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Chubster: A Hipster's Guide to Losing Weight While Staying Cool Paperback – January 3, 2012
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From the Back Cover
You don’t have the right clothes for the gym. You don’t do protein powders, wonder berries, or green tea. The idea of going without beer makes you weak in the knees.
But there’s no denying you are one. fat. hipster.
Lucky for you, Martin Cizmar has come up with the least awful diet plan of all time. The Chubster way. It revolves around calorie counting (deal with it) and enjoyable undercover exercise (urban hiking and gum chewing). Martin gives you the tools to become a self-sufficient weight-loss machine capable of functioning in any environment. From frozen dinners and drive-through menus, ethnic eating to microbrews, he’ll point you to the responsible choice, steer you clear of the real diet killers, and dispel some of the myths giving you that tire around your waist. Like: That Stella you’re holding? It has more calories than Guinness.
Dieting is never fun, but with Chubster, weight loss doesn’t have to cramp your style.
MARTIN CIZMAR lost 100 pounds in eight months on the Chubster diet. He’s worked at the Akron Beacon Journal and Phoenix New Times, where he was the music critic. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as an editor at Willamette Week. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, longboarding, and riding around town on the vintage beach cruiser he bought at a thrift store. He considers barbecue and craft beer his cruelest temptations. This is his first book.
Top Customer Reviews
Know that this book is all about convenience, processed and fast/restaurant food. The author is anti-cooking and borerline hostile to natural/whole foods. ( See " An Open Letter to the Folks at the Farmers Market") This may be encouraging to some, a turn-off to others.
SOme parts of this book are more helpful than others- the section asking you to identify what kind of hipster you are is just silly.
A section on ethnic foods is titled " Stuff that Scares Your Aunt". Really? And Italian food is scary and ethnic?
The section on frozen meals is very subjective. Given that one of the author's "recipes" is bagged salad mixed with salsa and topped with a crumbled cheese-flavored rice cake, I surely don't trust his palate.
The section on alcohol will probably be welcomed by the target audience. Hey, did you know combining alcohol with diet mixers may get you drunk faster?
Most of the information is pretty solid, and is presented in a chatty, informal tone. It could inspire those turned off by more traditional wight loss books.
The author relied on calorie counting to lose his weight. He claims this is the only equation that matters, citing the professor who lost weight on a diet of mainly Twinkies. While this works for some people, there is a lot of research that suggests otherwise, that sugars and proteins play a larger role in regulating hormones and hunger, especially in women.
He also did not have time or desire to go to a gym or start a regular workout regime, so he found other ways to add activity into his life. Again, this works for some people, but others will not be satisfied with the results and will want or need something more structured. But maybe they aren't hipsters.
I did like the author's frank attitude, telling readers that you have to count calories and you have to do your research about how many calories are in foods and drinks. Basically, he tells readers that you can't be lazy and you're going to need to rely on some tools to help you with this. He mentions a few different ways, such as books, Google searches/websites, and phone apps. He also points out foods that are filling, but not fat or highly caloric.
Obviously this isn't a diet book for everyone, it is geared toward one specific type of person. The audience for this book is 20 and 30 yr old hipsters who haven't cared much about diet, and do not exercise. These are people who just want to lose weight for health and/or vanity, not to become the next P90x spokesman.
The humor in this book won't appeal to everyone, but it did to me. I don't think I've ever laughed out loud while reading a diet book before!
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, but there are a couple of flaws I couldn't overlook. First, there is virtually nothing about cooking for yourself. In the 60+ pages discussing what to eat, 3 are devoted to home cooking, and that includes 5 or 6 recipes and nothing else. It seems he lost his weight eating frozen dinners and dining out. That, for me anyway, would not be sustainable over the long run, although I can understand why he chose to do it that way (it's far easier to read the calories on a frozen dinner than figuring out how many calories are in a meal you make yourself with multiple ingredients and amount). But I did enjoy reading his reviews of the various frozen meals--entertaining if not enlightening. Second, when it comes to restaurants, a different calorie standard seems to apply. A 620 calorie chicken and broccoli meal is a great pick at a Chinese restaurant, but a 580 calorie salad at Wendy's is labeled "Dear God, No."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would give it zero stars, but amazon does not give me that option.