You: On a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management
You: On a Diet: What It Is
You: On a Diet is a best-selling diet book from the surgeon Oprah
made famous: Dr. Mehmet Oz, and co-author Dr. Michael Roizen. A science-based
plan aimed primarily at reducing heart-unhealthy fat around the waist, You:
On a Diet promises to unlock the mysteries of
weight control and shave two inches from your waist in two weeks.
What sets You: On a Diet apart from other diet books is the emphasis
on waist measurement, not
weight and its relationship to health. According to the authors, waist size
is more important than weight: Waist not, want not.
Ditch the scale in favor of a soft tape measure, recommend the authors,
because it is a better tool for assessing health and determining risks
associated with being
You: On a Diet contains eating plans, exercises, and recommended prescriptions for losing
weight and shrinking your waistline. The physician co-authors do a great job
making sense of weight control, fat storage, fat burning, genetics and its
relationship to weight, the importance of physical activity, and in general
demystifying and explaining how the body works.
Tips and tools are included to help crack the code on achieving improved
health and weight loss by making changes that will trim inches off your
You: On a Diet: What You Can Eat
You start You: On a Diet with a two-week re-booting program that
includes eating healthier, whole foods and walking regularly. This stage is
meant to break the cycle of craving unhealthy refined carbohydrates, such as
sugar and white bread, and enable dieters to feel full and satisfied.
"It is important to dump the unhealthy foods containing trans fats,
sugars, high fructose corn syrup and stock your kitchen with more desirable
foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables," says Roizen.
At this stage you'll eat three meals and snacks every few hours, with your
last snack at least three hours before bedtime so it won't interfere with a
sleep. Treats or desserts are allowed every other day.
One hitch some might find with You: On a Diet is that foods for
breakfast, lunch, and snacks can only be chosen from a small list of options.
"Too much variety triggers overeating, so we recommend automating your
choices for most meals and snacks so dieters are less likely to splurge,"
says Roizen. Dieters enjoy more options for the dinner meal.
You: On a Diet: How It Works
"The average American is 34 pounds overweight and has a waistline 6
inches larger than it should be" says Roizen. You: On a Diet's aim
is to turn off your hunger and turn on your fat burners, using a 4-step
- Measuring your waistline
- Walking 30 minutes a day (with a buddy, so you'll stick with the
- Cleaning out your refrigerator
- Automating two meals per day