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Based on 15 years of research and the successful treatment of more than 3,000 patients, this is the first diet to acknowledge that while food is used by the body for energy, each body has a different metabolic, or burn rate, to use that fuel. Other diet books provide a one-size-fits-all approach, but The Burn Rate Diet shows readers how to figure out their own burn rate and adjust their food consumption accordingly. Supported by a unique, interactive website where readers can determine their individual ideal weight goal, set up meal plans, and develop a personalized diet that precisely matches their own metabolism, The Burn Rate Diet will set frustrated dieters on the path to healthy living and hunger-free weight-loss and maintenance.
About the Author:
Stephen R. Van Schoyck, Ph.D., is a clinical director of the Wellness Center at Frankford Hospital in Langhorne, PA, which features his unique weight management program. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and lives in Langhorne with his wife and four children.
Many of the people who call me don't know or care what kind of doctor I am. They call because they want to lose weight and have heard about my approach to weight control through a friend, their doctor, or the media. Whether they need to lose 15 pounds or 150, they immediately want to know how I am going to make them thinner. When they ask me, "So how is your program any different?" I believe they are really asking me not only how I can make them thin, but also how I can make them feel better about themselves. Then they ask me other questions about my approach to weight control to make sure that I am reputable, that I am not going to hurt them, and that I won't make them do too much work, or repeat the same kind of diet that didn't work for them in the past. They focus only on my dieting methods and assume that weight loss will automatically cause them to feel better about themselves.
I share my patients' desire for them to lose weight and feel better. It gives me satisfaction to do my job and to see my patients' lives be improved. I know how much they want to be healthier. They would not have spent their hard-earned money and time following one diet plan after another if they didn't want to be healthy. With the Burn Rate Diet, weight loss makes my patients feel mentally stronger and healthier, improves their self-esteem, and improves medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
Most of my patients' previous attempts to make themselves healthier have ended up making them worse. Time after time, a patient's weight control history showsthat each period of dieting was followed by a period of weight regain. Usually people ended up weighing more after a diet than they did before they started. The saddest part of the story is that they blame themselves. They have become desperate from the embarrassment and all the failed attempts. In addition to physically feeling the strain of carrying extra weight, they are tired of having their weight make them feel bad. It hurts to stand out in a crowd and not be able to fit into the clothes they like to wear. They really want to be relieved of this psychological burden as much as, or even more than, the burden of their larger size. They want to feel better about themselves and who they are.
My approach to weight control solves all of these problems. You can lose weight and keep it off. You can be thinner and feel better about yourself. You won't have to hide or feel apologetic anymore. The first step is to realize that you can't lose weight the way that you have tried before. It can't be done with the next magical diet or by using a one-size-fits-all approach. There is magic in my approach, but it is the magic of treating you as an individual with energy requirements that are different than anyone else's, and with a psychological makeup based on who you are and what you alone have experienced.
You are unique and deserve to be treated that way. It's a simple fact that all people are different. Cookie cutter diets that treat all people the same way can't possibly work for everyone. A diet that causes one person to lose weight may cause another to gain the same amount of weight. Have you ever had the experience of being given a "great new diet" by a friend who lost 15 pounds in two weeks, only to gain 3 pounds on the same diet in the first week?
The methods used to control weight have to be as individualized as the people who use them. Some of you have been overweight your whole lives. As a fat child, you may have lived with the taunts and jeers of other children. You may have started dieting with diet pills when you were a teenager. You may have followed each new diet guru and gone from low fat to high protein by way of crazy diets that included nothing but soup or fruit or sugar cubes or eggs. I've heard it all! Or you may have exercised your heart out but stayed the same shape. You may have multiple diet books collecting dust on your shelves, proof of your failure. Even worse, you probably blame yourself, and feel more desperate and ashamed with each failure.
