The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper

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The Skinny Rules is a very practical book, filled with great information... If you’re just starting out with your weight loss journey, this book will be an excellent tool!
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With so much conflicting weight-loss advice out there to confuse your efforts, it’s no wonder you haven’t been successful losing weight and keeping it off. But with Bob Harper, superstar trainer and co-host of NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser as your personal authority and coach, you can and will finally shed the pounds—whether you want to lose two or two hundred!
Distilling Bob’s vast knowledge of nutrition, weight-loss strategy, and human nature down to twenty simple, nonnegotiable principles, The Skinny Rules will help you step away from a reliance on processed foods and the need for so much sweet and salt and step into a newly thin lifestyle. And Bob’s methods couldn’t be more straightforward.
Taking the guesswork out of implementing the Skinny Rules, Bob offers a month’s worth of menu plans and more than 90 delicious, rule-abiding recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks to keep you cooking and eating skinny for life. You’ll be happily astounded to see the variety and volume of the tasty food on your plate! He also includes terrific tips for what to stock in your fridge and what to prepare every weekend in order to set yourself up for success during your too-busy-to-cook weekdays.
A virtual GPS to your weight-loss goals, The Skinny Rules takes the mystery out of the process, offering the fastest route to your skinny destination.
Rule #3: Eat protein at every meal, making some kind of fish your go-to protein as often as you can. Take your weight and divide it by two—that’s more or less how much protein you should be eating in grams every day.
Rule #15: Eat at least ten meals a week at home (and cook them yourself). Restaurant portions are usually 40 to 50 percent bigger than what you’d serve at home—the more you eat out, the more you overeat. Set yourself up for success by preparing my turkey meatballs, hummus, and roasted vegetables on the weekend so that you will have go-to staples and no excuses!
Rule #18: Go to bed slightly hungry. Denied fuel for more than five hours, your body will start burning its own fat and sugar. Make a point not to eat after dinner and you’ll be burning fat while you’re sleeping.
Rule #20: Enjoy a splurge meal once a week. Unlike episodic bingeing, splurge meals are an ingredient in your diet. When you plan something, you are in control.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Bob Harper

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Bob Harper is a world-renowned fitness trainer and the longest-reigning star of the NBC reality series The Biggest Loser, which went into its fourteenth season in January 2013. He has released several popular fitness DVDs and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Skinny Rules. Harper still teaches a local spin class in Los Angeles, where he resides with his dog, Karl.Greg Critser is a longtime science and medical journalist. The co-author of Bob Harper's The Skinny Rules, Critser is also the author of the international bestseller Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World. He lives in Pasadena, California.
Published May 15, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Cooking. Non-fiction
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We found the rules to be sensible and and reliable, and loved how simple they were, and how easily they could be adapted to suit almost any lifestyle.

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Fit Bottomed Girls

Reviewed by Jenn on Jun 20 2012

This book was simple and to the point—and yet, without being confusing or overwhelming, it gave real information, research studies and evidence to back up its recommendations.

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In the Next Room

Reviewed by Zoe on May 11 2012

I really appreciated how Harper wouldn't just tell you something without backing it up with scientific research and personal experience: he doesn't just expect the reader to believe him, he gives you proof.

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Life as a Fitzgerald

Reviewed by Becca on Jul 12 2012

If you know about nutrition and eat healthy, you are more than likely following these rules already. But, it is still a great read if nutrition and health interest you.

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A Diet Community

Reviewed by Gail on Jun 29 2012

The Skinny Rules is a very practical book, filled with great information... If you’re just starting out with your weight loss journey, this book will be an excellent tool!

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The Suburban Jungle

Jun 20 2012

If you're one of the many Americans that needs to make a change but doesn't know where to start, then get this book. It clears through all the crap that's out there and gives you a straight forward plan.

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Doing a 180

Reviewed by Helen on Jun 13 2012

It is actually easy to read, full of very good advice, and well worth the money, especially for someone wanting a bit of structure.

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Reviewed by Trisha on Jun 06 2012

...if you’ve been looking for something clear and easy to cut through all the diet noise out there, this might be just what you need.

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