This revolutionary new book debunks the myths long perpetrated by the diet and weight-loss industries.
Are you tired of buying diet book after diet book? Have you tried every exercise class at your gym? Are you ready to toss the whole concept of diet and exercise out the window? It's time to try something different.
Do you believe that obesity is a disease that causes 400,000 deaths a year? It's not true! Did you know that the definitions for "overweight" and "obese" were invented by the Weight Loss Industry?
Studies prove that most people who yo-yo diet actually gain weight over time because Their body raises its set point to protect against all the famines it is experiencing. The Weight Loss Industry itself has annual revenues of more than $50 Billion!
Have you accepted the the idea that only way to avoid regaining weight after a diet is to exercise for an hour a day, most days of the week? That's not necessary!
If you're ready for a real change, and ready to take back control of your body, let "The Great Fat Fraud" provide you with the road map.
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About the Author
I'm a professional speaker. I go around the world giving speeches and I often conduct two day training programs helping people become better negotiators. And I thought, "I'm up on my feet for two days, I'm walking around during the class, so I must be fit."
As I got a bit older, I began to huff and puff a little bit as I climbed a flight of stairs and my energy level seemed a bit lower. But I'm a trainer, I'm in shape, I'm okay. You see, I had a black belt in denial.
But I wasn't the only one who was getting little a bit concerned. My wife Jeannie was also concerned about her fitness level, but she did something about it. She went out and took one of those fitness assessments. And then she started working out.
So you know, well, she's doing something about it, I better not just sit around, I'd better do something. So I figured, I'll take that fitness test and just ace it.
Do you know what they said? It was all lies! Slander, defamation of character! They said I was a middle-aged, out-of-shape, male. I'll sue!
The trouble was, they were being kind. The truth was that I was a terribly out-of-shape, middle-aged male. And you know, down deep, I really was a little concerned. Maybe I should do something about it. And so I started my journey to fitness.
There just had to be a better way. I started to do some research and it was just amazing how much the experts and researchers knew that the rest of us had no idea was out there. I figured, "I'm a professional speaker, I'll put together a speech and share all this new information with the world."
And so, over about a year's time, I accumulated a bunch of books and several hundred scientific research articles and put it all together in a speech. I christened myself "The Recovering Couch Potato."
As I read the research on fitness, I couldn't help bumping into discussions on weight and obesity and their relationship to fitness. And so inevitably, you follow the footnote trail. And the more I read, the more amazed and appalled I became. Here was all this information that all these brilliant researchers had developed and that nobody was talking about. In fact, everybody was saying just the opposite.
Time to set the record straight and speak truth to power.
And thus was born "The Great Fat Fraud."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a quick book to read and yet interesting at the same time. The author has lots of research to back up his claims. I like the idea of walking as a way to keep my weight where it is and not have to worry about it going up every year as I age. Getting old stinks and getting fat and old really stinks. This book put lots of claims to rest about how you can't be healthy and carry a bit of weight. Your skinny friends may be at a greater risk of early death then you are.find out why when you read this book. Exercise is not a dirty word and walking is an easy way to get it done. 10,000 steps a day about 5 miles, this included the walking you do all day long, about 3500-4000 steps a day on average. Kick that up to 10,000 and don't gain back the weight you just worked so hard to lose or don't put on those aging pounds everyone seems to carry in middle age. Read this book and find out why the way you have tried to lose weight or keep extra pounds from finding you has failed every time in the past. Walking is the key, 10,000 steps a day.go get a pedometer and start seeing how you are doing..then kick it up to 10,000 steps for health and a healthy weight to boot.
We are an obese nation. We don't need scientific studies or media blitz stories to prove that. A simple walk outside the house and into the streets of the towns and cites and malls and fast food joints displays the evidence of this fact. The number of very heavy to overweight to obese to morbidly obese friends and neighbors has increased - especially now that the computer reigns and there is no need to shop in stores or grocery markets or even movie houses to obtain needs. Sit, click, and without expending energy it all is delivered. Recognizing this architectural anatomic change has, in the good old American way, stimulated responses to cash in on the data and visual landscape. There are now diet centers galore in every shopping mall, hefty volumes of books on correct nutrition and miracle diets, pills and drinks, gyms, spas that massage/laser/injects promises for a slimmer look, and plastic and other weight reduction surgeries to sculpt the obese body down to functional form. And of course it all costs money - a commodity slipping away daily as the economy slides toward who knows where. Mike Schatzki has come up with an antidote and while the writing in this book is a bit on the plebeian end of the scale, a factor that at times makes the reader lose faith in his message, the information here is valid and falls into the common sense 'why didn't I think of that' category. Very simply reduced (pardon the pun) to a few words, the key to living longer is not in fad dieting, or colon cleansing, or starvation, or expensive surgery or programs that require constant input of money in order to stay 'in the non-fat club', but instead the secret to good health is staying fit - no matter the size of the body container in which you exist. And the news here, the way to get and stay fit, is to take 10,000 steps a day. Those 10,00 steps a day can combine normal activity (though Schatzki encourages non-sedentary activity such as parking a long way from a destination making the foot transportation to an everyday activity increase, etc), shopping in the big malls that require footwork for ambulation, and coupling that with walking around the house, in your neighborhood streets, in parks, on school playing fields and tracks. Pretty cheap technique for controlling fitness. Schatzki does give ample scientific data to back up his debunking of the 'fat fraud', and while he likely will annoy those creative minds who have formed the Weight Watchers Group template ideas and fitness gyms and expensive diet pills and regimens, he really must be appreciated for his providing a new look at the 'obesity epidemic'. He introduces humor that is pointed: 'So your Internal Director of Storing Fat to Survive the Next Famine is somewhat in conflict with your Internal Director of Gathering Food to Make Sure There Is No Famine in the first place.' He details all of the 'weight loss' adjuncts available and basically debunks them: they are temporary stopgaps that once finished result in a return to the original state that drove us to partake in them. Once again, if fitness is the key to maintaining health and we train ourselves to take 10,000 steps a day, then the other fads are less important. All we need is commitment and a pedometer and we're off and walking to good health. This is another view and a very healthy one. Schatzki is the first to encourage correcting poor nutritional habits and to look in the mirror and see it there is someone looking back at us whose physique