Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think
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Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think

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Being vegetarian for nineteen years and working out intensely four to five days per week was supposed to yield results. However, the "bagel" of fat that Dean Dwyer clutched with both hands told a very different tale.

At the ripe old age of 45, unemployed and facing a very uncertain future, Dwyer found himself at a rather disturbing crossroads, asking a rather counterintuiti...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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I'd give it about a 2.5 (or 3 on an extra generous day, but that's pushing it).

if you're looking to lose some weight and you've tried all you can and the weight just isn't shedding, this guy might be able to help you -- I mean, if you're into tough love.

there is a lot of good grazing of information in this book, especially if you're clueless/ignorant or just diving into this whole mess out of sheer curiosity. the set-up is a little spacey (literally) and reads like an advanced juvenile book, but...more
Dean Dwyer will be the first to tell you that “Make Shift Happen” is the story of his personal journey to fitness. He outlines 20 different shifts that made this possible and goes into them in detail – 1 shift per chapter. But don’t feel like this is overwhelming – you can easily get through this book in just a few hours. Because this is *his* journey, Dean points out a number of times that *yours* may be different. People are different, bodies are different, and there is no one solution that wi...more
I started eating Paleo and am reading different views on the lifestyle. Some start with a super strict 30 days as an elimination diet so you have a base to bring back foods one at a time to see for yourself how your body, mood or energy changes. It really is a lifestyle that encompasses healthy eating (paleo style) movement and especially sleep.

This book encourages the paleo way of eating, but it feels more like a book on empowerment. Only YOU know you. Paleo encourages you to eat without ever c...more
David Reber
Pretty quickly in the book I saw that Dwyer was quoting from a lot of different books. Not only health and diet related books but business books. Fortunately, we have both read many of the same books and I could relate to what he was saying. Had I not read those books I would probably have been a little frustrated.

I liked the simplicity of this book and as he put it, "Small actions can create enormous change." Dywer is a realist and recognizes that the bigger and harder you make things, whether...more
Dean Dwyer offers some practical steps towards transforming your health by creating an environment/system/state of mind conducive to this change. For instance- I can't stop making chocolate chip cookies and eating the whole pan a couple times a week. Personal problem? I thought so. But Dean offered maybe this type of thing would be more a systems problem: get rid of the sugar and other cookie-making supplies; fix the system! I know if baking products are in the house, I will have an awfully hard...more
This is a quick and easy read that is deceptive in its simplicity. Dwyer discusses the role of our perceptions and thought processes in making changes. He draws from several others, many of whom do not write about health or personal change, but organizational or societal changes. One of his points seems to be to be open to possibilities, and to lessons from various sources, even if they seem to be about another topic all together. And he also believes that no one is an expert on your health othe...more
Alison Golden
I loved this book! It is a quick read but there's lots to think about. Dean is a reader of some of the biggest business and self developments books and he takes the main messages from all these books and works out how they can be applied to his life and specifically weight-loss. By doing this he's been able to turn around decades of trying to lose weight to actually losing the weight, getting strong and turning his life around. I think this is a brilliant strategy and I admire him for working it...more
This is a fantastic book because Dwyer is more focused on how and why we change our thoughts and behaviors. Once we discover and understand how we work we can then begin to change our eating habits. This is not a one size fits all approach. This book provides tools to bring about change that our unique to each and every one of us.
Fabulous book, IMHO. Dean has a great sense of humour and a wonderful way of writing. The book is primarily about losing weight, but the information in it can be used to make ANY change in your life.
Jessica Steffel
I really like the shifts. I like Dean's laidback attitude and tell it like it is manner. I needed this book on my journey!
This was an entertaining and informative book about the Paleolithic diet. I loved it.
Very informative and entertaining. Lots of excellent information.
it's ok...some good ideas, not a lot of concrete advice.
Lots of good ideas and tough love

Cool book, interesting
Loved it. Might reread certain parts.
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