This Is Why You're Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever): Eat More, Cheat More, Lose More--and Keep the Weight Off [NOOK Book]

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"Being fat isn't your fault; staying fat is." That's what Jackie Warner, America's favorite no-nonsense celebrity fitness trainer tells her own clients, and that's why no one delivers better results than Jackie does. Now for the first time, Jackie shares her revolutionary program, showing readers the best ways to drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or deprivation, and keep them off for good! Her two-tiered approach provides a complete nutritional makeover and a failure-proof condensed workout ...
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"Being fat isn't your fault; staying fat is." That's what Jackie Warner, America's favorite no-nonsense celebrity fitness trainer tells her own clients, and that's why no one delivers better results than Jackie does. Now for the first time, Jackie shares her revolutionary program, showing readers the best ways to drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or deprivation, and keep them off for good! Her two-tiered approach provides a complete nutritional makeover and a failure-proof condensed workout routine PLUS all the emotional support and encouragement you need to get to the finish line and beyond. With Jackie's core principles, you'll discover once and for all which behaviors are making you fat, and which can finally make you thin forever-and some may surprise you:

· ADD TO LOSE: In Jackie's 2-week jump start, no food is off-limits. You'll actually add food to your diet in order to lose weight.

· CHEATING IS ALLOWED: Eat clean for 5 days, and then indulge in whatever you want over the weekend!

· FAT IS NOT THE ENEMY: Fat doesn't make you fat; sugar does! Nothing you eat should contain over 9 grams of sugar

· SKIP THE CRUNCHES: They just build muscle under the fat. Discover the fastest way to burn calories, tone muscle, and spark your metabolism for rapid fat loss

· LESS (EXERCISE) IS MORE: Workouts shouldn't take over your day-give Jackie 20-minutes and you'll see results.

Find out today why THIS IS WHY YOUR FAT (AND HOW TO GET THIN FOREVER) is your first and last stop on the way to the new fit and healthy you!

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  • ISBN-13: 9780446571975
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 55,282
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This Is Why You're Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever)

Eat More, Cheat More, Lose More--and Keep the Weight Off
By Warner, Jackie

Grand Central Life & Style

Copyright © 2010 Warner, Jackie
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780446548601

Part 1

THIS IS WHY YOU’RE FAT

1

It’s All About Chemistry, Baby

  • In This Chapter:

  • * Three hormones that make you thin

  • * Four hormones that make you fat

  • * Balance your hormones naturally

  • * Outsmart cravings

  • * Get rid of cellulite

Let’s start talking about why you’re fat. Fat control has largely to do with hormones. I always knew that hormones played a large part in how we feel, but I never dreamed that they were so responsible for metabolizing fat and maintaining muscle. Take testosterone, for example. The hormone testosterone is the reason, ladies, that your husbands and boyfriends can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound, while you count calories and can’t lose a pound.

My extreme interest in hormones happened in my late thirties after I went to my doctor, complaining that I felt tired and didn’t have the energy for my usual exercise routine. He did my blood work and found that I was terribly low in progesterone. My blood sugar was also low. I learned that low blood sugar is a precursor to diabetes, which runs in my family, and I learned that low progesterone causes sleeplessness and fatigue.

None of this was acceptable to me, so I started to research natural ways to balance my blood sugar and my hormones. As I researched, I was astonished to find out how much cutting-edge data linked weight management to hormones! Out-of-whack hormones disturb your body chemistry and cause weight gain. When you control your hormones, you can control fat!

Hormones, of course, are powerful chemicals and a crucial part of your inner environment. They impact every area of your life—how you feel, how you act and react, and how you look. When hormones are nicely balanced, your health is great. You enjoy strength, energy, and beauty. But when hormones shift and fluctuate, things can get pretty ugly. Having hormone dysfunction feels like you are constantly fighting a battle and never winning the war. You have constant cravings for unhealthy food, you feel slightly lethargic and depressed, and you don’t have the energy for a real workout.

There are actually four hormones responsible for making you fat and three hormones responsible for making you thin. The secret is to have all seven in balance and operating as they should. That’s when you’ll truly lose weight, without a lot of painful sacrifices, and keep it off. I’m going to tell you what all these hormones are, how they work, and how lifestyle affects their balance, so that you can get thin and healthy. Here’s the deal.

Hormones That Make You Thin

Human Growth Hormone: The Fountain of Youth

One of the greatest get-thin hormones is human growth hormone (HGH). It’s a fat burner that works in the following manner: Normally, your body uses glucose (blood sugar) for energy before it taps into fat for energy. But HGH reprioritizes everything. It forces your body to draw energy from your fat reserves first. This turns you into a fat-burning machine, even during inactive periods like when you’re sleeping. With plenty of HGH in your system, you don’t have to diet all the time.

Another great benefit of HGH is that it helps your body to grow new muscle cells. Normally, you stop making muscle cells after your teen years. If you do resistance training, you’ll increase the size of the muscle cells you do have. The number of muscle cells never grows, however, unless there’s adequate HGH in your body. So HGH helps you get toned and sculpted by creating more muscle cells.

HGH also gives you more energy, a higher sex drive, and youthful skin and hair. HGH is truly a wonder hormone.

But here’s the challenge: HGH starts plummeting through our thirties and forties, making it harder to get toned and look lean. Luckily, diet and exercise actually boost HGH levels, allowing it to rejuvenate and beautify your body.

So how can you naturally raise your hormone levels? It’s not as hard as it may seem. Here’s how I did it.

CUT BACK ON CARBS AT NIGHT

When blood sugar is low, your body pumps out more HGH. The best way to capitalize on this situation is to keep your carbohydrate intake low in the evening. For dinner, have protein and some low-carb veggies, but no carbs like bread, pasta, rice, or potatoes. HGH will then accelerate fat loss by mildly increasing your metabolism and boosting muscle growth while you sleep.

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

And while I’m talking about sleep, you should know that sleep deprivation almost completely abolishes HGH production. Deep sleep is when the body produces HGH—so you’ve got to get a good night’s sleep every night. What I’ve found is that eating casein-rich foods like low-fat cottage cheese will help you sleep. Also, don’t drink caffeine products past three o’clock, and never sleep with your television on.

EAT HGH BUILDING BLOCKS

These include foods high in the B vitamins, like whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and proteins; the mineral zinc, found in lean proteins; and any protein-rich food. My nutrition program is packed with these nutrients, so you will automatically be eating HGH building blocks.

GO ORGANIC

Many of our foods are loaded with pesticides and chemicals, which lower HGH. To avoid these body-killing substances, eat as many organic foods as you can. I’ll have more to say on this in chapter 6.

