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Can it really be that improper breathing is the root of weight problems? If you are sick of dieting, you'll be thrilled to read that "Diets are the enemy. They make you paranoid, insane, and fat. They are the main obstacle between you and your ideal weight." For Pam Grout, the key to weight loss is breath! In order to increase her energy level, Grout began a routine of daily breathing exercises using self-help audiotapes. Within three weeks, not only was her energy restored tenfold, but she also lost 10 pounds.

Written with self-deprecating humor and a clear, up-beat style, Jumpstart Your Metabolism takes the reader on a journey through many breathing-related issues, all designed to enhance breath awareness and restore healthy breathing. Her text elaborates on the key fact that by breathing deeply and increasing oxygen intake, the body burns hydrogen--the key culprit in storing excess fat--faster and more efficiently. Grout's daily maintenance program includes three core breathing exercises ("Baywatch Bikini Breaths," "Kung Fu Breaths," and "Walk Around the Block with Your Mouth Full of Water"). Also included are a bibliography on books about breath and breathing, a short quiz to ascertain the degree of your breathing problem, a chapter on the mechanics of breathing, and information-stocked sidebars that serve as enthusiastic breathing coaches.

About the Author

Pam Grout is a breathing coach who experienced the weight-loss benefits of better breathing firsthand and an award-winning freelance journalist who lives in Merriam, Kansas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (February 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684843463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684843469
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Hansen on January 28, 2005
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I was skeptical when purchasing this book, of course. Upon reading it, I started paying attention to my breathing, and couldn't believe how often I was holding my breath and not breathing at all. I've become much more conscious about it, and when I notice that I'm holding my breath, usually when under stress, I do some of Pam's exercises.

The benefit? The weight is literally falling off. Although I am dieting, I am doing the same diet as pre-Pam. Before I read this book, I could not lose ANY weight, no matter how "good" I was. Now, doing the same diet, I have been losing 2-3 pounds per week, and without much exercise. I've lost over 20 lbs, and have about 25 more to go, and am confident I will reach that goal very soon. I'm almost worried that I'm losing too fast! You must try this book if you are sick of dieting without results!
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I bought this book because I was looking for a way to lose weight without having to do anything else. Before that, I was exercising, lifting weights and I drastically altered my diet to lose only a few pounds and then hit a plateau. Mind you, my diet was pretty bad (fast food, etc...terrible habit). So, I got discouraged, bought some weight loss pills that did absolutely nothing and decided to do a search a different search online. That is when I found Pam's book. Before finishing her book and while not dieting or exercising, I started doing the breathing exercises and I was losing a pound a day. Did you hear me? I stopped exercising and I kept eating fast food and lost a pound a day just by changing the way I breathe. I was ecstatic weighing myself everyday. I didn't expect such dramatic and quick results. That was enough incentive for me to get back into my fitness exercise routine and to start eating healthier. I can't imagine what my results will be in a month :o). Try and focus on your breathing all day. Even after doing the exercises, I became aware of how frequently I seemingly "hold" my breath or breathe shallow and then I just refocus on breathing deep into my abdomen. This is a watershed event in my life. I'm truly amazed!
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If you are looking for another "quick fix" or miracle cure for weight loss you will not find it here. What you will find is sound principles that work as a great tool in your arsenal against premature aging and weight gain. I toned up and lost inches by following Ms. Grout's simple exercises and learning this only enhanced any other workout or eating program I tried. Its a great tool, that may get overlooked. I recommend it highly.
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This information is great! It helped to increase my metabolism, but more then that, it helped to lower my blood pressure and increase my stamina. While exercising, it helped to control my breath and the increased oxygen helps to flush out lactic acid, thus virtually eliminating sore muscles when used correctly. I love it! This is actually a replacement for my first one that I loaned out and never got back, that's how good it is! Trust me to say that this one will never be loaned out!
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I just bought this book a couple of weeks ago. It was a strange concept: "re-learning" how to breathe. I followed the exercises (or "cocktails" as Ms. Grout calls them) and I have lost weight and inches and my energy has really picked up! Ms. Grout's writing style is very upbeat and familiar. It's like she is a family member or a best friend. That makes this book a fun read! I have given this book to family and friends, I think it is a little gold mine. Losing a dress size or more without sweating? Without sore muscles? It's true!
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I've tried numerous diet pills, all kinds of cardiovascular exercise which I found hard on my knees, and I've even gone and done the Yoga and Pilates thing. The exercises in this book, especially the bikini breath, were amazing. I was skeptical, but I was in the dressing rooms one day with my normal size and brand of clothes, and they were all either too loose, or I just seemed longer and leaner in them. I have lost pounds and gained energy. Great buy!
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I bought this book as a last resort after being absolutely fed up with starving myself and other such things with no lasting result. Even after the first day of doing this program, my lethargy is gone, my posture is better, I feel stronger and more energetic. I find myself dancing and singing in the shower as I do these exercises! I am definitely losing weight, but even if I weren't, I would still do this program; it gives me a new outlook on my day. An added bonus: I'm a trained singer, and these exercises work wonders for breath control! If there is one weight loss book you buy, make it this one. It's not only about losing weight; it's about becoming an overall healthy human being, and that's something anyone can appreciate.
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By A Customer on December 17, 1998
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Ms. Grout's book is a quick read with a very down-to-earth tone. I have very much enjoyed incorporating her breathing techniques into my life - for example, several of her "cocktails" and deep breathing techniques are great when feeling stressed on the job, and can be done in a crowded room with no odd looks. While I know that my weight loss (35 pounds so far) is a result of new eating and exercise habits, the "Grout" breathing has become a wonderful addition to my routine - very stress-relieving and energizing! Nice work, Pam!
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