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Flip the Switch: Lose the Excuses, Lose the Weight, and Get the Body You've Always Wanted Paperback – March 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400049709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400049707
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

According to Jim Karas?the man who has helped countless people lose weight and literally reshape their lives?it?s none of the above! Nor is it your gender, your age, or any other reason you may have considered. The answer, says Jim, is that you still haven?t mentally ?flipped the switch??that is, reached the point where the desire to lose weight ?nally becomes more important than the desire to overeat and avoid exercise. The biggest hurdle you will ever face in losing weight isn?t sticking to a diet or going to the gym every day. It?s simply this: getting started.

Now the creator of the number one New York Times bestselling book The Business Plan for the Body arms you with the tools that will help you turn your desire for weight loss into reality. Flip the Switch will show you how to:

? Blast through the excuses with a series of revealing self-tests that help you confront, understand, and ultimately overcome your issues of denial
? Slim down with a detailed set of eating guidelines, including a seven-day jump-start diet plan with menus and shopping lists
? Hack through the nonsense (?Only strenuous aerobics will slim me down?) and negative mental graffiti (?I hate my body?; ?I?ll never lose weight?) that are holding you back
? Firm up with three quick and simple exercise routines

Jim?s eating and exercise recommendations are realistic and satisfying, especially when you begin to see the results! If you haven?t flipped the switch, then you haven?t taken the most essential step toward weight loss. Let Jim Karas?s Flip the Switch show you how to change your life?today.

About the Author

JIM KARAS, author of The Business Plan for the Body (Three Rivers Press), is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and worked as a private portfolio manager before creating Jim Karas Personal Training, LLC (formerly Solo Sessions), the most successful weight-loss management firm in Chicago. A frequent guest on ABC’s Good Morning America (he helped Diane Sawyer lose more than twenty-five pounds), he is also a contributing editor to Good Housekeeping magazine. He splits his time between New York and Chicago, where he lives with his wife and two children. Visit him at www.jimkaras.com.


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This book is not a program or a diet, it's all about that -- something that each person can adopt in their own way and live with.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Cottonwood on August 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've tried all sorts of diets in my time (haven't we all?!?!), and for the first time ever I've found someone who really gets what a NORMAL person goes through to lose weight. And even more importantly - how to KEEP IT OFF!! I first picked up Karas's other book, The Business Plan for the Body, which was fantastic; the perfect nuts and bolts, no BS plan for getting yourself on the right track to lose weight. I lost 30 lbs in a little over two months and felt better than ever. But then I fell off course - you know how it goes - and started getting "busier" with work, home life, social life, and pretty much anything I could come up with as an excuse to not have the time to dedicate to staying healthy. I regained most, if not all, of the 30 pounds. But then I saw Karas on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer talking about his new book. It has truly changed my life. The first time around, I was successful with weight loss b/c of the Business Plan, but Flip the Switch has really taught me how to make the little daily changes that, when you step back and look at them, add up to a comprehensive healthy lifestyle. Before I knew it, I re-lost the original 30 pounds, plus 15 more!! Thank you, Jim Karas, for changing my life and really teaching me how to do the little things that have changed my life forever! It's been almost a year and a half since I first started the Flip the Switch program, and I've lost a total of 45 pounds, and even more impressive, I've kept it off all this time! Thank you, Mr. Karas, you have empowered me to take control of my lifestyle, instead of just playing the victim. Thank you.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in hardcover over 9 months ago. I thought it was just great, but I never wrote a review. When I saw Jim Karas, the author, today on Good Morning America talking about this book again, I just felt I needed to say something.
I have lost over 62 pounds in the last 9 months. I have never felt so good and my husband tells me that I look better now (at 54) than I did when we got married 30 years ago.
When I started the program, the pounds just fell off. Of course, I was sure that it would slow down or even stop (it had on every other diet I have ever been on). On the contrary, in addition to losing the weight, I lost so many inches. I went from a 16 to a size 6. It happened, as Jim explains it, because of the strength training instead of the cardiovascular exercise. Wow, does it work.
So, now that you can get this in a paperback, I saw buy it right now. It will be the best $15 you have ever spent.
If you want to lose weight, this is the book for you!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Catherine B. Gordon on August 18, 2005
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After following the advice in this book for four weeks, I'm within 20 pounds of my goal weight for the first time in five years. I've done Atkins and South Beach, but my weight loss would always stall after the first two weeks. Jim Karas' approach involves getting you to first believe that you can follow a sensible, effective weight loss program, and then he gives you the diet and exercise guidelines you need. Yes, you will have to exercise, resistance/weight training is crucial, and you will have to follow an eating plan that asks you to burn more calories than you take in. All I know is, I feel and look better than I have in years.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on August 5, 2004
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I have been following this book for just three weeks. I did the Flip The Switch Jump Start Eating Plan for the first two weeks and lost 11 pounds. In week three, I lost another 3 for a grand total of 14.

This book is so easy to understand. I get to eat all sorts of different foods and lose weight. I don't feel deprived. I hate exercise, but I only have to do it for 15-20 minutes, three times a week. That I can do.

Check this book out. I just bought another copy for my mom and she is amazed by my results.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2004
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I first bought this book this past January in hardback. Since then, I have lost 53 pounds and am a size 10. Granted, I still have another 25 to go (that would be to what I have always thought was my ideal weight), but I have never been on a plan that works the way this one does.
The eating plan is so easy. So are the exercises. I hate to exercise, so that is saying a lot for me. But I saw results in the first 2 weeks. I could actually feel some muscle.
I encourage everyone to give this plan a try. It's not a gimmick. It's based on tons of research. Now that it's out in paperback, I bought another copy as I travel with it all the time.
I would love for everyone to lose weight the way I did.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Terry on January 1, 2007
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First, I not a big reader and I don't run around saying "Oh, you've got to read this book!" but this particular one has been very helpful in keeping me motivated as I journey down the path of attaining a healthly weight and lifestyle. I have lost a total of 65 pounds (15 to go) over the course of a year and everybody asks me "what are you doing?" -- I tell them it's all about correcting bad behavior and replacing it with healthy habits -- there is no magic pill, potion or program. This book is not a program or a diet, it's all about that -- something that each person can adopt in their own way and live with. Everyone knows what they should do, a lot of it is the mental stuff that everyone has to deal with to stay motivated to lose or maintain a healthy weight. I do weigh myself once a day AND write it down to keep track, I do count calories informally (it becomes second nature), and I exercise regulary (power-walking, gym or sports). For these reasons, I love this book, refer back to it frequently and have recommended it to several others.
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