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The 3-Hour Diet: How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin

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by Jorge Cruise
     
 

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Following the amazing success of his New York Times bestseller 8 Minutes in the Morning, America's #1 online weight loss specialist Jorge Cruise is back with a revolutionary diet book that keeps with his trademark hassle–free, time–friendly approach.

It's a fact: the low–carb craze is everywhere. Although low–carb diets

Overview

Following the amazing success of his New York Times bestseller 8 Minutes in the Morning, America's #1 online weight loss specialist Jorge Cruise is back with a revolutionary diet book that keeps with his trademark hassle–free, time–friendly approach.

It's a fact: the low–carb craze is everywhere. Although low–carb diets produce short term weight loss, the results are not sustainable. Dieticians, fitness experts, and medical publications are slowly awakening to the fact that the low–carb diet isn't the answer to weight loss nor a solution to the obesity epidemic. Jorge Cruise's The 3–Hour Diet reveals that timing is the revolutionary weight loss element that has been kept secret until now. By eating small, balanced meals every three hours you reset your body's metabolism and achieve amazing results. Eating every three hours turns off your "starvation protection mechanism" ensuring that fat is released and fat–burning muscle preserved. So get ready to lose 2 pounds each week! All with no calorie counting, no starvation, and no deprivation. Bottom line, timing will sculpt your body slim.

With his now trademark easy–to–follow instructions, accessibility, and client success stories, Jorge Cruise's The 3–Hour Diet is a fluid combination of proven success and categorical innovation. Weight loss has never been easier!

o For overweight people disillusioned with the low–carb craze and other fad diets that don't work or are even unhealthy. Also aimed at people with busy schedules looking to lose weight quickly and effectively, utilizing a dietary approach instead of committing to a workout regimen.

o 8 Minutes in the Morning has sold 1.8K through BookScan.

o The dark side of low–carb diets is only just beginning to rear its ugly head, and this book has the potential to be at the forefront of the low–carb backlash. In this book readers will find:

o Why low–carb and other fad diets make you fat, and why timing is the key to sustained weight loss.

o The Cruise Down Plate approach to eating that supports lean muscle development by eating your favourite foods (including candy and carbs) with no banned items and no calorie–counting. Includes frozen foods and fast food options!

o How to prevent emotional eating.

o A 28–Day Planner designed to promote organization and accountability for the dieter.

o An all–new meal and recipe guide, that is both delicious and healthy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cruise promises to help readers lose two pounds every week, without counting calories or depriving themselves of carbs. It's all about timing, says the USA Today fitness columnist, whose diet advice has been featured everywhere from O and Prevention to the Today show and Good Morning America. Cruise theorizes that if a person allows more than three hours to pass between eating, a body turns on its natural "starvation protection mechanism," which causes the body to consume muscle. When this happens, one's resting metabolism is adversely affected. In an attempt to eliminate his main competition, Cruise dedicates an entire chapter to debunking low-carb diets. He claims they actually cause people to gain more weight in the long run. Along with an explication of his recommended diet and exercise plans, Cruise provides readers with 30 "timelines," charts they should fill out every morning at breakfast. These visual aids include space to write down what time each meal (or snack) will take place that day and what each will consist of (every meal must contain a balance of carbohydrates, fat and proteins). To help readers determine which foods fall into which categories, and how much of them they must eat, Cruise, who is also AOL's weight loss coach, provides recipes and "The All New Cruise Down Plate," a twist on the food pyramid. Although Cruise tends to oversimplify, this is overall one of the best diet books to hit the market in recent years, brimming with success stories, photos and plenty of optimistic energy. Agent, Ben Gage. (Apr. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060792299
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Read an Excerpt

How to Successfully Do the 3-Hour Diet™

"Today, when I look in the mirror, I see a healthy, active person. My knees don't hurt like they did seven weeks ago. I really do feel healthier now. This is a big change for me-a change for the better. I want to enjoy my retirement. I thank Jorge for my success. I am now on the right path for an active lifestyle."
-Dona Buth-Lost 20 Pounds

Most of us pay close attention to the clock. We set an alarm to wake us in time for work. We strive to leave work by a particular time in order to beat rush-hour traffic. We structure our lives around the time we need to pick the kids up from day care, soccer practice, and play dates.

