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Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss

The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss

By Howard M. Shapiro

Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2000,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: May 2001,
    352 pages.

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Dr. Shapiro has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, New Woman and Vogue, because he has helped hundreds of celebrity, executive, and model clients successfully lose weight. In 1998, he designed a weight-loss program the New York Police Department that was so successful, he is now creating a program for the Fire Department.

Dr. Shapiro believes that many people with weight problems are visually motivated. With this in mind, he created an innovative diet book that utilizes more than 170 full-color photographs of food equations. On each page spread, readers actually see what they are tempted to eat. Next to this is an abundance of alternative options-for the same total calories. With only a fraction of the choices from the second column, a dieter will be completely sated-and will have consumed fewer calories. Nothing is forbidden-dieters can even eat restaurant and airplane food! Without memorizing complicated lists or counting calories, Dr. Shapiro's images leave a lasting impact, allowing dieters to make intelligent food choices for a lifetime.

Chapter One

Seeing Is Believing: The Core Of Food awareness training
Does it seem to you that everywhere you go, people are talking about their diets?

It's true. One-third of Americans are overweight, while another third struggle constantly not to be. In 150 million homes each day, clock radios go off and people get out of bed, go into the bathroom, look in the mirror, and think about a diet.

But only about 9.5 million people are actually dieting at any given time.

What happens to the 140 million other promises? They're broken as soon as the man in the too-tight vest reaches for that piece of Danish pastry in the bustle of the morning meeting. For the mom who's at home with the kids, the diet promise ends as soon as she takes a few more nibbles of the kids' snack foods because she needs energy. For the person who has been chained to a desk all day, trying hard not to think about food, the diet promise comes to a crashing end with a late...

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Author Blurb Don Mauer, author of Lean and Lovin' It and A Guy's Guide to Great Eating
Using full-page color pictures comparing foods, serving size by serving size, Dr. Shapiro showed me how to dine like a king, yet consume the calories of a pauper.

Author Blurb Peter J. Linden, M.D., diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery, New York-London-Nantucket
Using intelligent indulgence and gentle guidance, Dr. Shapiro dignifies the management of weight by structuring informed choices for a balanced, flexible, and healthy regimen. The book gives us--as people, not patients--the tools for life and health.

Author Blurb John La Puma, M.D., medical director, CHEF Clinic, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Dr. Shapiro's pictures are vivid and clear It's a truly new approach.

Author Blurb Dennis Duggan, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, Newsday
The secret to taking off those hated pounds? I lost 25 pounds living up to Dr. Shapiro's simple plan for reducing my waistline. What worked for me were the visual aids--a picture can be worth 1,000 calories! They don't call him the Prince of Pounds for nothing!

Author Blurb Rebecca Nachamie, M.D., OB-GYN, attending, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Here are graphic facts that dispel old wives' tales and common misinformation . . . a great addition to everyone's library.

Author Blurb Jeffrey I. Mechanick, M.D., director, metabolic support, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Dr. Shapiro's approach, the product of years of success, relies on the visual impact of food. I recommend it! Food Awareness Training should be part of any nutritional prescription.

Author Blurb Gayle Reichler, R.D., author of Active Wellness-- Feel Good for Life
Losing weight is easy if your food choices are satisfying. Dr. Shapiro shows you how to achieve success!

Author Blurb Princess Marina Pignatelli, journalist and writer
A wonderful book that gives a clear picture of the perfect attitude for achieving the very best quality of life.

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Picture Perfect Weight Loss
Dr Mr Shapiro..About 5 years ago I seen you on tv and was interested in what you had to months passed and on our trip to visit our son..we went to a book store and bought the book..I just looked at the pictures and figured ok,I think I can do...   Read More


I recently received a copyof Picture Perfect Weight Loss from my dad and have already lost ten pounds! This book is well written and easy to read, the pages practically turn themselves. I'm not the type of person who likes to read how-to books or ...   Read More

Diane N

My daughter gave me Dr. Shapiros book for my birthday.It is wonderful. I haven't had any luck in the past dropping unwanted weight, but in the past two weeks I've lost five pounds and haven't felt this good in years. I love the fact that he doesn't ...   Read More

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