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You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management Hardcover – Oct 31 2006


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743292545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743292542
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Back for another highly entertaining round of Biology 101, the team behind YOU: The Owner's Manual applies its signature wit and wisdom to food metabolism and nutrition. According to Roizen and Oz, waist measurement, not weight, is the most important factor in mortality related to obesity, and understanding the relationship between chemicals and hormones influencing hunger and those signaling satiety is the key to ending yo-yo dieting. Most diets fail, Roizen and Oz conclude, because body chemistry overrules the best plans and intentions. To restore the body's natural ability to balance hunger and satiety and offset the effects of stress on food choices, they list foods and supplements that fight fat, decrease appetite and combat inflammation that causes disease. Roizen and Oz pack in a lot of material—quizzes, "factoids" and "myth busters" along with diet and exercise plans, recipes and a two-week "rebooting" program—in bite-sized portions, giving readers a chance to absorb and apply what they learn. For those considering medical intervention, they discuss current options for drugs and surgery. (Oct.)
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"Back for another highly entertaining round of Biology 101, the team behind "YOU: The Owner's Manual" applies its signature wit and wisdom to food metabolism and nutrition. Roizen and Oz pack in a lot of material -- quizzes, 'factoids' and 'myth busters' along with diet and exercise plans, recipes and a two-week 'rebooting' program -- in bite-sized portions, giving readers a chance to absorb and apply what they learn."-- "Publishers Weekly," starred review

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Michael on Jan. 2 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was waiting for this book for a very long time and was keeping an eye on everything related to it. I am pleased with the depth, scope, wit and overall value of this book. It takes you on a journey through all those important organs, substances and processes in the body that eventually make or break successful weight loss. I am glad that although the book is written in a light and entertaining style, it is serious, detailed, well researched and effective. After all, these are the most important things in a weight loss program. If you are a man and must slim down in the fastest and easiest way, I strongly advise you to pair it with the simple, individualized, yet stunning "your scientific diet for men". I agree that you: on a diet is more than just a diet and this makes it even more valuable and recommended read. The two doctors are well known and trusted experts and this is reflected in the book. I liked the questionnaires, busted myths and witty things that make the book hard to put down from start to finish. I think that the 2 week long reboot program is ok in terms of difficulty and needed time and I hope to direct my body in even more positive direction. Overall, I am very satisfied with the result from the obviously long, hard and dedicated work of two big names nowadays and it is one of the few books that I highly recommend.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kelly on Jan. 27 2007
Format: Hardcover
I get a kick out of some of the snarky reviews by some folks who say this volume has nothing new to offer. Believe me when I say it has lots new to offer unless you are a PhD in Bio chem. The authors explain complicated brain and CNS happenings in our bodies rarely made easier to understand for lay folks. I thought i knew a lot about the subject from a life time of trying to lose weight but these guys caused many eureka moments for me. Do yourself a favour and read this volume and then study it and then put it to practise. I'm doing it. To the humorless chap form winter-peg-lighten up!
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By Sherri Wing on Aug. 18 2009
Format: Hardcover
You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management
I give this book a Thumbs Up! I found it to be very informative and a pleasure to read. The receipe included were very delicious. Myself and my family didn't not know that eating healhty could be so good.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kris on Nov. 15 2006
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book on Oprah, heard Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, and thought "Man, these guys have got it!" So I bought the book. It's a great book ... if you get past all the little anecdotes. Case in point: (page 28) "Agriculture allowed us to make more advances than a seventeen-year-old in a movie theatre…" The book is filled with them, and it’s incredibly annoying. Truly, I found, that it took away from the message. Yes, I realize funny little quips tend to make a fairly dry text more readable because it engages the reader and perhaps makes them more apt to remember the material later. However, more quips DOES NOT make it even more readable; i.e. more DOES NOT EQUAL more. I’ll still recommend getting this book if you really want to know why you keep failing at dieting, but being also a Weight Watchers member, this book won’t alone help you. Quoting Weight Watchers, “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”. If you’re still having trouble after following this book, I whole-heartedly recommend joining - if only for the support of people in the same boat as you.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By a customer on March 24 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't read diet books. I just don't. But I read this one and it actually had a profound effect on my life--well, waist at any rate. And duh, I had no idea that it was by the same authors as "You: An Owner's Manual." No it makes sense.

What struck me first about this book was the fact that it was actually funny in places and offered a readable approach to weight loss. yet it wasn't dumbed down. The premise of said book is this; that your "waist" size is the key to your health.

The book focuses on diet, obviously, but more importantly what foods will balance the body's natural desires (food I'm talknig about here) and how nutrition plays a part in health--not just the "eat whats good for you" with the actual "why" of it all.

There's a lot to absorb in this book, but the authors---Roizen and Oz---have given it to the reader in portions they can easily understand and pardon, digest over a period of a few weeks.

This is not a book you "have" to read at once or at all, really, but at some point in your life you're going to become more concerned with your health and YOU ON A DIET is a good place to start.

While we all need improvement from time to time, I still like to nourish the soul along with the body, ergo my recommendations for books that do just that: "Life of Pi" by Martel, "Toxic Parents," and the novel "Middlesex." All are great books in their own way.

If you're looking for another spiritual read, might I suggest "New Moon" by Stephenie Meyer?

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reviewing for dummies on Dec 30 2007
Format: Hardcover
Michael Roizen helps you learn how your body works and how to get in touch with it. The only criticism I have of the book is that Roizen advocates a special diet, rather than focusing on what your body tells you what it needs. None the less, This book is your own owners manual for your own body. To be healthy you have to understand all of the various bodily functions, not just the dogmatic views other books discuss, and what you need to do to keep everything running smoothly and remain and maintain a healthy state.

Michael Roizen supplies us with relevant information, dispels myths and gives us real, no-nonsense advice about our bodies and makes you pay attention, understand and make choices. You; provides the necessary information in simple terms as a guide to take care of your body from your internal organs point of view.
It tells you the type of food that will help your body run well. The main focus is the heart and digestive system which I've found to be tremendously helpful. Very well written and put together. It supplies the information on health everyone should have.

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