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Lisa Lelas author of Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life Fire Up Your Metabolism is packed with wonderfully useful tips. Lyssie and Tammy Lakatos also offer something unique and fascinating with their "twin trial" testing of everything from low carbohydrate dieting to sleep deprivation.

Laura Allen actress The Lakatoses have convinced me that with very small, simple changes, I can transform my body....This book alone was enough to jump-start my metabolism!

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Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, registered dietitians, nutritionists, and personal trainers, are the founders of Healthy Happenings, Inc., a company that provides consultations to more than 300 corporations. Their advice has appeared in Self, Family Circle, Woman's Day, and Good Housekeeping. They live in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743245482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743245487
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are struggling to lose weight this book takes a very interesting approach. The authors are twins and they use themselves as human guinea pigs to show the reader what difference their recommendations will make on the human body. From a scientific perspective I found this approach to be fascinating.

The book is subdivided as follows:
1. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Fired Up
2. Mixing Nutrients to Maximize Metabolism
3. Choosing Carbohydrates Carefully
4. Power Proteins versus Problem Proteins
5. Favoring Fabulous Fats
6. Banishing Breakfast, Beware
7. Missing Meals: Misdemeanor or Manslaughter
8. Where there is a Will there is Water
9. Sleep Satiated versus Sleep Starved
10. Fidgeting, Frolicking and Keeping Fit
11. Muscles Make Magic
12. Sample Daily Menus

The authors provide sound nutritional and exercise advice for those that are motivated to get themselves into better shape. I do not find the authors advice to be overly difficult to follow, but I might be in the minority. I recently switched to a mostly vegan lifestyle for health reasons. It is amazing what all of us can do or accomplish when we are properly motivated.

I have summarized my observations regarding the books content below.

Pros:
1. Sound recommendations that all of us have read before backed up by personal experience
2. Easy to read and understand
3. Detail adequate for the general audience
4. Provides exercises for both the home and the gym
5. Specific recommendations in terms of food consumption
6. Target Heart rate given for optimum exercise efficiency

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After ten years of struggling with weight loss I felt that my body and mind went through enough torment. I have used all of the approaches including - Atkins , Weight Watchers, The Zone Diet, LA Weight Loss, Jenny Craig, Trim Spa, and many of the so called "fad diets". Each and every time I was not only disapointed, but I was left extremely hungry. What does a starving person do? They eat and eat and eat. I was told to check out Fire Up Your Metabolism from a friend, and I decided to try to learn its disciplines.
Let me say that I am extremelly impressed by the Latakos twins thorough relation of increasing my metabolism to shed the weight that has been so hard to lose. This book is incredible and I feel that it has set me up to finally succeed. It explains the way the body works to fully capitalize on increasing the amount of calories I burn throughout the day.
I totally recommend this book to only people that are serious not only about losing weight, but to educate themselves so they can participate in a healthy lifestyle forever. This is the best twelve dollars I have spent in 2004. My appreciation and thanks go out to the authors.
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Listen, we all know the basics...eat less, exercise more...BUT this book tells you how to do this simply and compactly. The book is worth the money for the tips alone but it also offers great lists showing what a real portion is (something we all need to be reminded of), what foods you should have all the time, some occasionally and some rarely. They don't cut any food out of your diet, just explain to you how often you should eat it. Wonderful book for those of you who aren't looking for that miracle, wonder diet and just looking for something that makes sense. My husband and I now tell people we are on a new "food program" not a diet. We are losing without being hungry or frustrated and losing at a responsible rate.
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I have lost a pound a day doing what they tell you in the book. I realize that most of that is water weight, but I will take what I can get!!! I also know that it won't be hard to keep it off. I tried Atkins and did lose, but I gained it back and more! Now I just notice what I eat and I feel 100% better. I am almost 55 years young and will do this for the rest of my life. I have more energy now than when I was 30!!!!
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The hints and myth busters in this book are excellent. The authors write in a reader-friendly way that encourages skeptics to try. There are so many small changes they suggest that can make a real difference in both your energy level and weight. The portion sizes are extremely helpful. I have never read something so specific and am much more aware of what to eat and how much.
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I don't doubt that the nutritional advice is sound. Almost anyone will be able to lose weight following their guidelines. But "rev up your metabolism"?... you will be too depressed to be active. The Lakatos sisters take such a righteous, puritanical approach to what should and should not be eaten in what portions and when, that I found their advice a big turn off. I am a dieter and have lost 43 pounds in the last four and a half months, simply by counting my daily calories and eating balanced meals. If I had followed their plan, I would have given up after a few weeks.
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In the introduction there is a quiz which reveals if your metabolism is slowing. Your score is an indicator on how many percentage points you should follow in the book. But there is so much information just what constitutes a percentage?

Throughout the book there are tips on certain food groups and/or individual brands of food. It also includes Myth busters which reviews certain myths about food with updated info. Chapter 5 Favoring Fabulous Fats provides plenty of information that will help manage fat intake and power up metabolism. Additionally, I like the self dietary experiments that the two presented ie What happens to your body when you skip breakfast? Lack of sleep? Not enough water?
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