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Let's say you're a 50-, 40-, or even 30-year-old man. Maybe you want to evict that donut of fat that's moved into the space where your waist used to be, or it could be that the hike upstairs has you rethinking that downstairs bathroom you never installed, or perhaps you just saw a picture of your 19-year-old self in your football uniform. Or maybe you just want to be healthier and fitter than you already are. Well, you can be--and Dr. Bob will tell you exactly how to do it, with an engaging writing style, vast enthusiasm, and an emphasis on fast results.

In this for-men-only book (because "It has become politically incorrect for men to write books for women"), Dr. Bob Arnot--of NBC News medical correspondent fame--will convince even the most committed sloth that a 25-year-old body can be only months away. According to Arnot, revolutions in fitness technology, nutrition, and sports medicine now make it possible for a middle-ager to bench press the years back to a biological age of 25 or so--in as little as six months. Arnot calls on an impressive array of experts and scientific findings to bolster his prescription: an eat-as-much-as-you-want diet of low-fat, whole-grain foods--and play!

Arnot offers advice on sports as play for adults (alpine skiing, aerobic tennis, power blading, mountain biking, and snow blading--also known as cross-country skiing), including the challenges of new skills, getting the right coach, smart training, and fast recoveries. Nutrition plays a big part in the Arnot regimen, and he offers up information on nutritional snacks and sports food, multicultural cuisine ideas, as well as recipes and dietary supplements.

"If there is a fountain of youth, it is the heavy metal in your local gym," Arnot says, because the real fitness pitfall for the not-20-anymore man is muscle loss. From deltoids to dumbbells and pecs to pull-ups, Arnot runs down gym musts and hows in an illustrated weight-training program. Add Arnot's visualization techniques and aphorisms to the mix ("Conventional Wisdom: Go with the flow. New Paradigm: Aging is a cultural trap that programs men to abuse, misuse, and disuse their bodies"), and men past the "golden age" of their 20s may well find that the goal of getting fit, staying fit, and rewinding the biological clock is truly within reach. --Stefanie Durbin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Before tackling the serious discussion of improved diet and fitness, Arnot, medical correspondent for CBS News and a self-described "aerobic animal," recounts his own exhaustive adventurous in exercise land. His exuberance sets the stage for this substantive, sensible guide addressed to the 30-to 60-year-old male. Arnot contends that men within this age span can crank back the hands on their biological clocks by changing their diet (high on slow-burning carbohydrates and fiber, low on fatty proteins and sugars) and by beginning a vigorous program of aerobics and weight-training. An extensive chapter on multicultural eating names healthful dishes (not recipes) from various ethnic cuisines. An illustrated and user-friendly guide to weight training includes excercises that anyone can do at the gym. Much here will be equally useful to female readers.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316051748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316051743
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book! Effective and sound methods to shed the unwanted fat and to feel great! After a few days of implementing the information found in this book by cutting out the "garbage" and replacing it with thier lean counterparts, my stress and anxiety levels fell away and I am much more even and focused. I look forward my daily exercise routine. This book DOES NOT containg any magic bullets, but rather simply explains the mechanics of eating smart coupled with bringing out the athlete within. I am Sold as well
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I used Dr. Bob Arnot's Guide to Turning Back the Clock. The results:
I have lost 55 pounds; the bottom number on my blood pressure went down from 94 to 60; my resting pulse has moved from 88 to 62. I have a new lifestyle. I am not hungry and I have learned to eat good food. I'm on track to earn my third belt in karate soon.
I'm sold.
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No big speech here,but after years of failure I have lost 40 pounds in six months and found energy and vitality I thought were gone. I'm 44 and feel about 30 or so now, and just as the book said, I actually enjoy and look forward to my workouts. I think the biggest benefit is the way foods work, and the effect they have on the body is explained, that makes this book different.It destroyes alot of myths that are making you diet in vain. This is no miracle cure nor is it an overnight
solution. In fact, the first two months were pretty tough, but after that everything just started to fall in place, including the compliments from my wife and co-workers. So go ahead, spend two months on the rest of your life, you won't be sorry.
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I purchased this book when it was first released (at least 10 years ago or more). I heard the author speak over the radio, and he sent me a copy free after I called in to request it. I am a fitness trainer for seniors, and I just purchased two of these books to give to my clients. There may be some information that is outdated, but overall this is an excellent book. I love the way that he focuses on paradigm shifts that redefine the way the senior should approach their fitness and athletic goals. I would give this book ten stars if I could. I am pleased, and the book arrived in good time and in excellent condition.
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Too many fitness philosophies concentrate on diet only. I liked Dr. Arnots emphasis that being fit is combination of what you eat and your exersice. And realizing that its fun, not a chore.
The book has a great deal of nuts and bolts information on nutrition and different exersices. From what wheel and bearing types/sizes are the fastest for your blades, to recomendations of grams of protein per day required for different needs.
If your in an office all day, you need to get out work to build up your bodies furnace again. New pounds of lean muscle mass will burn more calories. Working out is a great stress reliever and increases mental wellbeing.
Bob, next time I am in Harlem maybe I can show you how to really skate. Excellent book!!
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At time I am writing this I am a 50 yrs. old and for my age, in above average fitness. I regained my fitness at age 42 after about 15 yrs of being a couch potato. I've read this book a few times and found it to have some very solid advice and directions for the guy who's looking to maintain or re-capture their fitness over 30. I'd give it 5 stars except there are times Dr Arnot goes a little bit overboard with the "nifty new" technology and the "I've got $$$ to flaunt at the kids with my expensive fitness toys" attitude. Getting past that, I've found this to be a good text against a sea of 20 something "become the incredible hulk" or 40+ "let's take it easy" fitness books out there. Along with this book other books I'd recommend giving a look at for the 30+ male seeking to maintain or re-gain your fitness are; "Fit Again" by Royce Flippin - Men's Health "Your Best Body at 40+" and the "Abs Diet" by Jeff Zinczenko. Abs Diet has very solid advice on life style food choice/diet changes as do the other books mentioned.
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Having recently started a fitness and dietary program to lose weight, I began looking for books to help me do things more effectively. It was during that search that I found Dr. Bob Arnot's Turning Back the Clock. It is a tremendous asset to those of us who have fought obesity for years and was a refreshing and motivating guide about not going hungry while losing weight. I have found that his suggestions on builing on a program of protein and "hard" carbos, that I am more energetic, losing weight, and to beat all...not hungry!

