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Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction [Kindle Edition]

Larry Deutsch , Jeff Schweitzer
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Book Description

Increasingly disturbed by inaccurate and misleading information peddled by so called “experts” in the billion dollar weight loss industry, Dr. Larry Deutsch, a family physician, and Jeff Schweitzer, a biologist and former White House senior analyst have decided to set the record straight.

This groundbreaking book presents the startling truth about weight loss - diets don’t work. To achieve significant, long-lasting weight loss we need to break with old, ineffective ideas and embrace a completely new approach to weight loss.

As you read the book you will find yourself shocked to learn the truth about how easy losing weight can be.

Editorial Reviews


"Fad diets are not only ineffective, they make you feel like a failure when the pounds come back. If you want to sustain weight loss, there is only one way to do it: Eat less, eat better, and move!  Larry Deutsch and Jeff Schweitzer sagely explain why, and how, in Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction."
Susan Yager
Author, The Hundred Year Diet. America's Voracious Appetite For Losing Weight
Adjunct Professor, Food Studies, New York University

"Drs. Deutsch and Schweitzer provide a most welcome, bracing dose of reality regarding weight control! Of course calories count. But that does not mean you need to spend your life counting calories. The quality of foods influences health AND the number of calories it takes to feel full. Deutsch and Schweitzer talk sense from start to finish. Very refreshing- and empowering fare!"

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center


"Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction helps you understand how your body manages energy balance, walks you through some preparation steps for weight loss, and offers simple steps to eating better and exercising more.  I encourage you to ban the words "belly fat" and "magic bullet" from your vocabulary, read this book, and start feeling better. "

Rosanne Rust, MS, RD, LDN
Co-author, Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies


"I have been living with weight issues for as long as I can remember. Until now, I had never understood how to lose weight effectively and to keep it off.  This book has given me the knowledge I needed in order to plan and implement my lifestyle change."

Antoine Merizzi
Ottawa, Ontario

About the Author

Larry Deutsch, MD

Dr. Larry Deutsch, MD (“Dr. Larry”) is a family physician and hypnotherapist with over 35 years of experience and offices in Ottawa and New York City. He specializes in helping patients achieve optimum health. A leader in the area of hypnosis in medicine, Dr. Larry is a frequent speaker on the role of hypnotherapy in health at medical seminars throughout the world.

Dr. Larry began using hypnotherapy to help his pregnant patients achieve calm, natural childbirth. Once he saw the powerful results that hypnosis provided to expectant mothers, Dr. Larry expanded his hypnotherapy to other area of wellness and optimum health including: Weight Loss. Dr. Deutsch is a graduate of Cornell University and Dalhousie University’s Medical School.

Dr. Jeff Schweitzer, PhD

Dr. Jeff Schweitzer is a neurophysiologist, consultant and internationally recognized authority on ethics, conservation and development. He is the author of five books, including Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction and A New Moral Code. Dr. Schweitzer is a Huffington Post contributor and speaks regularly at science conferences worldwide.

He served at the White House during the Clinton Administration as Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this position, Dr. Schweitzer was responsible for providing scientific and technological policy advice and analysis for Al Gore, President Clinton, and President Clinton's Science Advisor, and for coordinating the U.S. government's international science and technology cooperative initiatives. Dr. Schweitzer’s work has been fueled by his desire to introduce a stronger set of ethics into American efforts to improve the human condition worldwide.

Dr. Schweitzer earned his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Product Details

  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984716602
  • Publisher: Logic House Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061MXNQ4
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally November 20, 2011
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Schweitzer and Deutsch show a genuine respect for their reader's time and the importance of their message by compressing this important work into such a short, interesting read. I've pored over a number of health books which start out with a bang, but fizzle with the improbability of implementing their conclusions. If the meaning of life were revealed in one, I'd forget what it was 300 pages later.

Optimal health deals with our most basic decisions about consumption and activity. For any behavior to change, there must be an easy message to remember, believe to be true and can take daily action on through our busy lives. This book hits all the marks. By building a simple case with clear science and omitting the unnecessary, this book's refreshing point is made from the early pages and reinforced throughout. We can stop kidding ourselves, save our money and use the simple message of Calorie Wars as a mantra. It helps us do what we probably already knew we could, yet eases the way with quiet facts that keep the message front and center on a daily, actionable basis while melting away the noise, hype and quackery that lead to so much failure.

Invest $4 in yourself and sell your shares in the supplement and advertising industries. Calorie Wars's actionable message renders their products and messages meaningless. And yes, I've already lost a few pounds since reading it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best $3.95 I've spent in a long time November 13, 2011
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A great read, even if you're not trying to lose weight. The book is intentionally streamlined without any of the typical boring filler most authors feel compelled to add. It concisely gives you the information you need to know to lose weight and keep it off. Or, not pack on the pounds to begin with. You also get some great web links, that you can access directly from your Kindle, to help you accomplish your goals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book really gets down to the important facts and treats the reader like an intelligent individual!! The science behind various myths and practices surrounding weight loss is revealed with great clarity. The concepts are presented in a cogent manner - quite understandable for the lay person. I also found the concepts covered easy to apply. The authors definately raised my awareness of what will actually work in an honest, straightforward manner, without the hype! I would highly recommend this resource to folks who are serious about being healthy and staying in shape!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts through the confusion November 19, 2011
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I have read many diet books over the years, especially all of the big trendy ones (4-Hour Body, Atkins, Zone, Carb Addiction, China Study, etc.). There is so much contradiction out there-- cut out this type of food entirely, no, actually, the opposite-- no, it's about when you eat them-- no, it's the combination of foods you eat... and so on. I have some serious food info fatigue. This book gets right back to basics and makes it all simple again. It feels good to have clear direction and let go of some of the myths.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Rocket Science November 22, 2011
The subtitle of this brief tome might just as easily been "It Ain't Rocket Science". As the authors make clear, a calorie is a measure of energy, and a calorie is a calorie regardless of what fuel is burned (iceberg lettuce or ice cream). Given your height and gender, your body needs a certain number of calories for basic housekeeping chores (metabolic functions) and additional ones for the demands of the musculo-skeletal system. If the input of calories is less than those requirements, the body recruits stored fat (and ultimately muscle tissue) to make up the deficit, and you lose weight. If there your caloric intake exceeds the body's current demands, the body will store the excess as fat for later conversion into energy when and if needed, and you'll gain weight. Balance the caloric input with the caloric needs and you will neither gain nor lose weight. Mystery solved, without the intervention of the multi-billion dollar Diet Industry.

