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Women's Health Perfect Body Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss and Workout Plan to Drop Stubborn Pounds and Get Fit for Life Hardcover – December 26, 2007

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Starred Review. This excellent addition to the literature on women's health and weight loss will help veterans of the dieting roller-coaster overcome hunger, build lean muscle mass, burn fat and maintain energy and mood levels. Developed by the editors of Women's Health magazine, the eight-week program consists of two eating plans, with each of the five-to-six daily meals containing a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate. After determining body shape, calculating ideal weight and doing a simple test for carbohydrate tolerance, readers will know which plan to follow. Both plans pivot around hunger-banishing fiber, particularly glucomannan, a soluble fiber that stimulates satiety, helps burn fat and is featured in many of the plan recipes. Although daily meals for the entire program are charted, readers will learn enough about perfect and not-so-perfect proteins, fats and carbohydrates for their type to create meals that are low in sugar, high in nutrients and efficiently metabolized by the body. The exercise portion of the plan is rigorous: at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day of the week (three days each, strength training and cardio workouts; one day of general physical activity), but even those with no gym experience will be able to follow the detailed daily routines. In fact, this convincing presentation of the benefits of calorie-burning exercise may cause many to dive in with enthusiasm, knowing that they can eat well and maintain their weight. (Jan.)
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This excellent addition to the literature on women's health and weight loss will help veterans of the dieting roller-coaster overcome hunger, build lean muscle mass, burn fat and maintain energy and mood levels. Developed by the editors of Women's Health magazine, the eight-week program consists of two eating plans, with each of the five-to-six daily meals containing a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate. After determining body shape, calculating ideal weight and doing a simple test for carbohydrate tolerance, readers will know which plan to follow. Both plans pivot around hunger-banishing fiber, particularly glucomannan, a soluble fiber that stimulates satiety, helps burn fat and is featured in many of the plan recipes. Although daily meals for the entire program are charted, readers will learn enough about "perfect" and "not-so-perfect" proteins, fats and carbohydrates for their type to create meals that are low in sugar, high in nutrients and efficiently metabolized by the body. The exercise portion of the plan is rigorous: at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day of the week (three days each, strength training and cardio workouts; one day of general physical activity), but even those with no gym experience will be able to follow the detailed daily routines. In fact, this convincing presentation of the benefits of calorie-burning exercise may cause many to dive in with enthusiasm, knowing that they can eat well and maintain their weight. (Publisher's Weekly Starred Review)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594867909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594867903
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cassandra Forsythe is a PhD graduate from the #1 Kinesiology doctoral program in the US at the University of Connecticut. Originating from Northern British Columbia, Canada, she received her MS in Human Nutrition and Metabolism in 2004, and her BS in Nutrition and Food Science with distinction in 2002 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She is certified as a Registered Dietitian (RD) through the ADA. Her research interests are low-carbohydrate nutrition, dietary fatty acids, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight-loss, female-specific nutrition and training, and the female athlete triad. She enjoys weight-training, teaching boot camps for women and helping people attain a happier, healthier life.
You can learn more about her at www.cassandraforsythe.com

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Every year when we make the resolution to lose weight and stick to sensible eating plans and do more exercise, we face the hard reality that it isn't always easy. This book is yet another way to help you out. We know diets don't work, but what this book is here for is to customising and setting realistic goals that work for you personally. It's written by the editors at Womens Health, so they have quite an extensive knowledge about what's fact and fiction.
In the book they help you to figure out certain things about yourself and from there you know where to go with things such as exercise and things like whether or not you are a carb sensitive person (ie. after eating a bagel, some people are fine while other peoples energy levels drag). Working out where you fall on these kinds of scales will help you proceed with certain things to eat and things to avoid and what types of exercise are going to be right for you when maybe they aren't as good for other people.
They talk about a soluble fibre called glucomannan which will make you feel full and include recipes in here that have that fibre in them. It helps control hunger by slowing your digestion to keep you full.
Overall this is an interesting book with some new information here and some info that we've read over and over again. Ultimately, the book is helpful if you are going to give it a good try. I usually read these kinds of books and then forget them, but I think this one makes great sense and is helpful when you are really ready to try something that's easy to stick with. Some of the recipes I've tried so far are tasty and yes, filling and if you make these recipes and do the exercise and really stick to it, then that's where the results will kick in.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful By ReadNReVu on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The good:

This book has a fast and easy way to determine what you should be weighing. The recipes are healthy (with a caveat), and the "Active-Dynamic" warm-up sequence is great either done once through as a warm-up, or several times for an exercise session.