TRAIN HARD

Intense workouts improve your body chemistry, including levels of HGH. Sprinting and weight training, both of which are intense training modes, have been shown to increase HGH release, improving your metabolism. The intensity of the training you’ll do on my program will help trigger greater HGH release.

But what about those over-the-counter supplements and pills promising to boost the production of growth hormone sold in health-food stores and over the Internet? There’s no evidence that pills work. Rejuvenation centers sell injectable HGH, but it is very costly and may have some dangerous side effects. So forget pills and injections. Rely on natural ways to increase HGH.

Testosterone: The Muscle Builder

My favorite hormone is testosterone, made in the ovaries and adrenal glands. While mostly associated with men, testosterone is critically important for women. It builds muscle, burns fat, boosts energy, increases sex drive, strengthens bone, lifts depression, and increases optimistic thinking. In women who have normal to high testosterone levels, it produces assertiveness—which is why I know my body produces it in spades.

The aging process makes testosterone levels drop. So do lifestyle factors like diet, alcohol use, smoking, stress levels, and your overall state of health. But this doesn’t mean you’re helpless. You can make your body produce more testosterone in the following ways.

EAT TESTOSTERONE BUILDERS

These include foods rich in beta-carotene (yellow and orange vegetables and green leafy veggies); foods high in B vitamins (found in a wide range of foods like beef, green leafy vegetables, and other veggies); and foods containing boron (fruits, nuts, and legumes). All of these foods cause your body to produce more testosterone. Other testosterone boosters are amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of cells, antibodies, muscle tissue, and enzymes. They’re found mostly in protein foods such as eggs, poultry, fish, and meats, as well as in certain dietary supplements.

WATCH FAT INTAKE

A typical high-fat American diet alters testosterone levels. The journal Modern Medicine conducted a study looking into this. Eleven healthy men, ages twenty-three to thirty-five, who ate a daily, high-fat eight-hundred-calorie meal of a shake containing 57 percent fat, experienced a dramatic 30 percent drop in testosterone levels. Could the same effect occur in women? Medical researchers believe so, since testosterone production relies on the right balance of fat in the diet—not too high, not too low.

If you really want testosterone to make you thin, you do need some fat in your diet, even a little bit of saturated (animal) fat. Saturated fats are essential for keeping testosterone levels up, but they also get stored preferentially as body fat. To get around this and still obtain the testosterone-building benefits, limit your red meat intake to three servings per week and eat more poultry and fish. Eating more monosaturated fats (from nuts, olive oil, avocados) and polyunsaturated fats (fatty fish) is a good idea, too, because they’re burned for fuel, and they don’t make you fat (unless of course you overdose on them). The best testosterone diet is a healthy moderate-fat/high-protein/moderate-carb diet—which is how my nutrition program works. This type of diet creates a hormonal environment in the body that burns fat and puts on lean muscle.

WATCH CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL

How much caffeine and alcohol you consume affects your testosterone levels. Drinking more than two cups of coffee or four cans of caffeinated soda a day will make your testosterone levels drop. Ease back on alcohol, too. Frequent drinking blunts testosterone production.

Progesterone: The Slim and Trim Hormone

The third fat-burning hormone you want to balance is progesterone. High levels of progesterone burn more calories—as much as one hundred to three hundred per day! Progesterone is a natural diuretic that reduces bloating. It also helps prevent uterine fibroids and cancer, improves libido, and boosts mental clarity.

Every month, after an egg is released, your body secretes progesterone. If you don’t get pregnant, progesterone levels plunge, triggering a slow metabolism and low blood sugar. When your blood sugar dips, you crave food—usually high-sugar or sweet food—so it’s no wonder you can’t lose weight! Low progesterone also causes insomnia, disrupted sleep, and daytime sleepiness. Now is the time to change your diet and include lots of progesterone-enhancing foods that will make you sleep better and metabolize fat. Balancing progesterone is key to avoiding weight gain and energy drains.

INCLUDE PROGESTERONE-BUILDING FOODS

For optimal progesterone production, your body needs lots of B vitamins, in particular vitamin B6. It’s found in beans, meat, poultry, fish, and some fruits and vegetables, like bananas, avocados, spinach, and tomatoes. The other key nutrient in progesterone production is magnesium. Eat plenty of organic dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, eggs, meat, seeds, nuts, and beans. They are all good sources of magnesium, and they also keep your liver healthy. Poor liver function suppresses progesterone. Once you get started on my program, you’ll find that it works in harmony with the body’s metabolism and ability to make hormones, including progesterone, that regenerate the body.

Four Hormones That Make You Fat

Insulin: Spikes Make You Fat

Insulin is the hormone that, under normal conditions, turns food into energy. But if there’s too much insulin in your system, your body will store fat, and much of what you eat gets packed away as ugly pounds. And the bigger you get, the more insulin your body cranks out. It’s a vicious cycle. How does insulin get too high, anyway, and what can you do to keep it in line?

Insulin rises and falls according to what you eat, particularly carbs. All carbs, whether they’re from chocolate or whole-grain bread, break down in the body into glucose, or blood sugar, which is the fuel for your muscles and brain. Sugary carbs like cookies and some processed starches (such as pasta and white bread) are broken down into glucose rapidly; proteins and fats break down more gradually.

The arrival of glucose in the bloodstream signals the pancreas to make insulin. Sugary foods dump so much glucose into the blood so fast that the pancreas has to pump out extra insulin to drive glucose into cells. Blood sugar levels dip lower than they were before the sugar was eaten. This leads to hunger pangs and eating when we don’t actually need to. Once a hunger pang hits, it’s too late! Your insulin has already dropped so low that the next thing you put in your mouth will be effectively stored away as fat. Insulin spikes and dips make you fat.

Judith Rodin, a pioneering researcher in the psychological and physiological factors of obesity, did an experiment in which she had people drink sugar water to purposely spike their insulin levels. With high insulin, the volunteers actually ate five hundred calories more in one meal! Some studies show that even the sight of sugary, fatty foods can cause an insulin spike that starts a craving in your mind. So the saying “Just looking at those cupcakes makes me fat” is true!

If you eat processed and high-sugar foods (this means breads, too) long enough, your body can become less sensitive to insulin and require more of it just to get glucose escorted into cells. This situation is called insulin resistance. If you’re insulin-resistant, your body isn’t moving the food you eat into your muscles. About 25 percent of all adults are insulin-resistant. One in two people have it if they’re older than forty-five—and overweight.

Insulin resistance is nasty. It causes fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, and weight gain. It makes you sick, with terrible diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart disease, and cancer.

