Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30 Day Plan

Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30 Day Plan

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by Howard M. Shapiro

"I feel the weight loss when I'm climbing stairs. My knees are saying, 'Thank you, thank you.'"

—Lt. Larry Quinn, Jr., New York Fire Department

Dr. Shapiro was appointed Honorary Medical Officer of the New York Fire Department and member of The Honor Legion of the Police Department for helping New York's Bravest and Finest lose a total of 2,544 pounds.


"I feel the weight loss when I'm climbing stairs. My knees are saying, 'Thank you, thank you.'"

—Lt. Larry Quinn, Jr., New York Fire Department

Dr. Shapiro was appointed Honorary Medical Officer of the New York Fire Department and member of The Honor Legion of the Police Department for helping New York's Bravest and Finest lose a total of 2,544 pounds. Imagine what his 30-Day Plan can do for you!

You saw him on Good Morning America, The View, and 48 Hours. Now you can try Dr. Shapiro's nationally acclaimed weight-control plan for yourself.

Dr. Shapiro's best-selling Picture Perfect Weight Loss opened the eyes of thousands of readers to his unique "look and lose" visual system that revolutionized the idea of dieting. Here, Dr. Shapiro makes his remarkable approach even more effective— by providing a step-by-step 30-day eating plan that can jumpstart your own weight-control program.

In this groundbreaking plan, field-tested by hundreds of Dr. Shapiro's clients, there are no forbidden foods and there is no rigid menu. Each week, Dr. Shapiro targets another meal— including special occasions, celebrations, and eating out— and provides visual cues leading you straight to the healthier choice.

At the heart of Dr. Shapiro's eating plan are 115 new, dramatic food comparisons. Once seen, these demos are never forgotten, so you don't need to memorize numbers or weigh portions. To make things even easier, Dr. Shapiro presents his new Picture-Perfect Weight Loss Food Pyramid for an instant visual guide to better choices. You'll find expert advice and weight-control strategies for kids, teens, and seniors, and you'll even learn what to eat at birthday parties, picnics, and baseball games. Finally, you'll enjoy the "Bite or Burn" comparisons, showing you how many hours of exercise you will need to "burn" off the calories from foods you have chosen to "bite."

Each week, you substitute some new foods for your high-calorie favorites, increase your exercise, and focus on an emotional issue that might be holding you back. You also keep track of feelings and food choices in your food diary, and before you know it, the pounds are falling 0off— and staying off.

To help you on your journey, there are dozens of real-life tips from the New York City Fire and Police Departments and the people in the locked house featured on Good Morning America. You'll find "before" and "after" diaries, a week of menu plans, and even a few recipes.

This book marks the end of deprivation dieting and a lifetime of healthy weight control.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Weight-loss guru Dr. Howard Shapiro structures his stunning visual weight-loss technique into a 30-day program with this book. Full-color photographs illustrate the disparity between the ill-advised meal choices that so many of us make and the wiser, more fulfilling calorie "bargains" we could opt for at mealtime. After viewing page after page of examples, readers will be prepared to choose bigger, healthier meals and snacks rather than small but calorie-rich foods.

Debunking many of the smart food choices we think we're making, the book teaches readers to spot common mistakes. For example, compelling illustrations drive home the point that eating fruit is a much sounder calorie choice than drinking high-calorie fruit juices or smoothies ("real fruit beats the drink every time"). And why ingest 210 calories from an individual-sized package of reduced-fat cookies when you could enjoy 11 butterscotch candies for the same 210 calories?

Dining out is a facet that most weight-loss plans just do not cover adequately, but that is not the case here. Shapiro addresses a number of ethnic food choices, giving readers no excuse to stray from the plan when they feel a sudden urge for Mexican or Chinese food. And while some readers will have little use for the menus from 11 of New York City's most famous and glamorous restaurants (with Picture Perfect choices highlighted), they will undoubtedly be grateful for the suggestions Shapiro offers for what to eat when dining in some popular fast-food chains.

