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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (December 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039952956X
  • ASIN: B000A1EIPM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Heavin opened his first fitness center for women in 1974, after pursuing a pre-med major in college. As a nutritional counselor and fitness instructor, he has worked individually with more than 100,000 women on weight loss and fitness. Heavin began the Curves franchise in Harlingen, Texas, in 1992, and today it is the largest fitness franchise in the world, and the third largest franchise of any kind in the United States. Currently, 250 Curves franchises open every month.


Carol Colman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Curves.
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Love the Curves circuit!
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A must for anyone having trouble losing unwanted pounds.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DietCrazy on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This diet (calorie limited choice) was just the right balance for me, having tried Atkins and Carbohydrate Addicts (unsuccessfully). The menus are easy to use, and I felt less hungry than on any other diet I've been on. Limited amounts of fruit and bread are allowed, making it easy to stay on the weight loss portion of the diet longer. A couple criticisms I had are that meat portions aren't specified as to pre-cooked or post-cooked weight. Also, the book doesn't give clear guidelines on how to eat when on the maintenance part of the diet. Only two vague statements: "you don't have to count carbohydrates" and "avoid sugar" are given.

A concept introduced by these authors is that it is possible to "raise your metabolism" by increasing your daily calories. This is accomplished by alternately increasing calories for a few days, followed by decreasing them for up to two days. This takes up to three months.

Well, when I reached the point of being about 20 lbs. above my goal weight of 145, I had hit a "plateau." So I tried this metabolism-raising technique. I kept up the chart in the book which showed evidence of my metabolism being raised, so I had high expectations I would be able to continue losing weight when finished with this technique. Sadly, when I returned to the weight-loss portion of the diet (after completing another induction phase) I was unable to lose any more weight, despite six weeks of rigidly following the diet, AND increasing my exercise.

I think that for women who have struggled with being overweight, who are in the pre-menopause stage of our lives (ages 35-45), we must be realistic that our weight won't likely reach the "ideal." But even with this disappointment, I still like the diet and have found that I can maintain my weight as long as I avoid sugar, and limit amounts of white flour.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Jordan on September 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have wasted countless $$$ on programs without doing complete research...I decided to buy the book because a co-worker let me look throught her Curves Magazine, I took the test and was shocked to find that I was calorie sensitive. There was an ad about the book. I promptly went on line to get it

.....The book, I love, it answered all of my questions about food, meal planner, exercise ,ect, and the curves program ..to the point I plan to join for my up coming birthday, to get that extra push needed to exercise.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on July 3, 2007
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I have been on a few diets in my day and this one has by far been the best. I went on the low-carb, high-protein diet, and without even starting my workout plan, I lost 8.5 pounds in 2 weeks. This is also the ONLY diet I have been on where I constantly feel full, and the food is delicious. Some days I find myslef not being able to finish a whole meal because I am just not hungry, and I am used to eating ALOT of food. I am already starting to look and feel better after just two weeks, and can see myself getting to my goal weight and staying there with this wonderful diet. I would definately recommend this diet to anyone.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2006
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Most of the book talks about the curves diet which is very similar to the south beach diet. I don't like high protein, low carb diets so I didn't follow the diet. I did like the workout though. You have to have a set of exercise bands and a stop watch to do the workout. You do 40 second exercises with the bands and walking/jogging in place between each exercise. You are suppose to be able to do two complete sets of the exercises in 30 minutes. It took me an hour to do the exercises because you have to keep changing the position of the bands. I also found it hard to keep track of when 40 seconds are up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Aura on January 20, 2014
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I bought this at a thrift store & it possibly 1 of the best things to ever happen to me. Of all the hundreds of books I own I probably refer to this one most
The work-out at home routine is fabulous. I 1rst bought this book in Oct. 2010 & have been using the work out ever since. It's great ---I lost enough weight to get back into size 12 clothes which I haven't been able to do since 1996. The book makes it easy by showing you exactly which exercises to do, how often & carefully explains in no uncertain terms what style of equipment to get in order to do the exercises just right. And that section even shows the right stretches to do afterwards. And think of the money I've saved! And the convenience too!
There is a test I found usefull devoted to determining whether a person is carbohydrate-sensitive or calorie-sensitive. It is a test of which type of metabolism a person has. (Since I learned I am the last kind, or protein type, I am MUCH more satisfied with my food choices). These dietary conserns are discussed in detail.
The book goes on to offer useful advice regarding this such as nutritional supplements, heath issues & meal plans, etc.
Best of all, it's specific to women & I have rcommended this book to other women I know. I would definitely buy it again as the knowledge in it is priceless!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Yepez on April 26, 2013
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Due to this economy, I could not afford to go to Curves any longer. I was not about to give up exercise so I purchased this book and started to use the home exercises in this book and it feels as if I am at Curves! I have lost weight with this book following the plan for food and following the home exercises. I would strongly suggest this book for home use!
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