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Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle Paperback – May 12, 2006
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"Governor Mike Huckabee has proven that self discipline, diet, and exercise can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle." -- Bill Clinton
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Anyone---indeed everyone---could benefit from reading "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork", but the ideal target audience for this book is a demographic that has traditionally been left out of the diet book market---successful, busy, middle-aged men who don't read diet books, and who find it hard to be successful on traditional diet programs, even though they're successful in other areas of their lives. They don't know a whole lot about nutrition and the whole idea of dieting turns them off, but they are concerned about their health as they approach middle age. If this is you, then buy this book!
The author understands that most obese men are not looking for new recipes or detailed information about fat chemistry and metabolism, but eat out at fast food places, want someone who speaks to them who is not a young fit personal trainer or their wife, and who will make it possible for them to succeed at possibly the most important task they'll ever undertake---saving their own life.
It is a quick and entertaining read (I read it in an hour) but worth buying even in hardback because it is packed full of useable information and guidance. This is not a book of recipes or complex plans or information about nutrition. It's a motivational book AND an instructional book about a very easy way of eating that men actually can do. This book fills a perfect niche, and is the only one like it that I've ever seen.
It is written by Mike Huckabee, the governor of Arkansas, who is not a medical doctor, nor someone who is an expert in exercise or nutrition, but that is the great appeal of the book.Read more ›
I had the good fortune of meeting the governor at a (completely empty) book signing in midtown New York City. I sat with him for 15 minutes discussing the approach, his determination and his strength. I realized that he was no different than any of us. Only he was executing on his ideas, paying the price to do so and reaping the benefits.
While miracles don't happen overnight, I can happily say that adhering to the program does produce excellent results. Watching the calories and exercising is beneficial, no matter what! Governor Huckabee shows us that we all can take control and succeed.
His book is a quick read, straightforward and outlines his concepts. Best part is that it all makes sense and is a perfect way to begin to gain control of your lifestyle.
One doesn't expect diet books from the governors of Southern states. But that's exactly what one gets with Mike Huckabee's Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork. Well, perhaps "diet book" isn't quite the proper term. Huckabee is not talking about getting thin through dieting here; he's talking about the same thing doctors have been telling us for years, that changing our eating and exercise habits is what will ultimately lead us to good health. While the book does certainly have its shortcomings (anyone advocating "the size of my fist" as a realistic portion size in twenty-first century America has, simply, lost touch with reality), Huckabee puts forth common sense in a way that most people can understand-- to the point where I'm rather confused the Republicans haven't kicked him out as a traitor yet. (If it happens, Governor, we Libertarians will be happy to have you.)
The most important thing Huckabee does here is put forth the idea of starting small and working your way up. The ludicrous idea that you have to work out for a certain length of time in order to get any positive benefit is nowhere to be found. Instead, Huckabee suggests starting with slow walking for twelve minutes. I can hear fitness gurus and authors of fad diet books shrieking in agony now at the very suggestion that one might get positive benefits from twelve minutes of slow walking, but that such a thing could be helpful to a completely sedentary person should be obvious to any thinking human being. And that's what's ultimately worthwhile about this book-- Huckabee wrote it for thinking human beings.
I never thought I'd be saying "recommended" about a nonfiction book by a Republican that was written after the time of Calvin Coolidge, but there you have it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I lost 25 lbs. in 1985 and I've kept it off. Huckabee lost weight, wrote a book about it, made lots of money then got fat again. Anyone who pays for this book deserves it.Published 6 months ago by W. Weber
Take a look at a current picture of this guy before you buy this book.Published 6 months ago by Bill D.
An entertaining, common-sense dieting book. I think most dieters (regardless of their political viewpoints) will be encouraged by this book.Published 11 months ago by Chris Z
Gov Huckabee is right on target for diet 101..what to avoid and what to consider. It does not however have detailed recipes, but still highly recommended to get focused and get... Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. Martin
Was as expected. I know how tough it is to keep it off and so does Mike.Published 12 months ago by Philip C Taylor