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The Petite Advantage Diet: Achieve That Long, Lean Look. The Specialized Plan for Women 5'4" and Under. Hardcover – December 27, 2011

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They make clothes for “Petites” so why not a specialized diet plan? You’re smaller, you’re more delicate, you’re 5'4" or under, yet you’re expected to follow a diet plan for the taller girls. What’s wrong with that?

“A lot,” says Jim Karas, author of the number one New York Times bestseller The Business Plan for the Body. For over twenty years, Karas has helped the Petites. He makes them longer (without the rack). He makes them leaner (without starving) and he makes them feel more confident and sexier than they have ever felt before. Why? Because he knows how to get results specifically for you . . . a “Petite”. . . and get them fast.

“I understand you,” says Karas. “I know you are watching your taller friends and colleagues eat more than you do but stay slim.” Fact: you do have to eat less, because a Petite needs only about 1,600 calories a day (compared to 2,500 calories for a taller woman) and is therefore naturally more prone to gain weight.

But you are looking at the glass only as half empty. Thee glass, according to Karas, is really half full. Being a Petite has huge advantages such as:

  • You can work out more effectively than a taller woman because your muscle-to-height ratio is greater; translation—better opportunity to boost your metabolism
  • Your center of gravity is lower, and therefore you are less likely to injure yourself when you’re working out, and
  • You can create that sexy hour-glass figure that taller women can’t achieve. Think Penelope Cruz (5’4”) and Dolly Parton (5’0”). Both are gorgeous members of “The Petites,” whose bodies rock.

Karas has worked with women of all heights and sizes for more than twenty years, and has perfected strategies that bring effective and lasting fat loss for Petites. Based on solid, recent research, coupled with his passion for creating concrete solutions, Karas has crafted a program specially designed to help you create a longer, leaner, sexier body. Petites, you’re gonna love it!

About the Author

Jim Karas is a lifestyle expert with over twenty-seven years of unparalleled success helping people lose weight and look and feel their very best. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Business Plan for the Body, and the New York Times bestsellers The Cardio-Free Diet, The 7-Day Energy Surge, The Petite Advantage Diet, and Flip the Switch. Jim has appeared frequently on Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, and The View, and has worked as a contributor for national magazines, including Good Housekeeping and O Magazine. He is a widely sought after keynote speaker and sits on the advisory board of Performance Trust Capital Partners. Jim is the chairman of the Philanthropic Advisory Council for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago with his two children, Olivia and Evan.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025456
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jim Karas is a Lifestyle Expert who combines a degree from the Wharton School of Business with over twenty-seven years of unparalleled success in helping people look and feel their very best.

Jim is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Business Plan for the Body, the New York Times bestsellers, The Cardio-Free Diet, The 7-Day Energy Surge and The Petite Advantage Diet and Flip The Switch.

Jim has been an ABC News Commentator and the Fitness Contributor on Good Morning America (he helped former co-host Diane Sawyer lose over 25 pounds), is frequently seen on The Dr. Oz Show, The View and for three years, hosted Couch Potatoes on ABC News Now. Jim has served as a Contributing Editor for Good Housekeeping magazine and has written feature articles for countless other national publications, including "O" The Oprah Magazine.

Jim is currently a resource speaker for Vistage International, the World's Largest CEO Organization and is widely sought after as a keynote speaker for many of the country's most prominent corporations and organizations such as Oprah's O-You, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Young and World Presidents' Organization, to name a few.

Jim sits on the Advisory board of Performance Trust Capital Partners and is the Chairman of the Philanthropic Advisory Council for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University.

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By jrp on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm very happy to find that someone finally understands! I am 5'0" and have always had problems taking off weight. I'm not overweight, but I do put on weight if I eat like "normal" people, so I try to nip it in the bud before it gets too bad. I normally eat healthy food, watch my portions,and exercise daily, so there was (until now) very little I could change if I needed to lose a few pounds. I have tried Weight Watchers, following it to the letter, and have not lost a pound after 6 weeks. I have found (until now) that I am constantly hungry between meals and wanting to snack. So it's great to find something different, made specifically for those of us "vertically challenged." I have only been on this diet for a few days, so I don't know if I have lost, but one thing I like is the flipping of meals and the increased protein. The recipes I have tried are delicious and easy to make, and, for the first time, I am not ravenous between meals. However, that being said, I find the book very incomplete in some pretty significant ways:
1. Karas sets out his meal plan (this is good,) but he doesn't state specifically that all these foods must be eaten or if and what you can substitute. So if you don't like or can't eat a particular food, can you substitute another day's meal as long as it stays under the calorie limit or are the meals planned so that you get the correct number of protein, fat grams, etc. for example?
2. He also discusses fruits and vegetables, saying how they are good and you need to eat a certain number. But he does not provide enough of them in his menus, and it seems they can't be added between meals as snacks without tipping the calorie count too high. Seems like a contradiction here.
3. The shopping lists are wasteful.
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116 of 135 people found the following review helpful By ckw99 on December 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I finished reading this book yesterday. It has a lot of good ideas, and the research seems to be pretty sound. The idea of a petite being like a kiddie pool and the rest of the world being like an olympic-sized pool is a good way to visualize the whole concept. I have been eating healthy 80% of the time, and I have been working out 5 days a week doing a combo of P90X and cardio workouts. Just as the author mentions in the book, I had decent initial results but it was only my top half (arms, waist, bust) that got any smaller. The number on the scale and my pant size have stayed the same. My hunger definitely went up when I started working out too. I was frustrated and couldn't figure out why everyone else I know had great results with P90X and I didn't. I've always believed that my height (or lack thereof- I'm only 5'1" =) put me at a big disadvantage when it comes to losing weight. My husband and friends thought I was just making excuses. I would love for this plan to work so I can prove I was right and that I really do have to eat even less/work even harder than tall people just to get the same results =).

That being said, I did find the tone in the book to be a bit too "motivational-speaker-y" for my taste. There's a lot of "I have the secret to the perfect diet for you...which I'll tell you about soon" or "the secret is...wait for it...", etc. It came across a little cheesy, like he was a skeezy salesman trying to sell me something. All I need is a reasonable plan, with valid research and stories of the plan actually working for people to be sold on it. If you ignore the salesmanship, it's a good book and the plan is worth trying.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By meganne on January 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Have purchased Jim K's previous 2 books and this is really just the same thing marketed differently - spent so much time shopping cooking and cleaning up that the diet was just not reasonable for a busy working person - and some of the recipes were really awful. The worst part was the exercise program - or rather the product he chose to use for it - the gravity straps were not versatile, easy to use, required specific type of door and space (which was not made clear in the book or in the product's advertising), and required so much adjustment between exercises that you lost the effect of interval training. Would not recommend the book or the gravity straps.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By carrma77 on February 24, 2013
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I purchased the book out of intrigue after speaking with a woman who has found success with it. Shortly after beginning, I found myself repeatedly angry with the author. He fully takes advantage of women who don't know the truths about weight loss, and for me, an avid exerciser who has lost weight on my own, he would have taken me backwards. I also don't appreciate being told that thin is sexy, because it's not about being thin. He doesn't have a tone of support; he has a tone of command and talks down to women. I also feel as though he is plugging products rather than attempting to help. The book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, and it attempted to tell me some things I knew were not correct about my body. I didn't finish it; in fact, I returned it for a refund and came straight here to write this review. If I hadn't returned it myself, I am sure my husband would have since every time I read some to him, he would ask "why are your reading that nonsense?" What has happened here is Karass has found a niche that hasn't been exploited and jumped all over it. You can find the iota of valid information this book offers for free online, and the rest, you can do without.
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