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You: On a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management

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For the first time in our history, scientists are uncovering astounding medical evidence about dieting. Now Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz translate this cutting-edge information to help you shave inches off your waist, by giving you the best weapon against fat: Knowledge. Through their signature entertain
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Published October 31st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2006)
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The concepts, at least what I was able to read, in this book make sense. But I'm just getting tired of it. I've tried two times to read it. It's always due back at the library and there are other books that are more pressing or interesting to finish before it.

I like any books that talk about healthy ways of eating and living. But I really don't like books (particularly ones on food and diet) that give you the suggested shopping list and recipes. I can't afford 3/4 of the stuff they recommend! An
Jan 22, 2008 MelissaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to eat well
Though the title of this book is "YOU on a Diet" - this book is not really a "diet" book, as in how to lose weight fast ... it is more of a "lifestyle change" book. The premise of the book is this: if you truly understand how your body works, you will be more motivated to eat healthy and exercise. This lifestyle change will enable you to find your body's optimal weight, and make weight loss more permanent as you develop consistent eating and exercise habits.

The key what has made the book popular
I saw a show on Oprah where Drs Oz & Roizon helped a chunky, tired middle-aged woman lose weight, tone up and eventually look really hot. I bought this book hoping it would motivate me to do the same. Somehow, I still have the same 20 pounds to lose.

The cutesy style with lots of puns and silly drawings gets annoying after awhile, but it has lots of good, solid advice on how to lose weight and live a healthier life. Someday, I intend to follow it.
Sep 04, 2007 Becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was trying so hard to be common person friendly in explaining it's science, that it made it harder to understand. There were too many metaphors and wasted dumb jokes that I was forced to read while trying to mine out the real information.
Dec 08, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a doctor myself, I can say that there is some great information in these pages- a lot about fat and the detriment that it's causing in our culture. Some doctors like to suggest cures to symptoms instead of cures for the problem and it appears that these gentleman may be doing just that. The gimmicky (and funny) "waist management" technique is interesting and fairly unique from what I've seen, but it can be seen as just a diversion. Maybe people who are obese need a diversion and need to stop ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Tonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the humor in the book tried a bit too hard (and was at moments off-putting) the essential message was a good one. Eat sensibly, exercise sensibly and don't try fad diets. The recipes look good, the exercise in the book is doable, and the science in the book (in particular about why diets are destined to fail and make you feel worse) is fascinating.

I don't know that I am organized to follow the plan to a tee since it lists a "14 day plan" to put you on the right track, but I absolutely got
Nov 09, 2007 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Dr Oz the co- author of this book. For me the book isn't so much about diet. Actually it's not about being on any type of diet. What the book is about are the fundamentals of what goes on in the anatomy of the body. To read about the wonders of the human body is fascinating to me.. He is very specific in how the body takes in food and breaks down food. I like reading about what happens, why it happens, and how it happens that the food you choose effects eveything that can happen to your b ...more
Jul 13, 2010 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains an absolutely refreshing view of not only the way we should eat, but of the way we need to live our lives. Most diet plans are so extreme that it is not surprising that people are unable or unwilling to stick with them. Diet plans that are not sustainable will not work for anyone long-term, whether they are celebrity-endorsed, or promise a huge amount of weight loss in little or no time.

Most people simply need to learn about food, how digestion works, and what happens to the
So if you're one of those people who are trying to lose weight like me, am sure you suffer from information overload but help starvation. Well, here's some help.

For some time, I kept whimpering I needed to lose weight, but actually didn't know what to do different...I was eating the right kinds of food and knew had to get in some exercise. When I was diagnosed with Thyroid, I used that to justify why I was putting on weight. But I still wanted to lose it. Now we all know that we need to cut out
Matt Burgess
May 05, 2010 Matt Burgess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You, On a Diet (2006), Mehmet C. Oz, Michael F. Roizen

The title of this book doesn't do it justice. Initially, I thought it would be a bore, but the content was very relevant and interesting. You, On a Diet takes you through the socioeconomic conditions resulting in obesity, the anatomy of digestion, the body's physiological and chemical reactions to foods and a detailed diet with exercise plan. If anything this book is an incredible resource for those topics. I will admit the repeated exaggerat
Jul 14, 2009 Satia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot finish this book. The format is distracting and frustrating. Although the information the book offers is good, unless you know very little about how your body works and/or exercise, there isn’t much of interest to be found within the pages. In fact, I’ve gone to the book as a resource to try to find answers to things and am always disappointed by the superficial and often shallow information.

