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Jumpstart to Skinny

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Jumpstart to Skinny

The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss
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STOP PROCRASTINATING.
IT'S TIME TO JUMPSTART YOUR WEIGHT LOSS!

In his instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Skinny Rules, celebrity trainer and coach of NBC's The Biggest Loser Bob Harper delivers the ultimate strategy for healthy, long-term weight loss and "thin maintenance." But what if you have a big event looming--a reunion, wedding, beach vacation, or other special occasion--and need a fast-acting plan to meet your short-term goals?

Jumpstart to Skinny features thirteen short-term Rules (no one gets thin on mere suggestions) that will supercharge your weight loss. Taking any confusion or decision making out of the equation, Harper also provides a day-by-day plan for success, including his body-toning "Jumpstart Moves" and deliciously slimming recipes specially designed for your get-skinny needs.

Jumpstart to Skinny lets you in on the secrets Bob shares with his red-carpet celebrity clients. This is not a marathon diet; it's a quick sprint to the finish line. And the victory lap comes when you slip into that sexy dress or swimsuit and feel fantastic. Get started today!

THE FOUR-PART JUMPSTART PLAN TO A SKINNIER YOU

• Your Jumpstart Rules: Thirteen must-follow principles to get you ready for your own "big reveal," including Rule #1, a precise breakdown of the proper protein/carbohydrate/fat proportions for every meal, and Rule #3, which explains why you need to just say no to complex carbs after breakfast during this three-week plan. These are the Rules that Bob Harper and his celebrity clients use to get ready for their big events--and now you're in on the secrets, too.

• Your Jumpstart Day-by-Day: No decisions, no confusion! Here is the simple, three-week game plan: the food to buy and prepare ahead each week, when and how much to eat each day, and the when and how of your exercise schedule.

• Your Jumpstart Moves: Bob's unique, twenty-minute, at-home exercise routines. From sit-ups, push-ups, and squats to jumping rope, lateral jumps, and simple chair dips, choose one of the seven "packages" of body-toning moves when your day calls for Bob's "metabolic conditioning."

• Jumpstart Recipes: Cleansing or juice fasting? No way! You need to eat to lose weight, so here are twenty-one days of slimmingly delicious recipes--including "Peanut Butter and Jelly" Oatmeal, Sweet Potato Hash, Spaghetti Squash Bolognese, Buffalo Chicken Salad, and Bob's signature Shrimp Skimpy--formulated with your Jumpstart protein/carb/fat proportions (see Rule #1!) and calorie maximums in mind.




From the Hardcover edition.

STOP PROCRASTINATING.
IT'S TIME TO JUMPSTART YOUR WEIGHT LOSS!

In his instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Skinny Rules, celebrity trainer and coach of NBC's The Biggest Loser Bob Harper delivers the ultimate strategy for healthy, long-term weight loss and "thin maintenance." But what if you have a big event looming--a reunion, wedding, beach vacation, or other special occasion--and need a fast-acting plan to meet your short-term goals?

Jumpstart to Skinny features thirteen short-term Rules (no one gets thin on mere suggestions) that will supercharge your weight loss. Taking any confusion or decision making out of the equation, Harper also provides a day-by-day plan for success, including his body-toning "Jumpstart Moves" and deliciously slimming recipes specially designed for your get-skinny needs.

Jumpstart to Skinny lets you in on the secrets Bob shares with his red-carpet celebrity clients. This is not a marathon diet; it's a quick sprint to the finish line. And the victory lap comes when you slip into that sexy dress or swimsuit and feel fantastic. Get started today!

THE FOUR-PART JUMPSTART PLAN TO A SKINNIER YOU

• Your Jumpstart Rules: Thirteen must-follow principles to get you ready for your own "big reveal," including Rule #1, a precise breakdown of the proper protein/carbohydrate/fat proportions for every meal, and Rule #3, which explains why you need to just say no to complex carbs after breakfast during this three-week plan. These are the Rules that Bob Harper and his celebrity clients use to get ready for their big events--and now you're in on the secrets, too.

