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Fit or Fat?

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  102 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Listeners learn about good eating habits, exercises to improve metabolism, decreasing body fat and how to stay thin.
Paperback, 119 pages
Published August 31st 1978 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1978)
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Tanya W
Apr 14, 2015 Tanya W rated it really liked it
This could be called exercise and healthy eating 101. Some of it is very basic (including how to check your pulse while exercising). Sound advice, quick read. Excellent health wisdom regarding exercising and diet for anyone who isn't a competitive athlete or who is not more than 100 pounds overweight. This health wisdom has stood the test of time (written in 1977). I believe I first read it in the mid 80's (and there is a newer version written in 1999).

Besides the emphasis on our need for regula
Joe Spoto
Oct 15, 2015 Joe Spoto rated it it was amazing
I read this many years ago, at the time when I was physically able to be a runner. The book explains why diets and dietary change alone do not work. It is funny that the new fad today (not sure of the name) is basically a rehash of Covert Bailey's philosophy.
Nov 02, 2014 Shari rated it did not like it
Wrong wrong wrong. Mr. Bailey says to reduce fat to lose weight, but we now know this is incorrect. As fat consumption has gone down in America, obesity has gone up. Fat slows the movement of food from your stomach so you feel full longer, increases satiety so you are satisfied, and decreases your appetite not only during your meal, but also at the NEXT meal. It also helps to stabilize your blood sugar and prevent insulin spikes which cause weight gain and all sorts of unsavory side effects. At ...more
Christine Thorndill
Excellent read. Read this 25 years ago and ordered it again. Still makes a lot of sense. I am a believer in less fat in your diet. I think some fats are good but as a runner it worked for me. Complex carbs are good. I esually liked his philosophy on swimming not a good way to lose weight if you are overweight
Taffey Champion
Mar 25, 2014 Taffey Champion rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Covert Bailey has helped to greatly increase my knowledge on how to get fit and healthy for life. I already was winning "the battle of the bulge" and he has helped me continue to do so with this empowering literary work of art.
Jessica Wright
Mar 15, 2014 Jessica Wright rated it really liked it
A great basic level start to fitness and nutrition. Having been published in the 70's, newer studies are available, but the basics are there and still valid! A quick 100 page read that should be required in high school and college so people have rudimentary knowledge!
Jan 17, 2016 Karin added it
In this edition, some of the information is now out of date. There is a much newer one that I haven't seen.
Jun 05, 2013 Yolanda rated it really liked it
This book made sense to me. I found myself agreeing with the author about how exercise is so important, not only in losing weight, but just in general. What you eat is also important, but when I am following a strict diet, I always gain the weight back when I stop eating according to whatever diet it is. Exercise changes the way your body uses the calories so you can have more flexibility in your diet. Just from personal experience, I have always lost weight easier when I exercise and this book ...more
Steve Scott
Feb 13, 2013 Steve Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-fitness
I don't really agree anymore with Bailey's ideas concerning nutrition. For a young, healthy, lean and active individual, his prescription might work. He is a big advocate of exercise, though. That's a plus.
Katy Mann
Jul 07, 2013 Katy Mann rated it really liked it
Shelves: fitness
Read this one years ago. Helped me to reset my thinking, getting the focus off of food, and onto getting outside and doing something.
Jan 11, 2013 MVV rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-fitness
The ultimate first book you should read before any other fitness or diet books. Pure empirical science.
Bill Leach
Mar 13, 2013 Bill Leach rated it really liked it
Main thesis is that long periods of activity at medium levels of exercise are the best for burning fat.
Mark Tilchen
May 07, 2012 Mark Tilchen rated it really liked it
A reality check on what it really takes to lose weight by understanding how the human body functions.
Jun 14, 2010 Gail rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with a human body.
This book is filled with bottom line basics. A great guide for getting and staying fit.
David Schilling
Jun 19, 2010 David Schilling rated it really liked it
Good guide to why you should exercise regularly. Convincing.
Jan 19, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book formed the basis for how I eat and exercise.
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