Fortunately, you can eat your way out of insulin problems. If you add in just one right food like oatmeal, in place of one bad food like a bagel, your insulin levels will start to fall right way. There are other foods that, if eaten on the right schedule, will produce an even flow of glucose that will keep you satisfied. You won’t need superhuman willpower to lose fat, because your body won’t feel any cravings. Exercise drives insulin levels down, too. Once you start following my program, your insulin levels will normalize, and your body will stop storing fat.

CRAVINGS: THE CHEMISTRY BEHIND SELF-DESTRUCTIVE EATING

WHETHER YOU’RE REALLY HEAVY or ten to twenty pounds overweight, you know what a struggle it is to try to control your cravings. You may succeed for a few days, but then you just can’t stop yourself. This is not a matter of willpower. It’s a chemistry problem.

Cravings are a sudden obsession with a particular type of food—and they’re triggered mostly by messed-up body chemistry. When levels of the hormone estrogen fall, for example, levels of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin drop, and appetite increases. And when insulin is too high, you’d kill for a cookie, or maybe a whole box.

This is why it’s so hard to just eat a little bit of something sweet. Your brain is signaling your body to crave more and more of the snack.

Dr. Judith J. Wurtman, a nutritionist at MIT, has shown that eating refined carbs like cake, candy, cookies, or white bread raises serotonin and endorphins in the brain, creating a happy, peaceful state—which is why you turn to carbs when you’re anxious and stressed. These spikes of happy hormones make you calm only in the short term, however. You are literally self-medicating with food.

Some people crave sweets and others, bread. It doesn’t matter, because it all converts quickly to sugar in your body and feeds the cravings more. Fortunately, you can trick your system not to be hungry. Some tips to satisfy cravings the smart way:

  • * Reach for fruit when a craving hits. Fruit is your best defense against insulin spikes and the resulting cravings.

  • * Be prepared. If you know that the afternoon is when you’re likely to crave junk, stash healthy snacks in your desk, like carrots, nuts, a low-cal protein bar, celery with peanut butter, hard-boiled eggs, or prepackaged foods under 150 calories and five grams of sugar.

  • * Beware of high-protein diets like Atkins. These ultimately fail because they cause serotonin levels in the brain to fall sharply. You’ll feel moody as a result, and want to reach for sweets and refined carbs as an antidote.

  • * Move your body. People who exercise regularly rarely have cravings. Why? Working out helps rebalance your hormones and increases feel-good chemicals in your body.

Estrogen: Balance This Hormone and Be Thin

Estrogen is a wonderful hormone. In the right amount, it makes conception and pregnancy possible. It’s also a natural mood lifter and skin toner.

Estrogen works in sync with progesterone, and both hormones need to be in balance. Progesterone is the estrogen police; it helps balance estrogen. In the right ratio, the two hormones help the body burn fat for energy, act as an antidepressant, assist metabolism, and promote sleep. When your body doesn’t have enough progesterone to keep the estrogen in check, you become estrogen-dominant. Unfortunately, in America, we become estrogen-dominant in another way: We are fed foods that cause the problem.

Estrogen dominance can wreak havoc. Too much estrogen in our bodies leads to weight gain, cellulite, and some female cancers. It also slows down your thyroid gland (which controls metabolism). Your metabolic rate drops like mad. There’s more: Estrogen causes water and salt to be retained in bodily tissues. This makes you look soft and spongy. This type of serious bloat not only makes you look bad, but also activates an enzyme that makes your body store fat. You can gain ten to fifty pounds of fat! A young woman can have the slow, screwed-up metabolism of a menopausal woman. Estrogen dominance can also cause anxiety, brain fog, low sex drive, and poor blood sugar control.

Environmental toxins, rampant stress, nutritional deficiencies, and the estrogens leaching into our food supply have turned America into an estrogen-dominant society. Here are a few things that can cause estrogen dominance:

  • * Processed foods or foods rich in sugar (this includes bread products such as crackers or bagels, too). Processed foods are practically devoid of fiber, and you need fiber in your diet. Fiber from natural foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables moves estrogen out of the body. Without enough dietary fiber, estrogen builds up and increases the hormonal burden on your system.

  • * Alcohol and caffeine. Having more than two cups of coffee per day increases estrogen. Alcohol impedes the liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen. When the liver fails to break down estrogen, it stays in the body and makes you fat.

  • * Estrogen compounds are fed to chickens and cattle to increase meat, egg, and dairy production. These estrogens can then get passed on to us when we eat meat, eggs, and poultry, or drink milk. Our bodies are becoming a stew of excessive estrogen stimulation, and it’s wrecking our health!

  • * Some plastics. Heating up plastics, either by microwaving foods in plastic containers or drinking hot beverages out of plastic cups, releases bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen compound. BPA then leaches into the food, causing estrogen to be produced. So think twice before heating plastic containers in the microwave or drinking out of plastic cups. When buying bottled water, look for containers that have a number 7 in their recycling code; those don’t usually contain BPA.

ARE YOU ESTROGEN-DOMINANT?

IF THREE OR MORE of these statements fit you, you may be estrogen-dominant and should have your hormone levels tested.

  • I’m older than thirty-five.

  • I’ve been gaining weight for no apparent reason.

  • I have noticeable cellulite.

  • I suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

  • My periods are heavy and irregular.

  • I am often anxious, irritable, and moody.

  • My eyes and face are often puffy.

  • I’ve been losing interest in sex.

  • I have trouble sleeping.

  • My body retains water.

  • I have frequent headaches.

  • I often feel forgetful.

  • My breasts sometimes feel lumpy.

  • My breasts sometimes feel tender.

Under normal conditions, hormones do their jobs properly. They’re disassembled by the body and removed from the bloodstream. Environmental estrogens that we ingest from the food supply or get from plastics, however, tend to stay in the body and remain active for much longer periods, where they promote estrogen dominance and make you gain weight. To stabilize your body’s levels of estrogen, you need to reduce its production and assist its breakdown and elimination—all of which you can do by undertaking a natural approach. Here are some suggestions.

EAT HORMONE-FRIENDLY

Eliminate sugar and highly processed foods. Look for organic meat and dairy products that are certified free of hormones. Boost your intake of whole grains, plant-based proteins, good fats, colorful fruits and vegetables, green tea, and good sweeteners like Truvia, which is a stevia-based sweetener. Stevia is an herb that has been commercialized as a natural sweetener. It is approximately three hundred times sweeter than sugar and has a negligible effect on blood sugar levels.

DRINK WITH CARE

Water (three liters daily) helps cleanse your liver and kidneys, allowing your body to excrete hormones efficiently. Avoid caffeinated beverages; while caffeine produces an initial lift, it also stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol (a stress hormone), worsening anxiety, fatigue, and other symptoms. As for alcohol, consuming too much can compromise the liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen, which can cause estrogen levels to rise. Minimize its use or avoid it altogether.

