From Publishers Weekly
For years, "Dr. Nick" told his patients: "do as I say, not as I do." As a morbidly obese physician who cared for the poor, he was known as the big man with the big heart. Inside, however, he was dying. He knew he needed to make a major change if he wanted to experience a long and happy life, free from humiliation and discomfort. But being more than 200 pounds overweight was a huge challenge. Thats why Yphantides decided he had to get away from his normal life (and normal eating habits) and do something completely out of the ordinary. For eight months, he drove a Chevy conversion van across the United States, visiting every Major League baseball park while living off protein shakes and no-cal diet drinks alone. Yphantides, a huge baseball fan, saw this as the pilgrimage of a lifetimeand the only bearable way to make it months on end without eating any food. This account of his soul-searching trip is glowingly inspirational, and the books "7 Pillars of Weight Loss" provide a fresh perspective to the turbulent, confusing world of dieting. Dieting alone will never keep the weight off, he argues. Its an entire mindseta way of lifethat must be put into practice permanently. Even without his formidable 467 pounds, Yphantides comes off as a big, loveable guy; he feels like a friend from the moment the book begins, and anyone whos ever struggled with weight will relate to him immediately. His humble, honest story brings hope that losing weight is possible for anyone, even without risky major surgery or unsafe, appetite-suppressing drugs. Photos.
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About the Author
Nick Yphantides, M.D., is a family physician in Escondido, California, and a medical consultant to the local nonprofit health-care agencies and the San Diego public health-care system. He is the Co-Chair of San Diego County's Childhood Obesity Taskforce and is an advocate in his community for those who need it the most. My Big Fat Greek Diet is his first book. He and his wife, Despina, live outside of San Diego with their infant daughter, Veronique.Mike Yorkey
is the author, coauthor, and collaborator of more than forty books, including several in the Every Man's Battle
series and tennis star Michael Chang's autobiography, Holding Serve.
He and his wife, Nicole, are the parents of two college-age children and live in Encinitas.