgeous members of “The Petites,” whose bodies rock.

Karas has worked with women of all heights and sizes for more than twenty years, and has perfected strategies that bring effective and lasting fat loss for Petites. Based on solid, recent research, coupled with his passion for creating concrete solutions, Karas has crafted a program specially designed to help you create a longer, leaner, sexier body. Petites, you’re gonna love it!

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At just 5' tall & 115 lbs, I've struggled for more than 30 years to keep my weight down both through diet and physical activity. As I neared 50 years of age, I was up to an about 7 hrs of cardio per week and was concerned because I had actually gained 5 lbs in the past 2 years. I was intrigued when I heard the Author saying that cardio activity was more likely to cause you to put on weight than to lose it. Got the book and the explanation in it made sense so I decided to give it a try although I was very skeptical that I was not going to be hungry with the low calorie intake this diet stipulated. I committed to following the diet as closely as I could - in particular eating the much larger breakfasts than my customary bowl of instant oatmeal. I've been amazed at how full I feel after each meal and in between meals. I've cut down on the amount of cardio I do each week and have started using the gravity straps. The undesired 5 lbs quickly fell off and I've indeed experienced a 'reconstruction' of my body shape. While the diet prescribed in the book is not for folks who just like bland foods, if you enjoy a bit more flavour and are open to experimenting with some different combinations, I would wholeheartedly recommend trying this new healthy lifestyle change.
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Great info backed by research. Gives insight into why shorter women find it harder to lose and keep weight off. Menu plan is doable with "normal" food easily purchased at any supermarket. I felt satisfied eating these meals. I have always eaten breakfast but with this plan of eating most of my calories with breakfast and lunch I had more energy. Exercise program is easy to follow once you purchases the gravity straps
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Easy read. Makes sense. Simple to follow. *Sensible eating for a lifelong plan. Jim Karas finally helped to clear my weight loss confusion and laziness and by gosh the 20 year old, extra 30 pound sandbags, that I carried around have disappeared!! Success! Thanks to Jim Karas for finally sparking something that many other plans and books failed at.
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I am 5'1 and in my late 50's. For many years I was a gym rat, often doing 2 or 3 consecutive weight/cardio classes, but in spite of this, my weight didn't vary at all. In fact, it continued to slowly increase a little at a time. I was never one to follow diets, but I always watched what I ate and did not snack between meals. Last January, I saw a feature on this book on morning television, it struck a chord with me, and I started following it the next day. In the past 11 months I have lost 21 pounds, and I continue to follow the eating plan in this book, except when I allow myself a special meal. This is no longer a diet to me but a lifestyle. I still go to the gym to take weight lifting classes, do Yoga and walk on the treadmill. If you follow any weight-loss plan you have to have the willpower to stay with it. This was not a difficult plan for me to follow and I highly recommend it.
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I gave this book a second chance after shelving it in 2011, thinking low carb was the way to go. I was wrong!
Low carb is hard for me to sustain, I just love the bread too much.
This plan is based on cycling 1100 calorie days with 1600 calorie days, and a strength training workout using trx type straps. The meal plans are balanced high quality proteins, low saturated fats, and complex carbs.
Here's the kicker...I counted the calories...sort of. I substituted my own interval training workout. I drank wine, ate pretty much whatever I long as it was within the calorie guidelines...and I lost weight anyway!
The information provided is easy to understand, and the plan is easy to follow. Give this book a try
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It is very interesting and I am enjoying it very much - there is alot of good information in it and I am gradually trying to implement everything in order to lose some much needed pounds on my petite frame.
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