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As anyone who has struggled with weight loss knows intimately, hundreds of fad diet books come and go, offering fat-burning regimens featuring everything from grapefruit to cabbage soup. In comparison, this autobiographical account of one man’s battle with obesity and the dieting tips and tricks he learned along the way offers a refreshing dose of common sense. Baroni emphasizes from the outset that he’s neither a doctor, personal trainer, nor supplement huckster but simply a regular guy whose health advice comes from hard-knocks personal experience. At 20, Baroni’s 6’2” frame was packing over 320 pounds when he first suffered severe, indigestion-related chest pains. This wake-up call prompted him to join Duke University’s renowned Diet & Fitness Center, which offers an immersion program in health-promoting lifestyle changes that inform the better part of Baroni’s advice. The volume’s greatest strength, however, is Baroni himself and his inspiring example, doling out warmth and guidance as a trusted friend might to anyone grappling with the challenges of maintaining a healthy waistline. --Carl Hays

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"Bill Baroni learned that the best reason to lose weight, get fit, and stay healthy is to enjoy life even more. He created a physical, emotional, and spiritual metamorphosis for himself. This book gives a clear and readable description of the steps he took. I truly enjoyed reading it, and consider it a must for those who suffer because of their weight, and want to change."

-- Dr. Michael Hamilton, former director, Duke University Diet & Fitness Center; Professor Emeritus, Duke University Medical Center; author of The Duke University Medical Center Book of Diet and Fitness

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"Fat Kid Got Fit is a must for those who suffer because of their weight, and want to change. Bill Baroni learned that the best reason to get fit and stay healthy is to enjoy life even more. He created a physical, emotional, and spiritual metamorphosis for himself. This book gives a clear and readable description of the steps he took . . . and so can you!"
 

-- Dr. Michael Hamilton, former director, Duke University Diet & Fitness Center; Professor Emeritus, Duke University Medical Center; author of The Duke University Medical Center Book of Diet and Fitness

 
 

"Fat Kid Got Fit  is a must read book for anyone battling their weight.  It introduces a new role model to the millions of people worldwide who are fighting for healthier lives.Obesity presents a serious and daunting modern health problem, especially for children. Yet Bill Baroni offers solutions.
We can all learn something from his vision, determination, and strength."
 
The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson,
Former Secretary of Health & Human Services
Former Wisconsin Governor

 



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770472
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,348,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bill Baroni was 22-years-old and just starting his political career when he suffered crushing chest pains he thought would kill him in the men's room of a posh restaurant. Through his pain, he glanced in the mirror and saw something he didn't recognize -- "a bright pink soccer ball" looking back at him.

"I'm fat, and I'm dying because I'm so heavy," he thought in despair. At the time, he weighed more than 300 pounds. Bill had been "the fat kid" all his life, but he never knew what to do about it.

That wake-up call started Bill on his way to a weight loss of over 130 pounds that he has maintained to this day, more than 15 years later. He made small changes (water instead of soda) as well as huge changes -- no more fast food! He joined the Y and started going every day. I made similar choices when I lost weight and wrote about it in How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices that Will Work for YOU.

Bill is a passionate crusader for healthy living, and he speaks about it often here in his home state of New Jersey. His book is fashioned around one simple, central idea that anyone can embrace: Diet Thinking vs. Lifestyle Thinking. Bill doesn't want you to go on a diet -- he wants you to live a healthy, fulfilling life of joy. And in his book, he shows you how you can do just that.

I once talked with Bill about his incredible achievement and he told me a story that isn't in this book -- a story of a young boy, the fat kid, the only child not invited to a classmate's birthday party, crying in the arms of a compassionate teacher. Millions of us are that fat kid, and Bill Baroni wants to help. His book is a great way to kick-start the new you. Pick it up and let him guide you on this thrilling journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Segal on March 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting, it was interesting, informative and easy to read. This book is a good read for people of all weights. It is part memoir and part advice. It is a story about a guy that was fat and how he took control of his weight. He doesn't push products or any specific diet, which this author does not believe in. It is just a good story that highlights many easy ways to be in charge of what you put into your body. I highly recommend this book not just for those looking to lose weight but for people that want to stay fit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Buxton on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Men really need a motivational jump-start to lead healthier lives. I'm 56 and am simply not inspired by 30-something verbally abusive trainers, 60-something hysterical talk-show guests in hot pants, or former celebrities Botoxed beyond recognition. But Baroni has hit The Big Four-Oh with 15+ years of healthy living under his belt. He never comes across sounding pedantic or arrogant; his compassion and vulnerability shine between the pages. The fact that he isn't promoting a program, a pill, piece of equipment, a gimmick or system or series of DVDs, or even his politics is a tremendous plus.
I found this book in the public library, but I want to purchase a copy to keep, and maybe another to give away. I believe this can be a terrific gift to men, especially those of us between ages 25-40 (and up). I'm truly grateful Baroni wrote this, and I hope eventually to reflect that with "less" of me to love!
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