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You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management [Hardcover]

Michael F. Roizen , Mehmet C. Oz
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Oct. 31 2006
For the first time in our history, scientists are uncovering astounding medical evidence about dieting -- and why so many of us struggle with our weight and the size of our waists. Now researchers are unraveling biological secrets about such things as why you crave chocolate or gorge at buffets or store so much fat.Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, America's most trusted doctor team and authors of the bestselling "YOU" series, are now translating this cutting-edge information to help you shave inches off your waist. They're going to do it by giving you the best weapon against fat: knowledge. By understanding how your body's fat-storing and fat-burning systems work, you're going to learn how to crack the code on true and lifelong waist management.Roizen and Oz will invigorate you with equal parts information, motivation, and change-your-life action to show you how your brain, stomach, hormones, muscles, heart, genetics, and stress levels all interact biologically to determine if your body is the size of a baseball bat or of a baseball stadium. In "YOU: On a Diet," Roizen and Oz will redefine what a healthy figure is, then take you through an under-theskin tour of the organs that influence your body's size and its health. You'll even be convinced that the key number to fixate on is not your weight, but your waist size, which best indicates the medical risks of storing too much fat.Because the world has almost as many diet plans as it has e-mail spammers, you'd think that just about all of us would know everything there is to know about dieting, about fat, and about the reasons why our bellies have grown so large. "YOU: On a Diet" is much more than a diet plan or a series of instructions and guidelines or a faddish berries-only eating plan. It's a complete manual for waist management. It will show you how to achieve and maintain an ideal and healthy body size by providing a lexicon according to which any weight-loss system can be explained. "YOU: On a Diet" will serve as the operating system that facilitates future evolution in our dieting software. After you learn about the biology of your body and the biology and psychology of fat, you'll be given the YOU Diet and YOU Workout. Both are easy to learn, follow, and maintain. Following a two-week rebooting program will help you lose up to two inches from your waist right from the start.With Roizen and Oz's signature accessibility, wit, and humor, "YOU: On a Diet -- The Owner's Manual for Waist Management" will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the food you consume, so that you'll diet smart, not hard. Welcome to your body on a diet.

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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing how knowledgeable folks seem to be Jan. 27 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars You on a Diet Aug. 18 2009
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great info - Less filling please Nov. 15 2006
By Kris
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pun in the title March 24 2007
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
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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2.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL !!
This was the worst book I've read in a long time. I had to FORCE myself to get through this book. It was written for someone who was maybe 10 yrs old. Read more
Published on July 25 2011 by HeatherMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Used book review
Good purchase! Book is is great condition for a used book. Noticed one page with a bit of writing on it but nothing to damage the book. Read more
Published on March 10 2011 by agolive
5.0 out of 5 stars simply put
This is valuable information for anyone trying to stay healthy in a natural way by eating the way they should.
Published on May 9 2008 by Buchen Sage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great informative book
My husband and I both love this book. We learned so many things about how our bodies work. We both feel good about practicing what they teach. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2007 by H. Clinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes all you need is a little common sense
This book is more than a detailed diet. It is an instruction manual to your body and helps you understand what happens to you when you eat. Read more
Published on July 11 2007 by V. Cornick
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'd normally read
This is not something I'd pick up without the recommendation of a friend, choosing instead to take on an epic novel, say such as Franzen's THE CORRECTIONS or one of Wally Lamb's... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2007 by Teach me
3.0 out of 5 stars No life changing options
Nothing more to this book than any other book I have read about reducing my un-wanted blubber. Of course the only way to lose excess weight is to re-educate ones self on their... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2006 by sally
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