Taking Weight Off and Keeping It Off, Breaking the Addiction to Sugar, Honoring a Coach at Duke, and Dressing Rightby Larry Cox on Jul. 19, 2012, under Uncategorized
The Science of Shinny: Start Understanding Your Body’s Chemistry – and Stop Dieting Forever by Dee McCaffrey (Da Capo/Lifelong Books, $16.99 softbound)
Even though Dee McCaffrey is an organic chemist, imagine her surprise when she discovered that chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, a detergent-like substance used to test for water pollutants, were found in many of her favorite foods. Her big question was what effect chemicals — such as sodium lauryl sulfate — found in many processed foods have on the human body.
In her revealing book, McCaffrey documents how the food industry often replaces natural foods with synthetic ingredients which can trigger major health issues including obesity and even arthritis. She attempts to counter this trend by sharing some of her top “skinny superfoods” which she claims will help rev up metabolism and help fight fatigue, obesity, and other chronic ailments. Her step-by-step plan will help break the processed food habit and help readers become skinny for life.
The blend of recipes and a sensible plan to promote better health can help those fighting (and losing) the battle of the bulge reach their goals and stop dieting — forever.
Take It Off, Keep It Off: One Man’s Story of Weight Gain and His Proven Plan to Lose It for Good by Paul “PJ” James (Ca Capo/Life Long Books, #17.99 softbound)
PJ James is a personal trainer who has spent most of his adult life eating clean, training hard, and helping others to achieve their personal fitness goals.
One New Year’s Eve, James made a most unusual resolution. He set a goal to become fat again and then work his way back to being fit again. He indulged on carbs, quit working out, and soon packed on 50 percent of his body weight, approximately 90 additional pounds. He also became addicted to sweets and junk food.
It didn’t take him long to experience the emotional and physical strains of being overweight. Fortunately, his book has a happy ending. He reprogrammed himself and within 6 months was back to his 176 pounds of lean muscle.
How did he do it? His KO-90 program offers meal plans, easy-to-follow tips to fight cravings, how to grocery shop sensibly, and workout plans including his 15/15 daily cardio plan, complete with pictures, instructions, and schedules.
One of the better facts in this book is that it doesn’t matter how many crunches you do, your stomach will not get flatter if you don’t change what goes in your mouth. Supplemented with before-and-after stories from his clients, this is a guide filled with knowledge and direction to help readers transform their bodies and minds — in six months or less.
Starting at the Finish Line: Coach Al Buehler’s Timeless Wisdom by Amy E. Unell with Barbara C. Unell (Perigee, $20)
Coach Al Buehler’s office at Duke University has a simple sign on the door, “Track and Field Coach,” but he is much, much more. He is a consummate professor-athlete-coach whose legacy of leadership, support, grace and integrity are cornerstones of his philosophy which has define his work for more than 60 years.
Buehler, who arrived at Duke in 1955, helped contribute to the U.S. Olympic track and field teams that participated in the Munich, Los Angeles, and Seoul games. This insightful book provides readers with an intimate look at this remarkable man and why he has been an inspiration to thousands of students and athletes, both on and off the field.
The DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Lose Weight and Keep it Off — the Healthy Way — with America’s Most Respected Diet by Thomas J. Moore, MD, with Megan C. Murphy, MPH, and Mark Jenkins (Free Press, $26)
The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a weight loss plan that is designed to keep weight off in the long term. Best of all, it is a healthy diet which, if followed, will help lower blood pressure, reduce the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes, and even help reduce the risk of developing cancer and diabetes.
Dr. Thomas J. Moore, a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and founder of the online DASH for Health program, and Megan C. Murphy, who trained in public health at the same university and has been program manager for Dr. Moore’s “DASH for Health,” recommend that we eat as if we had both diabetes and hypertension, namely meals that focus on low-fat dairy, whole grains, and other healthy choices while cutting back on red meats, animal fats, and sugar.
This guide includes extensive 7-day meal plans with different calorie levels for weight loss, including, of course, those for vegetarians.
Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier, & Sweeter by Connie Bennett (Hay House, $15.95 softbound)
The average person in the U.S. consumes at least 170 pounds of sugar and sweeteners every year. They also eat nearly 200 pounds of sugar and sweeteners sassy cousins —white bread, mashed potatoes, and white rice — during the same period. This explains why Americans are facing elevated sugar levels and other conditions which contribute to diabetes and various health problems.
Since all of us love to occasionally dive head first into a cupcake or two, can be break free of our sugar addiction? This six-week plan provides a way out of our harmful eating habits. Innovative and tried-and-true techniques, Connie Bennett, known as the “Sugar Freedom Coach,” shows that releasing sugar and carb addictions is easier than we might think. If you suffer from excess weight, low libido, fatigue, and mood swings, unplug the sugar in your life and discover a whole new world of possibilities.
You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner (Da Capo, $16 softbound)
What drives our wardrobe choices? Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner, a practicing clinical psychologist who runs her own wardrobe consulting business in Maryland, divides her nifty new book into nine chapters that diagnosis distinct complaints, from overshopping to stagnant closets.
Some of her better advice includes complementing a neutral wardrobe with seasonal colors, finding a designer brand which can be relied on for fit and style, and adding one statement piece to every simple outfit. If you want to dress and feel better about yourself and how you look, this could be the guide you have been searching for.