I recommend this book to everyone who has fought their waistlines for years and are looking for a long-term solution!
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"Dr. Bob Arnot's Guide to Turning Back the Clock" by Robert Arnot, M.D. is a great book for men in their thirties, forties, fifties, and beyond who want to remain physically active and not lose the physical performance they had when in their twenties. The book shows how to lower your biological age through optimum nutrition. Sports-improvement technology, and building new muscle. I've read the book several times and it's one of my favorite general fitness books. (Please note that though the book is aimed at men, Dr. Bob puts a short note to women in chapter one and women can benefit from the information in the book too.)

The book starts out with the game plan. Dr. Bob discusses turning back your biological clock. He points out that if you are in seriously good shape, you won't budge your clock that much. However, those who don't practice optimum nutrition, are sedentary, who are aerobically fit but have never built muscle, and those who are muscularly fit but aerobically unfit will recognize the greatest changes by following his advice. He briefly discusses the vision of re-created youth and how you need to be an athlete. This does not mean you must compete, but rather enjoy the sports-improvement technology and enjoy athletics and activities that are right for you.

Next comes a longer section on eating young. The eight chapters in this section discuss concepts such as feedforward eating, controlling your blood sugar, protein consumption, eating all you want, multicultural eating, grazing, watching what you eat by reading labels and knowing what you are putting into your body, sports foods. The book is older, so the sports foods he discusses were available in the 90s when I first read the book, but now there are many, many choices.
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