KEEP STRESS IN CHECK

When women are under severe stress, they’re less likely to ovulate. If you don’t ovulate, you don’t produce progesterone during the second half of your cycle. Without enough progesterone to keep estrogen in check, the negative effects of estrogen can become more pronounced. Stress also raises levels of cortisol, which causes other hormones to get out of balance, and decreases testosterone. Starting a positive and life-changing new program can relieve stress and give you an attitude shift. Stress relief starts when you take control over your life!

Cortisol Creates Stress Fat

Speaking of stress, if you stay stressed out, you’re working against your body’s natural desire to stay thin and healthy! Cortisol is made in the adrenal glands and is the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar, the movement of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into and out of the cells, and muscle function.

A single bout of stress—say, you swerve to avoid a collision on the highway—causes your cortisol level to surge instantly, but it soon returns to normal. Cortisol is meant to help your body respond appropriately to these occasional short-lived alarms. Chronic stress, however, is an unnatural state for the body, and when it’s sustained or frequently repeated, cortisol levels get jammed in high gear.

When exposed to chronic stress, the body is bathed in a flood of cortisol, leading to higher insulin levels and an around-the-clock appetite, typically for sweets and fatty foods. Elevated cortisol stockpiles calories, storing them in fat cells in the tummy for future use. It also causes a drop in the brain chemical serotonin, leading to depression, irritability, and cravings.

Elevated cortisol levels can cause thinning skin, muscle wasting, memory loss, high blood pressure, dizziness, hot flashes, excessive facial hair, and other masculinizing tendencies. That’s not so hot, is it? I know it’s so hard to live stress-free, but you can change what you stress over. You may not be able to control what happens at work or who does what to you, but you do have control over how you respond. Take an active role in balancing your body, and stop freaking out about your weight and food all the time. A healthy response to stress will make you naturally feel less stressed out. A fit and healthy person can easily deal with spiked cortisol, but an unhealthy dieter will gain a slow metabolism.

The good news is you can keep all cortisol hell from breaking loose by eating regular, healthy meals. Foods that keep cortisol in check include casein-rich cottage cheese, green leafy vegetables, whole-grain breads, mushrooms, and fruits, especially berries. Exercise keeps cortisol from taking over your body.

Self-medicating with alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, sugar, and over-the-counter drugs to control stress is just masking your stress instead of managing it. Stop the use of these “pick-me-ups” and you’ll get a consistent feeling of well-being. One month into my program and you’ll be less dependent on these things. I have seen it time and again with all of my clients. Your body will naturally start rejecting the bad things you used to rely on. With better habits in place, you’ll be less thrown by cortisol—and you’ll start naturally losing weight.

Leptin: Tame Your Appetite

The fat cells in your body produce a hormone called leptin. At adequate levels, leptin works as an appetite suppressant. In other words, it tells your brain when it’s time to stop shoving fries in your face. It also keeps your metabolism high and averts drops in testosterone.

But when levels are too low, leptin signals your body to store fat. So obviously, you want to keep levels of leptin high in your body, and there are ways to do that naturally.

EASE BACK ON ASIAN FOOD

Yes, it’s often greasy, but that’s not the only reason it can pack on pounds. According to a study in Obesity, people who eat lots of monosodium glutamate (MSG) are twice as likely to be overweight as those who rarely eat foods with the flavor enhancer. This is because MSG may lower levels of leptin. Next time you order at an Asian restaurant, have them hold the MSG. And check ingredients in foods: MSG is often listed as “hydrolyzed protein.”

FAT-BURNING FACT: LEPTIN HIBERNATES IN WINTER

DOES YOUR APPETITE get ravenous when the temperature plunges? Blame it on leptin. According to a recent study, some people may not process leptin as efficiently during the winter, causing them to gain weight.

Experts aren’t sure why this is the case, but they agree that better leptin production can curb your appetite and make you feel fuller.

Source: The National Institute of Mental Health

LOG ENOUGH ZZZS

Your body produces leptin while you sleep, so skimping on sleep can drastically lower levels.

EAT SLOWLY

It takes approximately twenty minutes for leptin to kick in, and you start feeling full. Eat part of your meal, stop, drink a glass of water, wait a few minutes, then continue eating the rest. This trick is especially helpful over the holidays or at restaurants, when there’s more food around to tempt you.

EAT FISH

Seafood is known to raise leptin levels in the body, because of the omega-3 fatty acids it contains. Shoot for at least two to three fish meals a week. Not everyone likes fish, of course. An alternative is to supplement with omega-3s. Take one to three grams a day with food.

GET IN SYNC WITH ZINC

Being deficient in zinc results in less leptin. Women need at least nine milligrams daily of this energy-boosting mineral, the amount in most multivitamin-mineral tablets. Zinc-rich foods include poultry and seafood.

The bottom line is that out-of-whack hormones make you fat and keep you fat. Manipulate your hormones and improve your body chemistry through the right foods and exercise, and expect to lose pounds. Once you begin my program, you’ll discover how easy it is to get your hormones under control and manage your weight. You’re the boss of your hormones.

CELLULITE SUCKS!

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE to have a dimple-free butt and thighs? But as we age, our bodies tend to develop cellulite. Cellulite is fat that gets trapped between fibers that connect your muscles to your skin. The fibers are like the stitching on a down quilt—cellulite puffs out between them. The more fat you have between fibers, the more visible your cellulite tends to be.

Blame cellulite mostly on estrogen. It causes fat storage in the hips, thighs, and butt in preparation for childbearing. It also makes fat cells stick together, contributing to the dimply effect of cellulite.

But those lumps are also signs of an unhealthy lifestyle. Having cellulite doesn’t mean you’re fat—just toxic. You can greatly minimize cellulite with a few simple lifestyle changes:

  • * Drink three liters of water with lemon juice throughout the day to prevent water retention and flush the liver—a culprit in cellulite formation.

  • * Cut fried and processed foods and pass on the Big Macs. These foods ultimately interfere with blood circulation and lymph drainage. Sluggish circulation and drainage prevent sufficient waste and toxin elimination. Lymph builds up and makes cellulite appear worse.

  • * Go green. Fill up on these cellulite-busting vegetables: celery, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, parsley, green peppers, and root veggies like turnips and parsnips. These foods nourish the liver and have a detoxifying effect on the body. Asparagus is a great diuretic to help prevent water retention.

  • * Eat apples. An apple a day can keep cellulite away. The pectin found in apples (and carrots) is an important phytochemical that strengthens the immune and detoxification systems of the body.

  • * Exercise. It helps by increasing lymph flow. In addition, weight lifting builds more muscle, making the skin overlying your hips and thighs more taut. The tighter your skin, the less obvious the cellulite is.

