I am the fattest kid from a fat family. Like you, I have struggled with weight for my entire life. I have complained,
aloud and to myself, how unfair it is that some people eat like pigs and stay thin, while I eat carefully and get fat.
As a fat kid, my future health picture was grim. Fat children are all but destined to become fat adults and have a
substantially increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, as well as social
and psychological problems.

Facing this dilemma, my strategy was to eat relatively well and to be very active.I struggled to maintain my weight
for years, but as I turned 50, my body was less able to tolerate the strain of constant exercise. At 50, I found
myself with a sprained back, taking two prescription medications and three over-the-counter pills, with my weight
creeping upward and my blood tests pointing toward a future of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. My doctor
recommended statin drugs like Lipitor, but after researching the side effects, I decided not to take another pill.

About the same time, my brother went to the hospital to have his lower leg amputated as a result of diabetes. Until
the amputation, his diabetes was undiagnosed. However, it should not have been a surprise. My father, who died
at age 73, had diabetes. My oldest brother, 16 years my senior, has diabetes. Now, my second oldest brother,
nine years my senior, lost his leg. That got my attention. In a few years, it would be me.

In the past, fitness was about looking good, with a general goal of being healthy. But facing the possibility of losing
my mobility, or losing my life, fitness became my top priority.

Like you, I have read dozens of diet books and tried dozens of diets, all with limited success. I wondered if fitness
could really be as difficult and unobtainable as it seemed. Despite eating well and exercising frequently, my future
was bleak. I wondered if there was some simple solution that I was overlooking. There was.

Today, I have lost 40 pounds.I take no prescription medications and only an occasional aspirin or antihistamine.
My blood work shows a lower than average risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. I take no nutritional
supplements. I shop at regular grocers. I enjoy food more than I have in years. When I look at myself in the mirror,
I hardly recognize myself. I have always struggled with being fat, hiding my body under baggy layers of
full-cut clothes. Now I am slim. I wear the same size pants I wore at age 21. I sleep better and have as much
energy as I did twenty years ago.

My path from being overweight and unhealthy to slim and healthy was not complex. It was simple. I am writing this
to share the steps. By following the core concepts, you too can become simply fit.

The Simply Fit Diet is free. It is completely natural. It does not involve buying supplements, following complicated
meal plans, or engaging in exhaustive exercise routines. You do not need to shop at specialty stores or consume
foods you dislike. You do not need to count calories or measure portions. The food choices are diverse enough to
suit the most confirmed carnivore as well as the most virtuous vegan. If you choose to follow the simple rules of
this program, you will lose weight, feel better and become more healthy.

These seem like heady promises, and they are. You have been disappointed by numerous books and programs
that promised similar results, but failed. I understand your skepticism. But think of it this way, following the
standard dietary recommendations to lose weight is like trying to change a spark plug with a hammer. It is virtually
impossible. The Simply Fit Diet, however, gives you the proper tools to accomplish your goals. With a ratchet and
socket, changing a spark plug is easy. Similarly, with the right tools, becoming healthy will be surprisingly easy.

I will do my best in this book to provide you with techniques to change your perspective and achieve fitness. I will
use a “shotgun” approach, making numerous suggestions and hoping they work for you. For example, as you
begin your weight loss journey, I suggest that before every meal you grab a handful of your body fat, and say to
yourself, “this is why I need to diet.” If you find that too inconvenient, uncomfortable, or just plain silly, skip it. It is
part of my shotgun approach to focusing your attention on health, but it is not essential to becoming fit. Just stick
to the core concepts and you will accomplish your goal. Good luck on your journey.
The term “fat.”

“Fat” is a stern term. It is usually used in a negative manner, for example, “he’s so fat, how does he expect to get a
date?” The official scientific terms are “overweight” and “obese,” linked to specific body mass index calculations.
Socially, terms like “husky,” “large,” “full-figured” and “big” are used to take some of the sting away from the label.
But I use the term “fat” frequently in this book. It is clearly descriptive and it is honest. Further, many fat people
want to deny that they are fat. If you do not admit you are fat, you will not face the truth and make the decision to
become healthy. Hopefully, my using the direct term will make denial a little more difficult and help you to face
The wild claims of diet books.