Yet too many of us seem to get out of sync when it comes to eating. Rather than having an eating schedule, many people tend to eat only when it occurs to them. They rush out the door in the morning, forgetting to eat breakfast or intentionally skipping it to save time and calories. They get swept up at work, and realize at two or three in the afternoon that they haven't eaten lunch-and for many people that is their first meal of the day. They complete errands and other tasks after work, only remembering to eat dinner when they are too hungry to stand it.

When you eat is critical. As I mentioned in chapter 1, it's essential that you know that successfully losing weight and keeping it off is all about timing.
Yet most people use bad timing by eating sporadically. You eat sporadically anytime you allow more than 3 hours to pass between meals. This causes the body to switch from a fat-burning mode to a fat-preservation mode. Instead of fat, the body burns muscle tissue and your metabolism plummets as a result. This leads to fat gain.

So to get thin, you need to create a consistent eating schedule. That's the secret way to lose weight and keep it off. What exactly does this mean? You may be wondering again, "Is it just about eating every 3 hours? Is that all there is?" The answer is no. Although this program is very simple, there's a little bit more. You see, the key is that it must become automatic for you. Your eating schedule must become effortless and easy. It's all about learning how to use my Visual Timing™ formula.

The power of Visual Timing™ will free you from your past dieting failures. You will at last have an enjoyable and automatic way to eat everyday. Specifically, I promise that by following the 3-Hour Diet™ you will lose up to 2 pounds a week from your belly first and bring back the joy of eating!

The Power of Visual Timing™
The goal of Visual Timing™ is to make eating every 3 hours completely effortless and automatic. In this way, you will not only lose the weight, but keep it off long term. How will Visual Timing™ do this for you? Visual Timing™ involves two critical secrets.


Secret 1: The 3-Hour Timeline™
The first key is to learn when to eat. This involves learning when to start eating, how to keep going through the day, and when to stop. Chapter 5 will help you do all this, by uncovering my 3-Hour Timeline™ system. This simple visual planner will help ensure that eating on time (what I call cruise-time) becomes effortless and automatic for you. In this chapter, you will learn how to create your ideal eating schedule. This is very important because you will never have to worry again about when you should eat. You will know exactly when to eat every day. Automatically your life will become simpler and your mind will have one less thing to think about. It's all about one word: simplicity. The 3-Hour Timeline™ will make sure you start eating at the right time in the morning, keep eating on time throughout the day, and stop eating at the right time at the end of the day. You will love it.

Secret 2: The 3-Hour Plate™
In chapter 6 you will also learn how to eat anything with my visual all-new 3-Hour Plate™ system. This super-simple eating method will ensure you never again have to deprive yourself of carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. It will give you true freedom. Then, in chapters 12 and 13, you will find my all-new food lists and yummy meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the meals you make-whether you follow my suggestions in chapter 13 or create your own with the guidance of my 3-Hour Plate™-will be healthy and delicious. You'll eat from all of the food groups: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. That's right. Carbs are not off-limits. Remember from chapter 2 what happens to lean muscle when you don't get enough carbohydrates? You lose up to 25 percent of your muscle mass. That will never happen again. You'll also never crave foods that are off-limits-because no foods are off-limits! Just imagine eating chocolate, bread, or fast food. You will never feel the need to cheat, sneak, or binge. Good eating will finally be yours to have!

Ensure your Success
Okay, so now I want to help motivate you to your success. This will ensure that you stay inspired to succeed. You see, sometimes we can have the best tools in front of us that could change our lives, but because we think we can't do it, we don't do it. What you must do right now is prove to yourself that you will achieve success with the 3-Hour Diet™.

How are new habits and ideas born? How do you become so certain that you can do it-that you will do it? You do so by changing your belief system about what you can and cannot do. Yep, because if you think you can, you will. And if you think you can't, you won't. If you are thinking right now that since you have failed at every other diet in the past, and odds are you will fail here too, then you have sealed your fate. You must not let that happen.

