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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 – Bargain Price, 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401322581
  • ASIN: B001PTG4FK
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,431,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are someone with a "Wall Street" lifestyle, i.e., you work long hours, spend a lot of time in hotels and planes, wine and dine clients, etc., then you may have just found your success Bible for weight loss. This book takes a very realistic look at the daily life of a "mover and shaker," and provides practical information on how you can work weight loss into your crammed schedule without spending hours in the kitchen or in the gym or missing out on important client lunch meetings or work receptions.

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.
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My husband is a lawyer who travels constantly. He's been needing to lose weight for a few years now but I've never had any hope of getting him to follow a diet. I saw this book mentioned in the newspaper and it's the first one I thought he might really use. And it seems to be working. As soon as he saw that he doesn't have to totally give up a drink and that he doesn't have to follow a daily "plan" - something he never would or could do - he was eager to give it a try. He's only just started but he's already having some success and I am really happy. I think this is a great book for someone who wants to lose weight but is unable to follow menu plans. I also like the very practical tips about restaurants and fast food and buffets - situations that have always been hard for him.
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I own tons of "diet" books. This really recognizes the challenges many of us have and has sensible solutions for them. I saw my own behaviors documented here (good & bad)!
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!
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I found Heather's great book at an airport June 20, 2008 and lost 28 pounds by Thanksgiving and kept it off through the Holidays. I work full time, go to law school at night and have 3 children, 2 at home. The book let's you live your life, not your diet and lose weight and keep it off. I love the foods she recommends and they consistenly help me make good food choices. I also learned some additional fitness and exercise tips that kept me motivated in this arena as well. I've tried them all, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and nothing is this easy and successful to work for busy people.
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I had dinner last night with a friend who is a partner in a major Washington, DC, consulting firm. She said that every day her diet plans are undermined by business lunches and buffets. Once sabotaged, she surrenders the day. I told her about The Wall Street Diet - in fact, I am buying her a copy of Heather Bauer's book - because it is as if it were written for her personally - and for me - and for anyone whose life is fast, furious, and filled with temptations.

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.
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