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The Life-Transforming Diet: Based on Health and Psychological Priniples of Maimonides and other Classical Sources Paperback – September 1, 2007


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David Zulberg has taken Maimonides' instructions for proper nutrition, accompanied by other suggestions for proper living, and made them...easily understood.... It is a major contribution to a field where there is so much controversy and confusion. --Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D., director of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Aliquippa, PA

This book provides both the rationale and the practical advice needed to begin and maintain a sensible nutritional program to optimize weight control and general health. Highly recommended. --Rabbi Akiva Tatz, M.D., well-known lecturer and author of Living Inspired, Worldmask, and Letters to a Buddhist Jew

The Life-Transforming Diet has presented a program based on Maimonides teachings on health [which] addresses dietary, exercise and behavioral aspects of eating. The importance of gradual and sustained changes is emphasized in this book.... --Dr. Charlene Wolberg, medical director of Linksfield Med-Clinic, South Africa

This book provides both the rationale and the practical advice needed to begin and maintain a sensible nutritional program to optimize weight control and general health. Highly recommended. --Rabbi Akiva Tatz, M.D., well-known lecturer and author of Living Inspired, Worldmask, and Letters to a Buddhist Jew

The Life-Transforming Diet has presented a program based on Maimonides teachings on health [which] addresses dietary, exercise and behavioral aspects of eating. The importance of gradual and sustained changes is emphasized in this book.... --Dr. Charlene Wolberg, medical director of Linksfield Med-Clinic, South Africa

About the Author

Zulberg was born in South Africa and spent six years researching and writing The Life Transforming Diet. In its fifth printing, it has been translated into various languages and has already produced dramatic life-changing results for thousands of people worldwide. Zulberg studied in Israel for seven years, has a Masters in business and marketing from Columbia University and did his publishing studies at Yale University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Philipp Feldheim; 1st edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583309411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583309414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Zulberg studied timeless health principles pioneered by leading ancient physicians such as Maimonides, Galen and Hippocrates - and was soon the foremost expert in his field. After more than a decade of research, Zulberg became one of the first to apply these time-tested methods to modern fitness and nutrition practices from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the USDA Dietary Guidelines, and more. The result is a unique formula that has been proven over centuries, and endorsed by leading doctors and nutritionists.

Zulberg holds an MS from Columbia University and is an ACE certified Fitness Specialist and Health Coach. He is author of the best-selling The 5 Skinny Habits Diet and The Life Transforming Diet . It has produced thousands of success stories worldwide.

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Very interesting philosophy.
Sam Rafelson
Now I have a copy I can lend out as well as one to use.
Judy E Schultheis
Author Zulberg has done his homework.
Thinker

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thinker on September 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is it--The real thing!

Finally, someone has done the hard work and brought the revolutionary concepts of Maimonides into the modern world.

Make no mistake. Author Zulberg has done his homework. He has read virtually all of the existing literature on Maimonides' medical concepts, and he has personally interviewed Dr. Fred Rosner, a leading researcher into the modern applications of Maimonides' medical approach.

I know. I've been researching this area myself for two years. This is a major scholarly work. Don't underestimate it.

Zulberg brilliantly combines Maimonides' medical technology with the advanced concepts of behavioral science enunciated by Rabbi Yisroel Salanter to produce a diet system that will permanently change your relationship to food and exercise, with no backsliding and relapse.

Get this book now. There is nothing on the market that compares with it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2007
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Based on health and psychological principles of the Medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides and other classical sources, "The Life-Transforming Diet by David J. Zulberg also incorporates contemporary health and nutritional principles from modern medicine. Zulberg presents a gradual, step-by-step implementation of dieting that does not require the trauma of 'going cold turkey' in terms of altering food consumption. Providing practical and applicable insights into how bad habits are formed, and presenting 'user friendly' tips for replacing them with good eating and health inducing habits, "The Life-Transforming Diet" includes a well-rounded exercise program that is economical, simple, quick and easy. Of special note is a 'Do-It-Yourself' support system that can be conveniently accomplished every day in only minutes. "The Life-Transforming Diet" also addresses the need for a realistic maintenance program so that the health and excess weight goals once achieved, do not regress. Especially appropriate and strongly recommended for those seeking to remain kosher while addressing their dietary needs, "The Life-Transforming Diet" has been approved by rabbis, doctors nutritionists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Schuss on September 2, 2008
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This is a program based as much on behavioral modification as on the types and quantities of food. When taken seriously and seen as a manual for lifestyle change rather than a short term diet, it has a more lasting effect. The diet contains information and instruction regarding food combinations that were new concepts for me. I liked the idea of gradualy implementing the recommended changes. It makes the program more palatable than one which promotes drastic changes from the outset. I would recommend this book to anyone willing to incorporate the spiritual together with the physical aspects of lifestyle and dietary changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Abramov on September 15, 2011
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The approach presented in this book completely turns the world of the "habitual dieter" on it's head.
I have tried and failed at many approaches to lose weight over the years. There were healthy ones that included exercise and moderation to more extreme versions such as Atkins and South Beach, calorie counting and separation diets. The first thing that struck me in this book what the underlying principle - the Subconscious Accumulation Process (SAP). What it basically says is that just as we get into unhealthy habits, we can and should get into healthy ones - slowly but surely. Overtime, it becomes second nature and bad cravings go away.
This is the most important component of this book, culled from the wisdom of generations of Jewish philosophers (chiefly Maimonides, but there are several others). Everything else is based on common sense, modern medical/diet science advances and the current realities of our world.

It's been over 3 years since I first got my hands on this book and I still think that this is the best diet book out there bar none.
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This book presents a detailed systematic program for transforming one's unhealthy life and eating habits into one which is healthier and happier. It makes use of the medical teachings of the Rambam, the greatest of Jewish philosophers who was himself a physician of great distinction, as basis for the work.
I was not interested in the overall program of the work but rather in picking up health -pointers while reading rapidly through the book. I picked up many and found this work chocked full of insights. One key element in the work is the emphasis on drinking water, how important this is for our health. In fact the first diet given is called the Water -Based diet and recommends a first meal of the day which is rich in water-filled foods such as salad or certain kinds of fruit.
I also picked up tips on the whole business of the way our hunger- mechanism works and how it is important , if not always possible to follow Rambam's advice of eating when truly hungry and not when having incidental cravings. An important insight of the book is that the craving for a specific food is not something to be regularly given into, but rather can be overcome by resistance or substitution. There is too a chapter on exercise which I suspect is especially relevant for those readers who spent most of their time sitting and learning. The author makes an overwhelming demonstration of how exercise is vital not only in questions of diet but in overall good health.
The book to my mind is a bit padded, and its organizational framework somewhat awkward. I thought the personal testimonies regarding the value of the work were not of much value.
But overall I believe this to be a very useful work, one which can help its readers live a healthier happier life.
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