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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam & Smith Publishing Company; Second Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615328768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615328768
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Branjord's] new book Spike Diet is a very concise and user-friendly guide and will likely help a lot of people" --Dr. John W. Larson, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist for Healing Choices Natural Healthcare

About the Author

Russell Branjord is a fitness manager and personal trainer; he resides in Elk River, MN with his wife, three sons, and daughter.

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The book is an easy read, everything is laid out and simple.
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This book is useful to anyone wanting to lose weight, and who knows the dreaded dieters plateau.
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And I love that I never feel deprived because I can eat it on my spike day.
Christine Meng

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J.R. on May 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was a little wary of this book because I had never heard of it before, but I decided to give it a try. I had already lost weight (from 260 to 185), but was stuck in a rut and had actually started gaining my weight back.

Enter the 'Spike Diet'. This book takes out all the BS filler most diet books are stuffed with and gives you what you need to know. You can actually sit down, start reading, and get everything you need to know in one session. I've been interested in diet/fitness for years, and reading this book just flipped the "AHA!" switch in my head. I had previously implemented several of the strategies in the book during my journey to better health, but had never thought about how much synergy these ideas had until I started reading.

I wanted to wait at least 2 weeks of following the program exactly to give a review. In that time I've gone from a starting weight of 202 to 196. Six pounds may not seem like a lot to some people, but most sources recommend losing 1-2 pounds a week. If you're overweight, just imagine where you'd be if you lost one pound every week for a year. It's especially impressive to me since I was stuck on a serious plateau, and I lost weight while eating foods that are usually considered 'forbidden' for dieters. I like that this diet has a transition to maintenance, so that you keep your weight off. I also like that it doesn't go completely crazy.

Even though you're eating a lot of calories on the Spike Day, there is still a calorie goal. No diet that lets you eat ten pizzas a day will work, but because the 'limit' is so high you'll have a hard time hitting it. I had trouble getting in all my calories on the Spike Day because I was stuffed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Pan on November 18, 2009
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Totally agree with previous post. Quick read and gets right to the point, to get you onto losing weight! Also want to add the Spike Diet takes the pressure off of hardcore dieting without guilt. Making a diet change like this is one I can stick with! Thanks!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lisakp71 on July 18, 2011
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I found, after 6 months of steady weight loss, and then several months of doing the same things but not losing any more weight, that Spiking was right for me!

Other than very general guidelines, this is not the kind of 'diet' that lays out weird specific foods for you or puts an entire food group on the naughty list (although there are several recipes to get the ideas flowing). You can make your plan of whatever healthy foods you choose. That part's just common sense and good nutrition.

The magic is in the math: you do little bit to figure out where your calories should be for the various days of the week (you have three days at a lower rate, three days at a medium rate, and one ridiculously awesome day, your Spike Day, at a really high calorie limit. HIGH, really really high!); it's all laid out for you and is quite simple once you plug in your own info.

The idea is that overall your week is a deficit so you lose weight, while the Spike Day tells your body that there's no need to panic and lower your metabolism. I'm pretty sure that's what happened to me - I was at a lowered calorie limit for so long that it adjusted my metabolism to match. Hell no - not standing for that!

Although it wasn't really my issue, there's another cool aspect of this plan - people who have a hard time with feeling deprived on lower calories have that re-set switch on Spike Day. Anyone can do anything for six days at a time, right?! If you're really craving something that's considered not weight-loss friendly, you never have more than six days until you can indulge. It's crazy.

Since I got the book and put it into action, I've begun losing weight again at a healthy clip and I'm feeling good about it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Book Lovin' Mom on November 9, 2009
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The Spike Diet is a good, fast read-perfect for people like me who don't like to waste time wading through pages and pages of "filler". It is to the point and easy to understand. It explains how the diet works by maximizing your metabolism and how to get past, even avoid, those plateaus. The best part for me, you can eat anything you want (anything! even pizza, ice cream, candy bars...) one day a week, every week! I could have a lot of fun with this! I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy to follow diet that really works. It also includes quick and easy recipes and a lot of sample food logs to take the guesswork out of planning meals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Ward on February 22, 2012
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I was obviously skeptical when I started my new Spike Lifestyle, but this book explains the science very simply. It is right to the point, and it makes a LOT of sense! Stick to your calorie goals for 6 days, get to eat whatever on that 7th day, see the pounds drop off! The best part? There is no sprinkling mystery chemicals on your food, no pre-packaged diet foods (unless you dig that sort of thing), no restricting carbs, or meat, or dairy, or solids, no specific recipes you have to follow, no nonsense! This "diet" isn't a fad diet. This is a lifestyle change - you can do this for the rest of your life, while never having to feel deprived or isolated. If you are tired of dieting, and tired of feeling deprived, and tired of being overweight, buy this book and try it. You won't be sorry.
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