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Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Book

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Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Book

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636 pages
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Dec 31, 2013
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9780761175087
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Now in paperback, the latest book in the New York Times bestselling, one-million-copy-plus Younger Next Year franchise. The book that tells every reader how to lose weight, discover new vitality, and get in the best shape of your life. The book with the no-nonsense, no-BS, no-shortcuts approach. The book that shows that there’s a revolution in aging going on. The book that is the how-to of that revolution.

Chris Crowley, the memorable patient and coauthor of Younger Next Year, partners with Jen Sacheck, a nutritionist and fitness expert from Tufts University, and in lively, alternating chapters they spell out a weight-loss plan that will have readers losing up to 25 pounds in the first six months—and, much more significantly, keeping it off next year, and the year after, and so on, for life. The message is straightforward and based on the most up-to-date nutritional science: resist the added-fat, added-sugar concoctions created by the food industry; skip the supplements; pile on fruits and vegetables to your heart’s content, but it’s OK to eat lean meats, too; and don’t drink your calories. And exercise! With its simple, fully illustrated program of 25 “sacred exercises,” here is everything the reader needs to build muscle, protect joints, add mobility, and put off 70% of the normal problems associated with aging and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury.

“Clear, concise, well-balanced nutritious diet plan. Realistic exercise . . . [and] the combo of the authors—nutrition scientist and witty writer—makes this an easy-to-read volume with loads of timely, science-based information.”
—Madelyn Fernstrom, Diet and Nutrition Editor, TODAY and NBCNews.com

“Chock-full of easy recipes, meal plans, and exercise diagrams.”
The Wall Street Journal

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Dec 31, 2013
ISBN:
9780761175087
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Chris Crowley, a former litigator (Davis Polk & Wardwell), is the coauthor, with Henry S. Lodge, of the Younger Next Year books, and the coauthor, with Jen Sacheck, PhD, of Thinner This Year. Though in his eighties, he fully lives the life, skiing black diamonds and routinely doing thirty-mile bike rides. He and his wife live in Connecticut and New York City.  


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Thinner This Year - Chris Crowley

One

The Third Act

Listen, you’re not fat. That is not what this is all about. You are a bright, accomplished man. A focused, attractive woman. You’ve led a useful, successful, high-energy life, and you’re ready for more. And you are not fat because you are not the type. It’s as simple as that. What you are is—I don’t know the exact word. Confused, perhaps? You were confused about the fact that—by shoveling just a little too much slop into your pretty little mowser, day after day, year after year, for, oh, twenty years (while turning bone idle)—you could become, well, a little different from what you were. Different from your old self. That’s the word, different. There.

Okay, let’s have just a moment of candor: You are a hair overweight. Possibly two hairs. Because you didn’t know how much it mattered. In the heat of your very busy and important life you felt free to do a little extra chewing, a little extra swallowing, a little less movement, and you put on a pound or two, on your upper thighs, just under your butt. And around your middle. Also a little on your upper arms. Not your biceps, I’m afraid—the triceps. The old triceps area, anyway. Which flutters just the least bit when you wave. Ta-ta, Janes they are called. Because they move ever so slightly when you wave good-bye. Ta-ta, Jane! Flutter, flutter. As if your whole arm was saying good-bye to Jane; kind of sweet in a way.

And, men, you have put on just the gentlest pot belly that surely cannot matter because it does not even stick out really. It just pooches out your shirtfronts sometimes when you forget to suck it up. Also the sides. Which you cannot suck up. Hey, no matter; happens all the time. To everyone. Now that we’re forty or fifty or sixty. But not fat, my sweet petunia. Not you. Because you are not the type.

Fat is some square-butted honey down at the All-You-Can-Eat Café. Fat is some guy in forty-four-inch bib overalls down at the feed store. Fat is someone else, for God’s sake. Look, you may be ten or fifteen pounds overweight, period. Which is extremely common at your age, in our nation. Almost mandatory. Well, twenty or twenty-five pounds overweight during the winter. I don’t know: forty pounds overweight. Call it fifty somewhere in there. Sixty.

Sixty pounds! My God, you are fat, aren’t you? You’re fat as butter, and you’ve been lying to yourself, your family, and your dog for twenty dreadful years! Until today, when you are hideously, shamefully, ravenously, steam-risingly fat! That’s disgusting, isn’t it? Maybe that’s the word I was looking for. Disgusting, sir! Disgusting, madam! Yuckko! You poor devil, I am so sorry! Fat!

