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Jonny Bowden's shape up! : the eight-week plan to transform your body, your health and your life
Bowden, Jonny.
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New York : Perseus Publishing, [2001]

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xi, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A gifted motivator and nutritionist extraordinaire, Jonny Bowden has helped over 75,000 women lose weight successfully through his hugely popular eight-week iVillage shape-up challenges. The key to his phenomenal success is his ability to help participants take back control of the power food holds over them, and to help set goals based on what "shaping up" means to each of us.Jonny Bowden's Shape Up! is like no other "diet" program: it takes into account personal factors such as commitment,self-esteem, body image, impulse control, and addictions, as well as issues like metabolic type, genetics, ethnic heritage, and hormones, and shows readers how to tailor consistent low-sugar, low-carbohydrate nutrition to fit individual needs. With humor and a down-to-earth style, Bowden presents realistic and simple week-by-week eating plans-as well as recommendations on vitamins, minerals, and food supplements-and the tools to customize the program for long-term success. He shows readers howto analyze food's effects on moods, cravings, and energy levels, and also demonstrates the how and why of light workout routines. A wise and empowering program, Jonny Bowden's Shape Up! will help readers everywhere take charge of their lives and make changes that will dramatically improve their health, weight, and state of mind.

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Jonny Bowden, M.A., C.N.S. , is a certified nutritionist and longtime personal trainer. He has been answering reader questions on weight loss, exercise, and nutrition for the last three years on his weekly column and has the most highly rated daily online radio show on The author of Jonny Bowden's Shape Up!, he lives with his wife in New York City.

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In a previous life, Jonny Bowden was, like Eartha Kitt, a professional musician, touring with Herbie Hancock and Carly Simon. However, for the past three years, he has come to be known as the hugely popular weight-loss coach on With Jonny Bowden's Shape Up!: The 8-Week Program to Transform Your Body, Your Health, and Your Life, he expands beyond the Web to reach fitness fanatics who want to own a copy of his program, which, he maintains, focuses on the individual, and not just her weight-loss or exercise goal. Confident, informative and direct, Bowden has a voice that commands attention. ( May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 What Is the Shape Up Program?p. 1
2 Dieting or Strategy?p. 11
3 Calories and Hormonesp. 31
4 Getting Startedp. 43
5 Foodp. 49
6 Supplementsp. 75
7 Exercisep. 87
8 The Tools of the Shape Up Programp. 95
9 Weeks One and Twop. 107
10 Nutritional Controversies, Nutritional Heresiesp. 113
11 Weeks Three and Fourp. 135
12 Science, Sex and the High-Protein Dietp. 145
13 Weeks Five and Sixp. 161
14 The Myth of Motivation: "It's the Action, Stupid!"p. 171
15 Rewrite Your Storyp. 175
16 Weeks Seven and Eightp. 181
17 Being Is Believingp. 187
18 It's a War Out Therep. 189
19 Weight Loss and the Pleasure Principlep. 217
20 A Plan for Lifep. 223
Appendix Workout Plans for Levels Two and Threep. 225