Healthy doses of sound nutritional advice, four weeks worth of attainable diet and exercise goals, and scores of practical hints and tips accompany the visual element of the Picture Perfect plan. But in the end, it is the lasting impression left by the book's illustrations that will have the most dramatic effect on readers. (Karen Burns)

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DR. SHAPIRO'S Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30 Day Plan

By Howard M. Shapiro


Copyright © 2002 Dr. Howard M. Shapiro
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1579544177

Weight Loss and Life- Your Real Life

You're reading this book because you're overweight-or someone in your family is overweight-and you're unhappy about it. You can put an end to that situation. Right now.

For nearly 25 years, I've treated patients who claimed they had "tried everything" and been unable to lose weight. I've treated those who gained back all the weight they had lost on popular diet programs. I've worked with patients who have followed every fad from hypnosis to fasting, patients who have measured portions and counted grams of fat, patients who have deprived themselves of foods they love, forced themselves to eat foods they didn't particularly like, eaten meals when a book or diet guru told them to, and beaten themselves up every time they had a cookie or asked for a second helping.

I've worked with children and the elderly, high-powered executives, celebrities, politicians, and stay-at-home moms, people who eat on the run and people who regularly dine at the world's finest restaurants. I've helped them understand why diets don't work, why deprivation is counterproductive, why fasting can actually harm you. I've taught them what this book will teach you in 30 days: There is a way of eating-eating what you enjoy eating and eating it until you feelsatisfied-that actually helps you lose weight and keep it off.

I call it Picture-Perfect Weight Loss. Yes, that's partly because you can see the difference in yourself as you lose weight. But mostly, Picture-Perfect Weight Loss refers to the method I use in my practice for teaching this way of eating. The nutritionists on my staff continually create food comparison demonstrations that show patients a range of food options and allow them to compare the weight-loss consequences of each. As you'll see, we've reproduced our food demos in the photographs in this book. They provide vivid lessons in how you can eat healthfully and deliciously for the rest of your life and still lose weight and keep it off.

How can I be so sure? Because Picture-Perfect Weight Loss has worked for the thousands of patients I've treated in my New York practice. They've all lost weight, and they've maintained the weight loss. All without diets or deprivation, without starving themselves or scheduling their meals by the clock or carrying around scales to measure what they're eating-and without being angry with themselves or feeling like failures because they went out for pizza or "slipped" at a party.

The first thing you need to know about your will to lose weight is that it will happen. You are about to embark on a weight-loss program that will succeed.

A Worldwide Problem

You are not alone in feeling unhappy about your weight. In fact, you can join a growing, worldwide crowd.

From Trenton to Tokyo, from Seattle to Samarqand, in country after country and in just about every region of the planet, more and more people today are either overweight (defined as weighing 10 to 15 percent above an ideal weight), or obese (20 percent over an ideal weight), or even morbidly obese (30 percent or more above an ideal body weight). It may be small consolation for the dismay you feel when you stand on a scale, but you're part of a global trend.

The trend is both recent and fast-moving. Around the world, the number of obese people has doubled in the last 2 decades. Even in China, which maintains one of the world's lowest incidences of overweight people-just 14 percent of men and 17 percent of women-and an even lower measure of obese people-2 percent of men and 6 percent of women-even there, the growth rate in the numbers of overweight and obese people is increasing. Give the Chinese time, and weight gain will do what government policy has long tried to do-decrease the billion-person population, not through population planning, but through increased occurrence of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and even some forms of cancer.

One of the countries leading the way in this unhappy, unhealthy spiral is the United States-a dubious distinction if ever there was one. More than half of us-about 55 percent, in fact-are overweight or obese, up from 44 percent in 1990. What's more, the rise in the number of people in the obese category is proceeding at a fast clip. According to the International Obesity Task Force, in 1973, 12 percent of American men and 16 percent of American women were obese; today, 20 percent of men and a quarter of women are obese-some 3 to 5 percent of them morbidly obese. So our national weight gain must be measured not just in the numbers of people gaining weight, but also in the amount of weight they are gaining.