You will do this in two steps that help you break away from any negative thoughts and help you use positive thinking to meet your goals. By the time you are done with them, you will feel your confidence truly soar.

Meet the Author

Jorge Cruise is the #1 New York Times bestselling fitness author of over twenty diet and fitness books in over sixteen languages. He is a contributor to The Dr. Oz Show, Steve Harvey, Good Morning America, the Today show, the Rachael Ray Show, Extra TV, Huffington Post, First for Women magazine, and The Costco Connection. He has his own show on Hay House Radio, Radio Jorge: Wellness for Busy People, with over twelve million listeners.

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3-Hour Diet 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From beginner to advanced we can all learn something from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started the year at 185, 4 months later I'm 160! Following the diet is easy and with exercise, you will see great results. This is the only diet that's worked for me. I have been trying to lose weight since I gave birth to my son, 5 years ago! Finally, it's coming off! I still have another 20 pounds to lose, but I'm very determined at this point to keep going! Try it. Easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I followed Jorge Cruise's 'The 3 Hour Diet' and was amazed by the results. I lost 35 pounds in just over three months. Have you ever tried to stick to a diet and avoid your cravings for items you couldn¿t have? I sure couldn¿t avoid them and set myself up for failure again and again. I would always get cravings for things I couldn¿t have and would want them more and more until I had it. And of course, I would totally overindulge. By following 'The 3 Hour Diet' I could eat absolutely anything. I just had to be mindful of how much I could have and when to have it. I could have the birthday cake at the office. Yes, I would only have a few bites and have it as my afternoon snack but that is all that I needed. By losing two to three pounds a week, I was motivated to continue on and not have more than I needed. This is truly a diet that doesn't feel like a diet! 'The 3 Hour Diet' showed me the proper proportions to eat, how to select the right balance of proteins and carbs, and the way to incorporate this into my lifestyle- whether I am home, at work or on the road. I am so proud of my accomplishments and the fact that I have formed good eating habits that I know will last a lifetime!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jorege hits the nail on the head with his new plan. I have lost 22 lbs in 12 weeks using his techniques and visualization. This is just smart and healthy eating !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It has changed the way I eat food. Eating every 3 hours really is the way to go. I lost 18 pounds without feeling at all deprived. I have been on Adkins numerous times and have lost weight only to gain it back plus some! My girlfriend lost her gall bladder from being on the Adkins diet. I have kept this weight off and have been losing more. Only the first week was hard because my stomach was so enlarged from eating large meals. After the first week when my stomach shrank, it became my new life eating. I would highly reccommend this book...it will change your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been on the 3 Hour Diet for over 2 months now and just love it. I had tried every diet imagineable over the years including the shots and most free (Atkins, FatBusters, Overeaters Anonymous) or paid programs (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc) I am so glad to find a program that encourages healthy eating and no special foods. In fact, I can still eat my favorite foods in moderation instead of having to give them up. Jorge's program is easy to follow and makes it easy to lose weight while still conducting a normal lifestyle. By eating every 3 hours and using visual cues for portion control and balance of foods, I can be successful in my weight loss and still eat the same foods as my family. I have lost half of the weight I wanted to lose and never felt better. If you have tried other diets that work until you go back eating normal foods, you especially need to try this diet program. This plan works and encourages a lifetime of healthy eating.
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I like evaluating diet books now and then, especially ones with catchy titles like this one. While the title sounds like all you have to do is just diet for a few hours, the real meaning is that you eat every three hours while you're awake. The bottom line? Eating frequently IS a really good strategy to lose weight, IF you're eating the right foods, which the book does go into in sufficient detail. While I think the main priniciple of this book is sound, and its all laid out step-by-step in a user friendly manner, the bottom line, as with any diet plan, is that you must cut your calories to lose body weight and you must continues to do so over the long run (for readers who have difficulty making lasting dietary changes, suggest checking out 'The Sixty-Second Motivator'). If a person can find a diet they