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L.A. Shape Diet, The Hardcover – March 16, 2004


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The author of What Color is Your Diet?, Heber has an impressive resume: founding director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, professor of medicine and public health, and the founding chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. If his previous book was based on the colors of visually appealing fruits and vegetables, his follow-up continues to take looks into account—this time of actual dieters. Proceeding from the extremely L.A.-friendly premise that "your personal shape determines a desirable amount and location of body fat for health and your happiness," Heber offers Body Mass Index tables for figuring out what type one is ("sarcopenic"? "over muscular overweight"?) and what one’s corresponding protein intake should be. The "14-Day" part of the plan recommends that the first week’s meals consist of "Shake-Shake-Meal!," or protein-enhanced shakes for breakfast and lunch, and a simple dinner of some lean fish or fowl and salad. Along the way, Heber tells readers "what is wrong with ‘No-Carb’ diets once and for all." He recommends a protein intake of "twice what is now recommended by government advisory groups," for which there are plenty of shake and supplement variations, described in an upbeat if somewhat brief (but never terse) manner. Recipes and exercise regimes round things out. Carefully grounded in research and in his experience treating obesity and nutrition issues, Heber’s plan is a protein-enhanced Atkins alternative that may particularly appeal to vegetarians.
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About the Author

David Heber, M.D., PH.D., is at the cutting edge of medical research, investigating how nutrition and genes
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 331 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; First Edition edition (March 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060737387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060737382
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found this book very informative and an easy read. Dr. Heber's LA Shape Diet is proven within his scientific research and his patient's results. I had started a program similar to what he suggests at the beginning of March by consuming 100 grams of protein each day, except I have not been exercising, and only eating four of the suggested seven fruits and vegetables each day. My first 3 weeks I have had great energy, better looking skin and hair, less moodiness, zero cravings, nor was I hungry staying within 1400 calories a day. So far I've lost 9 lbs and 11.25 inches and I can actually see a little muscle definition. After reading about my own shape, I've made a few minor changes in my plan and can already feel a difference.
The LA Shape Diet covers all the areas why most dieters fail and offers advice to be successful. I especially liked all the recipies for filling,low calorie snacks and meals. Heber's discussions about how to choose and use herbal supplements is a well written tutorial to help the wellness seeker know what to look for when choosing safe, effective supplements as well as choosing the most nutritious kinds of food at the grocery store. If you want to learn how to exercise, eat healthy and find out what your personal best strategy is to lose weight and keep it off, this is the book for you. The CEO's of the Fast and Processed Food Industry and of all the diet fads out there won't want you to read it!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By L. Ellis on March 6, 2006
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I've read some of the other reviews on this book and am a bit annoyed with most of the negative one.

Before answering the negative comments, let me say that I've been following the diet for 7 weeks and have lost 20 pounds. The thing I like best about it is that it's the ONLY diet I've found that allows me to eat the quantity of food I'm eating, and still keep my calorie count at about 1350. I love having a full plate and a full tummy. With this way of eating I get full at all 3 meals, have 3 snacks during the day, and am still able to lose weight. On Atkins I got full, and my lipids and sugar were great, but I didn't lose much weight because my calorie count was too high. On Weight Watchers I was always hungry, because I invested too many of my points in refined carbs and grains. This works for me.

I'm planning to use Dr. Heber's earlier book "What color is your diet," for maintenance. I have my physician's enthusiastic blessing for both.

BTW - I have no cravings. I'm easily able to say no to candy, chips, cake, cookies, etc. My pre-diabetic metabolism is loving this!

Here's a typical day's menu for me:

Breakfast: Shake made with 1C skim milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 a banana and 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries.

Lunch: Salad made with 3 C romaine lettuce, 1/2 a cucumber, a 1/4 of an avocado and 3 oz of roast chicken.

Dinner: 4 oz lean ground turkey burger smothered with sauteed onions and mushrooms, 2 C pureed cauliflower (a la Atkins), 1 cup thinly sliced butternut squash sauteed in a small amount of olive oil

snacks/dessert: 1 C non-fat cottage cheese with 1/2 c pineapple; 1 clementine orange; 1 c watermelon; 1/2 cup blueberries with 1 T low-fat coolwhip.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for a book like this. It takes a sensible approach to weight loss and doesn't follow any of the extremes that have been diet fads- it doesn't tell you never to eat carbs- you just have to eat the right ones. It doesn't tell you to go hog wild on protein- you have to eat the right sources of protein. I have been following Dr. Heber's advice since he wrote "What Color Is Your Diet" and I have never felt better. I start every morning with an empowering shake (from Herbalife) and feel great.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Adams on July 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The truth is that Dr. Heber is right about the protein theory. Whether you "like the shakes" or not, well documented, scientific evidence shows us three important points missed by those who are too nearsighted too see the value in this book. 1. Each person has different dietary requirements (ie:protein) 2.protein CAN be satiating 3.maintaining your personal protein needs can help you lose weight and maintain health. Wake up and realize that if you don't like the food recipies prepared in the book then find alternatives! Take action in regaining a healthy weight and fitness level instead of whining and waiting for the "majic pill or diet". The only way to treat obesity is to understand the biochemistry behind the body's nutritional and exercise needs. Dr.Heber and other scientists are doing the research to help us do this. Look it up for yourselves on Medline. This program is a lifestyle change, not a "diet". I lost a steady pound a week with a shake in the am, a protein bar for lunch, a sensible dinner and daily exercise. And I was never hungry. By the way, Dr.Heber does say you have to exercise - he has a whole program in the book (directed toward the idiot who obviously didn't read the book yet called it "silly".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've just started reading this book and already I have learned so much. In response to a previous negative review I just wanted to comment that unfortunately most people are not eating "real, whole food", we are eating fast, highly processed, loaded with fat and calories super-sized drive-thru meals and America is now 60%+ overweight. This plan is simple, convenient, and highly nutritious. I don't have to worry about what I am going to find to eat thoughout the day while I am at work and I can focus on preparing a colorful, whole-food dinner for my family when I get home. I LOVE this program!
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