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Refuse to Regain!: 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned! Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884956939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884956935
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The best move would be to stop making excuses for your weight,' says Barbara Berkeley, MD, author of Refuse to Regain! 'That's the first step to getting healthy,' she says. Her other weight-loss strategies will help take you the rest of the way."  —Women's Health Magazine

About the Author

Barbara Berkeley, a former medical director for the Optifast(R) weight-loss program and founder of Weight Management Partners, is a board-certified internist. For 20 years she has devoted her practice solely to medical treatment of obese patients, and in Refuse to Regain! share her strategies.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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It's about time someone finally wrote the definitive book on maintaining your weight loss.
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This book was easy to understand, well written and very informative.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By reba mae on February 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After being overweight or obese for all my life (I'm now 51) about four years ago, I lost 80 pounds - and I've kept it off ever since. So, I was eager to like this book - I wanted to see if what the author suggested was consistent with my experience, and if she had any "new" info that wold be helpful. I'm sorry to say that I was quite disappointed. In brief, here's why:

Fisrt, her approach is a "one size fits all" stratgey that will not work for everyone. Although she says it doesn't matter "how you lost your weight," she does propose only one approach - hers - for maintaining. Quite frankly, I have done almost exactly the opposite of what she recommends: I eat mostly whole grains, vegetables and fruit, and some dairy, with minimal animal-based protetin...and this, after losing wiehgt on a protein-based weight-loss plan (kind of a modified South Beach). So, the "one size fits all" isn't necessarily a good approach - people might think, "Well, if I can't bear to do it her way, in such an extereme manner, why try at all?"

Second, she takes an inconsistant approach, even within her own rather rigid plan. I was shocked to see that she breaks her own health-focused "Primarian" rules in odd ways...like allowing artificial sweeteners, which certainly aren't even vaguely "Primarian," and chemical-laden frozen "diet" entrees, like Lean Cuisine. I'm having a hard time picturing Og the hunter-gatherer chowing down on a Healthy Choice dinner and washing it down with a Diet Coke.

Most importantly, she rails against "moderation" as if it is more like wild abamdon.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2009
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This book was not as helpful as I had hoped for. The eating plan that she lays out is just so restrictive. I think it's making an already hard job (maintenance) harder than it has to be. I would look at her plan as one way among many ways that you can achieve your goal, not THE way. If you look at it as THE way I'm afraid you're going to set yourself up for failure. I found Anne M. Fletcher's "Thin for Life" a more practical guide.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By middlemoo on January 10, 2012
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Over the past 20 months, I've shed 100 pounds. Although I still have much more weight to lose, I just finished reading this book, hoping for additional insights into what lies ahead in my health-journey, once I melt off another 80 or so pounds! I'd looked at the preview version here on amazon.com and was sufficiently impressed by Dr. Berkeley's credentials, honesty and writing style to know that this book would be well worth my while - and it was!

Dr. B lays out 12 Tough Rules:
Be Tough, Not Moderate - half-measures aren't good enough
Commit Yourself to a 3 month opt-out period - give this plan the "old college try"
Weigh Yourself every day - really keep tabs on it
Reverse Small Regains Immediately - no fudging or procrastination!
Eat Primarian 90% of the time - basically Paleo with tweaks
Eat One Major Meal Per Day - with mini-meals and snacks
Perform a Daily "Scan & Plan" - look ahead to what might subterfuge your food plan
Stop eating after 8 PM
Eat from a limited menu - too many choices or too much variety is intoxicating
Have one acceptable treat per day
Have a love affair with exercise
Maintain with support and support others

...all of which make sense to me.... NOW! Because, while I was initially resistant to some of what she wrote, the more I read (and the more difficulty I found in resisting holiday "treats" this past year!), the more respectful and receptive I became to Dr. B's ideas.

The first rule was what I resisted most: I hate to think that I can't be moderate - no matter that my morbidly body was ample evidence that I couldn't!? But I always hoped that I could BECOME moderate. Yet repeatedly I'm learning that just like Dr.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gwen S. Walsh on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My weight has slowly but steadily increased over the last 20 years. It was time to "put on the breaks"! Fortunately for me, my girlfriend introduced me to Dr. Barbara Berkeley's Weight Maintenance methods ([...]) and book. By reducing carbs and increasing protein plus getting back in the cardio/strength training groove, I shed 27 pounds by following Dr. Berkeley's practical, implementable, healthy and even more importantly, sustainable plan. I'm now in maintenance mode, am religiously following my Healthy Eating Maintenance Plan (Primarian based per the book) and am feeling energetic plus physically fit. As unanticipated but appreciated side benefits, my skin and hair texture have dramatically improved plus I'm no longer experiencing any post menopausal issues, e.g., the hot flashes and night sweats are gone, gone and gone! And I'm not walking around feeling hungry nor eating "diety" foods that taste pretty bad plus are unhealthy to boot due to preservatives/chemicals. Although I'm in my 50's, I feel like I'm in my 30's again. It's a pretty amazing and unbelievable feeling!
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More About the Author

When Barbara Berkeley was offered the job of directing a large hospital weight loss program back in 1988, she took it---mainly to have more time to spend with her young daughters. Little did she know that working with overweight patients would become her lifelong passion.

In the past 24 years as an internist and obesity specialist, she has developed a strong interest in primal diet, a form of eating that conforms to what humans ate during their long evolutionary experience as hunter-gatherers. Dr. Berkeley has found this diet highly effective for weight loss and weight maintenance. Her book discusses the particular form of primal diet she uses in treatment which she calls a Primarian diet.

Dr. Berkeley continues to update her book and to communicate with those who are confronting weight issues on her blog at www.refusetoregain.com. She also invites dieters and maintainers to join her on Facebook at Refuse to Regain: Barbara's World.

Dr. Berkeley has a B.A. from Barnard College, a Master's from Columbia University and an MD from the State University of New York/Stony Brook. She completed her medical residency at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is board certified in both internal medicine and obesity medicine. Today, she is Medical Director of Weight Management Services for Lake Hospital System in Cleveland and also maintains a busy private practice. The kids are grown now, but she and her husband--both primarily Primarians--- continue to live on their small farm along with chickens, goats, donkeys and an assortment of other living things.