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Break Through Your Set Point: How to Finally Lose the Weight You Want and Keep It Off Hardcover – April 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061288675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061288678
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. George L. Blackburn, an associate professor of surgery and nutrition, is the S. Daniel Abraham chair in Nutrition Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has trained more than 100 fellows in applied and clinical nutrition and has written widely on various aspects of nutrition, medicine, and metabolism, with over 400 publications to date.



Julie Corliss is a medical writer with more than sixteen years of experience in consumer health issues.


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Highly recommend for slow and steady successful weight loss!
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I recommend this book purchase for those who are new to weight loss and willing to invest the time and energy to a making life style changes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jadon on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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Book Review: Break Through Your Set Point by George Blackburn

Dr. George Blackburn of Harvard Medical School, author of Break Through Your Set Point, recommends we eat a little less at each meal. In fact, he says "There's no getting around it: to lose weight, you've got to eat less." Sound scary? Combined with exercise, the key is not to starve yourself, but to gradually reduce calories over time and eat healthy foods. Dr. Blackburn does not believe we should eliminate a whole food group because inevitably a dieter will begin to eat the once avoided foods again.

First, feel full; eat a minimum of 450 calories at every major meal. So don't skip breakfast and then hear your stomach growling while you're at your desk working.

Second, take your time eating. Dr. Blackburn wishes we'd slow down and pass on dashboard dining. Instead, spend at least 20 minutes munching your meal. This will enable your stomach to send out an "I'm full" message to your brain. A Set Point tip includes mentally dividing your plate into four sections. Allow yourself five minutes to eat each sections' contents. No skipping ahead either. Make this a conscious effort because the faster you gobble, sometimes mindlessly, the more calories you'll consume.

Other Set Point tips include: use smaller plates for your meals; leave 1/8 of your meal on your plate; don't buy the high-calorie treats you know you might overindulge with (cookies, ice cream, etc..); eat small snacks about 1/2 hour before the main meal; consume more soup, salad, and fruit; share your restaurant meal; cut down on the amount of choices at each meal; drink or eat a meal replacer (protein shake or bar); have breakfast for dinner (cereal).

Very interesting, nutritionally-minded and well researched book.

5 Stars
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Constance A. O'Sullivan on April 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A new and much more realistic method for dieting!! Initially I needed to understand the science of weight gain before starting the weight loss program. It is enlightening to learn that losing 10% of my weight was the key to my initial success as well as the health benefits. I welcome this positive, more attainable approach. The silhouettes remind me daily of who I am and where I need to go for this year's weight loss program.

I'm studying the smaller plate size with the visual image of dividing the plate into 4 sections of healthier choices. Finally, the 20-minute eating rule for each meal will be a challenge for me considering my busy schedule, but it clearly seems important. Having recently experienced some cardiac problems, I am particularly interested not only because of the weight control benefits, but also in knowing that some of my cardiac risks will improve.

As a nurse, I find there are many new ideas in this book that will help me educate my patients. For years, I have searched for the knowledge to give them. We did not learn enough of this in nursing school. Now is the opportunity for all nurses to gain this knowledge. After studying this myself, I will refer the book to my colleagues immediately.

Nutritional education summed up in one book-- great job!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Macdonald on April 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just when you think, "Oh no, not another book of advice about losing weight," one like this comes along. I've heard for years about how we all have individual set points, but I never completely understood what that meant--or why it affected weight gain and loss--until I read this book.

What's more, "Break Through Your Set Point" is full of practical tips. It provides a program for slow, steady weight loss, followed by a maintenance phase, followed by additional weight loss if you need it. This book acknowledges right up front that losing weight is hard work, and that it takes time.

If you want a quick fix, this is not the book for you. But if you're smart enough to want something grounded in science rather than fantasy, buy this book. Try the advice it offers. I bet you won't be disappointed.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Skerrett on April 10, 2008
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Anyone can cook up a diet and write a book about it. You don't need to know anything about nutrition or physiology, or present any evidence that it actually works. All you need is an idea and the chutzpah to sell it. The graveyard of fad diets--along with the frustration of millions of people--testifies to this sad fact.

In the field of nutrition, George Blackburn isn't just anyone. He has been at the forefront of research into how the body gains and loses weight for many years. And the book he has written with Julie Corliss isn't just another diet book. Break Through Your Set Point offers a careful, steady approach to losing weight and keeping it off. The centerpiece of Dr. Blackburn's plan is the 10% solution: lose 10% of your weight and hold steady for six months. For many people this is enough to reap important reductions in blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. After six months, your body has adjusted to the lower weight (established a new set point, in the language of the book), so if you want to keep slimming, try another 10%. The idea isn't sexy, but it has sound scientific backing.

Early in his career, Dr. Blackburn developed a mixture of amino acids and other nutrients that was fed to patients after surgery or an injury. It kept them from losing weight and becoming malnourished, which until then had been a common and deadly problem. This work saved countless lives. These days, with 1 billion overweight or obese people around the world, overnutrition is a huge concern. Carrying too many pounds contributes to so many health problems that the strategies for weight loss that Dr. Blackburn provides in Break Through Your Set Point will be equally as lifesaving.

Pat Skerrett
co-author, The Fertility Diet
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