Some of you may have become overweight as adults. The struggle with weight control may have begun for you with getting older, stopping smoking, pregnancy, menopause, a medical problem, medication, or some other cause. In most cases, the problem started out small, like gaining 15 to 20 pounds after getting married. The weight may have disappeared with the first diet that you tried, and may have even stayed off for awhile. When it returned, however, a new problem emerged. Each diet attempt, whether successful or not, was followed by weight gain, making you heavier than when you started. You probably blamed yourself and were willing to try anything that gave you some hope. You most likely started each diet with the same enthusiasm as the one before, each time convinced that this was the last time you were going to lose weight. Above all, you believed. that if you got back to what you used to weigh, you would finally have enough motivation to keep it off for good.
My approach to weight control is based on what I have learned from the thousands of patients I have treated. While each person is unique and must be treated that way, there are some common mistakes that nearly all of my patients have made. Whether they want to lose 10 pounds or 200 pounds, almost all believe that they are the problem. They believe that they simply eat too much and don't exercise enough. All of them believe that weight loss is good for them, despite having regained more weight each time they tried to reduce their body size.
Posted May 17, 2001
The best part of this book is its confident support for the idea that being overweight is not a sign that you are mentally and psychologically deficient, as so many people would have overweight people believe. Being overweight usually means that you have a slow metabolism, something you were born with. This book is one of two valuable new books on creating a more individualized approach to eating for better health and weight control. The other book is 'Live Right for Your Type.' I suggest that you read both of these books and apply their lessons together. If you are a woman, I suggest you also read 'Outsmarting Female Fatigue' as a good complement to these two books. One of Dr. Van Schoyck's best qualities is that he listens carefully to his patients when they describe their weight issues. While almost everyone has a stereotype of fat people as binge eaters with no self-control, he has found that 'fewer than 20 percent of my patients actually overeat.' The culprit instead is a slow metabolism, the rate at which the body burns calories. His book offers you a chance to find out the extent to which your weight level is maintained by overeating, by not enough exercise, and by a slow metabolism. For most overweight people, the last will be the primary reason. The good news is that with the proper diet, you can actually increase your metabolism to its full potential (which still may not be that of the skinny person next to you) so that you can have a more enjoyable, healthy life. That may also mean that your ideal weight is not what the insurance companies and physicians use. It may be higher than that. But you will probably be healthier at that weight than at a lower one that is all but impossible for you to maintain. So this approach should help you avoid yo-yo weight loss and gain. Getting started is the tough part. You have to follow a test diet that will tell you what your metabolism is for two weeks. Since I just got the book, I have not yet done that. The diet is not too difficult. It is not designed to cause you to lose weight, and you can substitute a lot. The diet is what a 'normal' person could eat and maintain weight. So, for some people, it will be an increase in eating. The book then tells you how to take the results (how much you gain or lose) and construct an on-going menu-planning system that fits your metabolism. You can also use the authors' web site (for free) to do this, which is what I would recommend. That's easier. The book has an excellent discussion of other diets and what is right and wrong with them that you will find valuable. It also is very strong on the idea of customizing how you eat to fit yourself. There is a wonderful discussion of how the body burns newly-ingested food, and stored food already in the body that helped me to understand how to adapt how I eat. Some people (I am one of them) can live off of burning stored fat for more hours than others. I always find that I feel best when I only eat once or twice a day. That's because I am burning fat evenly the rest of the time. Other people feel fatigued when they are burning fat, and need frequent meals. My wife is a good example of that. So we each need to eat quite differently for our metabolisms to be optimized. It also happens that we have different blood types. I am an 'O' and she is a 'B.' From reading 'Live Right for Your Type' I had learned that we need to eat a different mix of foods. She should strive for balance and more frequent eating while I should emphasize proteins, especially beef, a bit more. With the combined knowledge from these two books, I should be able to manage both my energy and my weight in much more healthful and easy ways. I look forward to the results! By the way, if you like to snack, that may be just the right thing for you to do. And this book has many good suggestions for how to make snacking improve your energy and metabolism. You will also get to eat foods that I have never seen onWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.