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Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People Perfect Paperback – January 7, 2010

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: London House Press (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975500333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975500330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Siebold is a former professional athlete and national coach. He’s spent the past twenty-six years studying the thought processes, habits, and philosophies of world-class performers. He's a writer, speaker, and consultant on the topic of mental toughness. His clients include Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and Procter & Gamble. He’s written five books on mental toughness, two of which have become best sellers with over 130,000 copies in print. His national television show, Mental Toughness with Steve Siebold, won the 2007 Telly Award for best motivational show. He has been interviewed on the Today show, Good Morning America, ABC News, FOX Business Network, the BBC in Europe, NBC Australia, and dozens of others. He is in the top 1 percent of income earners in professional speaking.

Customer Reviews

This book has changed my life.
There are a lot of sound bites and one line quotes in the book, these are not just random thoughts or fillers, they are guide points to live by.
Bryon Gaskin
This book will change the way you think about losing weight.
M. Sullivan

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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By M. Sullivan on July 27, 2009
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This book will change the way you think about losing weight. The message is tough, it pulls no punches but it tells it like it is.

My story: about a year ago I went to a world renowned hospital and paid big bucks for their 20 week weight management program because I weighed 284 pounds. I was risking serious health problems at that weight (I am a 5'6" female) and wanted recovery - badly.

The hospital program included a physician, psychiatrist and nutritionist. They spent 20 weeks basically talking about feelings, telling me I was fat because of genetics and told me the "only thing" that would work for me was gastric bypass surgery.

I disagreed.

In September, I joined Weight Watchers and followed their directions about healthy portion sizes of nutritious foods and worked the program rigorously (including exercise) and 11 months later I have lost 75 pounds. I did this by rigorously adhering to the program, reminding myself about my strong desire to get fit and healthy and yes, setting goals. I maintained a mental toughness while I saw many, many other members come and go, coming back heavier than when they left.

I think if we are truly going to address obesity we must get serious about it, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are just a few of the health problems awaiting us if we do not.

I have often thought that one of the ways to overcome obesity was to change the way I think (and therefore act) around issues of food and exercise.

The author does just that. He lists some of the reasons fat people are not able to lose weight and contrasts that with the way fit people think.

For example:
Fat people think they have forever to change.
Fit people create a sense of urgency.

Goal setting and mental toughness work. This book helps counter all the excuse-making, rationalizing and justifying why we are fat. I wholeheartedly encourage you to check it out!
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. Forrest on August 5, 2009
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I was in the best shape of my life when I was in High School. Then I went to college and it slowly went down hill. People kept telling me it was because I was getting older and that I will never be as fit as I was when I was younger. I beleived them becuase they were also fat, in my same circumstance so they must be right!

I have tried several diets and work out programs and they all worked until I stopped doing them!!! My wife just had our second child and told her friends that she wanted to start working on losing her pregnancy weight. They told her to enjoy this time and don't worry about it. (Not one of her friends that encouraged her to do nothing are fit. You have heard of misery loves company, well that is true.) What I found out is that people subconsciously don't want you to be fit when they are not, because it gives them no excuses of why they can't also be fit. The greatest thing about this book is that it forced me to take 100% responsibility to either be fit or be fat!! It's all on me and no one else.

The only reason this book would get bad reviews is because truth hurts. If you believe this book you are forced to no longer blame your metabolism, restaurants, your friends, bad genes, or any circumstance that you believe is holding you back. This book requires you to take 100% ownership over your body!!

Here was one of my favorite lines in the book, "Fat people believe in 99% compliance where Fit people believe in 100% compliance." He goes on and says, "Can you be 100% married or 99% married?" That line is so true if you really think about it. Before I read this book, I was always saying, "I will work out tomorrow, or one work out this week is enough, or this one piece of cake won't hurt.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Bryon Gaskin on October 20, 2009
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Reviewer Background:
Age:35 year old male
Education: BS in Exercise Physiology
Profession: Former personal trainer
Years committed to fitness : 23

According to the book the PURPOSE OF THE BOOK IS: "is for you to learn how fit people think and encourage you to copy their thought processes, habits, and philosophies." --- And that is exactly what this book does. As a previously fat little kid, and now a fit person, this book accurately describes how fit people view exercise, diet, and challenges vs how fat people see those items.
One thing I always told my personal training clients and friends who want to shed some pounds, "Eat to Live, Don't Live to Eat." This is addressed in the book when it talks about how fat people think about food in terms of how good it tastes and how it make them feel. Fit people think about food as fuel for their body to meet their fitness / body comp goals

This book is the missing component that keeps people from reaching their weight loss goals. This book is 100% about attitude and 0% about which diet to follow or which weight program to follow. It is 100% in your face when it comes what makes fat people different from fit people and gives you a deep understanding at how FAT PEOPLE view the world and how FIT PEOPLE view the world.

As a personal trainer you can write someone a diet that fits them to a tee and prescribe an exercise routine that will have them losing body fat and building muscle, but the one that you can't do is make them change their mind on how the view exercise, fitness, food, and a wellness lifestyle. This book addresses all of those reasons why fit people seem to stay fit and fat people seem to stay fat.
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