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Dr. Charlene Wolberg, M.D.,Medical Director – Linkfield Obesity Clinic, Johannesburg, RSA
Obesity is a chronic, multifaceted disease that requires multimodal management. To achieve success, significant life changes need to be made. Dietary manipulation, an increase in physical activity, and behavior modification need to be introduced. The shortcoming of many diet programs is that they focus on only one aspect of the problem without acknowledging that obesity has multiple causes. A holistic, balanced approach is required if one hopes to achieve and maintain success in weight management.
The 5 Skinny Habits puts forward a weight-loss program that addresses dietary, exercise, and behavioral aspects of eating. I like the idea of combining ancient sources with current opinion. The current medical literature and advice is all sound and well researched. The eating plan itself certainly fits all the current recommended guidelines.
One of the misconceptions people have about weight loss is that rapid and large changes are desirable or even possible. The importance of gradual and sustained changes is emphasized in this book. Our medical teachers often remind us that teachings that were once regarded as outdated and obsolete regularly come back into practice when new facts about them are discovered. The understanding of proper nutrition is returning to the principles espoused by Maimonides.
It is my belief that this book will be of great benefit to those who read it and apply its principles appropriately.
Barbie Lazar, MS, RD, LD/N
As a dietitian I discourage fad diets, as they are not practical in the long term and have the potential to be counterproductive. The 5 Skinny Habits on the other hand are quite the opposite. They are based on the most current research as supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and government initiatives such as the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Zulberg’s work confirms that concepts like increasing fruit and vegetable intake, choosing whole grains over refined products, including lean sources of protein, and drinking a glass of red wine with your meal have been proven effective throughout the ages.
This book is an easy and enjoyable read. I strongly recommend that everyone include a copy ofThe 5 Skinny Habits in their libraries and that they read it over and over again.
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD, Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Pennsylvania
Several years ago, David Zulberg wrote The Life-Transforming Diet, based on the nutritional hygienic and behavioral teachings of the great Middle Age physician, philosopher, and codifier of Torah law, Moses Maimonides. Rather than being a historic relic, it turned out to be a practical modern guide for healthy living.
Zulberg has now expanded his research on Maimonides and classic and contemporary sources on behavior modification, a technique that can be both psychotherapeutic as well as personally pragmatic. The 5 Skinny Habits is a welcome source of guidance for both the professional and the layperson.
R’ Tzvi Kushelevsky – Rosh Yeshiva Heichel Hatorah
R’ Yisroel Belsky – Rosh Yeshiva Torah Vdaas, OU
R’ Shmuel Kamentsky – Rosh Yeshiva Philadelphia
R’ Dovid Goldwasser – Eating disorder expert
R’ Berel Wein – Expert on Jewish history
R’ Leib Kelemen – Neve Yerushelaim
Tova Singer, MS, RD, CDN—New York, USA
In my 10-plus years as a dietitian I have seen and heard them all. However, I have never come across one that is as universally successful as the 5 Skinny Habits. David Zulberg’s approach is both unique and time tested. Ancient wisdom may have been limited in its resources, but that’s what differentiates this diet from all the fad diets. There is no fad or trend here, just sound emotional, physical, and nutritional advice.
While many of the newer diet programs focus on our access to exotic food types or exercise paraphernalia, the 5 Skinny Habits focus on the right mind-set to sustain the right eating habits with a consistent exercise routine. Written in simple, laymen’s terms, it is an easy plan to follow and more importantly manageable to maintain for the long term. If more health-conscious individuals would follow this logical dietary routine, the prevalence of obesity, sickness, and disease would surely lessen, and a greater quality of life of overall health would ensue.
Rabbi Akiva Tatz, MD, England
Natascha Louw , MA, Biokineticist and Fitness Specialist
At FIFA Medical Conference, Professor Karim Kahn spoke about how inactivity is killing the American population, as it leads to chronic diseases and obesity. The 5 Skinny Habits cardio advice and eight-strengthening-exercises routine is a total-body workout, which can be mastered in the comfort of your own home.
Most diets are expensive and still lead back to old bad habits. This program teaches how to implement small and practical steps. My patients love the program, as they experience results in a defined time frame. I recommend this book not only to people who want a permanent solution but also to professionals in the field.
Cindy. M, R.D., USA
Danielle Jacobs, Certified Personal Trainer, NY, USA
Unfortunately many times this passion wanes due to schedule, failure to see immediate results, life’s challenges, and sometimes, simple laziness. At the core, people often fail to build a solid exercise habit. They are too anxious to lose weight or have unrealistic expectations. The truth is, maintaining an exercise program requires patience, perseverance, and implementation at the right pace.
I love the 5 Skinny Habits exercise routine because it offers so many different options with solid results, if it is followed correctly. It is suitable for any age or gender. Most importantly, it builds an exercise habit at the right pace. It is remarkable to read the nutritional and fitness insights through the centuries. I would definitely recommend this well-balanced and practical exercise program!