- Paperback: 159 pages
- Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399526609
- ISBN-13: 978-0399526602
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,651,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lose your Love Handles: A 3 Step Program to Streamline your Waist in 30 Days Paperback – April 1, 2001
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He adds years to your career. -- Morten Anderson
I could go anywhere, but I choose to train with Mackie Shilstone. -- Brett Butler, Former Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder
Mackie Shilstone's program...provided me with clinical help that will allow me to live a long and prosperous life. -- John "Rocky" Roe, Umpire, Major League Baseball
Mackie is one of my secret weapons. -- Will Clark, St. Louis Cardinals
Mackie's been the difference. I've been All-Pro every year I've trained with him. -- Lomas Brown, New York Giants
About the Author
Mackie Shilstone has played a pivotal role in the training of over 1,000 professional athletes. He is executive director of the Mackie Shilstone Center for Performance Enhancement and Lifestyle Management, and a clinical instructor of public health and preventative medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He is currently an advisor to the United States Olympic Committee on Sports Nutrition. Mackie appears on local morning television and also hosts his own radio show, where listeners benefit from his unique, cutting-edge expertise.
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The dietary portion of the program (certainly not a conventional "diet") is minimally restrictive both of the sort of foods you might be allowed to eat and the quantity of food you might be allowed to eat. You could eat like a lumberjack (if you wanted to do that) and still be well within the program. The key observation is "glycemic index," which Mr. Shilstone explains in more detail and more correctly than I could here. This is an important and very healthy suggestion, which was new to me. It is, in a sense, the natural and appropriate correction for most of the diets that are usually suggested, even the low-fat diets suggested by physicians for heart patients. More scientific basis of this is explained in Dr. Schwartzbein's books (The Schwarzbein Principle and her cookbooks), and related information appears in Cheryle Hart's book on Insulin-Resistance. This is a very good idea that I found in Mr. Shilstone's book first. My only criticism is that more information is really required than Mr. Shilstone has room to include in this small book.
The section on aerobic exercise for your hour a day is excellent. While power walking will certainly suffice, you are in no way limited. Very good and useful information is given for you to substitute any number of activities that might suit your changing interests. He gives detailed information here about the time of day when you can most usefully exercise (late afternoon, an hour and a half before going to supper) and what criteria must be fulfilled for your body to be able to burn fat (you only start burning fat well after a half hour of exercise). These insightful details will help a lot in monitoring your own effectiveness easily and without worry. He gives you that extra knowledge to know when you're done.
The core strength workout is given in two forms. Either form, when learned, can be accomplished in some time ranging between fifteen and thirty minutes. The simpler routine uses only a weight, something like a medicine ball (although a middle sized rock would do the same job). The more advanced routine requires a Swiss ball and some tubing. Both are efficient and well constructed routines.
The bottom line to a book like this is simply whether it works or not. My situation is not like every person's. I'm reasonably active, a little more active than the usual "weekend warrior," neither a total couch potato nor actually in good physical shape. I've carried between 10 and 14 pounds of extra weight that I couldn't lose for more than 10 years' time. I've tried a lot of ways to make it go, including bicycling and some moderately serious running (two miles after supper every night). Nothing has worked. Now, I don't do the cooking or the shopping in our house. According to the guidelines, our eating habits are neither exemplary nor totally wrong. So, as I count it, I am simply non-compliant with his step 1). From the start, I have been totally compliant and vigorous in step 2) via power walking. I am learning his step 3) slowly and integrating it into my routine (the bigger step) slowly. So, I would consider myself about half compliant with step 3) at this stage. So, according to my guesses, I am about half way doing his program. Happily, in this half-way mode, I'm systematically losing both inches and pounds. Now, if I said that I am losing about a pound every ten days or so, that would not be in the spirit of the book. Mr. Shilstone doesn't recommend the use of scales to monitor your progress. He asks you to use the tape measurement of your waist. So, I should say that I am losing something very roughly like an inch a month on the waist. (My estimate is rough since I am non-compliant and prefer to use a scale.)
My congratulations to Mr. Shilstone. I think this is a uniquely useful book and one that most people I know could usefully read. There is no question that this is a very good and completely adequate program to manage the "love handle" problem. The cost of this is the work of integrating the suggestions into daily life. Not everyone will want to do that (it costs about an hour and a half a day, and whatever trouble it takes to changing your cooking and eating habits). The results are a significant boost to good health, vigor, and a sense of well being. Not everyone will choose that. My suggestion is that you should only buy the book if you intend to do the routines systematically. While a useful outline, it is not really the best entertainment reading. I gave it only four stars because I consider it incomplete in the nutritional section. I still need to buy other cookbooks to help me become "fully compliant".