Hey, hey, hey! Relax, I’m just kidding. Mostly. You are not steam-risingly fat, whatever that may mean. You do not have a square butt or forty-four-inch bibs, and you’re in much better shape than most people your age in this country. But you have put on some weight. Maybe twenty-five pounds. Just like me, until recently. Just like everyone in this sometimes-ridiculous country. (That’s the average per capita gain here in the last twenty-five years: twenty-five pounds apiece, for everyone.) Maybe more, maybe less. But listen: You were drop-dead wonderful as a young man, as a young woman. And it is surprisingly realistic—and a great idea—for you to get back to your wonderful self. Your self at, say, thirty-two, or whenever you last looked and felt right. That sounds like a wildly aggressive idea, but you really, really can. And it would be a great idea, for your health, your optimism, your energy, your looks . . . everything. And we believe we can really help a bunch of you do it. Not all, but an awful lot. And we can do it fast . . . before you even stop sobbing. Get you back to you, by heaven! Where you surely belong! You have gotten to us and this little book in the nick of time. And we can fix this thing, with your serious help. We really, really can.

Here’s why: For bright, responsible people like you, being overweight (and idle) really is, at the core, a misunderstanding. You did not begin to understand (and certainly nobody said) how rotten the Great American Diet is for you . . . how fat it was making you. And how damn near suicidal it is for you to be carrying stored fat like that. Nor did you begin to understand how utterly dependent you are on regular, serious exercise to survive, as yourself. Movement, all the time, you are about to learn, is the single, great key to keeping your miraculous body from going completely to hell after age thirty or forty or fifty. Which it is absolutely guaranteed to do, in idleness. A horror out there waiting for you, if you don’t do something. A life-ruining horror, believe me.

But you’re smart, thank God, and once you understand how your body really works, when it comes to this stuff, you can unwind the misunderstanding and get back to being yourself. Not totally easy, but obvious, once you get it. And not that hard, either, once you understand a little something about the interplay of nutrition and exercise. It is the business of this book to make sure you do understand. And then to give you a detailed road map . . . to show you how to do it. This is a how-to book, kids. The manual for The Great Third Act. Out of confusion, denial, and sloth . . . and into the Good Life. Oh boy.

The Promise: Plan A

This is a longish book, and it’s full of complex information. But here’s a little promise, right up front, to keep it simple: On your side, you have to do three things: (1) You have to read the whole book, (2) You have to make up your mind, and (3) You have to change the way you eat and the way you move, in profound but pleasing ways that we’ll talk about.

And then our side: Do that, and you will lose twenty-five pounds in the next six months (less if you need to lose less). Lose it in the first six months and lock it in over the next six months. And then, by heaven, you will be radically thinner, radically healthier, more energetic, cuter, and way more fun for the rest of your sweet, sweet life! Thinner and fit, this year and forever. That’s the deal.

Did you like that? I thought you might. And it’s true, too, which is nice. But, uh, there’s a little caveat. That is the deal if you’re interested. That is the deal, if you really make up your mind and go for it. Which, of course, may not happen. There is a tremendous temptation at your age to say, Hey, thanks for the offer, buddy, but no thanks. I am a hair overweight, but so what? That’s the real deal at my age. Everyone puts on some weight. We all look like this. It’s part of getting older, and I say the hell with it.

That is a perfectly reasonable response. Indeed, it was my response for a long time. A long time. I was a hair overweight—sometimes two hairs—but it was surprisingly hard for me to do anything about it, even though I was in great shape and exercised a lot. And surprisingly hard to care; it didn’t seem to matter that much. So I said the hell with it. Just as you may be tempted to say.

But here is what I have learned in the course of writing this book, and what you’ll learn, reading it: That was a deeply mistaken idea. Not dumb, you know, because so many people share it. But deeply wrong. I have been slogging along on this project for a couple of years now and I have learned, with great personal sadness, that being a hair or two overweight at our age is not okay. It is the opposite of okay. It is rotten for our health. Rotten for our mobility. Rotten for our joints. Rotten for everything! Stored fat makes you ugly and sick. Ugly is too bad, but sick is serious business. And eventually, stored fat makes you sick. It makes a ton of sense to go to a lot of trouble to get rid of it. A pity, but true. Jen and I are slow to urge you to lose ugly fat because it is so damn hard, and so many will fail. But we do it anyway—passionately—because it is so damn important. But do remember this: Even if you cannot, in the end, lose a ton of weight, doing the exercise and eating sanely will still transform your life. So go for

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  • (2/5)
    Good info on nutrition, but then it rambles. Also, unless you're hard core, most people will hate this plan. No sugar ever!