Item description for Cliff Sheats' Lean Bodies: The Revolutionary New Approach to Losing Bodyfat by Increasing Calories by Cliff Sheats, Linda Thornbrugh & Maggie Greenwood-Robinson...
Overview The author of The Lean Bodies Cookbook puts an end once and for all to the insanity of low-calorie and starvation diets--with a scientifically-proven, healthy eating program on which anyone can eat up to 3,500 calories a day and still lose weight. Includes 100 recipes for five meals a day, shopping advice and a list of restaurants that participate in the program.
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Studio: Grand Central Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1995
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 0446670308 ISBN13 9780446670302
Availability 147 units. Availability accurate as of Feb 21, 2017 02:32.
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Great Book! It seems to be working for me! Feb 28, 2008
Well, I've been reading this book and following it for 2 months now. I haven't been a 100% about it, eating some carbs at night, and I cheat a few times. But I have been following the work out regimen and I have noticed a difference in how I feel and my energy level. I feel that I have leaned up. I feel great!
I bought both this book and his other book, Lean Bodies Total Fitness and I liked his other one better. There are more workout regimens and it has some recipes. But both were extremely helpful for my energy level and endurance.
Still a Great Program Jan 1, 2008
I don't see any recent reviews for this program and I think it is really a shame. I have been on several different weight loss programs and I always find myself returning to this one. Why? Because I believe in the principles it is founded on, ie, that you cannot diet restrictively for the rest of your life without messing up your metabolism. This program is based on raising your metabolism and helping it to recover from years of yo-yo dieting by actually increasing the amount you eat, starting from a base of 1500 calories for women and 1800 for men and slowly increasing intake. Quite a different take on dieting! The calories, however, are comprised of specific foods, mostly consisting of a little protein (about 3 oz), some carbs (baked potato or brown rice), and lots (minimum of two cups) of vegetables at each meal. If you follow the program, you will not be hungry at all.
So, why did I go off the program? Following it at the 1500 calorie level, I did lose about a pound or two a week and I could actually see and feel my body becoming leaner. However, when I tried to increase the calorie level, per the recommendations, I would start to gain back. Maybe I have already ruined my metabolism or it could simply be due to an aging metabolism that no longer needs high levels of calories. So, I left the program. However, I have returned to it twice, now, even after sampling WW, South Beach, and others. Because it works and I find it an easy one to follow. Compared to lots of other highly restrictive diets (1200 calories and under), I think this is a generous allotment of calories at which to remain, indefinitely. Also, this is the level of calories that will maintain my goal weight, once I reach it, so it makes sense just to eat at that level now and no further adjustments will then be necessary when I reach my goal weight (credit to Ray Kurzweil for that idea).
In principle, this program is somewhat similar to Volumetrics (eating fiber rich, filling foods) and WW's Core program, but it preceded both by many years. With all of the different plans out there, I like the simple sanity of this one. I have learned not to throw my Lean Bodies books away because I always end up returning to this plan, and scrambling to find them. I just can't figure out why this program has fallen into relative obscurity. Perhaps this is lucky since you can get used copies of them very inexpensively. For me, this program is a keeper. As a side note, I do not use the MCT oil, or the supplements recommended in the book. I substitue protein shakes and the like that I find at Whole Foods or Trader Joes. And, it still works for me.
Works for my Husband, Not for Me Jul 2, 2007
My husband loves this diet and swears it's the only one that works for him - and it does. But, not for me. I gained weight. When I read a book title Live 4 Your Blood Type, I found out why and tested it to be valid. My husband is blood type A and needs a higher carb diet like Lean Bodies. I am type O and need a higher protien diet - that works for me.
A diet without pre-packaged food takes a bit of work & planning up front. Once you understand it, you really can choose foods & meals that are fairly easy - no, I don't like to cook. BENEFIT is you don't have to wean yourself off pre-packaged food and learn how to fix your own meals at the end of your diet - recipe for failure. Instead you learn as you go - for a lifetime. Although, frozen entrees available at the grocery store would be nice...
REQUEST: Software to design my own meal plans. It should be able to calculate calories, carbs, protien, fat and salt count and % of daily allowance by ingredient and accumulate totals by recipe, meal and day. That would make getting started and staying with it much, much easier. A lot of the suggested foods, recipes and meal plans my husband abolutely will not eat.
Good Diet Book Jun 27, 2007
I think a lot of books on dieting copied this guy. I notice a lot of things in Bill Phillips "Fit For Life" are in this book. Somewhat boring but good information. At least he doesn't ask you to go to Europe and buy pills made out of pregnant women's urine, like that one best selling diet book on the market now. Good advice. He does talk a little bit too much about some stupid radio show in Texas that he hosts. Check prices. I got this used for $3.
Great way to educate yourself nutritionally Jul 22, 2006
Cliff has been preaching the gospel of using food to activate your metabolism for years. I learned a lot from his program. He has lots of books out there. My favorite is his "Lean Bodies Homestyle Helpings' cookbook. In fact when my best friend or I modify a recipe to reflect Cliff's principles, we refer to it as 'Cliffing it up.' Basically, focus your diet on lean proteins, green fibrous vegetables and avoid things like saturated fats, simple sugars and other simple carbs like refined flours, etc. The result is a 'lean body' that you can be proud of.