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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."
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."
Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Approach to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep the Weight Off for Good
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)
"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 (Vicky Burkholder NetGalley)
From the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
I've enlisted some of his tips already: #1 Work on the eating plan first - In my case, I backed off exercise, and have found I'm less hungry and able to get back to a better eating plan and less mindless snacking. I've finally lost 2 pounds after not seeing the scale budge for 2 years! We sometimes get into our heads that we must exercise to lose weight, and while it's important for overall fitness and health, I always stress that the bottom line (and it's difficult) for weight loss is always this: Creating the calorie deficit; i.e. reducing daily calories. Eating Free offers you strategies to control hunger and choose foods that you will enjoy while getting total calories in check, and producing results.
Pick this book up! I promise Manual's easy to use strategies will inspire you!
The book reminds you that the best way to lose weight is a steady, sensible, whole life change. I read through this book quickly and was excited to put it into my own life.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives you doable ideas on how to change your eating for life. Diets don't work, this does. I am losing weight slowly and steadily by using the guidelines in this book.Published 10 days ago by Katie Rose
Eating Free seems to be a great book. Since I just started the 1200 calorie plan this week I cannot tell you if it's going to work for me. Read morePublished 17 days ago by want to be slender, MS
This book helped me lose 30 pounds! Delicious recipes, and easy to follow.Published 16 months ago by Sammie
Well written and informative; he is down to earth with a compassionate view of food and who've management.Published 23 months ago by Colleen Marie
Love the book, it inspires me to have a goal while not dreading getting there.Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this would finally end the 'carb, no carb' lifestyle. It didn't take long to see that this was a pre-empt to travel to his website to buy his products. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by grandmaT