2

You Are a Sugar Addict

  • In This Chapter:

  • * Sugar overload and weight gain

  • * Sugar addiction

  • * Hidden sugars

  • * How sugar kills

The biggest reason people get fat is sugar. I work with overweight clients who tell me all the time, “I don’t really like sweets.” After surveying their diets, I see that they’re loaded with bread, yogurt, and cereals—all foods that are laced with hidden sugars. They don’t eat plain oatmeal, for example; they eat a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal containing eleven grams of sugar. If this sounds like your dietary habits, trust me, you’re addicted to sugar, whether you realize it or not. I know I was.

When I was younger, I was hooked on daily candy, Pop-Tarts, sugary cereal, and soda. Sugar became my number-one coping mechanism; eating it was part of my routine. I liked the instant high I felt, and I looked forward to all my processed goodies throughout the day. I especially loved anything that combined bread and sugar—you know, like doughnuts and cupcakes. Because of my addiction to sugar, I was hyperactive in school and had learning disabilities. But they all cleared up when I decreased sugar in my diet. I now know sugar for what it is: poison to your system.

I’ve said it to my clients a million times: Sugar is the devil. It has zero nutritional value and weakens your immune system. It throws off your metabolic functions and is highly addictive.

Years ago, I came across the book Sugar Blues, in which author William Dufty spelled out his theory that sugar is a drug, not a food. He called the sugar pick-me-up “mortgaged energy,” because “more and more nutrients are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance” in your system. Once I read that book, I never thought about sugar the same way again. His book led me to design my five-days-on, two-days-off plan, in which you cut out sugar for five days in a row and let your brain and body start functioning normally. You’ll learn more about this in chapter 5.

But let me say this now: You will be so excited when you see how fast you lose weight on this plan—and how wonderful you’ll feel—after you kick your sugar habit. A lot of experts want you to believe that grazing on small amounts of sugar daily is fine. I’m here to tell you it’s not! Sugar is the most damaging ingredient in the American diet. It’s making you fat and sick!

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere

Sugar is the leading food additive in the U.S. food supply and is making us a nation of sugar junkies. You’re fed sugar in almost every product from childbirth on. It’s in practically everything you eat now. In fact, the average American downs thirty teaspoons of added sugar daily! That’s 480 nutritionally empty calories of added sugar every day. As a nation, we’re pushing maximum density. Headlines call it “an epidemic of obesity.” It’s no coincidence that this epidemic has progressed in step with our sugar consumption.

Refined sugar is technically sucrose, or common table sugar. The other sugars you need to be aware of include dextrose (corn sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), maltose (malt sugar), and lactose (milk sugar).

Refined white sugar was once scarce and extremely expensive, a luxury only the wealthy could afford. Early devotees termed it “white gold,” using it only to sweeten the most costly of dishes. The earliest attempts at sugar refining began in the fourth century, in Persia and ancient Arabia, where it was extracted from sugarcane and made into large, golden-brown blocks. Early sugar was less refined—it actually had nutrients in it—and wasn’t made with the nasty chemicals found in today’s counterpart.

You hear sugar advertised as a “natural” food because it’s made from the natural ingredients in sugarcane and sugar beets. Unfortunately, many people have come to equate natural with healthy. There’s nothing natural about sucrose! Ninety percent of the original source (sugarcane or sugar beets) has been removed. The natural brownish color is lightened by chemical bleaching. What’s left is white sugar, stripped of all its minerals and vitamins. Cocaine, too, could be advertised as “made from natural ingredients.” The coca leaf from which it is made is as natural as sugarcane. Both leaf and cane yield similar products—a white crystalline powder with horrible effects.

Sugar isn’t just bad nutrition; it’s health-damaging nutrition. Here’s what I mean: When sugar is found in natural foods and plants (such as apples, berries, or even sugarcane), it comes in a package with the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes needed for its complete digestion. When it’s found in sugar packets or in candy or in the disaster known as high-fructose corn syrup, it contains nothing of any good. The body actually has to borrow from its stores of nutrients in order to process it. Sugar literally eats up the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. This depresses your immune system, and that’s why sugar can make you so sick.

Your Brain on Sugar

When you eat refined sugar, it goes straight to your intestines, bypassing any chemical breakdown in your body. From the intestines, it’s absorbed right into the bloodstream. Your blood glucose level spikes fast. Your brain registers this sugar hit with a drug-like reaction. Sugar triggers the release of the same natural brain opioids released when shooting heroin, which are associated with positive feelings such as pleasure, energy, and euphoria. That release makes most people feel good, but it makes sugar-addicted people feel absolutely high. And when sugar is taken away, you get the same withdrawal signs, including “the shakes” and changes in brain chemistry, as those caused by withdrawal from heroin, nicotine, or booze. As drugs do, sugar stimulates the reward pathways of the brain.

When you’re addicted to sugar, you need more to feel better. Your life starts being focused on getting a sugar fix. And by the way, when I talk about sugar, I don’t just mean candy and cookies. I’m also talking about carbohydrates that are quickly converted to sugar, such as bagels, breads, croutons, rolls, crackers, and more. Their rapid conversion to sugar causes a corresponding hike in insulin. High insulin prevents the breakdown of body fat.

When you’re on sugar, the brain signals insulin to rush in and hold down the sugar. Glucose levels then plummet. The adrenal glands have to step in to release fat-producing cortisol to get them back up again. Blood sugar levels crash. You feel tired, irritable, jumpy, and mentally sluggish. The body’s specially balanced mechanisms are just not designed to cope with these sudden, rapid changes in sugar levels.

There is a built-in biological reason that we crave sugary foods. Back when we were foraging through the forest for any little nut or berry as cave dwellers, we developed a genetic predisposition for certain foods. Generally, the fruits and vegetables that tasted sweet were healthy, so we ate them. Foods that tasted bitter were often poisonous. Our instinct for sweetness ensured that we got the nutrients necessary to survive. Of course, our caveman ancestors never ate sugar as pure white sugar. The sweetness of nature for them came embedded in fruits and other plants. In today’s world, processed foods loaded with sugar are a common staple. So if you want to get thin, repeat after me: Eat like a cave woman.

Sure, I’ll admit that alcohol and drug addictions seem like worse threats—but are they? When you find out how sugar is linked to disease and depression, you will think again. If you think you’re sick now, here are the horrifying facts of what’s to come if you keep eating sugar.

