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The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach

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From the Author

This book entails a complete weight control system, addressing both strategic intake and optimum exercise. Maybe you'd like to exercise for weight management, but aren't sure how to start. Are you thinking your body shouldn't have to go through an insane fitness "boot camp" every time you want to lose some excess weight? So do we. There are right and wrong ways to exercise for optimal weight control. The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach will show you the best way to proceed with exercise.

The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach is about more than just what you eat...but your ongoing dietary habits are in fact crucial for health and weight loss. How about other popular diets out there? There are some good ones, and some that are not so good. Do you like what you've heard about the "Paleo" and "Primal" weight management approaches? So do we, and those methods share plenty of common ground with the philosophies of The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach.

In addition, The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach shares all the positives of the Atkins and South Beach diets, without the drawbacks of the uncomfortable, frantic induction phases to start off the process. In contrast, the approach you'll find in this book is easier to start and more flexible.

And it's a painless program to stay on. Give The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach a try. It works.

In good health,
Patrick Hafner


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Birchbark Publishing (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980172446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980172447
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,858,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Patrick Hafner has been involved in fitness and conditioning for over 30 years. He competed for 15 years in wrestling sports, winning numerous state, regional, and international titles, and has worked as a strength training adviser and judo instructor. A hiking enthusiast, Pat has explored trails across the U.S., Canada, Iceland and Switzerland. As a runner, he has completed over 100 races.

Pat holds a B.S. with graduate work in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frances O. Thomas on July 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
On July 13, the Today Show ran a segment reporting on the latest survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation. It seems that 12% of Americans have no idea how many calories they should eat to maintain their weight or, better yet, lose a few pounds.
Patrick Hafner's book couldn't come at a better time. Hafner, a 30-year fitness advocate, spells out two means of coming up with the correct calorie total that one should consume to lose weight the right way--slowly but surely. He first outlines something called the Harris-Benedict formula, a mathematical calculation based on current weight, height, age, sex, and activity level. His suggestion, however, is to track what you are actually eating for a week and take an average. Once you have that average, subtract 500 calories a day and you should lose a modest one pound a week.
The remainder of the book deals with what you should spend your precious calories on. Some of his advice is surprising. For example, he lists butter as one of his top food recommendations. He also calls eggs a super food, yolks and all. Of course, he has some no-nos, too. But he is not the first to warn against trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.
The book also contains extensive information on how to eat a balanced diet, how much protein to include, and which carbs are best. No extremes here.
Some helpful exercise tips round out the common sense plan.
All in all, Hafner has done his research well. He claims if you do even half the things he suggests, you'll lose weight. He's got me convinced.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dunn VINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
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I have read many books on nutrition, weight loss and exercise and found this book by Patrick Hafner to be a complete, easy to read and understand book on nutrition, diet, healthy and unhealthy eating and exercise. It is obvious when you read this book that the author has written this book based on personal experience and research.

If you are serious about losing weight and nothing seems to be working for you, pick up this book. Not only will you learn what you might be doing wrong, it will motivate you while educating you. Losing weight is something you do for yourself, for your health and for your well being, with this book you will have a guide and support system. When you feel yourself falling off the wagon, pick up this book and open it anywhere for a boost and reinforcement to stay on track.

I was pleasantly surprised at the knowledge and information included in this book and will recommend it to others!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penn on July 17, 2011
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The Ounces Countdown is a practical book for a safely paced weight loss with long term wellness. Now in my 40s, I'm done with crash diets and was looking for a healthy eating plan I can live with. I found my answer in Patrick Hafner's book. He has an impressive scientific knowledge of nutrition and the human body, yet his book is a comfortable, easy to follow read, like listening to a good friend share his story. While reading I kept thinking of the classic, "He did it, I can do it too." And yes, I'm doing it-- so far I've lost seven pounds. Buy this book, and enjoy your journey. --- UPDATE--- I have lost 30 pounds by following the advice in The Ounces Countdown book. From 202 (eek!) down to 172. Another 40 pounds and I'll be ready for the talk show circuit. k

2/19/2103 I am still losing with The Ounces Countdown. I am now 156.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Zaraysky on July 4, 2010
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The Ounces Countdown is easy to read and written in a way that anyone can understand how to alter their eating and exercise habits. I learned a lot about the benefits of short high-intensity exercise in workouts. I recommend the book because Patrick Hafner does an excellent job in dispelling the myths about eating eggs and butter and explains how fats are important in our diet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joyce M. Gilmour VINE VOICE on August 15, 2010
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Patrick Hafner, in The Ounces Countdown, has done a superb job of putting together a resource for anyone that wants to maintain their health. The people looking for a "quick fix" to their weight loss issues really need to read this book. Patrick Hafner states (and I couldn't summarize it better): "The Ounces Countdown weight lost approach focuses more on the big picture, bringing several components together to make it all work, to make you healthier and stronger, and to lose weight if you need to. The focus is to lose weight gradually, safely, and, in some ways, effortlessly: One ounce at a time."

The author divides the book into four main sections: 1) The concept, 2) Fuel, 3) Combustion, and 4) Putting it all together. The subsections are well laid out and titled so the book can easily be picked up and the reader is able to find a topic. Each topic is thorough and well-researched, but is short enough to make it a read that can be digested easily in a brief amount of time. This is a "wellness" book, NOT a diet book. However, all of your "diet" books on your bookshelf should be replaced by this one book and it will take you through the rest of your life as a healthy individual if you begin to implement the suggestions. Just think about how much room you'll have for new books!

In The Ounces Countdown, Patrick Hafner tells us from experience what hasn't worked in his life for over fifteen years, but the approaches in this book he's been living for over six years, so he isn't "telling" the reader what to do, he's "sharing" what strategies he's proven to be successful. He feels that the factors influencing weight loss are as follows: Exercise (25%), Intake (50%), and Attitude (25%).
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