- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Health Communications Inc; 1 edition (May 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0757316352
- ISBN-13: 978-0757316357
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep Weight Off for Good Paperback – May 14, 2012
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"I have read dozens, dare I say thousands of diet book, covering everything from Fasting for losing weight, to eating no carbs, to adding protein supplements, to exercising it away. All seem to have gimmicks of one kind or another, yet I've seen little to no results. Eating Free is different. It is not a gimmick, just a smart sensible weight lose plan that can work. You cannot eat yourself thin, believe me I have tried. Successful weight loss contains three S's, in my opinion. It is a Slow, a Smart, and a Steady process that needs to be adapted for a life time, not just for the weightless period. I feel Eating Free does this. It puts forth a plan that is livable, not ridiculous, doable, not far-fetched, simple, not complex. I like the way it was laid out and how everything was explained. I highly recommend this book if a livable, permanent solution is what you are seeking. If you want to crash it off (and most-likely gain it all back) then pass on this book." --Sherry Gammon
Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Approach to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep the Weight Off for GoodManuel Villacorta HCI, $15.95 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-0-7573-1635-7. Villacorta, a registered dietician, starts his book off with some shocking statistics: in American today, "47 percent of people are trying to lose weight." Women will spend an average of 32 years dieting, while men will log 28 years before their number is called. Nevertheless, 64% of dieters gain the weight back. But here, Villacorta insists that "Weight loss is much more than just numbers and calories," and offers readers a "carb-friendly" approach to keeping the pounds off. Though he claims his strategy is revolutionary, there's really nothing new or unusual in this book; the same fundamental principles apply—Villacorta covers portion control, healthy foods, smart choices when eating out, and knowing your triggers. Some bizarrely complicated acronyms (e.g., FreeQ, which means "Food, REST [another acronym], Energy Expenditure Quotient"), an online progress measurement tool, and four daily calorie food plans will help readers incorporate Villacorta's strategies into an array of lifestyles. In addition, 25+ pages worth of healthy recipes (including vegetarian chili, pork adobo, and a Cajun jambalaya) and a suggested shopping list ensure readers will be fully equipped to follow Villacorta's program. (May 14)--Publishers Weekly
All in all, this was one of the better diet books I've read lately . . . if you have weight to lose (and who doesn't?), this is a good one to look at. It's clear, concise, and well-laid out and seems to make a lot more sense than 'give this up for the rest of your life' types of books. --Vicky Burkholder , Bookseller
Weighing the Options: Diet and Fitness 2011 (November 28 issue):"Also encouraging a new look at the carb-denial strategy is Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep Weight Off for Good (HCI, May), in which nutritionist Manuel Villacorta shares the advice that has already helped more than 2,000 people lose weight and keep it off. The book will be featured in Fitness magazine as part of a story on a bride who used the plan to shed 15 pounds for her wedding; several other promotional efforts are in the works."--Publishers Weekly
From the Author
In 2004, I founded MV Nutrition, my private practice, in San Francisco, and since then I am proud to say that we've helped over 2,000 Bay Area residents with their health goals and received four awards 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 as "Best Nutritionist" in San Francisco. After four years of reading the research literature, applying it in my private practice, seeing thousands of people and witnessing great success, I had a vision. It became clear to me that I have something to share with the rest of the nation. This is when the Eating Free philosophy and weight management program was born.
I created Eating Free because of my love for food! And through my years of experience, I have witnessed suffering, deprivation and the demonization of food in order to lose weight. I hope to put an end to that with Eating Free by spreading the word nationwide.I want readers to love and celebrate real food while reaching their health goals.
I have a personal passion for eating as a way to strengthen bonds and enhance the quality of life (a custom I adopted from my native Peru), I offer something more than another diet, fad, or trend. As I attest, Eating Free is a lifestyle--a nourishing and satisfying, as well as sensible and effective, way of eating, every day.
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Then, I called Manuel Villacorta of MVNutrition. Manuel started by meeting me in person, finding out who I was, where I was at in my life, my relationship with food, and gradually taught me a simple template for living, eating, and losing weight, while "getting to eat" the foods I love!... vs., not getting to eat, and feeling restricted. He gave me his book, Eating Free, which I read that day!
Being a personal trainer, I've read many health, fitness, and weight-loss books, most of which were fads, and none seemed realistic for the average person, or were a program that could be sustained, realistically, for life. This is where Eating Free is unique.
Using the Eating Free program, I learned simple, realistic, healthy strategies such as; eating within 30 minutes of waking up, eating every 3-4 hours, and combining protein and carbohydrate, from foods I LOVE to eat!!!.. with each meal and snack, to control ghrelin, a hormone, if left un-checked, causes us to crave foods, and sometimes, overeat. Eating Free is packed with power-foods, high in nutrients, phytonutrients, and great-tasting recipes, snacks, shakes, and desserts for both omnivores, and vegans.
Eating Free is NOT a diet, it truly is a way of living, and creating a new relationship with food and eating.
I am lucky enough to live in San Francisco where Manuel has his office, and in working with Manuel for six months, I have lost a total of 76 pounds!!!., 20% less body-fat, and 12.5 inches off my waist! I am now 41, and am continuing to work with Manuel and the Eating Free program to reach my next goal of 195-200 pounds and 8% body-fat. The Eating Free program is something I can sustain and use for the rest of my life to stay healthy and energetic and live to my full potential! This wonderful change also allows me to inspire my clients and others to raise their standards, and live their lives to the fullest.
At my current weight, it no longer hurts to walk or stand. I can train my personal training clients in the gym all day to help them reach their goals and change their lives, and still have tons of energy to have amazing workouts of my own!
This Tuesday, after leaving Manuel's office for my coaching session, I was in a hurry to get back to work, was taking the subway, and ran to catch the train coming into the station. Six months ago, at nearly 300 pounds, running to catch a train, or running for any other reason, was not an option. However, at my new weight, just two days ago, I ran the entire length of the station platform (about 75 yards), caught my train, and got to work EARLY!!!... Thank you Manuel!...and Eating Free.
If you have a bunch of weight to lose like me, 80+ pounds, or just want to lose that last 10-20 pounds, Eating Free is a realistic, healthy, reasonable, and sustainable program you can use to get results now, and keep the body you love, for the rest of your life!
In health, happiness, and wellness,
Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM
San Francisco, CA