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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471790478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471790471
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Cardiologist Sinatra used to despair about his patients' fast food addictions, but "getting mad didn't do any good. So I got smarter." This book is the result, a call for good nutritional sense that takes a pragmatic approach toward the often-unwholesome eating habits of contemporary America. The nutritional advice Sinatra gives is basic but essential: eat more fiber, avoid trans fats, load up on fruit and vegetables. His theory is that if you're "eating right about 80% of the time, it's OK to splurge the other 20%." In his final estimate, though, he ends up recommending a very small portion of each menu he considers: french fries and big burgers are out, veggies and fish are almost always in. While there are many suggestions, as well as a comprehensive 6-week plan, for eating on the go, the fact that Sinatra can't quite avoid is that there is no substitute for eating nutritious foods correctly prepared. Instead, he provides transparent equivocations, like letting a Whopper Jr slide but admonishing, "you'll still want to eat leaner foods at home to compensate for the relatively high fat total." Subway sandwiches and "light" menus at sit-down chain restaurants (Applebee's, the Olive Garden) merit predictably higher marks. Perhaps the biggest reward for readers is a clearer understanding of just the body needs to function, and how little the fast food industry cares.
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Review

* Eat super-sized fries, lose weight, and prevent disease? Not exactly. As cardiologist and nutritionist Sinatra (former chief of cardiology & director of medical education, Manchester Memorial Hosp.; Optimum Health: A Natural Lifesaving Prescription for Your Body and Mind) and Punkre (chief copywriter, Rodale Press) explain, their approach to weight loss is actually quite sensible: greatly decrease caloric intake by making healthier, more nutritious choices at fast food restaurants (fast food consumption should be limited to 20 percent of the daily diet) and increase activity with a 10,000-steps-a-day exercise regimen. The book includes an invaluable chapter listing the calorie and fat content of the offerings at the most popular food chains as well as a suggested meal plan for weight loss that incorporates fast food. Also useful is the chapter on vitamin and mineral supplementation. Michael F. Jacobson and Sarah Fritschner's The Fast-Food Guide covered similar ground but is now outdated. Recommended purchase for public libraries and for academic libraries serving colleges with courses in nutrition.
—Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, New York (Library Journal, June 15, 2006)

More About the Author

Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist and certified psychotherapist with forty years of clinical experience treating, preventing and reversing heart disease. He is also certified in anti-aging medicine and nutrition.
In his practice, Dr. Sinatra's focus has been integrating conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging, and psychological therapies to counteract the inflammation and plaque processes that cause heart attacks and strokes. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and a former chief of cardiology and medical education at Manchester (Connecticut) Memorial Hospital.
A prolific author, Dr. Sinatra has written numerous books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth (Fair Winds Press, 2012), Reverse Heart Disease Now (Wiley, 2008), The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology (Basic Health Publications, 3rd ed., 2011), Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks (Ballantine Books, 2003), Heart Sense for Women (LifeLine Press, 2000), Heartbreak & Heart Disease (Keats, 1999), and Earthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (Basic Health Publications, 2010). He is also the host of the Internet's leading integrative cardiology website for the public, www.heartmdinstitute.com

Customer Reviews

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cherry Hill on June 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for someone like me who doesn't like to cook. It has a lot of the same cardiac health information available in other books and resources - decrease transfats and simple sugars, exercise, etc....nothing new on that front. But I do eat out quite often or raid the vending machine -- that's where the real eye popping information was in my opinion. One of my favorite fast food "healthy choices" was a sandwich that turns out to contain 720 calories!!!!! Nearly 1/2 of my alotted total caloric intake for the day - I had no idea! I think anyone with children, who resorts to fast food should read this book as well - just yesterday the little girl next door told me that she had pop and french fries and chicken nuggets for lunch...would her mom have made the same choices if she knew the nutritional content of that menu? I finished the book feeling much more positive about the health benefits that can be achieved without constantly being in the kitchen chopping and measuring.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Gagnon on January 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Starts off with common sense information and many things we've heard before. Talks about the author's decision to accept need to adjust food recommendations to fit within people's busy schedules. Midway through book gets into particulars about specific fast food establishments and selection choices. I wish it were more comprehensive and a little better organized. But suggestions are helpful and I use them all the time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rean Winston on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book last year. It has impacted every facet of my life. There were a lot of common sense things I didn't know. Half the book seems to be info, the other half is the actual diet. The actual diet is not for me. Odd food choices (filet-o-fish) that I don't eat much or desire to eat much, and i just don't have the money to spend $6 at Arby's for 1 sandwhich. The info was so useful. I've lost 50 pounds so far cause of this book. I modified my own diet from the information given. I feel and look like a different person :)
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By Anjela Renee on March 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Just a bunch of stuff everyone already knows. Yes I know to count calories, tell me what I don't already know.
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