like, and stick with it, their weight loss problems will likely end- and Jorge's book has a pretty appealing plan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've lost 15lbs since I started Jorge Cruise's diet plan. I used the'3 hour Diet Plan'and '8 Minutes to a Flat Belly'for the first 4 weeks then I added the 'Backsmart Fitness plan' helping me add tone and shape further while following Jorge recommendations has helped beyond my wildest dreams. I've tried every fad diet out there and this is the only one that I have stuck with and enjoyed. It is simple and easy to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like evaluating diet books now and then, especially ones with catchy titles like this one. While the title sounds like all you have to do is just diet for a few hours, the real meaning is that you eat every three hours while you're awake. The bottom line is that eating frequently is a good strategy to lose weight, IF you're eating the right foods, which the book goes into in sufficient detail. While I think the main prinicple of this book is good, and its all laid out step-by-step, the bottom line, as with any diet plan, is that you must cut your calories to lose body weight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've lost 38lbs since I started Jorge Cruise's diet plan. I started with '8 Minutes in the Morning', then '8 Minutes to a Flat Belly' and now the '3-hour Diet Plan'. I've tried every diet fad out there and this is the only diet I've got to say that I've stuck with and enjoyed doing. It is simple and easier than I ever thought possible. I've got more energy now than I've had in the past 10-11 yrs. and I'm so proud of myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in losing weight and resetting your metabolism, you should read The 3-Hour Diet. The book is great! It is written in an easy-to-understand format with great pictures and testimonials. I should know - I have lost over 100 pounds and kept it off using Jorge Cruise's 3-Hour Diet. You will not feel deprived or overwhelmed. You will learn to change your habits by being aware of when you eat, how much you eat, and what you eat. Get the Book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I participated in this plan to lose weight and can tell you from first hand experience that it WORKS! No gimmick, no fad, no deprivation. This is not a diet but a change in life-style. Jorge shows you how to eat healthy, eat the right things, in the right quantity at the proper time. And you will lose weight. You won't feel like you are missing something at every meal and when your clothes start fitting better, and then looser , you will see that Jorge's method is the right one for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started this prorgam last year around this time and had excellent coaching. I was very successful right away. I actually lost 15 pounds in two months and went from 155 pounds to 140. I felt at that point i had met my goal and no longer continued the program. I realized a month later that was the wrong thing to do. This eating program is life style change. You should continue eating the way the book tells you indefinatley and not only will you keep off the weight you feel great! I have decided to start the eating program again this week and will not stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With our very busy lives we don't always remember the basics. Jorge reminds us of GOOD NUTRITION not starvation. I started with Jorge's book ' 8 minutes in the morning'. I have since lost almost 100 pounds following this program. The three hour diet is amazingly simple but I believe we need to be reminded that we must eat to lose. I tried all the diets known and yes I lost some weight and then gained it back. (Sound familiar) Now that I practice eating healthy every three hours I am not afraid of gaining my weight back. Of course if you do not eat healthy then of course the weight comes back. Jorge makes it so easy to understand that it becomes a way of life. I still do the 8 minutes in the morning so I can maintain my lean muscle( which enables you to burn more calories all day). So if you think this plan sounds too easy then what are you waiting for. You've been waiting for easy. This is it. But more important this plan works.. Good Luck and Good Health
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I highly recommend it. Anyone who has tried all those gimmicks and fads to lose weight will find this book a breath of fresh air. Dont give up, give Jorge Cruise and chance. You wont be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The suggested caloried intake for anyone under 200 pounds is 1450 calories per day. Most overweight Americans consume many more calories than this in a day. I suspect that even if one didn't stick to the strict 3-hour eating schedule, one would lose weight. For example, this caloric intake would allow a 30 year-old, sedentary female to maintain a weight of approximately 110 pounds. Mr. Cruise has some visual guidelines to help you to estimate calories rather than strictly counting, but I suspect that close adherence to the 1450 calorie plan is the only way you will see the 'guaranteed' 2-lbs. per week weight loss.