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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.
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Martin knows what he's talking about-he lost 100 pounds using his own "chubster" method. He talks about why diet gimmicks shouldn't suck you in and why humans are predisposed to hate diets-and what you can do to overcome the challenges. There are reviews on frozen low-calorie meals, as well as foods to seek and avoid at both fast food and ethnic restaurants if you want to keep your calorie count low. There is even a chapter on liquor, complete with a beer cheat sheet so you can still drink while dieting. You'll learn how to figure out what your daily caloric intake should be, as well as learn little tricks to keep you active and burning calories throughout the day-no meathead gym required.
Besides all the helpful and intelligent advice Martin doles out, I really liked the book because of its straightforward tone tinged with humor throughout. Martin doesn't want his readers to kill themselves to lose weight-just to do so with making minor lifestyle changes that won't leave them starving.
There isn't too much fitness advice in the book-in fact, Martin says not to subtract calories burned during working out to your caloric intake, since people tend to overestimate how much they're burning. He does encourage people to get more active by making simple changes such as taking the stairs or biking around town, but if you're going to start a hardcore fitness routine, consult your doctor about how that may affect your caloric intake.
I really love the multimedia aspect to the book. You'll find references to www.chubsterthebook.com throughout, which houses links you'll find in the book, including how to determine your body mass index and a video lecture on obesity. The site is also a regularly updated blog with weight loss news. I think the blog complements the book greatly and is an awesome idea.
I got an iPhone app to count calories and I've been following the plan for about a month. He suggests lowering your calorie count by 500 per day but I find 300-400 more doable. I'm dropping about a pound a week - so its slow but I'd rather this be a long term solution than a starvation diet. Also if you are a big drinker good luck, that cuts into your meals.
My only criticism is what other reviews have mentioned. There's a lot in the book about packaged meals but I prefer to make sandwiches or a cooked meal. You kind of have to guess your calories. I try to over-estimate. So don't expect any recipes in the book.
While this may seem over simplified for some reason it was a "lightbulb" moment for me and over the last 5 months I have gone from 235 lbs with a BMI of 33.7 to 177 lbs with a BMI of 25.4 and a body fat of 12%. The way the author explained the process of weight loss made it seem so simple, and it really is. I started logging everything I ate on the "Lose It!" app on my phone and began exercising 4-5 days a week, I have quit smoking and am abstaining from alcohol in an effort to become more healthy as well as lose the weight.
The book was a lifesaver to me, it wasn't terribly geared toward hipsters but it really helped a pseudo hipster like myself get on the right track by providing me with a weight loss book that held my interest and was written effectively enough to get me up and working toward a goal.
talk about a fun read. a couple of fun reads actually.
I knew most of the facts before,
guess they just hadn't quite registered until Chubster flipped
a switch somewhere Have dropped 25 lbs so far..
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