Sugar Makes You Fat

Excess sugar wreaks havoc on every organ in the body. Initially, it’s stored in the liver in the form of glycogen. But the liver can hold only so much before it inflates like a balloon. When the liver’s storage capacity gets maxed out, glycogen is expelled in the form of fatty acids. These travel to every part of the body and lodge themselves in our fatty areas: the belly, hips and butt, breasts, and thighs. After these areas are filled, the remaining fatty acids get dealt out to the major organs, including the heart and kidneys. Fat nestles there, releasing toxic chemicals that damage arteries, blood vessels, and organs. Sugar also causes a sluggish metabolism—not to mention the worthless calories it adds. When calories go up, so does your weight.

Not only does ordinary sugar make you fat, so does another common additive in processed foods: high-fructose corn syrup. Made from cornstarch, high-fructose corn syrup is found in everything from cereals to protein bars to breads. The big problem with this crap is that it’s quickly metabolized as fat and prevents the body from knowing it’s full. This is why you can sit down with a box of cookies or chips and eat them until they’re gone.

Fructose as a naturally occurring fruit sugar—found, for example, in an apple—is absolutely fine because it’s surrounded with healthful nutrients, phytochemicals, and fiber. But when fructose is extracted, refined, and made into a liquid sweetener, it’s a poison. Sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup are nightmares, and people eat too much of both.

Sugar Grows Cancer

Does it feel like everywhere you turn, someone else is getting cancer? Or maybe that someone is you. One in three people will get cancer in their lifetime. I don’t like those odds! My mother fought it with chemotherapy, and I promise you, it is one of the nastiest diseases that you can deal with. We all have cells in our bodies that, under favorable conditions, could mutate into cancer anytime. One of those conditions is a high-sugar diet.

Cancer cells multiply rapidly. This process requires a lot of energy. To get enough energy, cancer cells supercharge themselves with glucose. Cancer cells love sugar. Sugar makes tumors grow. You can help stop cells from mutating into cancer through diet and exercise. The most important dietary change you can make will be to greatly decrease the toxin sugar in your diet.

Sugar, of course, jacks up insulin levels. Insulin problems—too much or too little—go far, far beyond diabetes. Insulin stimulates cell growth. Unfortunately, cancer cells have six to ten times the number of insulin receptors—molecules that grab on to the hormone—as normal cells. So if extra insulin hits a preexisting cancer cell, it makes a bad thing deadly. For cancer, insulin is like pouring gasoline on a fire. All this contributes to a greater risk of cancer, because cancer cells thrive when sugar is available.

Here’s a partial list of cancers you may be at greater risk of because of sugar:

  • * Breast cancer. The chance of a woman having breast cancer at some point during her life is about one in eight. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. A study conducted in Italy and published in 2006 in Annals of Oncology found that breast cancer rates coincided with high sugar consumption in thousands of women. The more sugar women ate, the higher their risk. Another study showed that women who are overweight and have high blood sugar tend to develop a very aggressive type of breast cancer that usually kills. This research was published in 2003 in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Is eating too much sugar worth losing your breasts, or your life?

  • * Pancreatic cancer. This is the most lethal of cancers, killing about thirty thousand Americans each year. It usually spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in the early stages. High insulin levels are thought to trigger this horrible cancer.

  • * Colon cancer. This is the third most common cancer among men and women, and has a higher death rate than both breast and prostate cancers. In a study from Harvard, people who ate sugar-infused junk like breads, cereals, cookies, cakes, and other sweets made with white flour were nearly three times more likely to get colon cancer than those who rarely ate those foods. The link between diet and colon cancer is just too strong to ignore.

  • * Stomach cancer. Pure white sugar without fiber, minerals, and vitamins irritates the lining of the stomach and intestinal walls. This increases the risk of stomach cancer, a deadly cancer that kills six out of ten patients.

  • * Endometrial cancer. This is the most common female gynecological cancer in the United States. A risk factor is estrogen. We talked about how estrogen dominance makes you fat, but it may also increase the risk of getting this cancer. Look at your diet: If it’s high in processed foods, you’re in trouble.

This is just the short list of cancers that may be caused in part by sugar. Cancer is a painful disease, and chemo is something you should want to avoid in life at all costs. It harms your body, and you may never fully recover. If this information doesn’t make you want to give up sugar, I don’t know what will!

Sugar Gives You Wrinkles

Sugar makes you fat and may increase your risk of cancer. Guess what else? It ages your skin and causes wrinkles.

In a process called glycation, eating sugar attacks collagen and elastin, both key proteins that make your skin look young. Glycation makes them less elastic and more brittle so they break. Your skin can’t snap back. That’s when fine lines and wrinkles appear, and they don’t go away. You’re stuck with them.

But it gets worse. Collagen and elastin start to mutate, creating harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These build up and cause further inflammation and damage to your collagen and elastin. Sugar actively ages you.

Ditching sugar will make you look and feel ten years younger. Save your money on expensive plastic surgery remedies to look more youthful, and put it into healthier, whole foods and treats.

LOW-BLOOD-SUGAR BLUES

OD ON SUGAR, and you set yourself up for, ironically, low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. The symptoms hit a few hours after a sugar binge: dizziness, weakness, tremors, sweating, even heart palpitations. Because sugar is broken down so fast, the rush of insulin quickly depletes the glucose, and there’s nothing left in reserve. You’re in a state of low blood sugar. About one in every one thousand Americans is walking around with it. It’s not only diabetics who need to be concerned with hypoglycemia. It’s everyone. Low blood sugar causes:

  • * Weight gain

  • * Slow metabolism

  • * Irritability and depression

  • * Constant cravings

  • * Mental confusion

  • * Recurrent yeast infections

  • * Chronic fatigue

  • * Migraines

  • * Damage to vital organs

  • * Coma and death (in uncontrolled diabetes)

Sugar Kills Your Immune System

Sugar wrecks your immune system. Eating just a few teaspoons of sugar can cripple the capacity of certain white blood cells called neutrophils to engulf and destroy bacteria. Neutrophils make up 65 percent of the total white blood cells in circulation. With neutrophils out of commission, you’re vulnerable to developing colds, flu, infections—even chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). With CFS, you feel inexplicably run-down and unrefreshed by sleep. You will not have the energy for intense workouts. And you will want to eat more. You’re as healthy as your immune system. Give up sugar!

Sugar Makes You Stupid

Our brains are very sensitive and react to quick chemical changes within the body, including those caused by too much sugar. Researchers now report that people who have even slightly elevated blood sugar concentrations also have short-term memory impairment. Researchers at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Orangeburg, New York, tested thirty people without any history of memory problems. They found that when volunteers were given an infusion of pure sugar, they couldn’t recall the details of a brief story that had been read to them. Recall was worse if a person didn’t metabolize sugar well—which is usually the case if you eat too much sugar.

What was going on? Scientists think that high-sugar diets disturb blood sugar metabolism. When blood sugar is out of whack, or you have trouble metabolizing sugar, this shrinks memory areas in the brain.

