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"Rooted in research and the author's medical knowledge and background in nutrition and fitness, this serious and occasionally technical work eschews fad-diet trends for clear and in-depth explanations of Lydon's recommendations. While advocating the nutritional importance of lean protein, judicious intake of good fats, and plenty of lower-glycemic carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables, she also strongly emphasizes the greater value of shorter, high-intensity weight-bearing exercise sessions over lengthy periods of aerobic exercise. Clearly illustrated exercise routines, self-tracking forms, recommended-foods lists, and a small recipe section round out the text. Neither condescending nor dumbed down, this intelligent guide will make a worthwhile and refreshing addition to the fitness-and-nutrition genre."--"Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christine Lydon, M.D., is a Yale-educated physician, a writer for several health and science magazines, and an internationally recognized fitness model. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212539
  • ASIN: B002ECEVLQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Chad Davies on January 21, 2008
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In her book, Ten Years Thinner, Dr. Christine Lydon puts forward a nutrition and exercise plan designed to amplify the body's metabolism through the choice of proper foods and short, intense exercise intervals. The nutrition plan is similar in many ways to the recent low-carb plans such as the Atkins and South Beach diets in terms of the focus on increasing the portions of lean protein eaten along with a subsequent reduction in certain carbohydrates. Where the plan differs is that carbohydrates in the form of fruits and vegetables are an integral part of this diet whereas grain-based carbs along with many carbs with a high glycemic index are eliminated or significantly reduced. I found the science behind the diet, as explained in the first six chapters of the book, interesting and informative. I was especially intrigued by the recent research on the link between diet and the body's inflammatory response. While I've grown tired of the repeated unscientific claims about what our "stone-age ancestors" may or may not have eaten usually found in these types of diet plans (and are repeated frequently here), the cited research is abundant and seems to back up the specific nutritional claims of the book's author.

Coupled with the nutrition plan is an exercise component based on short workouts done at fairly high aerobic intensity. These exercises and the manner in which they are to be completed reminded me of the descriptions I've read of the Curves machine circuit training methods. While the program is adequately described, it is less completely covered than the nutrition plan in terms of the research backing it up and in terms of the informational support.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Mancini on April 9, 2008
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I've tried several variations of low calorie, low fat, low carb diets throughout the years. I have lost and gained 30 pounds with each attempt, but the weight loss came only with deprivation, hunger, and frustration, and the pounds came right back when I reverted to my "old ways" because the diets were too strict to maintain for any period of time without being a completely miserable person to be around! I finally gave up on diets when I went to nursing school and discovered that everything I had learned from the diet circle contradicted what I learned in anatomy and physiology class about our metabolisms, and with what I learned in nutrition class about the nutritional components of food. Problem is, I still didn't know how to lose the weight because putting it all together to create a smart and scientifically based program was beyond my scope of knowledge. This is what Chris Lydon has devoted her career to doing. Her committment to peer-reviewed journal literature as a basis for her program is astounding in this age of quick fixes backed by, well, absolutely nothing. Her research is impeccable. Her committment to creating a program that is realistic and workable for even the busiest person is another feat that can't be matched. Her ability to explain how our bodies are meant to be fed and exercised, and her rationale behind all of her recommendations, is truly commendable. Her book aims to educate people, first and foremost, which is a rarity in the diet industry. As for the program itself, it works like a charm! It is the magic key to a door so many of us have been searching for. In just a few days I was out from under the control of the food cravings I had had for so many years. In the first two weeks I lost 6 pounds, four inches, and found energy I hadn't felt in years.Read more ›
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By gregg on January 17, 2008
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Dr. Lydon has written a very informative, solidly scientifically based, and entertaining book about exercise and nutrition and how to achieve long term results in an easily understood and adaptable program--especially for those with busy schedules.

I initially purchased this book for my wife. She is in very good shape, much better than she recognizes, but has been frustrated by what she feels is her inability to lose "the last" 10 pounds, as well as gain back some muscle, and get back to her pre-pregnancy shape.

I purchased Dr. Lydon's book knowing of her reputation and successful involvement in the fitness and bodybuilding arenas. The book likely is targeted towards women, but applicable for both men and women. I have been bodybuilding and powerlifting daily for over 18 years and studying martial arts for more than a decade. We essentially have a commercial gym in our basement. I really like reading about exercise and nutrition and have read several books and articles on the topic. Consequently, when I come across a book that is both enjoyable and provides me with well written and thought out information I take notice.

This book explains in an enjoyable format the science behind exercise and nutrition. You come away from the book with a tremendous amount of fundamental knowledge, but do not feel as though you are reading a textbook. Dr. Lydon explains the concepts very well and this understanding, I think, makes it easier and more likely that you will be able to follow her program for the long term.

My wife has told me the workout program in the book is challenging (in a good way), without aggravating her knees. She initially was concerned about the circuit training and callisthenic exercises that are included in the program.
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