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Exercise trends come and go, and one of the ones that went in the late 1990s was the idea of exercising slowly to burn more fat. The theory was well rooted in exercise science--you burn a higher percentage of fat while exercising slowly and a higher percentage of carbohydrate as you speed up--but not very practical for most people. If you're only going to exercise for a half-hour a day, you burn a lot more calories by going fast than slow, regardless of how many of those calories come from fat.

Now Stu Mittleman, probably the foremost advocate of slow exercise, wants to reopen the argument. Slow Burn presents an entire lifestyle plan built around running slowly. He doesn't disagree with the idea that you can lose weight faster by training faster; he just thinks it's too stressful for the body to exercise that way.

Mittleman is one of the most famous long-distance runners in the world, and by long, we're talking really long: he once ran 571 miles in six days. So the program he outlines in Slow Burn shows you how to slow down and achieve more--an exercise plan that's less stressful to your body; a diet plan with less sugar and more healthy, unsaturated fats from fish and olive oil; and some tips about rethinking your everyday life to make it less stressful. (For example, he advocates the 85 percent rule: try to do everything the right way 85 percent of the time, and don't knock yourself out over the last 15 percent.) He also peppers the book with theories he's picked up from various branches of alternative medicine and nutrition--applied kinesiology, reflexology, and eating according to blood type. Mittleman's plan isn't for everyone. Certainly, if you like weight lifting or fast-paced sports like hockey and basketball, you won't find much to like here. But if you hate the pressure to always go faster, faster, faster, in life and in exercise, you'll find that Mittleman is on your side. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stu Mittleman is a much-sought-after fitness educator whose clients include celebrities and business and community leaders as well as thousands of dedicated husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, who aspire to excellence in their health and vitality. Mittleman holds two master's degrees in movement and social science and set a world record by running 1,000 miles in eleven days. Since 1991, he has been a featured guest speaker at Anthony Robbins's Mastery University and runs his own company, WorldUltrafit, based in La Jolla, California. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Solana Beach, California, with his wife, Mary Beth, and two children, Beau and Mackenzie.

Katherine Callan studied journalism at Boston University and has worked at national consumer magazines, including Success magazine, where she reported on the leading thinkers in self-improvement and human performance. Callan writes and edits for traditional and new-media companies and is launching a specialty publication, For Marathoners Only. She lives and works in New York City and has run thirteen marathons.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062736744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062736741
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Phil Graham on May 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was simply amazing! Stu Mittleman covers in detail all of the areas that allowed him to run over 1,000 miles in 11 days. He covers your mindset/philosophy (if you are in a marathon you are not running 26 miles you are running 1 miles 26 times). He covers training and shows you how to slow down so you burn fat, not sugar, as well as proper heart rate zones etc and lastly he covers food. He'll teach you how to eat so that you put your body into a constant fat burning mode not sugar burning. His suggestions will help you to eliminate the ups and downs throughout your day and make it so you will feel high energy all day without getting tired! This really opened my eyes and Stu knows exactly what he is talking about because he walks his talk and has done so for over 15 years. This is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in health and/or fitness!
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Carmack on November 28, 2002
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I am a fan of Tony Robbins and I decided to follow Tony's advice on how to exercise. His advice is based on the work of Stu Mittleman and I decided to buy this book and get a better understanding for myself.
I am very pleased. I was unaware that you can get such great results with such little effort!!!!!
I am a former football player (lineman) and competitive Powerlifter [web page]. I worked so hard to build a huge benchpress (560lbs bench--life time drug free) that I let my bodyweight swell to 360lbs @ 6'5 tall. As long as my benchpress went up I did not care if my waist line did as well.
It became clear that I needed to lose weight, but I was tackling weight loss as I did with weight lifting. High intensity for short training sessions. It was not working in the aerobic arena. I learned to run at football practice. Push it!!! You have to make 2 miles in 16 minutes no matter how your heart is acting or how winded you are. Make the time.
With Stud's book, I learned a far better strategy. Longer workouts, training in your target heart rate--with a heart monitor.
My benchpress has increased and my waist line has decrease. I train on an elliptical trainer 4-6 times a week for over an hour in my target heart rate. Something I never thought I would do. And it looks and is so easy, that when I am finished, I could do the workout all over again. Results are what I am concerned with.
I was so successful with Stu principles, that other powerlifters and even comptetive runners in the gym have come to me and asked for running and weight loss advice. Needless to say, I recommend Stu's book, Slow Burn.
BUY THIS BOOK, USE IT, AND CHANGE YOUR WEIGHT/HEALTH/QUALITY OF LIFE. If you were to pay $300.00 for this book, it would still be a good deal...
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132 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Kate McMurry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mittleman's book makes an outstanding contribution to health and fitness for beginners and old-timers alike by presenting a profound insight--the way to health is not paved with suffering, but ongoing, daily joy. I have for years now subscribed to an "easy does it" philosophy like Mittleman's, an approach to movement which emphasizes exercise as pleasure, not pain. Like Mittleman, over the past 25-30 years, I have been exposed to countless, "no pain, no gain" thinkers in the world of fitness. And, like him, I've seen far too many people hurt themselves, sometimes permanently, by enforcing on themselves this attitude.
Mittleman does an outstanding job of describing what it looks like to have a "process-oriented" approach to the body, both in achieving basic health and establishing a productive, exercise routine. This is defined as being "in the moment," fully experiencing where you are right now with each and every workout. Not living for some future moment when you are done working out and have reached some (often mythical) goal. I agree heartily with that and also with Mittleman's suggestion that we treat our bodies as our "partners." I have taken this approach for about 20 years. It is an amazing (and ongoing) journey working through the socialization we receive in the West to distrust our bodies as our enemies. We are trained to either be terrified of our bodies (when they do something "mysterious," such as getting ill or injured), or to treat our bodies like our personal slave, to be subjected to our whim (either harsh workout regimes or used to gain fleeting pleasure through various compulsions and addictions).
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By K. Darrell on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like all exercise books, this is difficult to review, because everyone comes looking for different information, both in details and in amount, and with different motivations.

First, let me say, I write as a casual runner who keeps getting more into the sport and that is why I read the book. I want the nuts-and-bolts of programs & diets and not a bunch of anectdotal stories or paragraphs & paragraphs of material that could be said in one, maybe two, paragraphs. There seems to be a lot of the later in this book. Second, I love the basic running methodology, the heart rate material, & training advice, which, if a 20 page booklet with that information would receive 5 stars.

With that said, here is my basic take on the book:

The book is divided into three sections - thinking, training, & eating.

The THINKING section I could do without - believe you can achieve, set goals, and work for it ('baby steps'). If you are a runner, then you probably are motivated and have goals, so there is little new material in this section.

The TRAINING section is the best part, but, again, there is a lot of extraneous material and he spends 4 or 5 pages for what should be said in a page. The big error in this section, however, is that there are no in-depth training programs for particular distances. For example, if you are looking to train for a marathon, this section does not provide you with specifics. Yes, there are broad guidelines, which will help any runner, but not a specific program. Yet, he recommends his website "for more information about more specific 5K, 10K, and marathon training charts", but I found none at his site. Maybe you have to pay for them? Yet, that is why I bought the book.
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