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Diet advice from the Today show's medical correspondent.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“At a time when many people are more confused about nutrition than ever, The Take-Control Diet is an intelligent guide to losing weight and keeping it off. Clear-thinking, scientifically based, and well written.”—Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Eat More, Weigh Less and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

“If you are ready to give up fad diets and you really desire to take charge of your health, this book is for you. You will find there is no prescription your doctor can give you for weight control that is more valuable than knowledge.”—C. Everett Koop, M.D., former surgeon general of the United States


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345487141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345487148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on the street date and began Dr. Smith's plan a week later. It works! It's reasonable and sensible. I talked to my doctor about it, and he gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up. I've been on the plan for four and a half weeks, and I've lost 14 pounds.
Dr. Smith's plan has changed my life. I finally have control. I will update this review every once in a while with my new total. I know I can stick with this plan, because I've done it for a month, and I don't feel hungry or deprived. It works!!
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First, reading some of the other reviews, some people are reviewing the wrong book. Any review referring to "phases" should be completely discounted because it is a review of Dr. Smith's Fat Smash book.
Second, Dr. Smith isn't just some guy on tv, he's a Harvard and Columbia grad. Not too shabby.
But to the book...this was the first "diet" book I read that really made sense for me. This isn't a crash diet, you'll lose a moderate amount of weight by making simple changes. He really spoke to, as the title says, taking control of your life. You can't lose weight just by hoping or wanting it bad enough. You have to work at it.
The book has lengthy, but useful, exercises to find out things like your current level of consumption and activity. It is basic, yet teaches a lot of things that really need to be known to have a healthy weight loss plan. I've been on a lot of plans, read a lot of books, but never had it broken down for me in such a way that a) it made a lot of sense, b) didn't talk to me like I was a simpleton, and c) made it seem doable and not extreme.
Exactly what I needed.
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Finally, someone has written a book that makes sense and doesn't ask people to starve themselves or not to eat carbs or other things. The diet is practical and it makes sense for everyone. I find the reading very easy
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If you've tried every diet under the sun and don't know where else to turn for getting on track with your weight, I recommend Dr. Ian Smith's book. He takes a scientific and a practical approach to weight management.

In this book, you are given easy to use formulas to determine the exact caloric intake your body needs according to your frame, plus ideas on how to control your calorie intake throughout any given week to achieve weight loss.

Dr. Smith provides practical applications to a lifestyle, rather than a diet, that prevents dieters from having to refrain from favorite foods. For example, if you know you are going to a party where you will be eating cake and ice cream, he suggests that you subtract those calories from another day's caloric intake to make up the difference and still allow net weight loss for the week.

We've all been in and out of "The Zone", we've given up our carbs for Dr. Atkins, and we've gone to "South Beach" with temporary success, but if you want to truly stay on track with your weight management skills, I highly suggest you give Dr. Smith's book an opportunity to help you gain your weight loss sense back again.
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Format: Hardcover
After trying diets all of my life and failing all of them, I am now a believer! This book has inspired me to lose my weight forever. The menus are excellent and the advice is worth following! You won't be disappointed!
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I think this is a well balanced diet, it focuses on reducing calories and fat to lose weight not just cutting out entire food groups. It explains other fad diets and why they may have some success but ultimately why they are not the best choice. Easy to follow.
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Dr. Ian's insight and helpful info helped me to lose 30 pounds before having my first child, the 40 pounds I gained with that pregnancy, and the 25 from my second pregnancy. I have all of his diet books and they are all great! Good tips, amazing advice, and detailed information to help you make good food choices.
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I am so pleased of my purchase for this book. I couldn't have spent the money a better way. And I stick to this Control Diet like clockwork. I started the diet December 28th, and so far I've lost 28lbs. I thank you so much Dr.Ian, for someone finally being honest about how the body works and what it needs. I wish I could hug you myself. You are a blessing behind a book. I'll keep intouch with my progress.
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