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Be a Loser!: Lose Inches Fast--No Diet Paperback – December 31, 1999

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Greer Childers, age 53 and mother of three, credits her BodyFlex method with dropping her from a size 14/16 to a size 4/6 in 90 days. Childers had tried jogging, aerobics, and personal trainers; she got firmer but no smaller, and felt tired all the time. "In terms of being a couch potato, I was definitely mashed," she writes. Then she discovered what she calls "aerobic breathing" and claims she started burning off inches. Fitness and weight-loss experts would argue that aerobic exercise--not just breathing--is what burns fat, but Childers insists the method has worked for her and her clients.

Be a Loser presents Childers's own story about trying to lose weight and her theory about weight loss--that oxygen is "the non-medical miracle" and that learning how to breathe "aerobically" is her secret for weight loss. She teaches her breathing technique and a series of simple stretches and nonstrenuous calisthenic exercises that she claims "tone muscle." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It takes only 15 minutes a day, and there's no dieting! Greer Childers shows how to lose inches from your waist, hips, and thighs in the very first week. Using the revolutionary BodyFlex program, readers can tone away flab and increase energy through accelerated aerobic deep breathing with stretching, isometric, and isotonic exercises.

A bestseller in hardcover, with over 100,000 copies shipped, Be a Loser! describes the BodyFlex program, includes specialized workouts for problem areas with clearly illustrated instructions on technique, and explains the scientific basis for the program. Bubbling over with the homespun enthusiasm, humor, and can-do optimism of its irrepressible author, Be a Loser! is an easy and fun way to get in shape and increase vitality.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (December 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812931416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812931419
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Axel on April 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had read many reviews, wathced many reruns of the infomercials and I never thought that a book and a tape could and would change my life. I started Body Flex as soon as I recieved them. I followed all that it said, it is SO simple. In 2 weeks I lost 20 lbs. By the end of the summer (2 months) I had lost 40 lbs.! I was shocked... It's the easiest most healthiest way to be lean and flexible. Oxygen is the healthiest thing you can put in your body other than water, and guess what? Water also HAS oxygen. Not only do you lose inches, weight and do you feel good, but also, it heals your body in more ways than you can imagine. Oh, and your energy levels SKY ROCKET the second you finish the 15 min. Simply try it, in America there are always refunds!
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Tasha H. on January 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Body Flex is an excellent Program.I first ordered the body flex system one year ago. The first time I tried it I was winded,one week later I lost 8 inches. I some how fell off the bandwagon and three weeks ago I got back on. I bought the book and and been doing body flex proudly for the past three weeks. Total I have lost 11 inches in 2 weeks and I can't wait to measure myself again next week.
For those of you who claim that body flex is not working for you I offer you this advise. 1.MAKE SURE YOU ARE DOING THIS ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. 2.TUCKING IN YOUR STOMACH IS VERY CRUCIAL TO THE WHOLE SYSEM. 3.LISTEN TO THE MOTIVATION TAPE BEFORE AND AFTER THE WORKOUT. 4.HOLD FOR 8 SECONDS AND DON.T DROP YOUR STOMACH. This is a great concept and If I can get everyone convinced I will!
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I first picked up BE A LOSER! I did not expect it to work at all, and figured I would return it. I had been dieting for five weeks, and the puonds had stopped moving down, so I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I WAS PROVEN WRONG! In the first week I lost 5 1/2 inches. Although the book says an inch loss of 4-14 inches is normal (and I was on the low end), I was thrilled. Think how long that would take with normal excersize...I've never gotten results like those walking, running, playing sports, etcetera. I've continued to lose pounds (at around 3-5 a week), which is mighty impressive, since though I try to work on my eating, Butterfingers do make their way into my diet! For one week straight, I ate a huge mozerella and bacon omlette for breakfast, followed my Haagen-Daaz topped with heavy cream...I didn't gain ANY weight, and it is due to Bodyflex. Normally, a binge week like that would have added at LEAST 5 or 6 pounds. You might not lose 14 inches the first week, but you will become tighter all over, and if you eat right (and sometimes, even if you don't), you will see result more quickly than any excersize and many eating programs. I have done almost everything (many I would NEVER reccommend), but Bodyflex, hokey as it seems, is the real deal. I am still in the proces of losing weight, but I know this program will ensure that once I reach goal, I'll never have to lose weight again. Greer- THANK YOU!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
WoW! I own the video and the book for body flex. I started 2 months ago at 220lbs and a size 18. I am now 140lbs and i'm a size 8!!!! You really develop great lean strong muscles so at first it may not seem like your losing weight....but trust me the inches more than make up for it. You dont have to alter your eating habits but the workout makes you noticibly less you actually want to eat less. I started out doing the workout for 15 minutes a i do 1 1/2 hours everyday... i am so happy and i know everyone else will be too.
p.s you really dont need the video the book will get you there and it will save you money!!!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Redmond on November 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a satisfied BodyFlex customer. Forget the hype, forget about trying to look like Greer Childers, forget the chirpy tone of the book, forget the FCC lawsuit. The breathing and exercises combined do work. I am sorry to hear that Childers marketed another piece of exercise equipment making the same claims, because that will lower her credibility, but I can tell you that BodyFlex simply does deliver what it promises. Childers never said you would lose weight, and she never said it was easy. Many people think it looks too easy, not like "real" exercise. Done properly, it is not easy. But you will feel better, look better, and lose inches (everybody I know has lost inches on this program, but most people are too lazy even to keep up 15 minutes a day).

BREATHING - The breathing most assuredly is not dangerous; it clears your head, sinuses, bronchial tubes. One friend with asthma said it made her nauseous but that it did clear up her breathing. It gives you incredible energy. Childers says BodyFlex is the opposite of yoga. I think she's wrong about this - like most Americans, she does not know what yoga really is (it's not just an easy, gentle system of stretches and meditative breathing). It is simply not true that yogic breathing is all slow and gentle; there are many forms of yoga, and some do use fast inhalations and exhalations and snapping of the diaphragm. I believe BodyFlex breathing is based on some form of yoga and is probably very old. (In my own practice, I have added a few key yoga postures to the BodyFlex workout to make it more well-rounded.)

DIET - Most people will never look like Childers no matter what they do, but I can tell you BodyFlex will stabilize your weight so you don't have to be on a reducing diet.
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