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Eat To Win: The Sports Nutrition Bible (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Series: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (February 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451155092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451155092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Haas, M.S., is a world-renowned health expert who has counseled such world-champion athletes and celebrities as Ivan Lendl, Martina Navratilova, Cher, Don Johnson, Carly Simon, Glenn Frey, Marlo Thomas, and Mike Nichols. Olympics gold medalist Jackee Joyner-Kersee and world-champion boxer George Foreman recommended Eat to Win as essential reading for all aspiring athletes.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My family and I have periodically brought our nutrition intake into line by following the nutrition guidelines in this book.
Dr, Haas' program is easy to follow, flexible and brings results! There are recipies, levels that reward results, and some common-sense dietary changes that can really do you good!
For me (male, age 50), most recently (over the past 90 days) I enjoyed 20 lb. weight loss to my weight of 25 years ago (from 180 to 160), total cholesterol from 193 to 151, HDL (good cholesterol) from 29 to 36 and LDL (bad cholesterol) from 129 to 101. Moderate exercise before and throughout (no significant increase). My doctor's office even asked for my copy of the program!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Neal Brenard on December 30, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've "done" this diet three or four times over the years to get back on track nutritionally and physically. Following its four-week menu, the results are amazing. If a user begins by getting the blood chemistry profile Haas recommends at the beginning of the book and a follow-up profile at the end of the four-week period, the improvements are undeniable. My doctor was impressed.
I'm not sure what some of the other commenters below are talking about when they complain about processed foods or insulin levels. The only problem with the diet is that most of the food isn't very tasty. It lacks the fat, salt, and processed sugary foods that so many Americans are addicted to, so some folks may experience something like withdrawal during the first weeks of the diet. There's only one way to look at this though: getting out of the habit of eating these unhealthy foods is probably exactly what your body needs (as more and more Americans do all the time witness the epidemic of overweight, sluggish people in this country).
Bottom line: this is a rigorous diet. If you're tough and determined, and follow the instructions properly, you will look and feel years younger. You will discover you have more energy. Perhaps more energy than you will know what to do with. I'm not a jock either. I'm a computer programmer, but I've done this diet. I know it works.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Yas on May 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've used the information in this book for a very long time, and it is the most effective diet i've found of maintaining correct body weight, and increasing physical and mental performance. Although the book is old, the advice is solid and I don't beleive it will ever become outdated. I only have one small complaint, and that is at times Dr. Haas comes across as too strict on sticking to the eating plan. Ocassional deviation from it, I think is necessary to stay balanced! No need to worry _too_ much about fat consumption. Nonetheless, it deserves 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Miller on February 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of Robert Haas! If you are looking for a diet where you can lose weight while watching tv and you don't care whether you are actually healthy, this is not for you. If you want a change of lifestyle that will make you fit and healthy, eat to win is a very effective. Although the book is not specifically geared for weight loss, but rather athletic performance, I lost 18 lbs. in the first month. Contrary to what a reviewer below said, you don't have to be an "endurance athlete". But you do have to exercise moderately. I run 3 miles, 4x a week. I agree with a reviewer that the food is not the tastiest at first, but once you have been on eat to win for a while, your tastebuds adjust, and the junk food you were eating becomes very unappetizing. Try sticking to it strictly for a month, while exercising moderately and you will be glad you did. After that, you can go on to level two and three where you are allowed things like a beer or glass of wine and olive oil, etc. Then it is no longer a diet but a lifestyle change.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christian Salas on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book and tried to practice what it preached back in the early nineties. I was running track (decathlon, then triplejump) and was looking for an edge. I followed it and have never had as many injuries in one season.

Essentially cutting out protein means the muscles have nothing to rebuild with, so they break down. I suppose this diet may work if you're a computer programmer who sits around, but NOT for an athlete of any kind! His star athlete was Martina Navratilova. How she survived despite his advice is beyond me.

I was amused however at his advice for bodybuilding. Something like: "Bodybuilders ingest too much protein. You only need a chicken breast or two a day when training heavily." HA!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Acosta (ra124c@aol.com) on October 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book, tried the diet, and lowered my cholesterol level from 280 to 170. I experiment with food and dietary regimes just for fun and this is the only one i found that seriously affected my blood chemistry. I've tried other diets and my cholesterol is back up, so it's time to pick up a new copy of the book and get back on the plan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spencer on December 4, 2013
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I love this book. I lost 100 pounds following its advice and became a competitive collegiate cross country racer within a year. I went from having never ever ran for a team during freshman year of college to winning races and this book certainly helped me along the way. Good dietary info like in this book may be seen as "dated," but I contend that is simply not true. A good diet is a good diet and having a lifestyle that incorporates food the way Dr. Haas speaks of in this book is a surefire way to get that aspect of a healthy body dialed in.
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