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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997273
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last, there’s a nutrition and fitness program that doesn’t require you to develop superhuman willpower, shun entire food groups, or devote your every waking moment to the treadmill.

Body Confidence is a revolutionary approach based on three key nutrition factors that stabilize your blood sugar and keep your body in balance:

  • Eating at consistent meal intervals
  • Absolute certainty in essential nutrient ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrates
  • Identifying and consuming the right amount of calories per meal

But there’s much more to Body Confidence than when and what you eat. You’ll become a master at:

  • Determining your current metabolism—and then reprogramming it
  • Focusing on body fat percentage rather than body weight
  • Setting measurable, motivating goals (short- and long-term, internal and external)
  • Following a customized, efficient, diverse exercise plan that makes you feel energetic and strong
  • Harnessing the powers of sleep, supplements, water, and stress management, all in perfect sync to optimize your body’s performance

Body Confidence creator Mark Macdonald knows that weight loss doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and he has made room for “real life” at every stage of this program. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to some of Venice Nutrition’s extraordinary success stories, and learn how to stay on track no matter what life throws at you. Packed with recipes, nutrition guides, exercise journals, and Venice Nutrition’s proven goal-setting tools, Body Confidence walks you through every step of a process that has already changed thousands of lives.

Getting in shape (and staying in shape) no longer has to mean feeling deprived and hungry, living with low energy, being irritable and anxious, or obsessing about food and exercise. There is a way to make looking and feeling your best a permanent way of life.


A Q&A between Chelsea Handler and Mark MacDonald

Chelsea Handler is an accomplished stand-up comic and actress, as well as the bestselling author of My Horizontal Life. She is the star of her own late-night show on E!, Chelsea Lately; was one of the stars of Girls Behaving Badly; and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as Late Night with David Letterman.

Handler: Seriously, how can eating more meals actually get rid of my muffin top?

MacDonald: I know, it goes against all the dieting rules. We are trained to think, eat less, move more, and lose fat. This may work for a moment, but soon your body stops progressing, because your body actually holds onto fat when you skip meals. The reality is your body is a "re-fuel as it goes" machine. Meaning, you need to eat balanced meals throughout the day to maintain a steady supply of energy. By eating right when you get up, then every 3–4 hours, and then before bed, your blood sugar levels and hormones will stay in balance. This state of balance causes your body to consistently release its stored fat, which then gets burned as energy in your muscle tissue. This is how your muffin top will permanently become a thing of the past!

Handler: You know I love my Belvedere; can I drink on the program and still get lean?

MacDonald: Of course! The last thing I would ever remove from your program is your Belvedere! The cool thing is that making your program part of your world is never about what you cannot have; it is actually about being clear on what you want and then working together to fit that into your program. Belvedere and all alcohol is totally fine in moderation. The trick is to find the right balance with your food, exercise, and alcohol to ensure that you achieve your Body Confidence goals. Here are three adjustments to make when it is Belvedere time that will keep your metabolism humming and minimize the effects of alcohol:

  • First off, let’s limit drinking to 1–2 times per week, with a max of 2 drinks at a time. Now I know there are all sizes and shapes of drinks, so let’s define a drink as a shot of Belvedere (or any hard liquor), 6 oz of wine (red or white), and 12 oz of beer (preferably light)
  • Second, avoid eating all starchy carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potato, etc.) when you drink. Alcohol actually gets metabolized by the body before food does; so when you eat heavy carbohydrates along with alcohol, your meal contains too many calories and the result is typically extra fat storage (definitely not the goal!)
  • And third, let’s be cautious with drinking before bed, and preferably stop drinking within two hours of bed. Alcohol affects the quality of your sleep and interrupts your sleep cycles. Since you are always on the go, you already know how important your sleep is for your daily energy. Your quality of sleep also affects the speed of your metabolism, which we both know is a big component of your burning body fat and getting and staying lean.

Handler: Mark, you know my schedule gets crazier by the day; how can I make it all work?

