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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215235
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Examiner.com, 5/20/12
“It's a fascinating, insightful look at what it's like to pile on almost 100 pounds, and then take it off, similar to AJ Jacobs”

About the Author

Paul James’s entire life has revolved around eating clean, training hard, and helping others achieve their fitness goals. Prior to his career as a personal trainer, he was a runway model for Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada, and other designers.
 

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Loved this book, very nice and easy to read.
axel09
Would recommend it to everyone wanting to get healthier.
Don Dudley
It's like he already knows what you are going to think.
Rabbitwind

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Dan Herman on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Take It Off, Keep It Off by Paul James is a guide to help you lose fat through diet and exercise. Paul "PJ" James was an underwear model when he decided to help people get in shape. He found he couldn't understand why heavy people had so much trouble motivating themselves to lose weight...so he intentionally gained 100 lbs to figure it out. He found himself depressed and withdrawn; not interested in sex...and obsessed with food.

James managed to lose the 100lbs within the year he set the goal to gain/lose and wrote this book to motivate heavy people to do so too.

As a formerly overweight person who is now a healthy weight and a designer/life coach, I love to check out new weight loss books to recommend ones I like to clients. This book is great on motivation; I just question a couple of his "rules" and think the diet is a bit too restrictive.

His fat loss program begins with what he calls the KO-90 plan. It is for 3 months. In a nutshell, it includes 15 minutes of cardio daily before breakfast, 3 meals a day and 2 snacks and 50 minutes of strength training 4 days a week.

The diet plan consists of "clean foods"--no processed food, no dairy (no skim milk for my coffee--no way), no added sugar, fruit, salt (there is virtually no salt in vegetables. I think a little salt on them goes a long way...) or alcohol. You eat plenty of lean meats, leafy veggies and whole grains. Mostly protein. 90/60/10; protein/carbs/fat. (What about lean non-meat choices?)

James tells us about his success and his client's success. He is empathic to the struggles of overweight people.

I recommend the book, but think it being as restrictive as it is will cause many to "fall off the wagon." A small amount of salt or skim milk ain't going to hurt...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathy S. on June 29, 2012
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I really like the idea that he gained weight to understand what it was like to be overweight. I found the eating plan too restrictive to start out on. I'm not comfortable going from watching what I eat and portion control to clean eating. That is something I would rather ease into. Some people can go from one extreme to the other, but not me.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rabbitwind on June 12, 2012
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Take It Off, Keep It Off: How I Went from Fat to Fit . . . and You Can Too--Safely, Effectively, and Permanently

The personal trainer who went fat and back. And boy he did! There has already been said enough about the content of the book in other reviews and I would like to concentrate on how it impacted me reading it and what I felt like doing it. To put it in simple words, this guy and his book are AMAZING. I came across this (back than in his obece days) very charming but slightly clumsy semming trainer via YouTube and keept checking on him ever since. Just by watching his vids he managed to motivate me like no one before. When you read the book, which is written in an easy and fun to read way, it is almost as if you can hear him talking to you with his buddy like australian accent. It's like he already knows what you are going to think. Just when you said to yourself "No I can't do this the way he suggest, and try to find a sneak way out in your mind, he taps in and explains it to you so it becomes clear and obvious. Very often he backs his suggestions up with scientific studies. The somehow generated an excellent way to transition from one topic to the other and shows you how they are connected. are backed. Yes he is restrictive, but the results speak for themselfs. He gets results through his detailed discribed lifestyle. He doesn't make exaggerated promises. You get out of it, what you put into it. PJ knows from long experience what works fullstop. I think that you can make a sacrifice for the time of three month.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monkeyman on May 22, 2013
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This is a decent highly motivational book. The author's story is pretty good and the proof of his feat are in his before and after shot pictures. I will say that if you follow his advice you will lose weight. The problem with this book though is it's simply a typical self-help book. Chapter by chapter I read and I never was quite sure where his KO-90 program began. There was no clear step by step outline or program for what to do. The suggestions for meals seem a bit unrealistic. A person who is overweight or out of shape because they simply do not have the time to cook will not get any help here with the foods he suggests. Roasted chicken and steak medallions in the same day? Good luck trying to get people to do that. Also half the book is dedicated to what you should be doing in the gym with images of what workout equipment you will be on. You can lose weight and stay fit at home without stepping into a gym but there are other self-help books for that. This book gets 3 stars because the truth is there is NO BOOK that has the black and white answers as to how to get fit and stay fit. There is no easy fix and if you want to lose weight, if you want to get fit it will have to become one of your life's priorities and self-help books like these can at least provide you with the motivation you need to do that. It's definitely worth picking up for the price if you are curious about doing something for yourself.
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