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Flip the switch : discover the weight-loss solution and the secret to getting started
Karas, Jim.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harmony Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
x, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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RM222.2 .K3373 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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What's really stopping you from losing weight and having the body you've always wanted? Is it that you've tried everything but nothing seems to work? Could it be a slow metabolism, or is it your genes? Maybe you love to eat but hate to exercise? Or possibly you lack the time, the energy, even the money? The answer, according to Jim Karas--the man who has helped countless people lose weight and literally reshape their lives--is that it's none of the above. Nor is it your gender, your age, or any other reason you may be wrestling with! The answer, says Jim, is that you still haven't "flipped the switch"--that is, reached a point where the desire to lose weight finally becomes more important than the desire to overeat and not to exercise. The biggest hurdle you will ever face in losing weight isn't sticking to a diet or going to the gym every day. It's simply this: getting started. Now the creator of the number one New York Times bestselling book The Business Plan for the Body arms you with the tools that will help you turn your desire for weight loss into reality. Get ready to hack through the nonsense ("Only strenuous aerobics will slim me down") and negative mental graffiti ("I hate my body, I'll never lose weight") that are stopping you from achieving your goals, because Flip the Switch contains a blueprint for conquering all the obstacles to achieve permanent weight loss. Jim blasts through the excuses, helping you to confront, understand, and ultimately vanquish these issues through a series of revealing self-tests. To help you flip the switch, he offers detailed eating guidelines, including a seven-day jump-start diet plan with menus and shopping lists, and three simple illustrated exercise routines to choose from. Jim's eating and exercise recommendations are realistic and satisfying, especially when you begin to see the results! And his invaluable advice is sound, inspiring, and from the heart--he's been there and he knows what you're up against. If you haven't flipped the switch, then you haven't taken the most essential step toward weight loss. Let Jim Karas's Flip the Switch show you how to change your life--today.

Author Notes

Jim Karas, after a success career as a portfolio manager, created the successful Solo Sessions program--intense personal fitness training for top business executives. He lives in Chicago.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This refreshing how-to by fitness expert and best-selling author of The Business Plan for the Body eschews schemes, fads or gimmicks and focuses on the achievement of an internal belief in one's self, which Karas maintains is the prerequisite for successful long-term weight loss. Drawing on a healthy dose of empathy (Karas is himself a "Lifelong Struggler" with weight) and offering personal stories and pep talks, Karas walks readers through the emotional path of self-examination on the way to that critical juncture where their desire to lose weight becomes more powerful than their desire to eat too much and exercise too little. But the "flipping point" is only the journey's beginning. Chapter by chapter, Karas, whose high-profile clientele includes Good Morning America's Diane Sawyer, takes to task the constant excuses or "mental graffiti" that stand in dieters' way- "I don't have the time"; "I don't have the energy"; "I don't have the right genes"-by equipping his readers with time-management solutions, tips for ordering in restaurants, detailed menus and exercises for both mind and body. He also goes after a number of diet beliefs,, such as that "carbohydrates make you fat," and stresses that strength and resistance training, not cardio, is the key to battling the bulge. With monthly inventory worksheets, a food diary template, illustrated workout programs and a seven-day eating plan, this guide is thorough and user-friendly. 60 b&w photographs (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Here's another way to get in shape: follow Karas's advice about changing your attitude. Interestingly, Karas is no jock; he's got the London School of Economics in his background. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.