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I love this book! It's a no nonsense approach to changing your life, be it through dieting or something else. The author is funny and a bit off the wall at times, but that's what makes the book so charmimg. Even though it's a bit old, the concepts are current and important for all of us. Making life changes is our choice, not someone else's, and our success is up to us. The author tells us it's time to stop making excuses and get the job done, if that's what we choose to do. Our lives will be enriched by our success. I was enriched by reading this book--and I'm going to give it to friends for Christmas.
There is so much to love about this little gem. The author speaks to you like a curmudgeonly uncle who takes you seriously enough not to coddle you or offer you comforting excuses. You want to lose weight? Fine. It's going to be the hardest thing you've ever done, but here's how you go about it. While everyone else is counting calories and grams of this and that, he cuts straight to the point: cut calories (900 may be too few for some people, but he gets your attention with the dramatically low figure) and exercise (again, 4 miles in 30 minutes may be a bit much to ask for some of us penguins, but he doesn't set the bar too low to be a challenge). His voice, while caring, is uncompromising. He is not sympathetic in the cloying manner of many self-help gurus, but in the manner of a teacher who is confident that you can do what you set out to do - as he has - and if you don't succeed, it's because you don't really want to. Some people have medical conditions that may contribute to weight gain, and his simple approach does not address those complexities. I think the author would suggest that you know enough to take care of yourself, which is what this is all about anyway. He removes the weight loss/diet genre from the gnostic realm of medical professionals, and returns it to the accessible realm of common sense, where it belongs. The book is a metaphor for how you can take charge of your own life, give meaning to your own life, without waiting for someone with credentials to tell you you're doing it all wrong if you don't do it his/her way. If you're looking for more complexity, you may be looking for a program that's so difficult to follow that it comes with its own built-in excuses. You won't find excuses here, but encouragement and prodding. Americans are not fat and slovenly because we've failed to eat nothing but protein or failed to find The Zone, but because we eat too much and don't get enough exercise. Do something about that, and then, with the discipline you develop in the process, go change the world, why don'tcha. Lose the weight, and get over it.
How many diet books have you read which also have sections on Sex and How to Live? Well, this one does and it is written in a no-nonsense fashion but with plenty of humor too. The author pulls no punches as he shares both his secrets for weight control and living well. This may be one of the most eccentric books you'll ever read, full of philosophical musics and random digressions, but it could also be the key to successful and long-term weight loss. Plus there is a killer recipe for bran muffins that not only taste good but provide plenty of fiber (another key to successful weight loss).
If you've been falling on and off the diet and exercise wagon for awhile now, you may be beginning to realize that the problem isn't your plan, but your ability to stick to it - and that your ability to stick to it is low because you HATE doing it. How do you change the way you view diet and exercise? Can you ever come to see it in a way that you'll like it, rather than view it as something you MUST do but hate doing? If you're looking for a new viewpoint, I highly recommend this book. It isn't about "how-to" stuff so much as it's about WHY to, and a new way of looking at things. It's an easy read, and well worth your time and money. You will particularly enjoy it if you like philosophy, but that's by no means a prerequisite.
The reviews here show either disdain or love for this slim little volume, and I'm guessing that its critics may have felt misled by its title. It's not really about losing weight--that's just the springboard for a discussion of a life well lived. The author is a plain-talking, witty philosopher (a rare treat!); his book can refresh those willing to consider his views about what gives meaning to life. Come on, try it: it'll be good for you. I've given it as a gift to several people who love it as I do.
Do not buy this book expecting a regular diet/nutrition book! Rather buy this book if you are interested in an intelligent writer's musings on personal change interspersed with amusing and moving thoughts and anecdotes. I enjoyed this book very much and got some great new insights into an approach to personal change which just might include some dieting as well.
This book is amazing. Yes, you have heard a good deal of it before, but not like this! Anyone who fails to see this just doesn't GET it. This author tells the truth about food and fat (they are about power). This book isn't just for dieters, it is for anyone who wants to accomplish at least one amazing thing in their lifetime. It is about life and death, power and achievement, hard work and the sheer joy it can bring to your life. Some of the details are a bit outdated, but this is irrelevant. Ignore these details and absorb the totality of this amazing work.
This book is key to the success of the so called Obamacare. It is GREAT. It needs to be available for audio playing AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. There are just too many people who need the "inspiration" that is in the form of information and psychological re-configuring of our relationship to food who don't enjoy reading or don't have time to read, or worse, can't afford the modest price. Please get it out on Audio ASAP.