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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]

Jim Karas
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Dec 19 2011

In The Petite Advantage Diet, weight-loss expert Jim Karas delivers a breakthrough lifestyle guide that’s already revolutionizing the world of health and fitness: the first book of its kind designed exclusively for women 5’4” and under.

Readers of his New York Times bestselling book The Business Plan for the Body can testify to how his advice has helped millions of women find their way to fitter, firmer, healthier, and happier lives. Now Jim Karas reveals a program designed for petite women, for whom The Belly Fat Cure can’t offer a real cure and 21 Pounds in 21 Days means losing too much too quickly: The Petite Advantage Diet.

Achieve that long, lean look—and eat the right foods to feel full fast—with the specialized diet for women 5'4" and under.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the journey March 15 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Petite Advantage Diet Feb. 15 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Petite advantage diet Feb. 5 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Nov. 12 2013
By Maple
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The only complaint that I have is that I don't like exercising with the resistance bands. I know they are supposed to be so easy and convenient, etc. I did it a couple of times and it just isn't for me. Overall the book is inspiring and makes sense. We can't look at things the way everyone else does. It also makes me laugh what is considered petite. I am 4'11" and I find it annoying that petite is 5'4" which to me is so tall- I wish
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3.0 out of 5 stars A run-of-the-mill diet book Oct. 14 2013
By elfungo
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Some different points of view, but nothing startling. There are many books that use catch phrases such as "petite" to sell, but few that achieve their goal.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless! Aug. 8 2013
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This is bad, i put the book aside very fast it was not worth the money and even less my time.
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