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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
As a weight loss surgeon I have learned that the key to weight loss is when patients learn to cook. My colleague Dr. John La Puma shares that view, and is the inventor of culinary medicine has written a book for men - and this book is a winner.
Written in a style that combines humor and science, Dr. La Puma provides a simple plan that will help men lose weight, eat better, develop some great snacks- and learn their way around the kitchen a bit- enough to save their lives.
Unlike the advertisements today where every man feels he needs to get testosterone, Dr. La Puma shows how men can raise their natural levels of testosterone simply by eating better, cooking, and watching portion sizes.
Dr. La Puma is not a slave to the modern diet fads of vegetarian or paleo- but provides a balanced approach to diet, and moderate exercise.
I am recommending this book to any man who has a belly and cannot see his vital organ -- and to all of my weight loss surgery patients who are men. In fact, I like it so well, that I have gone on this program myself.
Best new book of the year.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
REFUEL for us was like a breath of fresh air in the dead of winter! Finally, relief from the guilt of a growing waistline, no energy and failed diets and exercise plans that required time that was not available. Dr. La Puma has condensed all of the pieces of how to eat, sleep and hydrate yourself so well that 24 days go by without the added stress of special shopping lists, preparation or cooking. Simple planning once a week equals healthy, invigorating meals for the entire week!! The "Man Memos" are humorously scattered throughout, and provide simple explanations of why sleep, hydration and only 10 minutes of exercise a day can make a huge difference.

The easiest way we found to "Refuel" was to forget about eating out. Packing lunches, snacks and even drinks (in reusable bottles) made a huge difference in success. Most people will eat the closest thing to them, so bringing healthy with you ensures that health will accompany you.

This is a reference you will want to keep handy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
I have been looking for and all-inclusive book to recommend to my male clients as an additional resource to help them succeed with their physical goals. This book is it! I love how Dr. John La Puma speaks the truth about the negative impacts of plastic and prescription medications in relation to how the body produces hormones. I highly recommend this book.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
Stop watching those cooking shows and get your hands on a copy of Chef MD’s new book REFUEL! As a chef specializing in plant-based nutrition, Dr. LaPuma shared an early release copy of REFUEL with me and I totally recommend this book for anyone looking to lose weight, build stamina, reduce stress and boost sexuality!
I advise clients to use food instead of medicine - go to the kitchen cabinet before opening the medicine cabinet and this book is just the tool they need to help learn how to do it. Although I eat a dairy-free vegetarian diet, I fully endorse Dr. LaPuma and the REFUEL plan for anyone who is not interested in being fueled totally by veggies.
This is no diet book! REFUEL by Dr. John LaPuma is filled with info from how to Master your Metabolism to how to get your MOJO back! #CYCYP??? The book features a 24 day plan with 3 phases and includes recipes, stress-relieving strategies and a guide to the right supplements. Even though the book is written for men, I enjoyed reading it and will even be using many of these tips in my own daily regime. You can be sure I will pass this book title along to my male friends and clients but my copy is staying with me!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
No one likes to admit everything they eat or drink, how much they exercise (or don't) or how little sleep they are really getting or worse-- to be told how to fix it from their spouse -especially men. "No amount of goading will work" according to Dr La Puma on getting men to visit the doctor.

Lucky for us and the men in our lives THE Manual for Men's Health has arrived. REFUEL is full of scientific studies, fun facts, "man to man" and "doctor to patient" advice on how to get started and keep going for 24 Days of REFUEL to slim the waist and rekindle the spark in every man's life.

Dr La Puma shares proven methods and step by step tips in a friendly and easy to read format from over 15 years of clinical practice and research in weight management and nutritional topics.

For those of us who loved Dr John La Puma as ChefMD on lifetime television, read ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine, and follow his rich presence in the social networks: the recipes are delicious, the advice is honest and from the heart.

There are also excellent sections on avoiding toxins, tracking health with the popular wearable technology (ex. Fitbit and Withings) and do it yourself monitoring.

