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Book Review: Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose by Drew Manning and Bradley Ryan Pierce

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Fit2Fat2Fit:The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose by Drew Manning and Bradley Ryan Pierce describe the classic pitfalls in yo-yo dieting. The authors name the food choices that lead to undoing progress on losing weight.

Examples of these pitfalls are eating addictions, midnight eating binges and the anti-workout which consists of outsourcing physical chores like mowing the lawn and painting the house in favor of watching television and other non-physical endeavors. Manning tested this out personally by gaining and losing a lot of weight.

The authors readily admit that exercise is critical to weight loss and maintenance; however, the daily diet is the ultimate determinant of normalizing weight within an acceptable range. The book provides specific examples of substitute foods for the standard “junk food” diet.

Spinach shake is a favorite recipe in the book. This consists of fresh spinach, a half banana, peanut butter, unsweetened milk and crushed ice. Pumpkin pie protein shake is another favorite. The ingredients are canned pumpkin puree (unsweetened), unsweetened milk, bananas, nutmeg, cinnamon, ice and Splenda or its equivalent. The authors stress the importance of making the right foods convenient by packaging them to remain fresh in the refrigerator.

The book points to specific exercises that help to maintain weight at normal levels. Examples are hand step-ups with a plank and dumbbell squats. The important aspect is to make weight maintenance a lifestyle choice and not a temporary task which ends when the desired weight has been reached. This aspect of dieting is difficult because it involves undoing a lifetime of poor nutrition coupled with a lack of consistent exercise in the daily schedule.

Fit2Fat2 Fit describes the authors’ personal experiences with yo-yo dieting. The contents of the presentation make sense. The book is very easy to read and the diagrams of classic exercises are extremely helpful.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.