The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach

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Looking to lose weight and keep it off? Then forget the big plunge. Do it the easy and effective way: nickel and dime your weight down.

This book helps pave the way for sensible, realistic, easy and lasting weight control. Do just half the things listed in this book and your progress should begin immediately. Find out how to take the reins and control your body composition destiny.

Start the Ounces Countdown today. Weight loss done right: easy,...

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Overview

Looking to lose weight and keep it off? Then forget the big plunge. Do it the easy and effective way: nickel and dime your weight down.

This book helps pave the way for sensible, realistic, easy and lasting weight control. Do just half the things listed in this book and your progress should begin immediately. Find out how to take the reins and control your body composition destiny.

Start the Ounces Countdown today. Weight loss done right: easy, gradual, and lasting. Lose the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980172447
  • Publisher: Birchbark Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Hafner has been involved in fitness and conditioning for over 30 years. He competed for 15 years in wrestling sports, winning numerous state, regional, and international titles, and has worked as a strength training adviser and judo instructor. A hiking enthusiast, Pat has explored trails across the U.S., Canada, Iceland and Switzerland. As a runner, he has completed over 90 races.

Pat holds a B.S. with graduate work in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota.
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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    The Ounces Countdown...a great way to move into a healthy lifestyle!

    Patrick Hafner, in The Ounces Countdown, has done a superb job of putting together a resource for anyone that wants to maintain their health. The people looking for a "quick fix" to their weight loss issues really need to read this book. Patrick Hafner states (and I couldn't summarize it better): "The Ounces Countdown weight lost approach focuses more on the big picture, bringing several components together to make it all work, to make you healthier and stronger, and to lose weight if you need to. The focus is to lose weight gradually, safely, and, in some ways, effortlessly: One ounce at a time."

    The author divides the book into four main sections: 1) The concept, 2) Fuel, 3) Combustion, and 4) Putting it all together. The subsections are well laid out and titled so the book can easily be picked up and the reader is able to find a topic. Each topic is thorough and well-researched, but is short enough to make it a read that can be digested easily in a brief amount of time. This is a "wellness" book, NOT a diet book. However, all of your "diet" books on your bookshelf should be replaced by this one book and it will take you through the rest of your life as a healthy individual if you begin to implement the suggestions. Just think about how much room you'll have for new books!

    In The Ounces Countdown, Patrick Hafner tells us from experience what hasn't worked in his life for over fifteen years, but the approaches in this book he's been living for over six years, so he isn't "telling" the reader what to do, he's "sharing" what strategies he's proven to be successful. He feels that the factors influencing weight loss are as follows: Exercise (25%), Intake (50%), and Attitude (25%). He goes on to tell us that there are eight essentials he sees as requirements to maintain your healthy lifestyle changes, those being: 1) commitment, 2) taking it seriously, 3) planning ahead, 4) throwing away guilt feelings, 5) not depriving oneself,
    6) being self-centered (YES, YOU are important!), 7) focusing on your daily routine, and 8) choosing excellence.

    This book is one that should be read from cover to cover, but then kept handy as a reference to maintain and learn the various strategies for healthy living. In fact, I just used mine to help me with writing out my grocery list. One more quote from this excellent author: "Start the Ounces Countdown today. Weight loss done right: easy, gradual, and lasting. Lose the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves." Thanks, Patrick Hafner, for putting together a resource that will help readers live a healthier, and hopefully longer, life. It takes people like you who care about learning and then sharing it with others to make a big difference in this world.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

    Well-researched, well-written common sense approach

    On July 13, the Today Show ran a segment reporting on the latest survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation. It seems that 12% of Americans have no idea how many calories they should eat to maintain their weight or, better yet, lose a few pounds.
    Patrick Hafner's book couldn't come at a better time. Hafner, a 30-year fitness advocate, spells out two means of coming up with the correct calorie total that one should consume to lose weight the right way-slowly but surely. He first outlines something called the Harris-Benedict formula, a mathematical calculation based on current weight, height, age, sex, and activity level. His suggestion, however, is to track what you are actually eating for a week and take an average. Once you have that average, subtract 500 calories a day and you should lose a modest one pound a week.
    The remainder of the book deals with what you should spend your precious calories on. Some of his advice is surprising. For example, he lists butter as one of his top food recommendations. He also calls eggs a super food, yolks and all. Of course, he has some no-nos, too. But he is not the first to warn against trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.
    The book also contains extensive information on how to eat a balanced diet, how much protein to include, and which carbs are best. No extremes here.
    Some helpful exercise tips round out the common sense plan.
    All in all, Hafner has done his research well. He claims if you do even half the things he suggests, you'll lose weight. He's got me convinced.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    Concise and compelling

    The author's personal story sounds a lot like me. When I was young I was in great shape and very active. Middle age and a few injuries have dragged me down to become overweight and even lethargic, even though I know better. I am where the author was when he decided to change his life and get back in the shape he should be in. I have tried many, many different diets but never can get it all off or keep it off. I have become very frustrated with the idea taught by other diets that to change my lifestyle would mean radically changing things so that it absolutely interferes with my work and personal life. I am not one who can easily do all the things the way most diets say we should (eat every couple hours, small meals of limited items, etc., etc.). With business meetings, travel, etc., it is difficult at best. In fact, I've tried by trying to have a cooler in the car and run out every couple hours to have my food and tried to avoid business lunches and all those things. All it's done is cause inconvenience and aggravation.

    Then I came across Mr. Hafner's book. It's short (under 200 pages), well-written, easy to understand, and believe it or not it is very interesting and compelling. I picked up this book and found myself drawn into it. I found that it wasn't just another diet book (of which my bookshelves have way too many that have either never worked or worked initially but then failed). All of a sudden I was reading someone who gives practical, common sense advice. Much of it I knew but how he said it and the fact that he packaged all this information together in such a great book made it compelling to want to know more. Even such simple things as giving a person a realistic concept of goals (i.e.; we all want to lose weight quickly, but he reminds us how fast time flies and then gives us practical thoughts about reasonable goals that have a greater chance at success).

    This book gives me hope. I look forward to trying again on a quest for a healthy lifestyle that I'd all but given up on ever achieving again. Thank you Patrick Hafner for writing this book. You are giving me hope. I really appreciate it.

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