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My Big Fat Greek Diet: How a 467-Pound Physician Hit His Ideal Weight and How You Can Too Hardcover – September 22, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (September 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785260250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785260257
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. That’s 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 lifetime—and 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 book’s "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. It’s an entire mindset—a way of life—that 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 who’s 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.

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Customer Reviews

Your book is changing my life.
Chana Lynn Brady
Dr. Nick has shared his experience to help others - God bless him for that!
J. St Peter
If you need motivation to lose weight go out and get this book.
Grant Thompson

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Whimsy Taylor on February 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This story has some inspiration and motivation in it for many, I am sure. But for a physician who writes--more than once--that "diets don't work," then why did he undertake a DRASTIC 800-calorie-a-day-nothing-but-liquid-protein-shakes DIET to lose the weight he writes about??????

And while he promises early in the book to write more about liquid protein shake diets, his very scanty page about it in the back provides no substantial information.

And while bravo for him that he could take a year off work and go motoring around the country to take his mind off his self-induced drastic diet, it's certainly nothing practical the rest of us can follow.

And his 7 Pillars? Written after he lost his weight, certainly not what he followed while on his drastic diet.

On the plus side, reading his story does make it easy to think that if he did it, so can others.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George T. Mason on October 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I understand from reading an interview with Dr. Nick that he would have liked this book to be called "My Big Fat Greek Miracle" This would have been a better name for the book as I did not take this as a diet book, but a piece of inspiration for all of those searching for happiness with their body. The story he tells is one that every obese person has gone through at one time or another. His seven pillars of weight loss is sound advise and a solution for your health and future. The reader needs to keep the message in mind and not the how. Not everyone can take off work for a year and watch baseball games, but everyone can get healthy with the seven pillars. This book is a great reader as well. I got it on Friday from Amazon.com and burned through it by Sunday That was three weeks ago and now I am back on my diet and working on my body at the gym and I weighed 425! Thanks Nick, through this work you gaves us hope back.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J T Cooper on September 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an unusually thorough discussion of the fundamentals of weight loss by a physician who successfully used these 'Seven Pillars of Weight Control' himself, and who communicates his theories in a concise and readable way. This is not a specific diet, like the Mediterranean Diet, but a step by step how-to book. I recommend this book to anyone, particularly those with previously disappointing result, as a scholarly and believable 'diet book.' He includes his own story and his frustrations and disappointments. There are some before, during, and after photos. I enjoyed his recounting of his personal story and plan to give some away at Christmas to some of my larger relatives and friends. Buy it, you'll like it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on September 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have read every diet book out there. I have NEVER come across a diet book that tells a inspirational story of a DOCTER who has lost over 200 pounds. Dr. Nick speaks from experience, he's been there, he's felt the humilation of being over weight. In this book he gives you 7 steps you need to take before you start your journey. Like "LIKE YOURSELF".

Not only does he talk about losing weight but he takes us on a journey of those 8 months he was traveling, saving a womans life during a Cubs game, seeing the aftermath of 9/11. He is NOW the Skinny man with the BIG HEART! It's a must Read for anyone who has ever struggled with his/her weight!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paulette Powellking on December 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I feared this was just another diet book (and I have them all) but was happily wrong. The first half detailing Dr. Nick's weight loss is personal, compassionate, filled with adventure and loaded with humor. I couldn't put the book down!

The second half has really changed my life. I view my relationship with food totally differently making more conscious, responsible decisions as a result of Dr. Nick's 12 Pillars. He has helped me see how my life is out of balance and that the weight is only a symptom, not the problem.

I lost 16 pounds in 12 days quite easily as a result of getting my head on straight. For the first time I have confidence that I will lose all of my excess weight (I was scheduled for weight loss surgery!) and keep it off with the inspiration of this terrific book.

I met Dr. Nick and his entire family at a book signing. He is one great guy and deeply committed to helping each person lose their weight and get healthy. Consider him to be your personal coach and be prepared to fall in love with this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pharm Girl on December 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was already fortunate enough to have heard about Dr. Nick's journey into weight loss since the local television stations and newspapers were covering this story. He used to be known as "the big doctor with the big heart." I was excited to hear that he had written a book about his adventure across the country in his conversion van. Dr Nick decided to walk away from his job and to do what most could just dream about, to travel all 50 states and to visit all the baseball parks in a single season, while losing weight and beginning his lifetime of healthy living.

The book is broken down into 2 major parts.

1. A "journal" with photos not only talking about where he went but how he was feeling. He spoke about how he felt when he was starting including a "last supper" and depressing weigh in on the first day. Next were the way his body felt after a couple of days on the diet and how much he just wanted to give up. As his journey became easier, it was apparent that he was much more confident (not afraid to have his friends eat in front of him). He began to exercise while on the road and how that felt for someone who had not exercised regularly. Finally, he comes home on Thanksgiving Day and eats for the first time and his family sees him for the first time in months. Included in there are very candid feelings, so truthful, that I cried because I could relate.

2. His Seven Pillars. He realized what he did that was successful and put it into a plan. It isn't rocket science. No magic pill, no exercise in a bottle. He doesn't tell you eat this way and you will lose weight. He happened to lose the weight quickly on a liquid diet but then the tough part began...maintaining the loss.
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