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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Put away your scale, but pay attention to how your clothes fit -- permanent weight loss is less about quickly shedding pounds than about gradually burning fat.
So says Bob Greene, the bestselling fitness guru and Oprah's personal trainer. In Get with the Program!, Greene makes the case for a "slow and steady wins the race" approach to losing weight and divides the process into Four Phases: Truth, Commitment & Self Control; Revving Up Your Metabolism; Getting Real About Emotional Eating; and Securing a Life of Health & Happiness.
Part workout manual, part journal, part pep talk, the book gives as much weight to overcoming emotional obstacles to getting in shape as it does to specific types of exercise or what to eat for breakfast. That's not to say, however, that it's short on detail. In addition to all the talk of inner-self, Greene provides some excellent and easy-to-understand information on the physiology of weight loss. One example is his close look at why power walking and running are the best aerobic exercises for burning fat, whereas swimming is one of the worst. Other points of interest include his thorough explanation of the key role drinking enough water plays in maintaining a strong metabolism, as well as his take on why heart-rate monitoring during workouts doesn't really work.
Serious gym rats may find the material too basic, but if trendy diets have let you down in the past, or if you're more at home on the couch than the treadmill, Get with the Program! offers a refreshing mind-body formula for losing weight by changing your life, instead of just counting calories and taking another spinning class. (P. L. Jennings)