Further, this weight gain is everywhere. In a pivotal study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that obesity occurred in all of the 50 states, in every region, across all demographic groups. It is, therefore, a national public health problem, inevitably linked to the nation's number one killer, heart disease, as well as to diabetes, respiratory problems, some cancers, and a range of chronic and debilitating conditions. In fact, the CDC concluded that obesity was a threat to millions of lives, and that it "should be taken as seriously as any infectious disease or epidemic."

Chances are you know all this already. You don't really need the statistics to measure the problem. You can see it-in the office, at the mall, walking along Main Street, in your own reflection in the mirror. And you probably don't need the dire warnings to be reminded of the ill effects of being overweight. You can feel it-in the clothes that suddenly feel tight, in your shortness of breath when you climb the stairs, in a sense of discomfort with your own body.

That discomfort is something else you share with millions. It is estimated that more than two-thirds of Americans are either on a diet in an attempt to lose weight or are "watching what they eat" so they don't gain weight. As a people, we spend some $30 billion to $50 billion per year trying to lose weight-on diets, with pills and supplements, by measuring out portions, counting calories, combining certain foods with certain other foods, listening to tapes; and fasting. As you know, those "solutions" simply don't work. That's why you're reading this book.

The Causes of Overweight and Obesity

How did it happen? How did we get this way? How did you get this way?

There is one reason for becoming overweight, and there are many contributing causes. The reason is metabolic, and it is absolutely unique to the individual. Your metabolism is the particular combination of chemical processes occurring inside you. That combination, in turn, depends on the interactions between genetic and environmental factors. Just what those factors are and just how they interact are as distinctive to you as your fingerprint; no one else has just that combination working in just that way. Yet it is the sum total of all those factors and their interactions that pretty much directs how your body handles calories, what foods taste good to you, and even how you think about food. In a sense, you've been dealt your very own metabolic hand of cards. While you have no control over what's in the hand, you do control how you play the hand.

Enter a range of additional contributing causes. These are the cultural, sociological, and psychological factors that drive the lifestyle choices we all make every day-the different ways we each play our own metabolic hand of cards. These include things like the foods we eat, whether or not we exercise, and our levels of everyday stress.

Even anthropology plays a role. One important cause contributing to today's global epidemic of overweight may simply be that, as a species, we are outstripping our own evolution. Biological anthropologists tell us that at an earlier stage of human development, the ability to form fat was an advantage. When our ancestors were subject to uncontrollable cycles of feast and famine, bodies that could store fat for the lean times were "fitter" bodies. They're the ones that survived, and as happens in evolution, the traits that kept the organism alive were the traits imprinted on the genetic code passed to descendants. Result? Humans in general evolved into organisms programmed for high-calorie foods they could store efficiently as fat.

Today, however, at least in the industrialized world, we aren't threatened by famine. (In those parts of the world where famine is a threat, the causes are more often than not manmade-typically, politics and civil strife.) In fact, for most of us in developed countries, life is an almost endless feast. But since our bodies have evolved to deal with famine-to take in lots of calories and expend very few-our era's very abundance is a surefire formula for weight gain.

Other aspects of our current culture exacerbate the problem. We live in a high-stress, high-tech world. With both parents working-often long hours in high-pressure jobs-with kids on schedules that would tire a marathoner, with families in a constant state of arranging and rearranging plans for getting each family member here, there, and everywhere, the notion of sitting down together for a relaxing family dinner has gone the way of the dodo. There simply isn't time for such a dinner, and even if there were, everybody is either too busy or too exhausted to enjoy it. It's easier, more convenient, and even less costly for each family member to just pop a frozen dinner in the microwave and eat it on the run.

Meanwhile, we're increasingly equipped with cell phones, pagers, Internet access, and the all-in-one remote control. Together, they let us gratify any wish instantly-without even getting up out of a chair, much less leaving home. Where our ancestors had to struggle daily to obtain sustenance, or labor manually to earn it, we just drive over to the nearest fastfood place-or we order takeout and have it delivered.

