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The New Fit or Fat Paperback – August 12, 1991

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Covert Bailey is a popular PBS personality and best-selling author on fitness and nutrition, whose Fit or Fat series of books has sold nearly 6 million copies. One of the first to emphasize body fat and body fat testing, he has taught millions of people about low-fat eating and adopting flexible exercise programs that are both fun and healthy. Covert Bailey earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and received a M.S. degree in biochemistry from MIT. He likes to say that his training in graduate school was spent with fit rats and fat rats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Revised edition (August 12, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395585643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395585641
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
No other book describes what it takes to lose fat better than this one.Covert is brilliant at describing how the metabolism works in such a way that anyone can understand it.I refer to it often when my motivation slips because this book motivates as well as educates.It is pure common sense which is something that is lacking in today's society.This book is all you need.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am in my early thirties and had steadily gained weight for about three years at the rate of 4 or five pounds a year. The result was that last year I found myself about 15 pounds over my ideal 120lbs. I found this book logical and inspirational as it deals with lifestyle and eating habits rather than dieting. Over the course of about 9 months I lost all my excess weight without having to resort to diets. I am fitter and healthier and attribute this to the change in mindset I got from this easy to read book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
It was an excellent source of basic information for the newcomer to the fitness world. The chapters were easy to understand but were in depth enough get the point across. An excellent source for someone who wants to get in shape. However, if you want a more scientific, in depth discussion, this may be a bit too simple.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
Interesting information on the scientifics of our bodies and how they work, burning fat etc. A definite must have book for anyone who is interested on starting a workout program, or even those who are currently working out. Mr.Bailey gets to the point with info that's easy to read and follow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Cummings on February 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
Covert Bailey does an excellent job of explaining why fat people can eat LESS than their thin spouses and STILL gain weight. They need to reset their bodies metabolism. In a clear, witty and honest approach, Covert Bailey explains how we fat people go about getting back in shape and changing our bodies to burn fat more efficiently.
Covert Bailey also gives the hard facts behind his advice so readers can understand why "diets" don't work and why excercise is the key. Also provided is ample scientific data (in plain language) which supports Covert's method of smart excercise. HE also explains why simply going out and excercising too much is counter productive. I recommend this book to every one who needs to loose weight or loves someone who needs to loose weight. Its time to dispell the myth that fat people are simply lazy people, and Covert's book goes a long way towards doing that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
Bailey synthesizes biochemistry into easy to understand and apply distinctions that work long term. This book is essential for anyone considering one of the currently popular high-protein low-carbohydrate diets. He explains how to do aerobic exercises for maximum metabolic benefit and why exercise, not dieting, is the smartest way to loose weight in a way that is both sustainable and healthy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Girl on September 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really liked how the author differentiated between "overweight" and "overfat." You can be overweight, like a body builder, but not be "fat" by any means. I learned quite a bit here. Basically, good exercise (and he provides many, many tips on this) is the key to having a healthy body. And he doesn't think dieting is a good idea. I like this guy. If you're looking to get in better shape or lose weight, this book is for you!
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