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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547559348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547559346
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Cizmar] encourages you to take a hard look at yourself -- and why you've gained or can't lose weight -- at the same time as he scrutinizes himself. Reading the book feels like entering into a fitness pact with a friend, not at all like the miserable time I signed myself up for a personal trainer at Bally's who made me cry three times a week . . . The book is endlessly useful in a variety of ways." -- Houston Press
 
"Science-based and infused with 'snarky jokes,' Cizmar’s plan will particularly appeal to 'hipsters' seeking a nongimmicky, foolproof way to slim down while enjoying some laughs." -- Publishers Weekly
 
"A well-researched, serious book about how to lose weight that will appeal to folks not interested in joining in the 'Organized Dieting' movement." -- Santa Barbara Independent
 
"Full of lively writing and sound advice." -- Oregonian

About the Author

Martin Cizmar lost 100 pounds in eight months on the Chubster diet. He's worked at the Akron Beacon Journal and Phoenix New Times, where he was the music critic. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as an editor at Willamette Week. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, longboarding, and riding around town on the vintage beach cruiser he bought at a thrift store. He considers barbecue and craft beer his cruelest temptations. This is his first book.


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Customer Reviews

You will lose weight on this diet.
Kristine Lofgren
The book is a very fun, easy, fast, yet informative read--sprinkled with humor and entertaining.
Susan Schenck
I'm happy I read it, but once I pass it on I'm not going to miss it.
Melaina Lara

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ireadabookaday VINE VOICE on January 19, 2012
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What's commendable about this book is that the author has achieved what readers hope for- significant weight loss. There is no rigid plan, just the suggestion to use the presented info in a way that will work for you. What's less commendable is that the book is full of fairly basic information, and in trying to do so many things - from a history of dieting to exercise shoe recommendations-does not go into depth on anything. And the author is not nearly as hip or funny as he thinks he is.

Know that this book is all about convenience, processed and fast/restaurant food. The author is anti-cooking and borerline hostile to natural/whole foods. ( See " An Open Letter to the Folks at the Farmers Market") This may be encouraging to some, a turn-off to others.

SOme parts of this book are more helpful than others- the section asking you to identify what kind of hipster you are is just silly.

A section on ethnic foods is titled " Stuff that Scares Your Aunt". Really? And Italian food is scary and ethnic?

The section on frozen meals is very subjective. Given that one of the author's "recipes" is bagged salad mixed with salsa and topped with a crumbled cheese-flavored rice cake, I surely don't trust his palate.

The section on alcohol will probably be welcomed by the target audience. Hey, did you know combining alcohol with diet mixers may get you drunk faster?

Most of the information is pretty solid, and is presented in a chatty, informal tone. It could inspire those turned off by more traditional wight loss books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah J. Carlin VINE VOICE on November 30, 2011
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Chubster is a hipster's take on dieting. Why is the author an expert on such matters? He lost 100 lbs by creating his own 'diet' of changes that fit within his hipster lifestyle. He begins by telling his story of dropping from 290 to 190 lbs. He then details the changes that he made, which was mainly counting calories and eating smarter foods, and adding in bouts of activity. The author includes a lot of research to back up his claims, but it is nothing new, and I'm still not convinced he has the credentials to write a diet book. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the book and found it informative.
The author relied on calorie counting to lose his weight. He claims this is the only equation that matters, citing the professor who lost weight on a diet of mainly Twinkies. While this works for some people, there is a lot of research that suggests otherwise, that sugars and proteins play a larger role in regulating hormones and hunger, especially in women.
He also did not have time or desire to go to a gym or start a regular workout regime, so he found other ways to add activity into his life. Again, this works for some people, but others will not be satisfied with the results and will want or need something more structured. But maybe they aren't hipsters.
I did like the author's frank attitude, telling readers that you have to count calories and you have to do your research about how many calories are in foods and drinks. Basically, he tells readers that you can't be lazy and you're going to need to rely on some tools to help you with this. He mentions a few different ways, such as books, Google searches/websites, and phone apps. He also points out foods that are filling, but not fat or highly caloric.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2012
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I am the least hipster person on the planet, but this book looked amusing enough that I gave it a shot. To my surprise, I enjoyed it way more than I thought. While the basic message is, well, basic (count calories and exercise), it's more entertaining and less earnest than most diet books. And there's some information that I haven't seen in other weight-loss books. There's a chapter on weight loss and drinking (I'm not a drinker, but if you are, this is helpful), as well as a chapter on losing weight without losing friends.

The humor in this book won't appeal to everyone, but it did to me. I don't think I've ever laughed out loud while reading a diet book before!

I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, but there are a couple of flaws I couldn't overlook. First, there is virtually nothing about cooking for yourself. In the 60+ pages discussing what to eat, 3 are devoted to home cooking, and that includes 5 or 6 recipes and nothing else. It seems he lost his weight eating frozen dinners and dining out. That, for me anyway, would not be sustainable over the long run, although I can understand why he chose to do it that way (it's far easier to read the calories on a frozen dinner than figuring out how many calories are in a meal you make yourself with multiple ingredients and amount). But I did enjoy reading his reviews of the various frozen meals--entertaining if not enlightening. Second, when it comes to restaurants, a different calorie standard seems to apply. A 620 calorie chicken and broccoli meal is a great pick at a Chinese restaurant, but a 580 calorie salad at Wendy's is labeled "Dear God, No."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sunshine on March 11, 2012
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This guy..wow...what a hoot.. straight talk, no bs, and laughs.
talk about a fun read. a couple of fun reads actually.
I knew most of the facts before,
guess they just hadn't quite registered until Chubster flipped
a switch somewhere Have dropped 25 lbs so far..
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