Fast food, in particular, is notoriously fattening. But gourmet restaurants also often rely on high-calorie ingredients and cooking methods. Their stock-in-trade, after all, is a taste experience so memorable you will find it worth the price. All too often, that is achieved at the expense of your waistline. When a simple chicken cutlet can lift you into the realm of the sublime, it's probably because it has been topped with Gorgonzola, layered with Canadian bacon, then wrapped in puff pastry-an absolutely delicious, calorically off-the-charts cardiac killer.

What's more, we're becoming increasingly accustomed to enormous portions. Huge tubs of buttered popcorn at the movies. Quart-size soft drinks. "Supersized" items that belie the phrase "side dish." It's as if we were proving our prosperity every time we eat.

At the same time that we're eating more, we're exercising less. This, too, flies in the face of human evolution. We evolved as an active species; the human appestat, the part of the brain that regulates appetite and food intake, works best when we're active. Yet we've virtually engineered activity out of daily life-everywhere and every way we can:

• Today's workplace is increasingly automated. Robots do most of the hauling on the factory floor, while computers in the office mean we don't even need to get up to find a file.

• Many neighborhoods lack sidewalks, so a stroll down a country lane is typically more like a slalom on foot in the middle of a Formula 1 race. It's safer to stay home.

• Cleaning chores are less labor-intensive than ever, with telescoping dusters that keep us from having to stretch and powerful vacuums that mean we don't need to bend.

• When we do go someplace, we invariably drive, coming home to the attached garage whose doors open automatically at the touch of a button. Even kids who once walked or cycled to school now get driven-or have their own cars.

• Meanwhile, schools across the country have responded to budget cutbacks by reducing or eliminating physical education activities.

• As for after school, parents in cities, in particular, find their outdoor environments too dangerous for their children to play in without supervision. Instead, they let the kids watch television or play computer games-activities that at best exercise the fingertips and at worst are accompanied by heavy snacking. Even in the suburbs, where kids have a chance to play outdoors, far too many prefer to be couch potatoes.

Yes, there are more gyms than ever before, more fitness videos, more new-fangled pieces of exercise equipment for the home. But we tend to drive to the gym-when we actually get around to going; the videos gather dust on the shelf; and the exercise bike in the bedroom is soon obscured by the clothes we've hung on it. Americans today actually burn 400 fewer calories per day than did our great-grandparents at the turn of the last century. Almost a quarter of us do no leisure-time physical activity at all, while 54 percent of us do less than 30 minutes of moderate activity at a time-usually every other day or so. That's not enough even to maintain weight loss. As for losing weight, a CDC survey of people trying to shed pounds found that less than a quarter of them exercised at least 150 minutes per week, the minimum recommended for weight loss.

All this leaves a lot of people on a virtual treadmill more real than the one they hauled up to the attic years ago. On this virtual treadmill, they're running against metabolism as well as evolution, culture, sociology, and a host of other contributing causes-and they're still overweight.

Sound familiar?

What Doesn't Work

Whatever the causes of your being overweight, in real life-your real life-you want to do something about it. Maybe you've tried dieting. You've measured portions and counted calories and eaten only at certain specified times of the day.

Perhaps you've tried one of the fad diets-high-protein or low-carbohydrate or no sugar or zero fat. Maybe you've experimented with one or more of the new weight-loss theories that seem to crop up annually-dieting by blood type, for example, or consciously combining certain foods at certain times.


Excerpted from DR. SHAPIRO'S Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30 Day Plan by Howard M. Shapiro Copyright © 2002 by Dr. Howard M. Shapiro
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Meet the Author

Howard M. Shapiro, D.O., is the author of the best-selling Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss and Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss Shopper's Guide. He is the founder and director of Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, a private multidisciplinary medical office in New York City that specializes in weight control and life management.

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Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30 Day Plan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two years ago I got this book after seeing Dr. Shapiro on TV. I lost 50 pounds in under a year and I've kept it off. The pictures really help you put what you are eating into prospective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have shared it with several friends. I lost 15 pounds. I knew the stuff in the book, but seeing the pictures really got me motivated
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 30 days I lost 25 pounds just by eating the food I like. I feel great.