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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: 544 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,042 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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256 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A motivational book with Science behind it. Feb. 8 2010
By Holly H - Published on
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I've often thought "If I could just lose the amount of weight I have in diet books, I'd be a happy woman." What makes this one different? 10 chapters of science on the gastro-intestination system and its affects on every part of the body. Sounds boring? It isn't! The authors rightly wait to give you their diet plan in the middle of this book, because it is the science of metabolism, digestion, heart disease, emotions, and motivation that make this something completely different from all the other diet books I've read. The diet itself is simple and can be found on the web [...].

But having a diet and following it for life are two different things. This books gives the motivational background for why I want to consume more whole grains, fruits, and veggies, and walk every day. After six weeks on this plan, I don't feel the ansy cravings that I have in the past, and I am finding it easy to get through the late afternoon munchies because I never get frantically hungry or stuffed to the gills anymore; I have strategies to deal with stress and uncomfortable emotions. You can download the two-week diet (with shopping list and recipes) off their web site as well as using their on-line walking and strength training exercise videos. You can also sign up for motivational tips via email. However, this book provides the motivation and strategies needed to stay with a life-changing diet for life. Highly recommended.
187 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the same-old, same-old May 1 2010
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I don't watch Oprah. In fact, I've never seen these guys on TV. But I bought this book anyway, hoping for a boost of motivation.

I didn't expect much. After 30 years of up and down with my weight, I thought I knew all I needed to know: 3,500 calories is a pound, so just cut calories and increase exercise, depending on will power to get me through. That's how it had worked before, and I thought I only had my willpower, failures in motivation, etc., to blame for the high cycles on the yo-yo.

A lot of this book seems like the same-old, same-old. But for me, the advice on how to work WITH your body's complex metabolism and hormones -- taking an elegant approach, not a brute force willpower approach -- was a real breakthrough. Just two things: 1) eating a few walnuts before meals and 2) committing to trying not to allow myself to be either hungry or full, made a HUGE difference for me. So I began to take the book more seriously. And one of the points they make is that there ARE such things as good foods and bad foods: it's not just a question of total calories. I read it cover to cover, and kept a list of things to do and to avoid, and I began working them into my life, slowly but surely. Week by week, I cut out anything with white flour, weaned myself off processed foods, etc. I haven't counted a calorie, I eat as much as I need to feel full, my daily exercise consists of gentle walking -- but I feel better than I have in my life, and, without a struggle, I've lost 12 pounds.

And, every other time I've lost this much weight, I've felt aware of it: excited, yes, but aware that it will only take a few slips and the scale will be creeping back up, knowing that it is taking discipline to pass up on all the greasy food and sweets that other people are eating, and I miss the foods I'm giving up. But this time, I'm not being disciplined. Once I learned how to work with the ebb and flow of appetite hormones, it's no longer about being disciplined: I no longer want the junk, and I am rarely hungry.

This book has had a radical impact on my life. I had to look past the dumb jokes and the goofy drawings, but I'm glad I did: they may not be my style, but the information helped me understand WHY eating a few walnuts before a meal works and WHY eating a few french fries does more damage to my appetite, metabolism, stress, etc., than just a 100 or so calories might imply. Don't believe people that say it is the same-old, same-old.
229 of 236 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo-Yo Dieters Dream! Nov. 12 2006
By Gadget Girl - Published on
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This book taught me that you aren't really eating "normally" on most diets. Your body confuses a diet with a time of famine and is trying to keep you alive. Your body doesn't know that you can afford to lose the weight, and that the "famine" is self-imposed. It explains the role that chronic low-grade stress (work, relationships, etc.) plays on weight gain.

The book explains how to eat well for your body so that you are satisfied, not hungry, and in a way that your body knows it is OK to shed pounds. Your goal is to remain satisfied or pleasantly full throughout the day. The other part of the book that resonated with me is that variety is what is killing us. The authors suggest that you automate your breakfast and lunch, eating the same thing or from a small group of things every day. This takes the guesswork out of things. Then you should eat a handful of nuts before dinner, so that you do not overeat. It also explains the effect that "bad foods" have on your hormones and brain chemistry vs. the effect that "good foods" have - other than just the extra calories that you are intaking. This was most interesting, and what sets it apart from other diet books or plans.

The difference between the You Diet and any other that I have tried is that there was no 2-3 day period of feeling terrible or having to adjust. Just a clean-out of highly processed foods from our kitchen and a trip to Trader Joes for some healthy foods and lots of label reading. Now I just feel better and better the longer I do it. It is amazing how tasty whole grain foods can be and how much more they fill you up than processed carbohydrates. My husband is even enjoying the foods I am making!
106 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Great information, Really makes you think Dec 29 2006
By Jolene M. Nickerson - Published on
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I get tired of people saying this is the same old information. It is not. When has any other diet book gone into such detail about digestion and how our bodies store and use fat? When have you ever heard the word Omentum before? This book really makes you realize what you are doing to your body with fat and sugar. It makes you WANT to eat better. It tells you WHY you should eat certain foods and what happens when you eat food. It's great. I have been following this plan, and it really works. You can eat, be satisfied, and not starve yourself. It has recipes, tells you what to order when you eat out, and puts you in control. I can't even consider eating a cookie after reading this book. If I look at one, I get images in my head of what my body will do with that cookie, and it's not pretty. This book has a scared straight appeal, and it really made me change my life.
92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! I really LOL! Feb. 5 2010
By A. Sargent - Published on
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If you are looking for a book that will give you tasty recipes and a strict exercise routine, don't buy this! If you are one of those people that always wants to know "WHY" or "HOW SOMETHING WORKS" this book is for you!The authors do such an amazing job at explaining the physiology of the human body. I learned a lot about how the chemicals in your body really DO impact how hungry you are and how full you are; and how the food choices that we make impact THOSE chemicals! The authors were able to write in a lay-mans kind of way and keep it interesting and funny (there's even comical pictures and diagrahms). This book is not a specific diet plan; it is a tool in taking the first step of changing and maintaining a healthier you! I highly recommend this book.