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James A. Surrell M. D. is a board-certified colorectal surgeon and holds fellowship status in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He devoted 14 years to formal education with 4 years of pre-med, 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgery residency and one year of colorectal surgery fellowship... (Whew)! He has been a practicing colorectal surgeon for the past 20 plus years. Dr. Surrell has authored many articles in various journals on topics related to his specialty of colorectal surgery and digestive health. He has a special interest in nutrition and weight loss programs. As Director of the Digestive Health Institute, his practice is focused on digestive health, including nutrition, dietary weight management and colorectal cancer screening and prevention. He is known in his large practice for his ability to communicate effectively with his patients, and he goes to great lengths not to speak "doctor talk" to his patients. "Doc" or Jim (as he prefers to be called) is also a much sought-after speaker and speaks frequently to local, regional, and national public and professional groups. He blends a significant amount of humor into his many talks and is generally available to speak to nearly any group with an interest in learning more about various topics, including: diet and weight loss, nutrition, cancer prevention, and other healthy lifestyle topics. He also appears frequently on his local "Ask the Doctors" program on Public TV. Here is your author's favorite quote: "There isn't much humor in medicine, but there is a lot of medicine in humor." Dr. Jim feels very strongly that for any weight loss program to be successful, it must be short, simple and easy to understand. Thus was born the SOS Diet - Stop Only Sugar and the "MISS" (Make It Short & Simple) concept. This short and simple SOS Diet has worked so very well for him and for so many of his patients, friends and colleagues for years. He is now most appreciative of this opportunity to present it to you in the form of this short and simple SOS Diet book. Good luck and SOS - Stop Only Sugar!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bean Books (June 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982560184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982560181
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's my story. When reading a review of any health book, I like to know where the reviewer is coming from, and where they are trying to go. I am 38 years old, 6'4", and weigh 296 lbs. I'm what you might call a "big feller." I am no stranger to the gym. While I have no problem quickly putting on muscle, I'd really like to get down to 240. However, whether I am focusing on weights, cardio, or both, my gut stays pretty much right where it is. I've tried Atkins, Forks Over Knives, South Beach, and cutting calories over the years, but found those diets too restrictive for me to commit to for long stretches. I did learn quite a bit though.

"When digested, sugar is stored as body fat." That sentence finished the first paragraph of this book's introduction. Some people might say, "Well, duh!" but for me, a HUGE light turned on when I started reading the SOS Diet. I was able to quickly zero-in on what my true problem was. Sugar addiction. Cookies, candy bars, donuts or cakes- I've NEVER been able to say no! Not to mention how sugar is hidden in just about every packaged product you buy. The author cuts right to the chase, keeping his message and suggestions very simple. I know diabetics cannot have sugar, and I've known a few people who have tried to eliminate all carbs with the Atkins Diet only to give up after weeks or a month. But I've never known anyone else to focus on giving sugar up. After reading this book, I can see how sugar has been controlling my life, and how gratifying it will feel to cut it out. The first chapter is full of success stories from people that sound just like me! By the end of page 47, the doctor's simple method had taught me enough to start, and I was psyched enough to begin that next morning.
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By jr on November 15, 2010
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All my life I was tuned in to that strongest of human taste sensations-SWEET. My family ate that way, my friends ate that way-the government fed us that way, every month. For more than half my life I staunchly vowed diet pop and whole wheat bread would NEVER pass my teeth. Then by chance I met James Surrell. Softly spoken and unassuming, we got to talking about eating and he told me about the book he was writing, proposing that I might try his diet idea and help him test his theory. That was 72 pounds ago. Now, at 46, I have more energy than I did at 18 and have the blood pressure and lab values of that same age group. Buy the book, READ the book, make the commitment; it will change your life if you are willing to let it....S.O.S is W.O.W (a diet With Out Whining)!
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I am a nurse practitioner and have been in practice for the past six years. I work with internal medicine patients. I recommend this book as the best and easiest diet to follow. It won't even feel like you are dieting and its also a life style change with your eating habits. I have seen in my practice great results from patients who are following this diet. Not only will you lose weight but also be able to lower your cholesterol levels and hopefully avoid medication. I have been following the diet myself and know how easy it is. I tell my patients, my family, my children, my friends, and anyone who will listen about the diet. You really need to buy the book and follow it. Keep the book with you and refer to it whenever possible. It is such easy reading and it is designed to be opened up at any page for good advice. Make a list of low sugar, high fiber foods that Dr. Surrell recommends in the book and take it with you to the grocery store. You will not be disappointed with this book. The concepts are straight forward and its easy to read, understand, and follow. Anyone who has been told they have the starting of diabetes would benefit from reading this book and making lifestyle changes now. You may be able to avoid further medications and rather control your diabetes with decreased sugar intake and increased fiber. The same with people who have been told their cholesterol levels are elevated will have success with this diet. I have seen patients who have lost at least 5 pounds each month and in six months they have lost 30 pounds.

As the front cover states there are only three rules to the diet, lower your sugar intake, increase your fiber intake, and no more rules. You will not be hungry and your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
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The time had come to act. My weight had risen to 197 pounds on my light 6' 0" frame. That's about 25 pounds over my ideal weight, as I see it. I had been in a rather depressed mood for the past couple years and my exercise program had essentially collapsed. Very gradually, I had added pound after pound even though I was trying to carefully watch the quantities of what I was eating. It was not a new problem. I've gone through the same thing time after time since my early thirties and I've been through diet after diet. Almost every diet that I've tried has worked to one degree or another and I even enjoy being on a diet. It's a time of thought and control. The problem is that when I go off the diet, the weight slowly piles on until it's once more time to diet. Well, this was one of those times and I began yet another cutback in eating and upped my exercise program. I might add that the only time my weight was within a normal range was when I was into competitive running, including 11 marathons. It was a period of about 20 years. But, after my running ended with continuing ankle problems, my Yo-Yo weight problems returned.

I was barely getting started with the latest effort to lose 25 pounds when I got an unsolicited email wondering if I might review a book titled "SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet" by James A. Surrell, M. D. I might add that I've been reviewing for Amazon for about ten years and I get these review offers about every other day and turn down at least 99% of them. The only ones I accept are when they are of particular interest to me. A diet book. Hmmmmm. What splendid timing! Well, why not? I've tried all sorts of other diets and maybe this one will work and It might be fun to try something new. Plus, it might be an interesting book to review.
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