Clearly, physical activity - the one way to increase the body's need for additional caloric input - has secondary benefits for good health (aerobic capacity, greater ratio of muscle/fat, etc.) and the authors recommend it - entered into slowly and moderately, then increased as the body is able. They counsel that results come slowly but at an increasing rate as the body is able to undertake increasing physical demands. Likewise, the choice of foods you eat can have various health benefits, and the authors recommended fresh fruit and vegetables, certain fish, meat and nuts - as opposed to various processed foods - for their benefits from fiber and mono and poly unsaturated fats. But this is all about arterial and colon health. From the weight gain perspective, 1 calorie of brocoli is the same as 1 calorie from red meat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intuition - not rocket science or voodoo! November 24, 2011
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The authors have done an excellent job of placing the knowledge and responsibility for weight management right where it belongs - on the individual! It is simple, as they exemplify and back with scientific insight. The more you take in, and the less you do to use it up, the more you will gain weight. If you burn what you take in (eat) you will maintain weight. If you burn more than you eat, you will lose weight.

Beyond those simple facts, the authors de-bunk much of the hype surrounding the various diet programs that are marketed as miracle solutions to the unsuspecting or uninformed public. The authors do recognize the value of understanding more about the secondary effects of what you eat (why vegetables might be better calories to ingest versus ice cream) and how balance in your diet similar to the balanced needs of your metabolism can be beneficial. But the essence of their book is helping you understand how to qualify and implement weight management (versus weight loss) as an ongoing lifestyle, not an event.

Very readable, very useful, very memorable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip the fad, magic bullet weight-loss plans and read ...
Skip the fad, magic bullet weight-loss plans and read a little truth. They say, "the truth will set you free," and isn't it time to be free from all of the hype, quick-fix... Read more
Published 9 months ago by FDB
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I have not made it through the 2nd chapter, so this is partially not fair. However, so far, it is terrible. They have outright stated things that are not true. Read more
Published on November 16, 2012 by Joelleen A. Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about weight loss
What you have always suspected is absolutely true. Calorie Wars by Dr
Jeff Schweitzer and Dr Larry Deutsch reveals the truth about the only
real healthy way to lose... Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Brian Koffman MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of excellent tips
"Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction" only asked for 45 minutes of my time but offered a dozen or so tips for healthy living I'll be able to apply daily for years to come. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, senisble read
Deutsch and Schweitzer write "Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction" without tricks or gimmicks, just in the style of weight loss they encourage. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book Easy Read
It is nice to know that you got some things in your life right. A
while ago, when I was a medical student - a passionate cook and sweets
lover, I was struggling to keep a... Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
This skinny book will get you skinny. Common sense never sounded so appealing. There are especially useful references to online tools and apps. Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by Dr. Roberta Temes, author of How to Write A Memoir in 30 Days
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and to the Point, Myth-busting
Dr. Larry and Jeff Schweitzer offer a quick read that's to the point and effective. They walk you through the facts about the physiology of weight control, and then take you... Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by Rosanne Rust
5.0 out of 5 stars All we need to know about loosing weight
Great book. Easy to read. Gives you a lot to think about and guidance on how to change your perspectives. Very timely with the epidemics of obesity and unresponsiveness.
Published on December 7, 2011 by Tatiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Relief for low-carbers!
I've been gaining and losing the same 60 pounds, off and on, for a decade. In fact, in recent years it has been more like 75 pounds! My weight loss diet of choice was Atkins. Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by daricefisher
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More About the Author

Dr. Jeff Schweitzer is a marine biologist, consultant and internationally recognized authority in ethics, conservation and development. He is the author of five books including Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction (July 2011), and A New Moral Code (2010). Dr. Schweitzer has spoken at numerous international conferences in Asia, Russia, Europe and the United States.

Dr. Schweitzer's work is based on his desire to introduce a stronger set of ethics into American efforts to improve the human condition worldwide. He has been instrumental in designing programs that demonstrate how third world development and protecting our resources are compatible goals. His vision is to inspire a framework that ensures that humans can grow and prosper indefinitely in a healthy environment.

Formerly, Dr. Schweitzer served as an Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy under former President Clinton. Prior to that, Dr. Schweitzer served as the Chief Environmental Officer at the State Department's Agency for International Development. In that role, he founded the multi-agency International Cooperative Biodiversity Group Program, a U.S. Government that promoted conservation through rational economic use of natural resources.

Dr. Schweitzer began his scientific career in the field of marine biology. He earned his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He expanded his research at the Center for Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine. While at U.C. Irvine he was awarded the Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Schweitzer is a pilot and he founded and edited the Malibu Mirage, an aviation magazine dedicated to pilots flying these single-engine airplanes. He and his wife Sally are avid SCUBA divers and they travel widely to see new wildlife, never far from their roots as marine scientists.


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