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About the Author

Wendy Chant, MPT, SPN, is a certified personal trainer and a specialist in performance nutrition. She holds a bachelor of science in medical sciences and nutrition science. A champion body builder, she opened her own training center, ForeverFit®, in 1998.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (February 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007154691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071546911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Chant's impressive credentials surpass the already rigorous standards required in the competitive and demanding field of nutrition sciences. She is a Certified Master Personal Trainer (MPT) and Specialist in Performance Nutrition (SPN), with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences and Nutrition Science.

Beginning her career as a personal trainer with Bally's Total Fitness, Wendy quickly achieved a national ranking as one of the top-ten in personal training. Her commitment to helping others achieve their goals inspired the opening of her own training studio, Forever Fit', in 1998.

As a Specialist in Performance Nutrition (SPN), Wendy was one of the first in her field to truly embrace the philosophy of food coaching. Food coaching is tailored to a client's particular goals, with the aim of making them feel fantastic on all levels ' health, vitality, moods and weight as well as confidence in their food choices and body image. By analyzing her client's diets and providing them with education and alternatives, she has since become a sought-after food coach, not just locally but nationally. In fact, her coaching has been so successful Wendy has her own line of supplements to help clients take matters into their own hands.

A former marathon runner and champion bodybuilder who competed on the national level, Wendy has since focused all of her attention on spreading the ForeverFit' message. From her corporate offices in Central Florida she divides her busy schedule between running her individual NUTRITION Boot Camp' classes and nurturing a full speaking schedule, holding seminars and workshops for the likes of FedEx, AT&T and Disney.

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166 of 172 people found the following review helpful By travelertc on March 5, 2008
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It's science, no it's magic, no it's Science, no it's Magic. Well, actually it is science...but it feels like Magic.

I'd already lost 60 pounds, using exercise and some basic nutrition, before my personal trainer turned me on to this plan. It had taken me about a year and a half to lose that initial chunk of weight, I had kept it off for about three years, and I was incredibly proud of what I had accomplished. The problem was, I was still kinda lumpy, and I couldn't get off the plateau I was on. I just couldn't get get any thinner.

Enter the plan found in this easy, smart book.

In about three months, 20 more pounds came off, and I was -- I can't tell you how thrilled I am to write this word -- THIN, and incredibly fit (I'm running marathons, and dancing WELL in hip-hop classes -- and I'm a male in my late forties!)

So, why did this plan work for me, when others hadn't?

First of all, this book is so cleanly and clearly written, that my fears of being overwhelmed by it (as I'd been by other diet books) were wiped out in the 20 seconds it took me to glance at a few pages. It's simple, it's fun, and it's even inspiring!

Secondly, it motivates on three different levels.
1) You can skip the science, and just do the plan -- every day is clearly mapped out -- and Magic occurs.
2) You can use the cutting-edge science (I swear, it's not daunting, it's just fun) to understand why you're doing what you're doing. Once I understood what affects my body, and why, I became even more enthusiastic about sticking to the plan. It actually became easier and more fun.
3) The stories -- and pictures -- of people who have accomplished so much on this plan, got me even more involved in it.
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Thomason on May 3, 2008
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Wendy's Plan Really Works.

Wendy's tenets:
1. Protect and Support Muscle
2. Level Blood Sugar
3. Create and Energy Deficit
4. Produce Heat
5. Manipulate Energy Stores

I purchased and read Wendy's book in the same night. I was hungry for a way to eat right and lose weight! I knew that it had to exist. As an ex-athlete (figure skater), 5' 9 and 173 pounds, I have seen women my age (43) keep the weight off but I couldn't understand why I was having the problem. I skated 4 times a week, took lots of walks and I was even doing occasional Pilates. By my calculations I was working out more than most of the thinner women that I knew. What was going on.

Almost immediately "Crack the Fat Loss Code" explained that I was eating incorrectly. It was obvious that I was eating a diet of carb-laden packaged foods. Even though they said "all-natural", "organic", "low-fat" and I paid more for them at the health food store, when I checked the carb count, I realized....I was a carb-junkie. According to Wendy's plan it seemed, I was never giving my blood sugar a chance to level out before constantly fueling up with more carbs and sugar. Not to mention the days of eating virtually nothing, only to overeat for days afterwards.

After a week of following Wendy's book, and 8 weeks in her Nutrition Boot Camp (which is the same plan of her book but she explains exercise and supplementation); I went from 173 to 161. My body fat index dropped from 26.5% to 21.5%. I also lost 4 ½ inches in my waist and 3 ½ inches in my chest.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By C. Duvall on February 18, 2008
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UPDATE (7/2008)! Still at it, folks, and still dropping. A little slower now and after a round of nasty, nasty steroids with the associated water weight gain. I STILL love the flexibility (and wine) on this plan. Especially with my hectic and varied work schedule, travel, client lunches, entertaining and gosh knows what else.

THIS PLAN IS NOT LOW CARB nor HIGH PROTIEN. It's BALANCED eating. You do have a lot of choices. Be creative, folks. Wendy is not a dictator here to run your life. Learn to use the plan to make decisions. Take responsibility for yourself - THIS IS KEY to any program. She's providing the map for your journey. Rock on and enjoy the rest of the trip. (BTW - I am down about 40 in 5 months. 14 more months until the wedding!)

Original post: (2/2008) If you're reading this, you might be like me... a diet pro. I've tried them all. Classes, mail order, As Seen on TV, in a bottle, pill or shot. I've tried everything but surgery. Won't go there.

My upcoming wedding and a not so great physical at 41 years old finally prompted me to take the diet attempts I had been playing with seriously. My cholesterol and blood pressure were creeping up. Hello, diabetes! I can see you hiding around the corner. Getting scared? I was.

Wendy Chant has put together a program that satisfies my two biggest "lifestyle" issues. It must MAKE SENSE and it must FIT INTO my crazy schedule. This program does both remarkably well. I eat real food when and where I want. Even 7-11 can supply me my afternoon snack if I am in a bind! I admit, I have to plan a tad more in the morning but that was what I was looking for: a program for life. New habits, new knowledge, new results. I understand how my body relates to food for the first time.
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