The bad:

This book essentially promotes taking a "bulk-forming laxative" (i.e., the glucomannan) just about every time you eat. Its primary use is as a laxative, look it up for yourself. It is added to every recipe in the book (hence the caveat), and what's more, you're encouraged to add it to food every time you are eating out as well.

The book goes to great lengths telling you how much liquid the glucomannan absorbs and how it can make your portion sizes seem bigger because it expands up to 100 times its own water weight (as in, sit back and watch your food expand). You'd be much better off eating the recipes without it, or adding a healthful source of fiber such as flaxseed occasionally, instead. Slow down when eating, If you're not hungry, don't eat. If you think you're hungry, drink some water first.

Bottom line: the recipes, diet, and workout are fine--ignore the glucomannan part.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Turbo6x2 on January 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First of all this isn't a gimmick this is common sense, remember that? You need fiber to feel full and you need protein to achieve healthy results for your body. This book is full of great inforamtion and shows you how using glucomannan to help you reach your weight loss goals. In no way does this book or plan tell you this should be your only source of fiber. Unless you've actually tried the supplement can you really judge something? I feel using something as natural as glucomannan to help you feel full longer and help you make better food choices ,then that's not a bad thing. I've actually been using the supplement for sometime and have found no ill side effects or grainy issues with it's use. I've also found that following the food plan and using the glucomannan actually helps with feeling full and not overeating This book also guides you to other really great food choices and how adding more protein to your everyday intake will help you achieve weight loss goals. I found this very informative and have been using the information for the past 3 weeks with amazing results. The muffin top is disappearing and I'm feeling more energetic and alert daily. I find myself thinking about what I'm putting in my mouth and not feeling like I'm starving or going to pass out from lack of eating. I love the exercise program and anyone looking for a Great instructor and at home workout need only to purchase the accompany Perfect body workout. You get a great workout that also helps you achieve the weight loss goals we're all looking for. This is a well thoughtout book and doesn't lead anyone to believe this is an overnight miracle or that glucomannan is a food substitute but a supplement to help aid you. This is like any other publication it only works if you apply the information and follow the plan.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sally on January 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After a holiday season of heavy eating I was looking for a book to get me back into healthy eating and living. To this end, the book actually did a good job. I did not end up following their specific plan, but did learn some new things to incorporate into my diet.

I like that is has different diet and exercise advice for different body types-apples and pears. It makes sense that your plan should be tailored to your body. Unfortunately, I have a avocado body type which falls into the middle and there was less information in the book about what to do if you are one.

In order to determine if you are carb-sensitive you have to do a 4 day breakfast test that another commenter has described. Like her, I didn't have the patience for it. You're not supposed to do it after you work-out. But I only have time to work-out in the mornings. I wasn't going to give up 4 work-outs to do the test. I was already pretty sure I was carb sensitive anyway.

The information about glucomannan was new to me and quite interesting. I tried stirring it into my meals and it doesn't change the taste really, just makes it thicker. I think it makes food a little more satisfying, especially smoothies, but not dramatically. But every little thing counts.

The meals plans are helpful but like many meal plans, a lot of the suggestions are not things that appeal to me. There are a few good recipes, but also some real clunkers with names that absolutely do not match the ingredients. For example the "Chocolate Cake Smoothie" involves mixing together cottage cheese, water, chocolate protein powder, flaxseed, and glucomannan. I haven't tried it, but I am pretty sure it tastes nothing like chocolate cake.

Overall, it is a solid diet book. It is not faddish or gimmicky and does have some new things to say which is rare for a diet book.
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