9781579542412

Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss

Shapiro, Dr. Howard M.

ISBN 10: 1579542417 / 1-57954-241-7
ISBN 13: 9781579542412
Publisher: Rodale Books
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
The secret to taking off those hated pounds?
"I lost 25 pounds living up to Dr. Shapiro's simple plan for reducing my waistline. What worked for me were the visual aids-- a picture can be worth 1,000 calories! They don't call him the Prince of Pounds for nothing!"--Dennis Duggan, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, Newsday

Dr. Shapiro proves that great eating and weight loss can go hand in hand if you make the right choices.

Starting the day right, eating out for pleasure or business, enjoying a snack or even a chocolate indulgence-- it can all be done without gaining weight, if you follow the "picture perfect" guidelines in this book.

Dr. Shapiro's proven program of Food Awareness Training empowers you to take charge of your eating. You can stop depriving yourself, stop feeling guilty-- and stop dieting. Whether you want to lose 100 pounds or want to maintain the healthy weight you have now, here are the images that will instantly change your habits for life.

Review:
On the left is one small, fat-free, no-sugar-added muffin. On the right is a cornucopia of food--several pounds of fruit and a pair of whole-wheat rolls. The calorie counts are identical: 720.

There sits Dr. Howard Shapiro's point: dieters imagine that they're saving calories by eating the "virtuous" snack on the left, whereas in reality they're depriving themselves of the mountain of food on the right.

Dr. Shapiro believes that there are no bad foods, no right or wrong reasons to eat, no perfect number of meals in any given day. He doesn't believe in telling clients at his weight-loss clinic in Manhattan when they can or can't eat. Some of them are celebrities and corporate executives with such busy lives that mealtimes are often unpredictable. So Dr. Shapiro reassures them that a calorie is a calorie, whether you eat it before or after 9 p.m. He helps them lose weight by showing them different foods, set side by side, and how the seemingly healthier choice might actually be equal to or greater in calories than a bunch of foods that would seem to be off-limits to someone trying to lose weight.

In Picture Perfect Weight Loss, he uses photos of foods to demonstrate these choices. Thus, a "healthy" carob bar is shown to be equal in calories to 10 scoops of Italian ices. A 10-ounce loaf of crusty bread is shown to be equal to a tiny dish of Chex Mix. Two ounces of reduced-fat cheese are shown to be equal in calories and fat grams to two ounces of salami.

The photos pit all types of snacks and many meal choices against each other, and account for sugar, salt, and starch cravings. The text--easy to read even when discussing scientific principles that scientists don't fully understand yet--covers everything from exercise to nutrition labels to menus from some of the world's top restaurants, with the healthiest food choices highlighted.

Regular dieters, though, might want to skip all that until they've read the appendix explaining why the most popular fad diets--from the Atkins diet to Suzanne Somers's--are unhealthy, overly restrictive, or just based on misunderstood science. That alone might be worth the price of Picture Perfect Weight Loss. --Lou Schuler

Review

Review:
"Using full-page color pictures comparing foods, serving size by serving size, Dr. Shapiro showed me how to dine like a king, yet consume the calories of a pauper."--Don Mauer, author of Lean and Lovin' It and A Guy's Guide to Great Eating

"Here are graphic facts that dispel old wives' tales and common misinformation . . . a great addition to everyone's library."--Rebecca Nachimie, M.D., OB-GYN, attending, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

"Dr. Shapiro's approach, the produt of years of success, relies on the visual impact of food. I recommend it! Food Awareness Training should be part of any nutritional prescription."--Jeffrey I. Mechanick, M.D., director, metabolic support, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

"Using intelligent indulgence and gentle guidance, Dr. Shapiro dignifies the management of weight by structuring informed choices for a balanced, flexible, and healthy regimen. The book gives us--as people, not patients--the tools for life and health."--Peter J. Linden, M.D., diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery, New York--London-Nantucket

"Losing weight is easy if your food choices are satisfying. Dr. Shapiro shows you how to achieve success!"--Gayle Reichler, R.D., author of Active Wellness--Feel Good for Life

"A wonderful book that gives a clear picture of the perfect attitude for achieving the very best quality of life."--Princess Marina Pignatelli, journalist and writer

"Dr. Shapiro's pictures are vivid and clear: It's a truly new approach."--John La Puma, M.D., medical director, CHEF Clinic (Cooking, Healthy Eating, and Fitness), Elk Grove Village, Illinois

About the Author

Howard M. Shapiro, D.O., is 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. His practice, started in 1978, includes nutritionists, psychologists, and exercise instructors. Among his patients are many leaders in business, the arts, entertainment, and politics.

Dr. Shapiro received national attention by helping men and women in the New York City police force slim down with Food Awareness Training. Picture Perfect Weight Loss is his first book.

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