So if you know little to nothing about digestion, diet, and/or exercise, then you’ll probably f
Sep 06, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dieters with a brain and free will (and an appetite)
I appreciated this fresh approach to dieting. rather than just receive a laundry list of instructions or "dont's of dieting", the authors spent the first half of the book explaining the biology of hunger, satiety, nutrition, why high fructose corn syrup is evil, etc. And i swear even those without the bachelor's degree in bio could really get a good grasp on the material. Then it gets into meal guides, excercise suggestions and so on. It even gives you a shopping list to start out. So, another l ...more
I am really enjoying this book, despite of how I was feeling in the beginning! It is very educational and helps to teach you just how your body works, how food affects it and how to maintain it. We should all know how our bodies function and how to properly care for them, yet we probably know more about how our cars or computers work, UGH! The only part of the book that I have been annoyed with is the constant smart alec remarks and puns. But the actual information is worth rolling your eyes thr ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Darcie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, book-club
It took awhile for me to get into the book at first. I'm not much into biology, and the first half of the book is about the biology of your digestive system. It uses cute diagrams and has many helpful facts and tips though that helped. The part that really applied to me was how our emotions and hormones affect our "waist management". As far as what needs to be done to lose weight, nothing is different than what we know already, eat right and exercise. It just explains better, from a scientific v ...more
Great content, really annoying writing style. If you can tune out the pop culture references (really hard to do after a while), this is a great "user manual" for your digestive system and how your choices manifest themselves physically. There's no shaming going on, nor do the authors advocate any unhealthy fad diets or dwell on beauty standards. Instead they focus on positive and sustainable ways to get your weight and shape under control for maximum health. This is a guide to your body written ...more
Dre McDermott
Apr 18, 2015 Dre McDermott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reference guide for anyone starting a diet or wanting reminders to stay motivated. very informational lay dense. second half seems like afterthoughts.
Nov 23, 2008 Kirsti rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, science, food
I thought this was sensible and even somewhat entertaining. Haven't tried any of the exercises or recipes, though.

I didn't know that (according to many peer-reviewed studies) it's waist size and not total weight that has the greatest effect on mortality rate. I thought that "waist management" was just a cutesy title.

The authors are both doctors, and apparently they got through medical school by using mnemonic devices, because this book has about 50 of them.
Feb 22, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pat and I are currently following the nutrition plan outlined in this book, and we've lost some weight. The book has some corny jokes, but taught me some things about the biology of digestion. The food plan is low calorie, high fiber, and otherwise well-balanced. The recipes are actually quite tasty.
Update: so I'm still following the food plan after seven weeks, and I've continued to lose weight. I find the food plan very easy to stick with (satisfying and tasty).
Jun 02, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for everyone; I can see why some people couldn't get through it or got bored with it easily-- You on a Diet looks at dieting from a more scientific point-of-view. The terminology and explanations are at a much more complex level, but they are explained in a way that non-scientists can understand. Some people don't care to have an in-depth knowledge of how their bodies work, but I feel this is exactly what I needed (I wish I would've read this about ten years ago). If you can get ...more
Dec 27, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You on a Diet wasn't as interesting for me as You: Being Beautiful. In this book they talk about changing your pallet so you don't need to eat things that are as sweet. They also talk about what foods are good for snacking and what foods keep you fuller longer (i.e. cinnamon, who knew!?). They also give great recipes for foods that will help change your pallet. Very interesting and well written.
Jul 06, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really good information, but REALLY poorly written. I could hardly get through most of the guys of the info because of all of the jokes and side comments. I appreciate a book written for "real people" but the jokes were just distracting for the most part.
Sep 23, 2009 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book has solid information, but the writing is lame. There are too many cute drawings that do not clarify the information and the use of figurative language is going to make me vomit. I guess that would make me lose weight though...
Aug 26, 2011 Samm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
If I could give this book negative stars, I gladly would. I didn't care to finish the book. I'll find a source about how my body works without feeling like the butt of a snide joke every other page.
Jan 13, 2015 Sylia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among the diet books that appear throughout my reading history, this one really stands out for me. The majority of the book is dedicated to the science of eating (ingestion, nutrients, fats proteins and carbs and how they are integrated into the body, effects of certain foods on our health and moods). I learned an immense amount from this book about how my diet affects me.
While I probably won't be observing a STRICT diet based on what I've read, it has changed my relationship with food and with
Feb 07, 2012 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this book for about a year, slowly picking away at it. When I first started I was fascinated. It really breaks down how our bodies process food and why, in an easy-to-follow way with fun graphics. I learned a lot about the science of how our bodies work. As someone who has struggled with weight my whole life, I've read and learned a lot over the years and this book still taught me new things.
The second half of the book though, was where I lost some interest.
The food suggestio
Jul 15, 2011 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall good concepts such as drinking water, making your eating plan automatic by eating from a short list of meals, eating often with protein and fiber to keep you satiated, enlisting support of friends and family on the journey, etc.

I guess my problem with the book is the exercise program they recommend. They claim that you can get all the benefits of exercise by walking 30 minutes a day and a 20 minute body weight circuit they came up with. Their suggestion may be a good start, but surely t
Sep 27, 2012 Kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book contains excellent medical information about how to arrange your eating style to lose or maintain your weight. Dr. Oz's TV popularity adds to the appeal of reading this book because I'm sure many readers feel like they "know" this author personally because of watching his daily TV program. Book gives great advice on meal strategies, waist vs. waste foods, hunger emergency foods, supplements, meal journaling, and being prepared with your healthy food choices. Weight management suggestions in ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Jinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Playaway audio version, #9781436157926, 10.5hrs)
YOU-reka! A true manual ... it contains detailed-seemingly boring gist (biology and physiology of fat and such though I actually thought it was fascinating!), sprinkled humor (can get irritating if you listen/read through the entire book), illustrations (I had to get the bound book too), and index (cool).

If you're motivated enough and ready for the leap of healthy eating then this might be the book for you! It was quite informational and motivati
May 30, 2010 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy, motivating little read. The authors took complicated medical information and made it very understandable for the average person. I didn't really learn a whole lot of new information, but it reinforced the new healthy food/exercise lifestyle I've implemented since last summer. This book really just proves the importance of good food and exercise in living a long, disease/injury-free life. It does a great job of providing motivation to give your body clean, energy-producing, dise ...more
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