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The Skinny: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry-The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss Success Hardcover – March 24, 2009

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“I believe Dr. Aronne has pioneered a new approach to weight loss of obesity. His multi-disciplinary methods remove the guilt and give control back to the patient. In my own case, I no longer live day to day dieting. Food is no longer something to fear; it’s something I enjoy when I am hungry. I have learned to control my hunger using the many tools he has given me. It took twenty-five years to find Dr. Aronne.” —Patricia Wexler, M.D.

“I’ve known Dr. Lou Aronne for more than fifteen years. Before we met, I was eating pork chops and candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No joke. (I love candy.) Dr. Aronne put me on a path to healthy living, and I’m sure this book can do the same for you. His advice on diet and weight loss is insightful. Dr. Lou saved my life.” —David Letterman

“Dr. Aronne’s care and advice changed my life, and I’m forever grateful.” —Emily Brill

“Dr. Aronne’s new book is the most informative and intelligent approach to understanding weight loss and gain. Starting with page one, you will immediately feel healthier and better off. A must-read!” —Harvey Weinstein

About the Author

DR. LOUIS ARONNE has directed the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center since 1986. Dr. Aronne is a former president of the Obesity Society, edited the NIH Guide to Obesity Treatment, was an original host on the TV Food Network, and is perhaps best known for diagnosing David Letterman’s heart problem in 2000. He is listed in the Castle Connolly Top Doctors in NY directory as a specialist in obesity and diabetes and is founder of the Cardiometabolic Support Network, He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

ALISA BOWMAN has collaborated on five New York Times bestsellers, including The 3-Hour Diet and 8 Minutes in the Morning. She lives in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767930398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767930390
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
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I have to say I love "The Skinny" and I am a hard to please diet book reader. It is truly rare that I purchase a book anywhere but Amazon. Amazon prices are the best. But after looking through this book at Target, I ante upped the extra bucks so I could read it right away. And I am so glad I did, because if I had read the reviews on here, I never would have bought it. The reviews appear to be totally skewed. Unfortunately it appears from the reviews that the Kindle edition is a mess and that should be corrected but that is NOT the content of the book. Then there are a number of 5 star reviews which are very short, sound the same and since the reviewers don't have other reviews well they could be faked. So the reviews on this book do not appear to be accurate.

That said I read the book and totally love it. The fact is most of the information in here is nothing I have not read before, it is just presented in a new way that makes following the plan much easier than other plans that share similar information. He didn't invent the wheel, he just made it easier to drive on. And that is worth a fortune. Because if you know what to do but can't do it and learn a method where you can do it, you will get the results you desire. Sort of like the aha moment a student gets when someone shows them a different way to approach a problem. Same results, we had the facts, just couldn't get the answer before.

Essentially the plan is a lower carb and lower fat one. But it is done in such a sneaky way it is pretty easy to do. Dr. Aronne tells you to fill up on broths, soups, vegetables, and protein before you eat your starch. Done correctly you will be very full and eat very little starch.
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jadon on March 26, 2009
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Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

A FirstLook Review
The Skinny: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry--the Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss Success (Broadway/ Mar 2009) by Louis J. Aronne, M.D. with Alisa Bowman

The Skinny provides the reader (weight loss wannabe) with a lifestyle makeover that gets the metabolism running and puts hormone issues into perspective.

The skinny on the author though deserves some eye-popping attention. Dr. Aronne has directed the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York--Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center since 1986. He is the former President of the Obesity Society, has been named a top doctor by Castle Connolly, and is the founder of the Cardiometabolic Support Network. In 2000 Dr. Aronne diagnosed David Letterman's heart problem.

Aronne believes that people with weight problems have a disease that can be treated. He writes, "It's about biology," and not about a person's lack of will power. He has performed more than 25 weight loss studies searching for what really works for lasting weight loss. The result being that the most difficult weight loss patients are regularly referred to Dr. Aronne from around the world.

Initially, many of these patients lose 15-20%, equivalent to weight loss from lap band surgery.

Aronne identifies the "lack of fullness" as a culprit, preventing many from losing. He adds that this condition affects roughly two-thirds of the adult population. What you may not know is that this problem may have begun after following a certain type of diet or from taking specific types of medication.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By WestchesterMom on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a mother of 2 children who has battled her weight for 4.5 years now. I carry most of my weight in my belly, rear and legs.
With this book, I have lost 13 lbs in 1 month and I hardly noticed that I was "trying" to lose weight. I have never achieved this type
of weight loss and the feeling of "not being hungry" in any program before. Not on Atkins, not on South Beach, NutraSystem, Jenny Craig,....etc
No weighing, measuring, counting etc, just little adjustments to my diet.... and most importantly 'when' I can eat the food (all veggies/fruit first, protein second, carbs last).
I highlighted what I found important to MY weight issues and reviewed it daily to help me along. I have to admit, I haven't fully complied with ALL of the suggestions in the book, but when I SEE the results already, it has been motivating me to push myself further and futher towards the full program.

I bought this book because a girlfriend (who is overweight) told me she was reading and starting the program. She already had lost enough weight that I "noticed" it (I wouldn't dare ask her how much....). She also mentioned that her sister, who had 3 children and was about 75lbs overweight had started the program and her weightloss was noticable (again, I didn't ask how much she lost)....but I decided if she looked THAT good after only 2 months, then I would give it a try.

I'm very happy I purchased this book and I am very happy with the results. I feel great. Good luck to all of you struggling with weight and health issues due to your weight.
Please, give this book and the program a try....
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