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The carbohydrate addict's lifespan program : a personalized plan for becoming slim, fit, & healthy in your 40s, 50s, 60s & beyond
Heller, Richard F. (Richard Ferdinand), 1936-
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New York : Plume, 1998.

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xviii, 475 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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RM237.73 .H46 1997C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RM237.73 .H46 1997C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Millions of maturing Americans face increasing weight levels and failing health, although they eat no more than they did when they were younger. Drs. Richard and Rachael Heller have found the post-forty-year-old's "slowing metabolism" often stems from changes in insulin balance which decrease its ability to burn food energy and increase its ability to turn food energy into fat.Drawing from their breakthrough research into the carbohydrate-insulin connection to excess weight and poor health, the Hellers offer readers a comprehensive, straightforward program for people over forty, including: A clear review of the impact of prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs Weight gain and health risk factors Lifestyle alternatives for maximizing weight loss and health promotion Dozens of exciting, crave-reducing recipes Tips for eating out and eating alone For those frustrated by traditional weight-loss plans, The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program allows readers to indulge in the foods they love while reaping from the outstanding rewards.The program that forms the basis of this book is scientifically proven to work.The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet was a New York Times bestseller and has sold more than 750,000 copies.

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Booklist Review

Low fat? High carbohydrate? Protein rich? Low carbohydrate? What's a dieter to pick, and how well do any of these weight-loss programs work? A partial answer comes from the Doctors Heller, both researchers and authors, who discovered that consumption of certain carbohydrates triggered cravings--and an overabundance of insulin, which, in turn, stimulated hunger and more cravings. Based on the popularity of their Carbohydrate Addict's Diet (1991), they've refined their initial recommendations into an easy-to-follow (simple, targeted, adaptable, rewarding) program, with only three guidelines--but a lot of options, meal plans, and even more recipes (more than 200). A quiz helps readers determine whether their genes are addicted to carbohydrates; other chapters point to scientific evidence linking overproduction of insulin with being overweight. Along with a smattering of feel-good psychology, the Hellers have produced an almost surefire second best-seller that'll refuse to stay on library shelves. --Barbara Jacobs

Publisher's Weekly Review

The authors of The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet (1993) and Healthy for Life (1995) aim the latest volume in their approach to carbohydrate addiction at maturing Americans. Professors at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, the Hellers reiterate their claims that excess insulin causes some people to crave carbohydrates, creating an unstoppable cycle of cravings and weight gain. Noting that metabolisms slow down as individuals age, the Hellers again tell personal stories of learning how to manage their carbohydrate intake and their weight. They present their Basic Plan, which is based on craving-reducing proteins and vegetables and allows "Reward Meals" that include reasonable portions of carbohydrates. Nine "Options" include such tactics as adding chromium, exercising, or cutting out MSG (which triggers carbo cravings). The Hellers also link excess insulin to such age-related diseases as high blood pressure, heart disease and adult-onset diabetes. Accompanying recipes and menus, which allow much more fat than typical low-fat/high-carb plans, may attract new readers. To maturing Heller fans, much of the text will seem familiar. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The Hellers have written a sequel to their popular The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet (LJ 5/15/91), which argued that the best way to lose weight lay in reducing carbohydrates rather than fats. This new work is designed specifically for people between the ages of 40 and 60, but, unfortunately, it covers the same diet program as the first book, only with different personal success stories. The first three sections contain a description of the carbohydrate addict, "the basic plan," "options" to help in further weight reduction, and tips on eating out. Yet the food pyramid is never discussed, and skipping a meal is encouraged. Menus and recipes are presented in the fourth section, and a lengthy bibliography is included. Purchase only where this writing duo is in demand. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/96.]‘Connie Weaver, Bosler Free Lib., Carlisle, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.