Item description for Weight Loss Kit for Dummies by Rinzler...
Accounting for one out of every twenty consumer-dollars spent in America, the diet industry is booming like never before. There are water diets, low-fat diets, high-fat diets, low-carb diets, high-fiber diets, color-coded diets and fixed-menu diets. There are over-the-counter "fat burners" and prescription diet pills of every description and, lord knows, no end of gadgets, gimmicks and pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo designed to separate you from your hard-earned cash. So why are so many of us still so... chubby?
A sensible alternative to fad diets and "miracle" weight-loss gadgets, "Weight Loss Kit For Dummies" arms you with a healthy, no-nonsense approach to shedding unwanted pounds, and keeping them off, based on good nutrition and common sense, not marketing hype and bogus technologies. It also outfits you with an arsenal of charts, menus, shopping lists, and other tools that help you: Lose weight and keep it offEat right 212;and like it Stay motivatedBoost your energy levelLower your risk of heart disease and diabetes
You'll get a bead on how and why your body stores fat and the health consequences of having too much. You'll discover what it really takes to shed those extra pounds and keep them off without compromising your health. And you'll find out how to: Determine your ideal weight based on your age, sex and body typeFind a weight loss strategy that's right for your body typeSet up a weekly meal plan of foods that you enjoySeparate the truth from the hype when it comes to diet fads, pills, and gadgetsCook for others while sticking to a weight loss planAlter eating patterns and bad behaviors forDesign a calorie-burning workout routine that you'll want to stick with
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Studio: For Dummies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.47" Width: 7.29" Height: 0.85" Weight: 1.46 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2001
Publisher For Dummies
ISBN 0764553348 ISBN13 9780764553349 UPC 785555054561
Availability 89 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 24, 2016 07:59.
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More About Rinzler
Carol Rinzler, author of the international bestseller The Complete Book of Food, writes frequently for the New York Times, Redbook, Family Circle, and other publications.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Weight Loss Kit for Dummies?
Buyer beware - The CD is missing Jan 31, 2008
According to both the book itself and the description in the this site site, this book comes with, a CD-ROM packed with valuable weight loss tools, including a customizable weight-loss journal; the food group pyramid shopping list; a behavior/food calendar; a daily exercise chart; a menu planning guide; and more", but the books that this site has in stock (at least the two they shipped to me) do not have the CD.
I have called this site and asked them to correct this but their agents did not take my complaint seriously. They offered me to give me my money back but they did not want to give me the complete book with CD as advertised or to investigate why the CDs are missing.
A nice try Sep 12, 2005
The book is a good attempt to discuss nutrition and weight loss but over-simplifies the complexities of metabolism into a simple formula: Calories ingested - calories expended = net calories (used from fat if negative, gained as fat if positive), for every 3,500 calories lost that is one pound. Ah, if life was that simple!
First, not everyone uses calories the same way. If they did, you would not have people converting food into fat at different proportions relative to each other. Some people make and store fat easier than others. Some people have slower metabolisms, others faster. Individual differences are not considered in detail.
Second, excess intake is not considered when estimating the benefits of reducing calories. For example, if I eat 100 calories fewer per day, I am not going to necessarily going to loose a pound in 35 days. If I regularly eat an excess of 500 calories per day and eat 100 fewer calories then I simply gain weight at a slower rate, I do not loose any. Moreover, this math assumes intake and calories expended and metabolic rate are consistent over these 35 days. Not so in real life.
I hoped for more mechanistic theory about when and how various calorie sources are used. How does eating protein versus simple carbs versus complex carbs versus fats at night affect my metabolism when I am sleeping? Eating fruit before bed causes a lower waking blood sugar that not eating fruit before bed. Eating protein before bed influences the body to prioritize rebuilding muscle while I sleep, whereas fats and complex carbs influence energy storage as either fats or glycogen or both.
I got a little tired of the joking and sarcastic humor by the first half of the book and annoyed by it towards the end of the book.
All the good things state below are all still true! These are my only criticisms.
For a very good understanding of nutrition and metabolism, check out "understanding nutrition" Whitney and Rolfes
Overall a good resource Jan 16, 2003
Weight Loss Kit for Dummies is an overall good starting resource. The book covers a lot of ground. It doesn't get too technical and seems to be pretty update on what is going on. There a lot website references in the book to help learn more. The book covers fad diets, several of the commercial weight loss program like Jenny Craig and how they work, the high protein diet, the high fiber diet, and the high carb diet. There is also a pretty good section on nutrition. I do have to say that after following the advice in this book I am losing weight.