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The Two-Day Diet: A Metabolic and Motivational Approach to Rapid Weight Loss Hardcover – December 27, 1988

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The title refers not to the diet's duration (alas), but rather to a program of eatingone designed to overcome both the dieter's low willpower and the body's natural resistance to weight loss. The authors (she is a nutritionist, he a specialist in internal medicine) divide the week into "on" and "off" days: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday are devoted to a low-carbohydrate-high-protein (LCHP) regimen, while Wednesday and the weekend can be spent indulging (albeit moderately) in a wider range of food, bigger portions and even a snack or two. LCHP dieting during the "on" days will presumably trigger the metabolism to change and burn fat rather than store it, while the "off" days maintain a margin of safety (LCHP diets have been known to wreak nutritional havoc on those who use them exclusively) and provide a much-needed motivational boost. Light exercise rounds out the program. The Coopers' cajoling tone, forceful use of nutritional theory and case histories and flexible menus (dieters are encouraged to eat all the food to which they are entitled) leave very little room for mutiny. Author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Finally, here's a diet that doesn't ask you to give up your favorite foods the whole time you're following it. If you can stick to a strict diet for two days at a time, then you can still have some of the treats you love while losing weight rapidly, safely and effectively. Inside you'll find:
* Thousands of menu possibilities, with no calorie counting required
* Recipes that offer a virtually unlimited variety of exciting foods and gourmet meals
* A practical and easy-to-follow exercise program designed to fit your life-style
* The secret of producing metabolic effects that enhance fat burning and depress appetite
* And much more!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (December 27, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394565770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394565774
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Glenn Cooper is an internationally bestselling thriller writer. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have sold over 6 million copies. To date Cooper has written seven novels all of which have become top-ten international bestsellers.

His Library of the Dead trilogy, is currently being adapted as a TV series by Pioneer Pictures.

Cooper's novels are suspenseful intellectual, conspiratorial thrillers characterized by multiple interlacing time shifts which are often rooted in real historical events. In addition each of his books spotlights a large philosophical theme: fate and predestination, the nature of evil, conceptions of the afterlife, resurrection, and the interface between science and faith.

Cooper graduated from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Archeology. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine then practiced internal medicine and infectious diseases in hospitals, clinics, and refugee camps in conflict zones before joining the biotechnology industry where he was the CEO of several publicly traded companies. He is currently the chairman of Lascaux Media, a diversified media company which produces thrillers and horror films.


"Glenn Cooper's a startling new talent. A seamless blend of modern-day thriller and historical mystery with an ending that left me breathless... not to be missed."
James Rollins, Bestselling Author

"The Tenth Chamber shows that Cooper is one of the best new writers of conspiracy thrillers."
David Knights, Keighley News, UK

"As Cooper builds the layers of intrigue it becomes clear that he is no ordinary thriller writer, but one who asks big questions."
Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"Glenn Cooper has written one of the best-designed novels that I have read in 14 years."
Antonio D' Orrico, Corriere della Sera Magazine

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I purchased the book in 1988, which I believe was the first printing. I gave it a thumbs up then, and still do to this day, in the year 2000. I lost seventeen, plus, pounds in just a few short weeks -I do mild exercises (Age 64 - stationary bike) along with the program. The two definitely go together. The out come, as stated in the book, "helps an individule reach and maintain their goal weight, with much less effort." It's about time - dieting was made simple, for those of us who work, or have a busy life... I ADMIT - I AM A LAZY DIETER. However, I have succeded with this program - I highly recommend this book to all, who along with me have failed all other diets, which were many on my part.
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This is, hands down, the best diet out there. I have tried them all. Low fat, low carb, just eating less, eating certain foods at certain times -- I've done it all. This is the one that works always, all the time. This is the one I do when I am serious. I've only strayed because it's an older book, and I keep thinking new diets must be better somehow or use better information. I now have a huge collection of very dusty diet books. This book, on the other hand, is tattered and food-stained by being with me constantly, and traveling with me. It works.
The book, written in 1988, begins with a discussion of the genesis of the Two-Day Diet followed by a look at various psychological and motivational aspects of dieting and how the Two-Day Diet differs from other diets. This book states very simply many of the concepts being touted as "new" today.
The plan is then presented. It is a high-protein, low carb plan. However, all the major food groups are represented, including fruit, which you do not get on some other low-carb plans. Plenty of vegetables are allowed and encouraged, especially green vegetables (unlimited salads are allowed) and lots of other veggies. Plenty of meat and dairy is represented, as well. Low-fat cottage cheese is also included, which other low-carb plans do not allow. I get lots of fiber on this diet, which means the plumbing problems associated with some low-carb plans do not occur. In fact, I use this diet to get the digestive system started again after following some other plans. This diet, over the long haul, increases my health and makes me feel very energized. I simply do not get tired on the Two-Day Diet!
The plan is fairly simple.
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The premise of the diet (On Days, Off Days) is clearly explained and is very sensible. The idea is to lose weight without great suffering or self-denial. You do have to exercise, but the exercise required is something that anyone can do (and in the end, you will get to like it). The authors want you to be able to diet once and for all and then put the whole thing behind you -- and for that they have a plan. I haven't got to that stage yet, but so far so good! This book is worth its weight in gold, or more.
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If you have ever had a hard time dieting and staying motivated to stay on a diet, this is the book for you. I have lost 50 pounds in 12 weeks and have not really felt hungry. I've still managed to lose the weight while eating pizza, donuts and ice cream. Some diet. Two other members of my family have been on this diet and between the three of us we've lost 150 pounds. I highly recommend this book and would love to be able to get in touch with the author to thank them for such a wonderful and life changing book!!!!!!
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This was the easiest diet I've ever been on & it works the best - and I've tried them all!! By the end of each week, you've actually consumed fewer calories than you would have on a restrictive 1000 calorie-per-day diet, yet it feels like you're only dieting 4 days out of each week! The rest of the time, you're able to eat all the foods you love - even fast food! I've never been a happier, less grumpy dieter in my life! (So my husband loved it too!)
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For those of us that would rather eat normally than leap into a strange new diet, this program is the answer. The motivational approach to dieting -- two days of real restriction followed by an easier, more permissive day of eating -- really does help you to stay on track. The stress on exercise as a normal activity (forget about "no pain, no gain" and throwing yourself into a knock-out regimen) is also well justified, and shows that exercise is for everyone, not just athletes. The book is well written in a nice concise style, so there's no excuse for not understanding what you're doing and why you're doing it. There are very helpful menu plans and recipes -- the tuna pasta is a keeper, on or off the diet -- and a wonderful category of permitted food called "cravers" (but only on "off" days). Finally, this book shows you not only how to lose weight but how to keep it off and maintain a healthy eating and exercise schedule: how to become a non-dieter, in fact. The food lists that one selects from in order to make up a meal (if not using the menu plans) are not comprehensive, because they can't be: if the vegetable column includes broccoli and brussels sprouts, I've wondered at times where olives might fit in, for instance. But you get a sense after a while of what sorts of veg are starchy (or fatty) and what not, and if a particular food is not listed, the sense of proportion that you learn on this diet will still guide your choices. In any case, I strongly recommend this book for those that would like to lose weight but feel that they "can't do diets" or (as Jerry Garcia once said) "can't do exercise."
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