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The Lean Belly Prescription: The fast and foolproof diet and weight-loss plan from America's top urgent-care doctor Hardcover – December 7, 2010

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About the Author

TRAVIS STORK, MD, is cohost of The Doctors and a physician in the Vanderbilt Medical Center ER. He lives in Nashville and Los Angeles.

PETER MOORE is editor of Men's Health. He divides his time between the magazine's Emmaus, PA, and New York City offices.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609610237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609610234
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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203 of 216 people found the following review helpful By Ross Michaels on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm very pleased I found this book. I've tried a number of different approaches to lose that "tire" I've carried around for the last several years...Atkins, the Zone, South Beach...but with each one I've felt like I wasn't getting the complete nutritional spectrum I needed, and I felt like I was depriving myself of some of my favorites. This book seems to draw the best from a number of different approaches, and repackages it in a reasonable, sensible manner. Dr. Stork doesn't advocate starving yourself, or swearing off all kinds of foods...he rather suggests moderation, healthy alternatives, and a balanced approach. Refreshing.

Dr. Stork puts equal emphasis on an active lifestyle, which I like. Finding ways to incorporate little changes in your level of activity can add up...I like the fact he doesn't beat you over the head with some Jersey Shore-like workout regimen. I'm looking for a lean, healthy physique, which reflects a healthy lifestyle. This approach advocated in the book I think I can stick with.

This book is written much in the same manner as Men's Health magazine, which I like...short digestible segments of easy-to-understand advice, backed by research. You can pick up the book and read a section or two, and get find something useful immediately. No program, no steps, just helpful lifestyle advice.

I think anyone looking to either enhance their current fitness/nutritional approach, or anyone that's been frustrated with "diets" in the past, could benefit from this book.
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338 of 381 people found the following review helpful By Peter on December 7, 2010
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When I bought this book, I expected it to be more like a set of guidelines to follow; which it is in some ways. The authors lays out some good guidelines to follow, and the Pick 3 life changes to make seem like they would work. However, most of the stuff in the book is something that you could just as easily find with a 5 minute Google search. Also, I do not think he talks about his tips as in-depth as he should. Throughout the book he includes a bunch of simple tips to follow, but he basically just says "Here it is!", and then never really explains the point or revisits it later on.

The one area where I feel that this book would be helpful for some people are in the eating and workout plans he outlines. He does a good job of describing everything you need to make the food and how to actually make it. The same can be said of the workout plans in which he provides good pointers. However, I feel that the workout plans are fairly basic and mostly for people who have little exercising experience.

I was expecting a book full of guidelines of little changes you can make in everyday life, but what I got was a book with a lot of basic tips that I already knew and a basic workout plan. I also was not expecting so much of the book to be dedicated to a specific diet plan where he lays out 4 weeks of meals and how to make them; I was not really looking for a guide that was going to put me on a specified eating plan.

Overall, I give the book 2 stars because I don't like it and I do not think it can really help me. However, this rating could be misleading because I imagine that there are many people out there who would like it and could benefit from it. I think that this book would most benefit people who are very overweight or obese and have little knowledge of exercise or nutrition. If you are just 10-20 pounds overweight and are trying to lose that last bit of flab, this book is NOT for you.
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Paul on December 16, 2010
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This is a great book with a broad potential audience. Travis Stork and Peter Moore describe the "normal" situation today with a lot of heart. The "normal" situation is one in which people eating common foods and living a common lifestyle swiftly accumulate abdominal fat and a standard set of health problems that seem to multiply, one after another -- and that this makes people end up feeling bad about themselves and feeling older than they are and not knowing where to begin. But the authors move quickly forward with optimism and pragmatism and a simple set of realistic choices for those who commit themselves to dropping the pounds and start feeling better, looking better, and increasing their chances of living longer. Their dietary advice reflects some of the smartest advice about nutrition going today, as far as I can tell -- it talks about foods, rather than nutrients, and is smart enough to know that the problem is largely one of carbs and processed foods -- often foods marketed as "healthy", ironically -- rather than eggs or dairy fat or saturated fat in meat. I found it refreshing to see someone point out that 2 percent milk can help you absorb vitamins and it slows down your digestion. They also push fresh foods at every turn, of course. As fro the practical advice, they talk less about what you should look for in labels and more about what your fridge and kitchen cupboards should look like. They get the fact that sweetened sodas account for belly fat more than probably any other item in the food supply. They understand that "diets" don't work, but broad changes in how you think about food and fun does. They break down exercise into a simple but effective planks, pushes pulls and squats -- but they also talk about habits of movement that help, like cleaning your house in the evening rather than watching TV. Easy to read too.
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