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Break Through Your Set Point: How to Finally Lose the Weight You Want and Keep It Off Hardcover – April 8, 2008
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About the Author
Dr. George L. Blackburn, an associate professor of surgery and nutrition, is the S. Daniel Abraham chair in Nutrition Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has trained more than 100 fellows in applied and clinical nutrition and has written widely on various aspects of nutrition, medicine, and metabolism, with over 400 publications to date.
Julie Corliss is a medical writer with more than sixteen years of experience in consumer health issues.
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Book Review: Break Through Your Set Point by George Blackburn
Dr. George Blackburn of Harvard Medical School, author of Break Through Your Set Point, recommends we eat a little less at each meal. In fact, he says "There's no getting around it: to lose weight, you've got to eat less." Sound scary? Combined with exercise, the key is not to starve yourself, but to gradually reduce calories over time and eat healthy foods. Dr. Blackburn does not believe we should eliminate a whole food group because inevitably a dieter will begin to eat the once avoided foods again.
First, feel full; eat a minimum of 450 calories at every major meal. So don't skip breakfast and then hear your stomach growling while you're at your desk working.
Second, take your time eating. Dr. Blackburn wishes we'd slow down and pass on dashboard dining. Instead, spend at least 20 minutes munching your meal. This will enable your stomach to send out an "I'm full" message to your brain. A Set Point tip includes mentally dividing your plate into four sections. Allow yourself five minutes to eat each sections' contents. No skipping ahead either. Make this a conscious effort because the faster you gobble, sometimes mindlessly, the more calories you'll consume.
Other Set Point tips include: use smaller plates for your meals; leave 1/8 of your meal on your plate; don't buy the high-calorie treats you know you might overindulge with (cookies, ice cream, etc..); eat small snacks about 1/2 hour before the main meal; consume more soup, salad, and fruit; share your restaurant meal; cut down on the amount of choices at each meal; drink or eat a meal replacer (protein shake or bar); have breakfast for dinner (cereal).
Very interesting, nutritionally-minded and well researched book.
I'm studying the smaller plate size with the visual image of dividing the plate into 4 sections of healthier choices. Finally, the 20-minute eating rule for each meal will be a challenge for me considering my busy schedule, but it clearly seems important. Having recently experienced some cardiac problems, I am particularly interested not only because of the weight control benefits, but also in knowing that some of my cardiac risks will improve.
As a nurse, I find there are many new ideas in this book that will help me educate my patients. For years, I have searched for the knowledge to give them. We did not learn enough of this in nursing school. Now is the opportunity for all nurses to gain this knowledge. After studying this myself, I will refer the book to my colleagues immediately.
Nutritional education summed up in one book-- great job!
What's more, "Break Through Your Set Point" is full of practical tips. It provides a program for slow, steady weight loss, followed by a maintenance phase, followed by additional weight loss if you need it. This book acknowledges right up front that losing weight is hard work, and that it takes time.
If you want a quick fix, this is not the book for you. But if you're smart enough to want something grounded in science rather than fantasy, buy this book. Try the advice it offers. I bet you won't be disappointed.
I understand the range of reviews on this book from same old thing to greatest ever. This is not a diet book. This is more of a how to maintain a desired weight or Body Mass Index (BMI) for the rest of your life book. Therefore it's not as exciting as diet books that promise massive weight loss fast. In fact, because it recommends moderate weight loss slowly, my husband wasn't interested in it. I imagine that he feels like many people. First he wants to lose a lot of weight, then he'll consider reading something like this book to maintain his weight.
I'm in a different place. By using Martha Beck's 4 Day Win for the past three years, I've been doing 10% drops through BMIs without realizing that's what was happening. I'd lose some weight, hold out there for a while, lose some more, and continue the process. I've been steadily moving down through BMIs without realizing I was following the process recommended in Break Through Your Set Point. I'm now trying to get the last 5 pounds off. The last 5 pounds move me to down to yet another lower BMI level, and they haven't been easy to get off. After reading this book, I realize that in order to get to the next BMI, I'm going to have to tweak my exercise and eating habits once more. It's as if ever lower BMI requires another new set of tricks and habits to coax the weight off.
I highly recommend this book for a description of behaviors that can help one move down through BMIs and permanently estalbish a new lower weight. I know slow is boring, but the fact that the loss is permanent is exciting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has the potential to change your life. At first I thought it was going to be another boring weight loss book, But this makes sense to me. Buy it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book. If only I could put into practice what the author recommends.Published 13 months ago by mtwrdsmth
Can't seem to navigate to particular chapters in the Kindle version of this book. Very frustrating! I'm wishing I'd ordered a print edition.Published on June 1, 2014 by Medlo
He makes some good points but overall I doubt anyone has much success with this book. An example of a weight loss tip is to sometimes eat breakfast for dinner: "Kellogg's and... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Late Adopter
Personally, this book made sense since it was based on the science of the body. I like this whole set-point idea. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Tbock
This book makes so much sense to me. Lose 10% and then maintain the new weight for a number of months. then start again. Makes perfect sense to me.Published on March 18, 2013 by Kathilyn Anderson