You can change the course at any time by eating differently. Don’t be stupid; don’t get stupid. Get off sugar!

To Avoid Sugar, You Have to Know Where It Hides

Okay, you understand that sugar is a major weight gainer, disease causer, and chronic fatiguer. Now let’s talk about how it’s cleverly hidden in virtually everything we eat, especially packaged and processed foods, from breads and crackers to soups, sauces, and entrées—and even diet foods and low-fat foods. But first, here’s my guideline for sugar: Choose foods with five grams of sugar per serving or less. The body doesn’t register anything five grams and under, so that is optimal.

Popular breakfast cereals are among the worst offenders. For example, start your day with a supposedly good-for-you cup of raisin bran, and you’ve ingested twenty grams of sugar—about the same as gobbling nine Hershey’s Kisses. Special K’s Fruit and Yogurt cereal, another product disguised as healthy, contains eleven grams of sugar. As for hot cereals, a packet of Quaker sweetened instant oatmeal—like Maple & Brown Sugar or Apples & Cinnamon—includes some thirteen grams of sugar, almost all of it table sugar. Then, when you add a cup of nonfat milk, you are adding fourteen more grams of sugar in the form of lactose. Don’t eat this crap! Only get the plain oats that have no sugar. You can add cinnamon, blueberries, and Truvia (a stevia-based sweetener) for sweetening.

Of course, children’s cereals are nothing more than candy. A 2008 analysis by Consumer Reports found that eleven popular breakfast cereals contain at least 40 percent sugar by weight. That’s at least as much sugar as you’d get in a glazed doughnut at the doughnut shop. The analysis was based on a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetics Association.

As for the bagel you grab every morning, unless you get whole wheat or multigrain, your bagel is essentially three to five 1-ounce slices of nutritionally dead white bread. Some specialty bagels, such as Dutch apple & raisin bagels, contain thirty-three grams of sugar. That’s the same amount you get in a piece of chocolate cake!

Sugar hides in foods under clever names like beet sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltodextrin, maltitol (a sugar alcohol), mannitol (a sugar alcohol), sorbitol (a sugar alcohol), sucrose, and turbinado sugar. These sugars are in everything from protein bars and shakes to breads and dairy. Don’t waste your time looking at the ingredients on the label. You’re just going to be overwhelmed. Eat only the foods that have five grams or under per serving, and you will be fine.

ARE YOU A SUGAR ADDICT?

Sugar addiction is serious. To see if you’re really hooked, take this questionnaire. Answer yes or no to the questions below, and be as honest as you can.

  1. Do you snack frequently on sweet foods or drink sweet beverages between meals?

  2. Do you often feel shaky, weak, or irritable after eating sugary foods?

  3. Do you eat sugary desserts most days of the week?

  4. Would you describe yourself as chronically tired most days of the week?

  5. Do you usually put sugar in coffee or tea?

  6. Do you use sweet condiments (jams, jellies, syrups, and the like) daily?

  7. At parties, do you gravitate toward the sweets?

  8. When you were a kid, did your parents give you sweets for being good?

  9. After eating sweets, do you feel euphoric, only to have your mood plunge afterward?

  10. When you get cravings, are they mostly for bread or sweets?

  11. Do you suffer from frequent headaches?

  12. Do you usually grab a doughnut or bagel for breakfast?

  13. Do you drink soft drinks almost daily?

  14. When you go to the snack counter at the movies, do you usually buy candy?

  15. If you order an alcoholic beverage, is it usually something sweet like a piña colada or frozen margarita?

If you answered yes to three or more questions, the chances are that you are a sugar addict.

Fat-Free, Sugar-Heavy

One of the biggest places sugar hides is in fat-free foods like cakes, cookies, ice cream, salad dressings, and snacks. These foods often contain more sugar (and sometimes more calories!) than the regular versions. Why? Manufacturers took the fat out of food and boosted the sugar to give it flavor. A SnackWell devil’s food cookie has fifty calories and no fat. A Keebler Soft Batch cookie has eighty calories and 3.5 grams of fat. Which cookie has more sugar? The SnackWell with seven grams, compared with five grams in the Keebler. Remember, fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does.



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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Being Fat Is a Problem, Staying Fat Is a Disaster 1

Part 1 This Is Why You're Fat

1 It's All About Chemistry, Baby 13

2 You Are a Sugar Addict 27

3 Three Organs That Make You Fat or Skinny 40

Part 2 This Is How You Eat to Get Hot and Healthy

4 Add to Lose: My 2-Week Jump Start 57

5 Deprivation Doesn't Work: My 5 + 2 Food Plan 67

6 Get Thin in the Real World 91

Part 3 This Is How You Exercise to Get Hot and Healthy

7 20 Minutes to a Faster Metabolism: My 2-Week Cardio Plan 113

8 Building the Perfect Machine 123

9 My Fat-Burning Exercises 132

10 Form, Function, Fatigue: Power Circuits 165

Part 4 This Is How You Stay Hot and Healthy

11 Metaphysiques 195

Appendix A Hot and Healthy Meal Plans and Recipes 209

Appendix B Sample Food Journal 284

Appendix C Sample Training Log 289

Appendix D Bibliography 291

Appendix E Resources 295

Index 297

About the Author 306

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

    This is Why You're Fat

    What a treat! Jackie Warner rocks! "This Is Why You're Fat" (And How To Get Thin Forever) A book that is loaded with some new ideas. For example, drinking a decaf green tea in the evening increases L-Theanine a chemical that releases dopamine and serotonin this regulates the appetite, a persons mood, energy and cravings, it also contains compounds that block fat storage. She says to mix the green tea with a herbal fruit tea for extra flavor. Of course there is her eating 5 meals a day, eat before hunger pangs hit so your food isn't stored as fat, drink 3 liters of lemon water a day, a lot of information on what to eat and why, examples of meals. The 5 days of eating clean and having 2 days of being allowed a'cheat meal" Then Jackie gives even more! Exercise moves, detailed pictures making sure to inspire and educate.

    20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    This Is Why You're Fat

    Jackie Warner may be the fitness guru to the stars but this book is a book for anyone that wants to lose weight and get healthy. I liked the layout of the book as she lays out the plan and what you should do and follows with helpful extras. The book contains detailed pictures and instructions for the weight training portion of the plan, menus and recipes, and appendices with charts to help you plan and track your meals and exercise. Jackie writes in an easy to read, motivational, get your butt in gear and do it attitude that I really liked. The food plan is one that I would actually use with food items I would eat. Most of the diet and health books I have read before contain ingredients and food items that I have never heard of or are items that are hard to find in my area. I am overweight and unhealthy and this book has motivated me to make a change. I have set up another blog just for my journey in following Warner's plan. I would love for any of you to join me in using her plan or just stop by to read about my journey. Check it out at:
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  • Posted May 1, 2010

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    Jackie GET'S IT ... WILL WE? THINK LEAN INSTEAD OF THIN

    Wonderful inspiring book that puts a lot of complicated information, (typically), into straight forward language and she is, herself, inspiring.