• Your Jumpstart Day-by-Day: No decisions, no confusion! Here is the simple, three-week game plan: the food to buy and prepare ahead each week, when and how much to eat each day, and the when and how of your exercise schedule.

• Your Jumpstart Moves: Bob's unique, twenty-minute, at-home exercise routines. From sit-ups, push-ups, and squats to jumping rope, lateral jumps, and simple chair dips, choose one of the seven "packages" of body-toning moves when your day calls for Bob's "metabolic conditioning."

• Jumpstart Recipes: Cleansing or juice fasting? No way! You need to eat to lose weight, so here are twenty-one days of slimmingly delicious recipes--including "Peanut Butter and Jelly" Oatmeal, Sweet Potato Hash, Spaghetti Squash Bolognese, Buffalo Chicken Salad, and Bob's signature Shrimp Skimpy--formulated with your Jumpstart protein/carb/fat proportions (see Rule #1!) and calorie maximums in mind.




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    Part I

    The Jumpstart Rules

    Rule 1

    Take Control with Proper Proportions--­40/40/20

    It's one thing to hand someone a tough battle plan and tell her to "just get going."

    It's another to give her the tools to execute said plan and win the battle.

    I want you to win.

    That's what this rule is about.

    The 40/40/20 plan is the nutritional architecture of your Jumpstart eating regimen. And it is easy, especially since I've done all the work for you in my menus and recipes!

    The 40/40/20 plan is my way of making sure you get the right amount of the three essential macronutrients in your diet: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Without them, you'd be in trouble. Without them in the right amounts, you'll stay fat, and you'll never get into that dress, tux, Speedo, or bikini. (Of course, you also need fiber, which is why I give you license to eat unlimited quantities of Jumpstart veggies.)

    I've tinkered with this formula to get it right: I've tried different percentages, added, subtracted, split things up one week and then tried something new the next. In other words, I have been your guinea pig, and I know this is the formula that will work. Don't make my effort for nothing--­use what I've learned!

    But I'll back up a step and give you a macronutrient primer:

    Protein is a dieter's best friend. Not only does it help maintain muscle while you are losing fat, it can also prevent you from feeling hungry. Why? Because protein helps control blood sugar and insulin--­two elements that, out of balance, can make you feel famished and craving all the wrong things. During your Jumpstart program, 40 percent of your calories will come from protein.

    Carbohydrates--­nature's sugars--­are the body's fuel. We need them to keep our energy levels up, to keep our thinking sharp, and to replenish starved muscles. But carbohydrates come in two different forms: simple and complex. I'm oversimplifying, but think of it this way: simple carbohydrates are found in fruits and vegetables (which, again, also give us needed fiber) and are, generally, "good." Complex carbohydrates are what we find in processed starchy food--­breads, baked goods, pastas, crackers, and potatoes. It's not that complex carbohydrates are evil or that you can never have them again (you can!), but most people rely too heavily on carbohydrates of the complex variety, and don't get enough simple ones! When we overload on the complex carbs, we wreak havoc on our systems.

    If we can control our carb intake--­if we use them rather than abuse them--­we can push our body during exercise, and the carbs we have eaten will replenish our starved muscles. As with protein, you're going to be eating 40 percent mostly simple carbohydrates (see Rule 3 about when you can have some complex ones) for the next three weeks.

    Net Carbs

    In addition to simple carbs and complex carbs, there's one more vocabulary word I need to explain here, folks: net carbs. Net carbs refers to the amount of carbohydrates in the food after you have considered the way in which the fiber in that food offsets the carb number. A food like, say, blueberries, has 21 grams of carbs per cup, but 4 grams of fiber. So, to calculate the net carbs for a cup of blueberries, you subtract the grams of fiber from the carbs: that's 17 net carbs! You'll see in Part IV that I list the nutritional value of each recipe. When I list the carbs per serving, I'm talking about net carbs.

    We also need fats--­whether in the form of oils or solids. Fats help maintain the essential barriers around our cells, help keep our skin and various other tissues flexible, and...

About the Author-
  • 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.

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