MacDonald: Tell me about it! Making your health work is never about doing more; it is actually about becoming better and more efficient at what you do. This way, whether you are going on location to tape Chelsea Lately in Australia, or performing a show at Caesars Palace or just powering through a hectic day in LA, you will have the tools to keep your blood sugar balanced and your muscles optimally activated to burn your body fat up, without having to do more!

With your food, it is a simple process. You will quickly know the right amount of calories, protein, fat, and carbs per meal and then basically you can eat any food, any time, as long as it stays in the right combination. This provides you the flexibility to eat anywhere your day takes you and still stay on plan.

Now with your exercise, let’s get each training session working at maximum capacity. We need a combination of fat burning and high intensity cardio, utilizing the best movements to activate all of your muscle fibers (since fat is burned in muscle). Then once your cardio is dialed in, strength training is next. Since your goal is to be lean and tight, the best type of training for you is core training, like Pilates. Core training will work your entire body and also activate maximum muscle fibers.

There you have it Chelsea, real solutions on how to make it all work. You will be spending the same time on your food and exercise as you currently spend, with much greater results and the knowledge to keep your health momentum rolling!

From the Back Cover

At last, there’s a nutrition and fitnessprogram that doesn’t require you todevelop superhuman willpower, shunentire food groups, or devote yourevery waking moment to the treadmill.

Body Confidence is a revolutionary approach basedon three key nutrition factors that stabilize yourblood sugar and keep your body in balance:

  • Eating at consistent meal intervals

  • Absolute certainty in essential nutrient ratioof protein, fat, and carbohydrates

  • Identifying and consuming the right amountof calories per meal

But there’s much more to Body Confidence thanwhen and what you eat. You’ll become a master at:

  • Determining your current metabolism—andthen reprogramming it

  • Focusing on body fatpercentage rather than body weight

  • Settingmeasurable, motivating goals (short- and long-term,internal and external)

  • Following acustomized, efficient, diverse exercise plan thatmakes you feel energetic and strong

  • Harnessingthe powers of sleep, supplements, water, andstress management, all in perfect sync to optimizeyour body’s performance.

Body Confidence creator Mark Macdonald knowsthat weight loss doesn’t happen in a vacuum, andhe has made room for “real life” at every stage ofthis program. Along the way, you’ll be introducedto some of Venice Nutrition’s extraordinary successstories, and learn how to stay on track no matterwhat life throws at you. Packed with recipes,nutrition guides, exercise journals, andVenice Nutrition’s proven goal-setting tools,Body Confidence walks you through everystep of a process that has already changedthousands of lives.

Getting in shape (and staying in shape) nolonger has to mean feeling deprived andhungry, living with low energy, being irritableand anxious, or obsessing about food andexercise. There is a way to make looking andfeeling your best a permanent way of life.


More About the Author

MARK MACDONALD is the creator of the Venice Nutrition Program. He opened the first Venice Nutrition Consulting Center in Venice Beach, California, over a decade ago and it has since developed into a network of more than 300 centers across the United States. The Venice Nutrition Program has been licensed by hundreds of health facilities, doctors' offices, fitness studios, and health professionals nationwide.

Visit the author online at www.venicenutrition.com

Customer Reviews

I heard about Mark's book on Chelsea Handler's show.
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The book to me is simple, easy to follow with great testimonies, recipes and food plans to follow.
Patricia A. Child
This is a life lesson and can really change the way you look, feel and live!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By M. Ramstedt on April 13, 2011
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I wanted to write a review the moment I finished reading this book, b/c of all the speculation of false reviews.. I am a normal 28yo woman.. Mother of 2 and have 3 jobs.. Since I was 12 yo I have been taking any weight loss suplement that came my way.. I deal with headaches, extreme hunger and lord only knows what damage I have done attempting every diet under the sun. I have always thought to myself, if I could only find someone to just tell me how things inside are working in my body so that I can just do what is right.. It can not be as hard as it seems to lose weight! This is EXACTLY what this book does, there are so many analogies that make your body make sense, coupled with those analogies are examples of real people who were dealing with the issues he is dicussing and how they overcame them.. The way he writes makes it so easy to read and understand, the examples of food and exercise are simple. There is not an ounce of gimick or "quick fix" to this book, it is certainly not a diet.. I wouldn't even call it a program as he does.. It really to me seems like DUH, this is just how you should eat and take care of yourself.. Anyway b/c of the sceptical reviews I am going to document my success w/this book through Amazon, as someone who has struggled for so many years I could not be more excited to have found this book!!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By TJBarone-GA on April 5, 2011
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I first learned about Body Confidence from Venice Nutrition in August 2009. In 5 months my way of thinking about exercise and nutrition was transformed as I learned more about the fundamental principles of:

