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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671024175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024178
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dieting with Wiatt, who has a nationally syndicated TV show this fall.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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BookPage Portion Savvy is "a delight."

Health magazine Offers tips you'll use for years...sets out tasty meal plans keyed to your energy needs.

American-Statesman (Austin, TX) Includes many kitchen strategies, like freezing baked goods so you don't overindulge.

Your Health magazine [The] recipes...make it easy to whip up delicious guilt-free dishes.

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on February 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I always thought I knew how & what to eat. That it was simply a matter of excersicing more to lose weight. I have never been interested in "dieting", most seemed so extreme, and didn't make sense nutrition wise. Nor was I interested in joining Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, the programs don't teach you how to shop, cook or eat for yourself, you have to buy their food. I found this book easy to follow and have lost 25lbs since I read it 9 months ago. It gives you a terrific balance of day to day meal planning, recipes & nutrition information. Now I truely know how much food my body needs to maintain and lose weight. I highly recommend this book for anyone out there who has struggled with their weight. However, like anything you need to be serious about making changes in your habits for it to work. I have never lost this much weight doing anything else. Just try it!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I think this book is good for people who are serious about losing weight. I have always exercised, but I also thought I could eat anything I wanted as well. Portion Savvy has taught me that my body does not need the amount of food that I have been putting into it.I didn't use the recipes because I don't really like a structured eating plan. With the information on snacking, metabolism and portions I have been watching what I eat but also eating my favorite foods (like pizza) in moderation. Most people who read this book will be very motivated to lose weight and keep it off but they have to have control of their eating habits. It is not a miracle plan; it is common sense put together with helpful guidelines.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on January 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book finally made me realize I was overheating and just how much. It's simple and easy to understand. I've lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks and I feel like the other 15 are just around the corner.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2002
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The premise of this book--that we are all suffering from "portion distortion"--is right on the money. The "Super Duper Biggie" sized food we get these days at most restaurants (and not just fast-food) is bordering on the absurd--do we really need to consume a package of fries that's the equivalent of 3 whole potatoes?
The best thing about this book (and her other one) is the recipes--they truly are tasty and most are easy to prepare. Unfortunately the diet is overall just way too restrictive and the nutritional guidelines are outdated. Overall it's a very typical low-fat, high carbohydrate diet--they're a dime a dozen these days. And although the author does give lip service to including more whole grains in your diet, she still advocates bagels, bread, pasta, rice, tortillas and other refined starches in the food plan. She also clearly picks and chooses what research she shows to support her way of eating--ignoring the research showing that super low-fat diets do not result in lasting weight loss and can actually lead to increased triglycerides. Current research has shown pretty clearly that increased levels of healthy monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil) are health-promoting (in her defense she does encourage moderate consumption of "fatty fish" such as salmon, but it's not enough to make a difference). These principles of "portion savvy-ness" would be more helpful applied to a more reasonable eating plan (something along the lines of a Mediterranean diet, but with more globally-based menus).
Unless you're very inactive to begin with, you'll be very, very hungry on this diet. I'm a very active man who lifts weights several times a week, plus 3-4 hours of cardio a week and according to her calculations I need 1600 calories a day!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I only had 10 pounds to lose but I always struggled with it. This book taught me that there's no use following gimmicky diets- that being in touch with your body's needs and being honest with yourself is vital. I never realized how much I had been eating. It wasn't what combination and what type of food I was reaching for. There's no wrong food as long as you eat only just enough to be satiated and that doesn't mean starvation.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I read this book, I was thinking, "Yeah, right! This is too easy." Well, I am very overweight (have 100 pounds to lose), so I was willing to try it (especially since it seemed so easy and logical). I decided to try what she said and NOT add exercise just to test the merits of her idea.
Well, I am happy to report that with very little effort and NO STARVING or deprivation, I dropped a dress size over the summer!!
The book comes with pop-outs in the shapes and sizes of certain foods that are unbelievably useful. In a very short time, I was not even able to eat the portions I used to. Also, the author discusses, in detail, body mass index, metabolism, etc., so that you clearly understand the benefit of eating and eating right.
I eat whatever I want as long as it is within a portion or less. I am eating 5-6 small healthy meals and I am now exercising. I tried everything before and nothing worked - BECAUSE DIETS DON'T WORK, BUT CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE DOES.
I highly recommend everyone, no matter your size, read this book! It will change your life!
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