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Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy Hardcover – November 24, 2003

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Bill Phillips, 38, has helped hundreds of thousands of people, from all walks of life, build leaner, stronger bodies and enjoy healthier, happier lives. His Program for renewing physical and mental strength is shared in the #1 New York Times bestselling book Body-for-LIFE. With more than four million copies sold and over four years on the bestseller list, Body-for-LIFE has become the most popular and successful book of its kind.

Phillips has received many honors for his work including the Make-A-Wish Foundation's highest award. He was also honored by Paul Newman and the late John F. Kennedy, Jr., as one of America's most generous business leaders. The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce honored Phillips in January 2000 as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Bill was also chosen to help carry the Olympic torch on its relay across America for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

And now, Bill Phillips has created Eating for Life to help inspire and guide even more people to improve their health and lift their quality of life to new heights.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 405 pages
  • Publisher: High Point Media, LLC; 1 edition (November 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972018417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972018418
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times best-selling author, magazine publisher, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur, inventor, self-made multimillionaire, and motivator, Bill Phillips has thus far proved unstoppable. Described recently by Outside magazine as "the most successful fitness author of all time," over the years, Phillips has served as "personal trainer" to a who's-who list of Hollywood icons, but what he's most proud of is his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and more recently, his work as an adviser to the United States Department of Health and Human Services on programs to resolve childhood obesity.

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326 of 329 people found the following review helpful By Kala on January 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My fiance did the Body-for-Life challenge and lost 40 pounds in 12 weeks! Currently we are 2 weeks in to another Body-for-Life challenge and we've found the biggest problem for us is lack of interesting food to eat. We decided to pick up the Eating-for-Life book to hopefully get some better recipes and all I can say is WOW! Bill Phillips really outdid himself with this book.
This book starts with 70 pages describing many of the ideas about food he covered in his bestselling book, Body-for-Life. As he explains, diets are BAD. They are impossible to maintain, so 95% of people who go on diets end up gaining back everything they lost (and often MORE than they lost). His philosophy is to eat balanced, nutrient-rich meals six times a day. This keeps you full, so you never feel like you're starving, and also signals to your body that its getting the nutrients it needs and can stop storing all the fat.
This is the first time I've seriously done the Body-for-Life challenge and I've already lost 8 pounds of fat! The biggest problem for me, as I said, was how BORING I thought healthy foods were. This book has shown me how wrong I was! The first day I got it, I flipped through it and salivated at all the delicious recipes! There are over a hundred GOOD recipes in here, including shrimp scampi, chicken noodle soup, filet mignon, chicken fajitas and SO much more. There are even several healthy dessert recipes, including fruit crepes, cheesecake and walnut brownies! The recipes are not only healthy, but extremely easy to prepare and very delicious!
A lot of people have said that Bill Phillips plan takes a lot of dedication and hard work, and that's true. But there is no "easy" diet out there. I've tried some of the "fad" diets, including low carb diets and diet pills.
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187 of 189 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Anderson on July 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been doing the BFL plan, and lost over 30 pounds. The problem I had was finding ways to have variety with my eating plan. The food list is small, but after a while you ran out of ideas for meals.

This book is perfect, and I'm so happy he put it out. I really enjoy this cookbook. The title of the book says it all. Eating for LIFE. This is NOT a diet, but a way of life. Diets do not work, they are temporary solutions, and you don?t want a temporary solution, but a lifestyle solution. If you want to win the battle of the bulge, this book with the BFL book is the perfect lifestyle solution. If you exercise and eat the recipes from this book you will lose weight. You can?t do one without the other. Exercise and proper eating go hand in hand, and Bill stresses that. "Eating for life takes the guess work out of eating right.", and it really does.

There are some really easy and very satisfying recipes in this book. My favorites:

1. Taco pasta salad

2. Turkey Rueben

3. BLT wrap (I especially enjoy the mustard/mayo spread I make from another BLT wrap recipe!!!)

4. Zesty Italian Chicken

5. Grilled Salmon

6. Spaghetti and Meatballs

7. Balsamic Salmon Salad

8. Baked Chicken Parmesan

9. Sloppy Joes

10. Spicy buffalo chicken sandwich

11. chicken noodle soup

12. chicken tenders

13. strawberry cheesecake

14. berry parfait

15. Spanish omelet

16. ham & Egg sandwich (I don?t eat ham, so I use turkey)

17. Turkey bacon melt (this is simply delicious and easy!!!)18. eggs Florentine

19. turkey sandwich

20. chicken Caesar

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156 of 166 people found the following review helpful By C. Ryan on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this 405-page book by Body For Life guru Bill Phillips, sight unseen via the internet, because I'm a fan of the BFL exercise/nutrition philosophy - although, sadly, not faithful follower - and I enjoy cooking. I've made quite a few of the recipes and can report they are easy to follow, reproduce good results and give budding BLF types some badly needed ideas for sticking to the nutrition part of their Challenge. Several recipes are outstanding; my personal favorites being Mom's Chicken Enchiladas and Turkey Sloppy Joes, while some are unappealing to my taste which is par for the course with any cookbook. One unique aspect for BFL buffs are 69 useful pages in the front that explain "Eating for Life Facts", and in the back are another 54 pages with a section of recipes and comments from typically inspiring BFL Challenge winners, two weeks of BFL meal plans using recipes from the book, and some useful basic cooking tips for neophyte chefs.

Now, three warnings: First, quite a few "recipes", perhaps 5%-10% of the total, are really BFL meal/snack suggestions that don't need a color page of instructions (e.g., half a cantaloupe and cottage cheese or two sliced hardboiled eggs with a sliced orange). More problematic is that there is absolutely NO nutritional data - e.g., calories, protein/carbohydrate/fat mix, etc. - for the recipes. This is particularly disappointing because even cookbooks that don't claim to support a physical transformation program often have this information. Yes, I realize BFL emphasizes controlling portion size rather than calorie counting, but I'm a little suspicious that many recipes are heavy on the carbo side of the protein/carbo equation because so many have bread, tortillas or pasta which Mr. Phillips normally discourages.
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