a-protein, fat and carb balances in each meal
b-calories/meal to eat
c-frequency of meals

The myths of the diet fad world were erased such as eliminate carbs, don't eat before bed, etc. My metabolism increased, my energy soared and my workouts were revised and in weeks I was seeing fitness improvements that I had failed to see on any other program. I dropped over 35 lbs and 16% body fat in 5 months and have maintained that level of fitness for over 18 months.

I have watched family and friends benefit from this same program which is based on sound nutrition fundamentals. Purchasing this book will be the last book that you need to buy to reach your fitness and nutrition goals. Body Confidence is for you if you are ready to take your body and health to the next level!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By kjduwa on May 4, 2011
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I have read the majority of the reviews that have been posted about Body Confidence and I am here to set the record straight on a few. As you may be able to deduce from my pen name, I am a "success story" in the book and I'm not afraid to let everyone know. A couple folks have alluded to the idea that the posted reviews might be "canned." First let me say, if that were the case, wouldn't I, being a feature in the book, have written a "canned" review long before now?! Secondly, my story in the book is 10,000% real so I promote the book and Venice Nutrition for all the right reasons....BECAUSE IT WORKS!!!! I grew up competing in gymnastics, softball, and track but stopped when I got to college. During college, and the few years following, my body changed slightly as I wasn't getting the same intensity of exercise but also wasn't eating balanced; I was always a healthy eater, but not balanced. As a personal trainer my clients want nutrition advice but having struggled through Atkins, South Beach, and the like, I didn't want to point them in those directions. Systems like these will drop weight quickly but you'll crash within 4 or 5 weeks due to lack of proper calorie intake or carbohydrates which are essential to the proper functioning of the body. You won't last on them long and you'll end up gaining back more weight than you started with. I met Mark MacDonald in Atlanta, GA and started living the Venice Nutrition Way. It changed my body almost immediately. I've never needed to lose more than 10 pounds or so, and most people wouldn't even have noticed that on me, but I was able to fine tune shall we say. I have loved the way I feel on Venice for over 3 years and have been coaching clients for over 2.Read more ›
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By ryeager54 on April 5, 2011
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Being a Fitness and Nutrition Professional, I get asked but clients all the time "what is the best diet?" You can go into any bookstore or online and find hundreds of different diet books, dvds, and programs.

I see two major problems with 99% of the diet programs out there 1) They help you lose weight but don't focus on maintaining muscle mass or stabablizing blood sugar so you virtually ALWAYS gain the weight back and feel like crap on the diet 2) They are based on doing something extreme that you will never be able to continue for life

The Venice Nutrition Program is science based and focuses on creating balance in the body so that your body can maximize fat-burning and muscle building/toning while maintaining consistent energy levels throughout the day. Best of all, the Venice program is NOT a diet, it is a way of eating that anyone can follow and get results and can continue eating a wide variety of foods for life.

I knew that the book Body Confidence would not disapoint and it definitely has not! Body Confidence shows you step by step how to create the body you have always wanted and feel great at the same time.

Bravo to Mark MacDonald for taking a stand and telling the truth about what is takes for safe effective permanent fat loss and a lifetime of healthy living.

If people will listen, I believe this book can help revolutionize how we think about exercise and food as a society.
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