You know the ones: the women walking down Park or Fifth Avenues on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Hermes handbag on the arm. Hair just so. Sleek and groomed as greyhounds. How The Rich Get Thin, from one of New York's premier weight control doctors, reveals the secrets of how the successful and rich get and stay thin. With a quick-start two week program that the dieter later builds on to keep losing weight and eventually to maintain their shape, How The Rich Get Thin includes:
--Meal plans high in protein, omega-3 fats and complex carbohydrates
--Calcium, through food rather than supplements, in the maximum amount the body can absorb at a time
--A morning exercise program as an adjunct to eating
--The Stop Watch method to curb food cravings: any craving can be stopped within just 15 minutes
--How to eat at fabulous restaurants, for business or pleasure, and keep losing weight.
Klauer's diet plan isn't revolutionary, but her approach is noteworthy. The author, a research fellow at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital with a practice on Park Avenue, has a clientele comprising primarily successful businessmen and -women, "ladies who lunch" and celebrities people with the drive to do whatever it takes to succeed, in the boardroom, in social circles or on the gym floor. They understand and practice Klauer's "nonnegotiables": daily exercise, the consumption of protein and calcium, the management of food cravings and the elimination of processed food. Although some readers won't be able to follow all of Klauer's advice a personal trainer isn't within everyone's budget, nor can everyone choose the healthy Manhattan chain Better Burger over McDonald's but there are many useful suggestions here. Try grilled shrimp over lentils with a cup of steamed broccoli for dinner, with a side of mineral water, and when traveling, beware the hotel minibar (the Park Avenue mindset creeps in with such lines as "better groups, such as... the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons, allow special meal requests that can be preordered"). Sticking to Klauer's strict regimen isn't easy, but neither is life on Park Avenue.
How the rich get thin
I was expecting this book to be packed with some new unheard of weight loss techniques, but it wasnt.