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Balance Your Body, Balance Your Life: Dr. Taub's 28 Day Permanent Weight Loss Plan Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The director of the California Wellness Medicine Institute and the Wellness Medical Doctor for the QVC home shopping channel, Taub is a proponent of "integrative medicine," an approach that encourages readers to work with their doctors and assume personal responsibility for overall well-being. For Taub, the road to wellness begins with nutrition. The book addresses the physical, emotional and cultural issues underlining poor nutrition and eating behaviors and refutes popular ideas about nutrition (e.g., the USDA's four basic food groups). Readers explore their underlying attitudes about food by completing a series of questionnaires on body image, physical wellness and stress resilience. In lieu of a rigid, calorie-counting diet, Taub's 28-day plan ambitiously aims for "cognitive restructuring," a process that trains readers to overcome habitual food cravings and to eat healthier, more nutritious foods. Advocating a largely vegetarian and carbohydrate-based diet,Taub offers a 12-step "Food Energy Ladder"; its first five rings emphasize fruits, vegetables, pasta-rice-potatoes, whole-grain breads and cereals, and olive oil and nuts, respectively. Recipes, exercises?such as walking and yoga stretches?and a discussion on nutritional supplements appear in the latter half of the book. Seasoned with medical statistics and nutritional facts, the prose alternately cajoles and instructs followers in achieving a permanent lifestyle change.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Balance is achieved here with a sound diet, a doable exercise program, and stress reduction strategiesall sensible and clearly presented. Taub (a pediatrician and family doctor, currently the ``Wellness Medical Doctor'' for QVC) isn't presenting anything astonishing here, and he isn't immune to bouts of diet-book-ese: ``recent statistics prove . . . six of the ten most common deadly diseases in the United States are known to be influenced by food.'' However, his advice is absolutely sound, and Taub isn't afraid to stand firm on unpopular positions or take on the misleading food marketing giants. Nothing on the market, he rightly asserts, ``can match the nutritional power and nurturing force of breast milknothing.'' Start children out right, plan meals using a nutritional ``ladder'' with fruits, vegetables, starches, and grains on the top rungs (abandon the four basic food groupseven the newer food pyramid is still slightly off base), and examine nutritional studies and advice for marketing and other biases before accepting their results and recommendations. Taub helps readers develop, first, an individual health profile, then a four-week plan for remedial action as needed; this is complete and clearly organized with all the necessary nutritional and exercise information and recipes. Yes, another diet/exercise/lifestyle planbut a sensible, well-based one. ($500,000 ad/promo; TV and radio satellit tour) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575663864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575663869
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having seen Dr. Taub speak many many times on QVC I have enormous respect for him as a human being and even more in that he is a Doctor. I can only hope that the trend I see so evident in all his work is catching on with others in the medical profession. I belong to an HMO and they have finally joined the wellness band wagon. Any small step is a step in the right direction.The only reason the book did not receive 5 stars is that it is a bit preachy. The first few chapters Dr. Taub is busy preaching to the choir about the distingretion of the health care industry and the dairy industry. Put that aside the information is all here for you to make the changes to do well. I am somebody that has been reading every book I can get my hands on regarding diet. I don't necessarily follow the advice but just absorb what is being said. I always look for consistent threads in all the books. Dr. Taub's book is well grounded and very much an idea that can be implemented as a way of life for me. I can't stress that everyone is different and what works very well for someone might not work that well for someone else. For instance I lost weight on the Protein Power Plan and managed to keep it off but soon plateaued. Why? Because I am not a person that inherently loves to eat meat. I love vegetables. Salads are a real delight along with a big bowl of beans. So you can imagine me looking at the Protein Power Plan and trying to count the maximum carbohydrates in a day so I could eat my beloved vegetables. I knew before I even began the diet that I could not maintain such a lifestyle. I was too prone to having fruit attacks. What I have learned in Dr. Taub's book is that it is more like me and the way I am naturally.Read more ›
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"Balance Your Body, Balance Your Life" is simply the most honest and best researched book on permanent weight loss that has ever been written! The author, an esteemed medical doctor and wellness pioneer takes the idea of dieting away from the fad market and places it firmly in our own hands with plenty of scientifcally based easy-to-follow guidelines. As a registered physical therapist, I see an astonishing number of chronic health problems related to being overweight including shortness of breath, chronic fatigue, backache, neckache, headache, arthritis, (especially of the hips and knees), varicose veins.. and even worse.. strokes, heart attacks, and cancer. All of these patients can benefit from Dr. Taub's book. Dr. Taub clearly explains how a faulty food mindset, which makes permanent weight loss so difficult, evolves from infancy. Questionaires help identify specific nutritional/lifestyle problems. Psychological and journaling exercises build a bridge to a new healthy attitude toward permanent health. As a pediatrician, Dr. Taub provides essential reading for anyone who wants to establish life-long health habits for their children. Anyone who follows these guidelines to help their children cannot help but benefit themselves. I bought this book because of the Kirkus Associates Review on this site, which said that this medical doctor's advice is "absolutely sound, and he isn't afraid to stand firm on unpopular positions or take on the misleading food marketing giants". Dr. Taub helps us set very realistic goals that result in weight-loss success year after year rather than promising fantastic results in days.Read more ›
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With all of the complicated, controversial and misleading information that has been written on this subject, it is a pleasure to read such a profoundly simple, complete and common sense approach to weight management. Dr. Taub's writing style makes it an easy read that is full of life enhancing information. Dr. Taub states in his book that "Your thoughts are the driving force behind what you eat". Reading this book will change your thinking. 'Balance Your Body, Balance Your Life' is a must read for all who struggle with weight control. Thank you, Dr. Taub, for providing such a sensible and scientifically sound book that I can enthusiastically recommend. Dr. John H. Sklare/The Inner Diet
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This book is the very best presentation of a scientifically valid, humanly balanced approach to nutrition and physical activivy. It brings the reader an ideal prescription for good health for the new millenium. Stanley E. Greben, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry University of Toronto
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This book was one of the most amazing books I've ever read. It has really changed my life. I will never think of food in the same way again. Thank you for such wonderful insight. This book is a must read for everyone.
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This book is an honest, easy-to-follow, no-nonsense guide to losing weight without feeling deprived and stressed. I lost 20 pounds a year ago and the weight has stayed off ever since then! My life and my outlook are so changed that I'll never eat the way I did before. Anyone who is not helped by this book has just not read it carefully or with an inquiring mind...sometimes the light of the unvarnished and honest truth can dim a person's perception to the possibility of change. Nevertheless, it's all in this book for anyone who is truly willing to change for the better instead of just talking about it.
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