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The Choose to Lose Weight-Loss Plan for Men: A Take-Control Program for Men with the Guts to Lose Paperback – January 13, 2000


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395966493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395966495
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Men are luckier than women when it comes to weight loss. For one thing, men tend to store most of their fat in their midsections, and abdominal fat is much easier to lose than fat stored in the thighs or buttocks. For another, men have more muscle mass, which means a higher metabolic rate, and thus more calories burned throughout the day.

So why aren't all men thin? Because of the fat they eat, say Drs. Ron and Nancy Goor. And the lack of exercise. And the fact they don't eat enough fiber-rich carbohydrates.

In fact, the Goors are the polar opposites of those who tell people they've gained weight because of the way their bodies react to sugar and other carbohydrates. They say it's actually very difficult for your body to convert carbohydrates into fat, but that the fat you eat is easily turned into the fat you wear. (The Goors include a section debunking all the claims of the high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet gurus.)

Thus, the cornerstone of their program is a "fat budget." You figure out your ideal weight and calculate how many fat calories you can afford to eat at that weight. Then you add in daily aerobic exercise--they recommend 30-minute walks--and make sure you never skip a meal. In fact, the meals they recommend are huge--cereal, fruit, yogurt, toast, and orange juice for breakfast; two turkey sandwiches for lunch; soup, chicken, rice, and vegetables for dinner. All that, plus snacks.

Food tables make up about half the book, telling you how many fat calories are in fast foods, restaurant meals, meats, fish, and just about anything else a person would eat.

Blessedly, the Choose to Lose program is scientifically sound--virtually all weight-loss research points to the diet-and-exercise combo as the key to successfully dropping pounds and keeping them dropped--but ultimately puts a premium on discipline. Starvation isn't required, but keeping your fat intake down around 20 percent of total calories in a fat-saturated world is a heck of a trick to maintain for life. --Lou Schuler

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Men are luckier than women when it comes to weight loss. For one thing, men tend to store most of their fat in their midsections, and abdominal fat is much easier to lose than fat stored in the thighs or buttocks. For another, men have more muscle mass, which means a higher metabolic rate, and thus more calories burned throughout the day.

So why aren't all men thin? Because of the fat they eat, say Drs. Ron and Nancy Goor. And the lack of exercise. And the fact they don't eat enough fiber-rich carbohydrates.

In fact, the Goors are the polar opposites of those who tell people they've gained weight because of the way their bodies react to sugar and other carbohydrates. They say it's actually very difficult for your body to convert carbohydrates into fat, but that the fat you eat is easily turned into the fat you wear. (The Goors include a section debunking all the claims of the high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet gurus.)

Thus, the cornerstone of their program is a "fat budget." You figure out your ideal weight and calculate how many fat calories you can afford to eat at that weight. Then you add in daily aerobic exercise--they recommend 30-minute walks--and make sure you never skip a meal. In fact, the meals they recommend are huge--cereal, fruit, yogurt, toast, and orange juice for breakfast; two turkey sandwiches for lunch; soup, chicken, rice, and vegetables for dinner. All that, plus snacks.

Food tables make up about half the book, telling you how many fat calories are in fast foods, restaurant meals, meats, fish, and just about anything else a person would eat.

Blessedly, the Choose to Lose program is scientifically sound--virtually all weight-loss research points to the diet-and-exercise combo as the key to successfully dropping pounds and keeping them dropped--but ultimately puts a premium on discipline. Starvation isn't required, but keeping your fat intake down around 20 percent of total calories in a fat-saturated world is a heck of a trick to maintain for life. --Lou Schuler Amazon.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "dangoor" on March 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not obese and I don't have a "problem," but I'm the kind of guy who needed a little something extra to get into my ideal shape. I found that something in this book. The methodology makes sense. The book is clear, sensible and fun to read! When you need motivation, it's there. When you need an explanation, it's there. Everything is there, but perhaps the best review I can give it is: Using this book, I lost 25 pounds and now feel better than I've ever felt before. Thank you!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By leaf coleman on January 5, 2004
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I have tried various diets including low carbs etc.I always felt sick I.E. dizzy ,weak etc.I bought this book and have been pleasantly suprised.The diet provides you with a fat budget that you don't exceed.I can eat whatever I want,including limitless fruits and veggies.I also like how it talks to men,although my wife does the program as well.The only down side is it becomes tedious to keep a food log 24/7.If you go out to eat it also is frustrating.I think if you want a sound nutritional base or don't mind counting calories this is a fine book.Didn't give it full 5 because of all the list keeping.
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By K. Reid on May 9, 2013
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this is a great start to dieting-walks you through all you need to know and gives a great idea of how to proceed
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By uglyluggage on November 1, 2010
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This book is for the everyday guy not the heavy lifting crowd. It gives you everything you need to change your life. READ. APPLY. You will look different, i promise. I am always looking for something to push the extra mile and there is nothing new here but it gets a 5 star because it is what is says it is. If you are out of shape and want to change this book will show you the way.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BryanP on March 7, 2000
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I used this diet for a while and enjoyed steady healthy lost weight loss (about 25 pounds) while on it. It is a fairly simple plan, however eventually counting calories became a nuisance and did not fit well into my normal routine. However, this book still has a good bit of information on healthy lifestyles and healthy eating, and is written from a guys perspective, in a very to-the-point manner. If you respond well to low-fat diets, and have the willpower to monitor caloric intake, this plan should work, and the book is a good read. I have revised my review to 3 stars (from the original 5) because it turned out to be impractical for me in the long run.
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