Kudos to Dr John La Puma for his obvious passion and excellence in helping men and their families transform their lives with food.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2014
Makes sense and if you follow the clearly laid out plan you will notice a natural testosterone boost and weight loss in short order. I started my dietary education with Robert Lustig (Fat Chance), who provides extensive evidence of the poisonous nature of the modern diet. I then read Loren Cordain (Paleo Diet). LaPuma came next in my reading and his work and Cordain's are very consistent with each other and with Lustig's research. A pure Paleo diet precludes legumes and grains, but LaPuma's doesn't, and Cordain allows to go a certain percentage Paleo. I have never had problems with grains or legumes so I include them in my diet. After seeing Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and reading the accompanying book (Reboot) I decided to do a juice fast. All of these authors are very consistent with what they have to say about human diet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I decided to read re-fuel because I'm 59 years old, a little over weight, my energy level had decreased, and I really wasn't sleeping well. When I started 5 weeks ago my weight was 238 lbs. I'm 6' 4.5" tall and pretty much all the extra pounds was located around my belly. I do exercise "walk and lift light weights for toning", however I do travel quite a bite so sometimes I give it a back seat. As I was reading and starting to implement the Re-fuel plan, I wasn't sure if I had the will power to stick with it. But honestly, I was so surprised that I didn't miss any of the foods I was told to avoid. The citrus water I enjoyed, and Dr La Puma's free recipes on his website are awesome. So after the 5 weeks I'm down to 226lbs, my energy level is like when I was in my early thirties "my wife can't believe the increase" and I sleeping so much better. Plus when it comes to exercising, pushups and walking is much easier without the extra lbs. I also have to confess, I didn't follow ever item to the tee. I love Red Wine and one glass a week just wasn't going to cut it for me. I had to stick to my nightly routine. I probably would have dropped a few more pounds if I went with the once a week. The one thing that truly impressed me is that I sent Dr La Puma an email with a question, he personally gone back to me in a matter of hours. I can see myself staying on a healthy eating path from now on. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
. . . and it's brilliant! I first became a fan of Dr. La Puma through his previous book, ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine. As a wife and mom to two boys, I wear tons of hats (chef, nurse, and nutritionist, just to name a few). Although this new book of Dr. La Puma's is written primarily for men, I knew I needed a copy for myself. Sharing his 24 day eating plan, hot tips, man memos, chef secrets, and by referencing some of the best research studies on men's health and wellness, I now feel I have the ultimate tools in providing the best healthy (but delicious) meals and guidance for the men (old and young) in our family.

Recently I had the honor of speaking with Dr. La Puma via telephone on a couple of occasions about his new book. He is truly remarkable. Dr. John La Puma is not just another doctor spinning the latest book to fatten his wallet. This guy has been there and he cares. I am extremely picky in which books find a permanent place in our home. Though I'm still constantly referring back to its contents, I have to say this book definitely has a home reserved in our personal library - front and center.

Anyone concerned with men's health will love this book and I highly recommend it. For women, the information in this book can change your life. For men, it can literally save it (#cysyp).
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
Up until now I’ve been looking for and trying numerous diets. Some have worked for a time and others have been off base for my metabolism. Now I have found the reason why! “Refuel” introduced me to those reasons.

I have been dieting the wrong way. In fact I didn't need to be “Dieting” at all. I’m not the kind of guy (I don’t think many men are) who asks their buddies…Do these jeans make my butt stick out? Men don’t seem worry about that. “Let’s get to the stadium and get that tailgate party started! Right??? Maybe Not!!!

It’s not that Men don’t care… we just care about it a different way.

Dr. La Puma’s book “Men Don’t Diet, Men Refuel” Is an absolute eye opener. It’s extremely well written to include men in their health and tells them why they need to be present. There are everyday tips and tricks to stay on track that mean something to men. Discussions on “Low T”, strength and stamina, how to lose the belly and rebuild lost muscle.

This is the “Lost Manual” on Men’s healthy lifestyle and I believe we men needed something that addresses our specific concerns when it comes to supercharging sex, making it through the day with energy to spare and being refueled when we get home at night.

I am committed to making this my New Years (and all years) resolution. “Refuel”, make it your next step on the road to boost your strength, your stamina, your testosterone and most of all… your life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
Could the answer to the health crisis for most men be delicious? And simple? And boost testosterone?!
The thing I love about Dr. John is that he is legit. He is a practicing MD and a Chef, so his advice and counsel is from years healing people in his clinic and in cooking top kitchens. His knowledge of the science of belly fat and metabolism coupled with his practical and pragmatic advice make this a book a great tool. Seriously, are you ready to refuel? Great job Dr. John.
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