Monday, March 25, 2002

Pick up pages, take off pounds

Diet, exercise books target men, women, kids

By Peggy O'Farrell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Want to work out your brain the next time you're shopping for a diet and exercise plan? Check out the latest crop of weight-loss and fitness books:

        • The DASH Diet for Hypertension by Dr. Thomas Moore (The Free Press; $25) promises to lower your blood pressure in two weeks, with a simple regimen of cutting sodium intake, losing weight and increasing exercise. The study on which the diet is based was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and the plan has been endorsed by the American Heart Association. The book includes recipes, menu plans and motivational tips.

        • Fuel Up: Using the Principles of Sports Nutrition to Perform Like a Pro by Dr. Eric Sternlicht (Perigee; $13.95) is not for couch potatoes. The book is geared toward athletes who want to find the right mix of carbohydrates and proteins and time meals properly for premium performance. It includes instructions on individualizing eating plans for different sports and types of athletes.

        • Get a Real Food Life by nutritionist Janine Whiteson (Rodale; $24.95) offers common-sense tips for cutting calories, increasing exercise and fighting food cravings. The eight-week plan includes motivational tips and recipes.

        • Get Skinny the Smart Way: Your Personalized Weight Attack Plan by registered dietitians Annette Natow and Jo-Ann Heslin (Pocket Books; $14) focuses on helping readers identify their eating triggers, caloric needs and diet pitfalls and working around them. The book emphasizes portion control and counting — and then cutting — calories.

        • Get Strong by Jake Steinfeld (Fireside Books; $12) is geared toward teen-age males, with a message that working out is good for self-esteem and leadership skills.

        • Jonny Bowden's Shape Up Workbook by Jonny Bowden (Perseus Publishing; $15) is an eight-week planner that includes recipes and meal plans, motivational tips and strategies for weight loss and fitness.

        • The Take Control Diet: A Life Plan for Thinking People by Dr. Ian K. Smith (Random House; $23.95) includes a 30-day menu and exercise planner. The focus here is on facts: Why obesity and yo-yo diets are unhealthful, and what works (and why) for weight loss.

        • The Testosterone Advantage Plan by Lou Schuler (Rodale; $24.95). The title says it all. This for-men-only plan focuses on strategies to boost testosterone levels (without supplements) in order to build muscle and burn calories.

        • Trim Kids by Melinda S. Sothern, T. Kristian von Almen and Heidi Schumacher (HarperResource; $26) offers a 12-week plan geared to helping chubby children reach a healthy weight.

        • Diet-Step 20 Grams/20 Minutes: For Women Only by Dr. Fred A. Stutman (Medical Manor Books; $25.95) is a straightforward plan: Readers consume 20 grams of fat and 20 grams of fiber a day and “step-up” their physical activity (walking, in this case, followed by more intense workouts) in 20-minute increments. The book includes meal plans, calorie charts and motivational tips.


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