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8 Minutes in the Morning to Lean Hips and Thin Thighs: Lose Up to 4 Inches in Less Than 4 Weeks-- Guaranteed! Paperback – Jan 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547165
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 209 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Workout revolution!” ―The New York Times (on Jorge Cruise and his 8-minute weight-loss plan)

“Very inviting.” ―The Washington Post (on Jorge Cruise and his 8-minute weight-loss plan)

“Lose 2 pounds a week.” ―USA Weekend (on Jorge Cruise and his 8-minute weight-loss plan)

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Lose up to 4 inches from your hips and thighs in less than 4 weeks-- guaranteed!

Have you had a hard time shedding the fat and cellulite from your hips and thighs? Now, whether you're new to the Jorge Cruise weight-control plan or not, 8 Minutes in the Morning to Lean Hips and Thighs will help you lose up to 4 inches in less than 4 weeks-- guaranteed! The Jorge Cruise secret is to restore your metabolism by creating new lean muscles that burn fat and shrink the size of your hips and thighs.

Each day you'll do a simple Cruise Move routine that sculpts your hips and thighs and takes just 8 minutes. You'll also get a delicious meal plan with the essential muscle-making materials you'll need to create your new body. All with NO counting of calories or banning of foods. Empowering visualizations will help you conquer the emotional eating that may be sabotaging your efforts.

Success stories from Jorge Cruise clients will help keep you inspired. You have nothing to lose except inches from your hips and thighs!

"When I was a kid, I was called 'Thunder Thighs.' NOW, I'm working to have Thinner Thighs!"
--Eleanor Talbot (lost 14 inches from her thighs!)

"I've truly changed my lifestyle for the better."
--Cheryl McCowan (shrunk 3 1/2 inches off her thighs!)

"My thighs have always been a trouble zone for me, and now I have the tools to zap them!"
--Bonnie Barrett (lost 4 inches from her thighs!)

JORGE CRUISE struggled with his weight as a child and young man. Today he has over 3 million online clients at, is the "weight-loss coach" columnist for Prevention magazine with 11 million readers, and is the New York Times best-selling author of the 8 Minutes in the Morning book series. He has been featured in USA Today, Woman's World, First for Women, Self, Shape, Cosmo, and Fit, and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, and The View.

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I think Jorge Cruise has a lot to offer and I certainly love his technique, but I believe his first book "8 Minutes in the Morning: A Simple Way to Shed up to 2 Pounds a Week Guaranteed" was by far #1. Here's why:
- 8 min. flat belly had a lot of repeat information from the original 8 minutes, which is to be expected because they both market to others, but if you have already read and followed the original 8 minutes book, I doubt you'll appreciate this one.
- I FELT a lot thinner in all areas while doing the original 8 minutes routine than I ever did while doing the flat belly program. It reccommends mixing hip and thigh spot training with all over body moves, I just didn't feel a difference.
- The original has a few paragraphs of motivation before every routine, lean hips doesn't. The motivation was a big factor for me.
- The original has different routines every day for 4 weeks!! Lean hips has only 1 week of each level (easy, intermediate, hard).
I know every body is different and perhaps if you begin with this book you would like it, but my overall opinion is that the original is #1!!
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Bottom line: This book worked for me!
As a single mother working full time, I have (until now) found it nearly impossible to incorporate regular exercise into my life. Hours in the gym, bulky and expensive equipment, and time constraints are restrictive. This book changed that for me. The exercises are easy to do, take little time or equipment, and are actually very effective! I have lost pounds and inches, and everyone at work compliments me on my progress. I have more energy too!
Jorge's exercise plan involves two strength-training exercises daily, and you do four sets of 12 repetitions for each exercise. The only equpiment you need is a set of dumbbells. The total morning routine takes from 8 to 15 minutes, including the brief warmup and stretches afterwards. You roll out of bed, do your exercises for the day, and you're done before you're even fully awake. That's about as easy as it could possibly get---but it works!
Jorge's diet plan is basically a low-fat, low-calorie diet. He also stresses the benefits of flax oil. I have used the exercises in his book in conjunction with a low to moderate carbohydrate diet, and that has worked well for me. Your mileage may vary.
The book also provides great information about dieting and exercise in general, and gives many good sources to utilize as well. It's easy to read, and well-organized. The personal stories he uses as examples are real people, not supermodels, and I liked that.
I highly recommend this book for busy people like me, who aren't fitness junkies but want to incorporate some exercise into their lives.
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In a fit of desperation and with a healthy skepticism toward fad dieting, not to mention barely any time to devote to calorie-counting and long, tedious exercise sessions, I scanned through several weight-loss books available at the local library. Out of the five or so books I perused, Jorge Cruise's seemed the simplest and the most practical for my busy lifestyle.
As a lifelong yo-yo dieter and well-versed in nutrition (although in the past this didn't keep me from eating wrong anyway), Jorge's plan seemed safe, nutritionally sound and quite possibly do-able for me. The text read smoothly and offered interesting sidebars showing the dramatic results his clients experienced while on his program. Even though some of the exclamations of life-changing results of epic proportions rang a bit bogus to me, (I know for a fact that weight loss can make you healthier, but not necessarily happier), I liked the straightforward message Mr. Cruise was sending. If you try, even just a little, to live a healthier lifestyle, you will become healthier. That, combined with the sweet simplicity of the program itself, was enough for me to give it a shot.
I've been on the program for two weeks now and have lost a total of 9 lbs., thanks partially to the near-starvation diet that comprises the first week. It is pure torture, no two ways about it, but it does help rid the body of toxins (especially if you drink the recommended 8 or more glasses of water daily) and set you up with the right frame of mind regarding food as fuel instead of for gratification.
I found the daily affirmations fun but by no means necessary, nor did I eschew caffeine or my once-daily teaspoon of sugar in my evening herbal tea. I also did not change from regular milk to soy as he suggests.
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After reading the other reviews, I was a little skeptical, but the book looked good, and I've seen him on several TV shows and it looked like he knew what he was talking about. My hubby & I have been following the plan for 3 weeks now. We have found the eating plan easy to follow, and much less expensive than other diets, such as Atkins, South Beach, etc. We don't like the taste of the flax oil, so I buy the capsules (whatever brand is on sale that week at our local store). The first maybe 2 days were a little hard, but since then we've had no hunger at all. In fact, we cannot eat all the food we are supposed to! I guess that's the difference between eating healthy food and fatty foods - you get a lot more! For breakfast this morning I had 3 egg whites, a piece of toast, half a grapefruit and a glass of soy milk! You'll find the breakfasts and lunches more than adequate. Dinners are a little small, but come on folks - we wouldn't be buying these books if we didn't eat too darn much! My hubby and I each have about 26 pounds total to lose. So far, he's lost 12 and I've lost 8, and we are very happy. We both have more energy. It follows a common sense, eat less, move more theory. I understand he has changed his eating plan, and the new one will be reflected in an update to the book later this year. We'll stick with this one - it works! It's very well-rounded and the foods are easy to find at our local discount grocery store. Basically, though, you can eat what you want as long as it's a reasonable portion! Whole grains are favored over processed, and sugar is limited, but you get 2 treats a day! This book has absolutely changed our lives for the better.
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