When you pick up a diet book, a preliminary question should be, was the author fat, and if so, did the program
work for him? I am not anti-Atkins. However, Dr. Atkins built a moneymaking empire on his diet advice. When he
died of questionable causes (allegedly due to a fall, but also perhaps from a stroke or heart attack) his empire
had a significant financial interest in saying he was healthy–that his diet program worked. However, his death
certificate lists his weight as 258 pounds; which, according to government guidelines for a six-foot tall man, gave
him a BMI of 35, well into the obese range. The Atkins diet may work in the short-run. It may work for some people
in the long run, but for the founder and financial beneficiary of the Atkins empire, it did not keep him from dying an
obese man. Similarly, health guru Dr. Andrew Weil makes millions on his books and health products. He does not
reveal his weight or BMI, but his round belly and beard make him look like Santa Claus and photos of him in a hot
tub leave little doubt that he is fat.

Some diet book authors, especially those who have come up in the fitness industry, are rumored to be steroid
users. In my experience if you think someone might be using steroids, they are. The hypocrisy of achieving
muscularity through drug use and then pretending others can achieve the same results without drugs is
pervasive, from the local health club, to reality TV, and on the bestseller list. Steroid users are cheaters and their
dishonest sales pitch should be ignored.

Other diet authors have never been fat. Vegans Neal Barnard and Joel Fuhrman give heartfelt nutrition
counseling, but both appear to be naturally slim. Barnard was a college athlete and Furhman was a world
champion figure skater. It is harder to trust their message when they do not really need it.

One of the biggest red flags in the diet industry is the products the author or program is selling. If they are selling
supplements and meal plans, be careful. The endorsement of the Vegan Formula Mega Weight-Cutting Dietary
Supplement may not be because it helps people lose weight, but because it makes the endorser more money.

Diet books make lots of wild claims, many of them on the cover. Here are a few:

•        4 Weeks, 20 pounds
•        Lose up to 5 pounds in 5 days by eating the foods you love
•        Kick start your metabolism and safely lose up to 10 pounds in 7 days

The wildest I have seen so far is the promise to lose eight pounds in three days. Now, losing a pound of weight
means reducing your calorie intake by about 3,500. If you eat an average of 2,400 calories a day, even if you ate
nothing at all, it would take more than eleven days to lose eight pounds. Books that promise unbelievable weight
loss progress and use magic potions belong in the fiction section. Weight loss cannot be achieved with magic, it
takes work.

Diet books are full of promises. I often joke that they not only promise glowing skin, elimination of all medications,
cures for soreness and the effects of aging, but also that you will have to hire a lawyer to get an injunction to stop
all the super-models who are pursuing you to get dates.

Some diet books are very convincing. When you read an Atkins diet book, it seems that meat is the only solution.
But reading a vegan book convinces you of the opposite. The selectively cited science in each book supports the
author’s premise, but in fact science is not really sure what diets work and even less sure of why. If the answer
were clear, the government would endorse and promote a diet plan and we would be a slim nation. But we are not.
The truth of the matter is the scientists do not know why some diets work, and neither do I. I am not immune from
the temptation to cite a little science in support of my diet, but I will try to limit it to science about what works, not
explanations of why it works. I will also try to include some common sense, something we seem to have abandoned
with disastrous consequences when we allowed scientists to tell us how to eat. Science started dominating the diet
discussion in the 1960's and since that time the percentage of obese adults in the U.S. has increased from 13% to
36%. It is time to let common sense back into the discussion. In the old days, common sense led us to eat a salad
or steak with black coffee as a diet meal. Science gave us low-fat TV dinners, diet soda and Snackwells that
actually made us fatter. It is time for something different.

Here is the bottom line, The Simply Fit Diet works. The Simply Fit Diet is free. There are no Simply Fit Diet
endorsed products and there never will be. The Simply Fit Diet is my honest explanation of a diet that worked for
me and will work for you. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose but your excess weight and a world of health to
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