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The Wall Street Diet: The Surprisingly Simple Weight Loss Plan for Hardworking People Who Don't Have Time to Diet Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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Bauer, a dietician, directs her flexible plan at people who would never go for prepackaged meals or calorie counting. Her clientele are workaholics who grab meals on the go, do business over expense-account lunches and are frequently confronted by unhealthy treats in the conference room or at office parties. Bauer claims her approach makes losing weight a seamless part of the corporate lifestyle rather than an add-on project to an already full schedule. First, readers are asked to decide if they are a Clean Plate Clubber or a Controlled Eater, as this will help determine the course of their diet in regards to snacking, purchasing food and meal portions. Next, they are allowed to choose a few non-negotiables, i.e., the things they feel they cannot live without. Once these guidelines are intact, Bauer offers strategies for dealing with the food choices most working people confront daily (for ordering in with co-workers, take note of the healthy menu options beforehand, and don't succumb to dishes like General Tso's Chicken). Though Bauer's diet consists of nothing earth-shattering (avoid flour and refined sugar, control portion sizes, etc.), the specificity of the situations and solutions presented should appeal to its target audience. (Apr.)
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"Heather Bauer taught me how to eat to live instead of live to eat. I now go to restaurants and eat `Wall Street-approved' meals. She has changed my life." -- Erica Jong, author
"I was finally able to reach my desired weight with the Wall Street Diet. It's the only weight loss plan that's worked with my hectic life, and I'd recommend it without reservation." -- Alan Siegel, chairman of Siegel & Gale, and author of The Wall Street Journal Guides to Understanding Money and Markets, Personal Finance, and Retirement
"I've never been a great fan of diets, but The Wall Street Diet taught me to make healthy choices without feeling deprived. The strategies in this book offer healthy and permanent lifestyle changes. I highly recommend it." -- Scott Kalish, MD, corporate medical director
"The Wall Street Diet changed my life. Heather Bauer's understanding of food and nutrition is just so comprehensive and beneficial, I'm sure she has made Wall Street lighter by thousands of pounds." -- Beverly Feldman, founder/CEO Beverly Feldman Shoes
"The Wall Street Diet really is surprisingly simple. It's the first diet I've tried that conforms to my lifestyle, not the other way around. I've lost ten pounds and gained a whole new perspective on food." -- David Eisner, CEO and president, TheMarkets.com, LLC
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I used to be one of these so-called "movers and shakers" (I didn't feel like much of a mover or shaker, however!). I pulled many all-nighters, spent weeks in hotels, and most days looked forward to taking breaks from work to eat fabulous dinners delivered from great restaurants and billed to the "client." During that time I was persistently tired, certainly too busy and lethargic to work out, and I gained 10-15 pounds over the course of a year or so.
I wish I had had The Wall Street Diet then. One interesting aspect of this diet - and one that I would suggest might be the key to its success - is that it does not focus on exercise first. Instead, it asks you to analyze your eating habits to determine if you are a Controlled Eater (CE) or a Clean Plate Club (CPC) eater, and then it gives you practical tips for how to mazimize your eating plan to work with and not against your eating type and to reduce your calorie intake without too much pain. After all, losing weight is just math - 3,500 calories = 1 pound.
And that math is what Heather Bauer uses to focus first on diet and later on exercise. It can take an hour or two to burn off 500 calories, but 500 calories can be consumed in but a few moments. For someone who has limited time, controlling calories is a more efficient manner of losing weight than working off the weight. Plus, as Ms. Bauer recognizes, if you tell someone on Wall Street that they have to spend an hour or two in the gym every day, they may get frustrated very quickly when their schedule causes them to miss a few gym visits and throw the entire diet out the window.
Recognizing that Wall Street types cannot spend hours in the kitchen and eat only homemade, calorie-restricted foods, the author provides a wealth of information about what foods to eat at common fast food chains and other restaurants, what is best to order at various types of restaurants (e.g., steak houses) or takeout options (e.g., Chinese), on airplanes (and what to bring with you as snacks on flights), and also tips for how to get over jet lag, ways to get exercise while traveling, etc. I think this information is incredibly useful for ANYONE, not just those on "Wall Street," and I plan on using this information to help guide me to healthier choices every day.
Finally, it is important to note that Ms. Bauer does not completely disregard the importance of exercise. Rather, she says start with the diet, and then gradually work exercise into your busy schedule as best as you can. She offers examples of good exercise schedules (starting with 3, 20 minute cardio sessions a week), tips for workout videos, "fun" options that don't seem like "work" and that allow for family participation (Nintendo Wii), and good alternatives for frequent travelers (such as iTrain). Again, realistic rather than intimidating.
All-in-all, I think this is a very doable plan that will actually work - and work because it is something that people with full schedules and hectic lifestyles can follow and stick to. For those who are not on "Wall Street," I think the information in this book could also be very useful, particularly the analysis of the two types of eaters (CE and CPC). I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in losing weight without having weight loss take over their life. 5 stars.
This is the first book that addresses them rather than the "eat 6 meals a day..blah blah.." I am a clean plate eater. I also eat things repetitively as a way to curb my bad habits.. Now she has not only given them a name and a plan but ways to manage my slip ups. Thank you Heather!
Her book is brilliant, and I am so happy to have it to refer to. It's like having her right with me... Her voice really came through and it's fun to see the things we talked about in her office referred to on the page. I recommend this book unreservedly. For those of us who are overscheduled, overstressed and overweight...The Wall Street Diet is the answer!
The Wall Street Diet guides professional people to think strategically about their eating and health, as they do about most other facets of their lives. And it provides the tools to do so without awkward excuses and obsessive focus. Bauer's prescription takes social and professional settings into account, allows its followers to drink wine or other beverages, includes cereals and yogurt and foods that would be prohibited on low-carb diets, and provides an amazing breadth of information about food choices in particular settings, like specific airports and restaurants.
I have lost ten pounds, and hope to lose more; but the beauty of the Wall Street Diet is that I have no sense of deprivation or boredom. I can do this indefinitely.