    I put three years without working, (saved for it), into getting fit and lean in the early nineties and NEVER felt better in my entire life. 12% bodyfat - lost 110 lbs in 1.5 years and was able to run 5 miles easily and had a 42 resting heart rate. Yes.... these are the data you want to track if you want to be really fit. But.... I was working out 2 hours daily and eating a very disciplined diet. I did find that, once I got really fit, I was able to maintain my fitness on 45 minutes a day - BUT at the beginning it felt miserable and I was very fat, sweaty, breathless,
    sore and exhausted. You truly have to muscle through about 6-8 months of this before you see real gains that you can feel - although you are gaining fitness right from the beginning.... biggest gain in the first 6 weeks % percentage wise.

    Unfortunately, I also ran smack into a divorce after all of this effort and returned to the corporate world after this amazing sojourn. Lost everything in 3 years - except I noticed that my weight stayed stable without moving at all after the first 3 months of working out.... amazing because after that - it skyrocketed upwards - That explains the science of your metabolism and how bodies burn fuel (think muscle and mitochondria - aka aerobic fitness)

    No matter what anyone says - in order to be really fit and lean - you have to MAKE IT THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY in your life to MAINTAIN it.

    Our American way way of eating is called by nutritionists the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) and our typical lifestyle is sedentary (both at work and at home). It's frankly horrifying.

    Jackie - I love your show and your spirit. The only thing I would change is the use of the old and tired word "thin" in your book jacket.... Really, didn't you mean LEAN?

    Love, a great fan

    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    The most direct truth of why your butt is big. No BS and no sugarcoating! Excellent read!

    This is, by far, the most simple, straight forward, bs free diet book ever written. I've read so many and few can I name or remember the content of. Jackie speaks to you in the most basic way- explaining what's going on with your body and how to fix it- without gimmicks, lies, hidden agendas and everything else you've come across in a diet book. With our society so hyper sensitive to diet and fitness it's amazing we have an obesity epidemic. Perhaps it's the information overload?! Jackie totally breaks it down to a reasonable and rational approach that won't clutter your already "stuffed" body.

    There's work to be done to get your hottest body yet and this is the first step. Jackie is so helpful and motivating without putting you down but with a perfect dose of candor and tough love to make sure you realize you can achieve your fitness and health goals. This books will speak to that inner you who struggles with body image, self esteem, self hate and all those awful demeaning things you tell yourself.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Awesome

    A friend recommended this book and i read it all in a few hours. This plan is amazing because although it is an easy concept to eat raw/clean and avoid sugar it is nice to see so many reasons why. I think Jackie's 5+2 plan will really help more people stay on track. I purposely waited a while after trying her plan to review this and it is working for me! So happy I read this book. It has honestly changed my life.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    Buy this book if you want to lose weight.

    I am so thrilled about this book. I havent finished it yet but started following the advice. I am trimming down and losing pounds after only 6 days! I am recommending this book to everyone I know!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Very Informative!

    Having gained 30 pounds since loosing my job over a year ago, I needed a plan that was easy for me to stick to, and not a fly by night fad. Jackie gives you all the information you need on what to eat, how to exercise and to get healthy! I especially love the jump start 2 week program and the 5+2 plan. Once you get used to the program, your mind will be trained to eat healthy and to avoid junk food. I've already lost over 5 pounds since getting this book almost a month ago. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a program that is real with real results to be had.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    Great!

    A non-nonsense, easy approach to eating right and getting healthier. Finally a diet and exercise book that explains why you need to eat right and how it will immediately impact your life/moods/and energy!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

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    Great diet.

    I have been a fan of Jackie Warner since Work Out on Bravo. In this book, she tells you what you're doing wrong and how to correct it--and with what foods. I got a lot out of the diet and think it will work long term.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    I have struggled with my weight ever since I knew what "fat" meant. Reading this book, I realized not only how to lose weight but what it is that has made my body look like it does right now. Jackie understands that it isn't just about diet and exercise, it's about a whole new vision of the life you have and the one you want. Anyone who is overweight should read this book. It's a real eye-opener.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    I found this book to be so easy to read an understand. I loved the parts that explained how to get your hormones back in balance! I was eating clean all summer last year and this has me back on track. I wish i had read it last year then i wouldnt have had to scour the web for the few vauge bits of info i found on the supplements and vitamins. This is a must for any one looking for the real deal, Not a magic pill. And its true your cravings for crap food really do go away quickly. I just wanna say thank you Jackie!!!! This is gonna be my best summer yet!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Amazing!

    I like Jackies tough love attitude, very inspiring! Ive lost 20 lbs so far!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    this was great!

    I was imedeatly imersed into this book. I lost 300 pounds after 2 years. Read this bokk if you want stop being a fatty!!!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    Great Book

    This book is just plain good sense. What shocked me so much is the simple things she tells you to add for the first 2 weeks actually DO take away your cravings sugar and refined foods. I have never been full eating healthy except now. I have lost 5lbs in the 2 weeks initial stage (which is not even starting her plan yet!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2010

    At last !

    Bravo Jackie ! I am insulin resistant and it has been near impossible for me to lose any weight. On a recent 1200 calorie a day diet I only lost 3 pounds in 5 weeks (not a typo) In a little less than 2 weeks, along with exercise I have lost 3 pounds on Jackie's plan. I don't know how this plan has you eating more and losing weight but I am here to tell you this plan works......I am actually having a hard time eating everything each day. I am thrilled with all the in formation in this book and cannot recommend it highly enough. This is such an easy doable plan that I know I will not only reach my goal but will not be gaining any of the weight back.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Warriors den

    Foxtail deputy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    This Book was fantastic. Extremely detailed and full of so much

    This Book was fantastic. Extremely detailed and full of so much information , but from a different perspective. She explains that you can make changes, it won't be easy, but is absolutely doable. I benefited from this read, and continue to do so. I read her book at the beginning of the month and started her program around Jan 9th and have lost 9 lbs so far. It is coming off slowly, but I am seeing so much definition in my muscles from the strength training workouts and cardio combinations! I recommend this book to anyone that wants to feel fit and fabulous!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Fabulous! Butt kicking.

    Fabulous! Butt kicking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    To "IT IT THE WORST NOOK EVER"

    Are you saying this for attention, or did this really happen?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    A good read! I learned a lot!

    Just what the title says!

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