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No wonder it's so hard to lose weight, our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. It's embedded in our DNA. Our diet has changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years, but our genetic blueprint has not; our bodies are not designed to process the types of food we are fed today. It's like putting diesel fuel into a regular car: it just won't work. And making matters worse is the fact that diets don't work either: less than six percent of weight-loss attempts succeed. The average person who goes on a diet actually gains five pounds.

But a medical revolution is under way, finally showing us precisely how the powerful forces that keep weight on can actually be reprogrammed to automatically burn fat and keep weight off for good. The concept is simple. By learning how to work with our bodies instead of against them, we can ignite the natural fat-burning furnaces that lie dormant within us. For the first time ever, Dr. Mark Hyman makes this new science of weight loss available to the general public.

This medical revolution is based on a groundbreaking concept called nutrigenomics, the science of how food talks to our genes. This science is actually startlingly simple. Food contains information and instructions for our bodies: eat the right foods and send instructions of weight loss and health; eat the wrong foods and send messages of weight gain and disease. After spending the last 10 years conducting pioneering, hands-on research with over 2,000 patients at Canyon Ranch, one of the world's leading health resorts, Dr. Hyman has discovered the seven fundamental causes of obesity. While fad diets have identified one or two of these causes, never before have they all been integrated into a single, simple plan for automatic weight loss. This is the promise of UltraMetabolism.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2006 Mark Hyman, M.D. All rights reserved.; (P) 2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Physician Hyman...delivers plenty of scientifically grounded information about weight loss myths." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dr. Hyman, an expert's expert on healing, shares his secrets to harvesting your body's potential for weight loss. Reading this compelling book is the next best thing to entering a cutting-edge health program." (Mehmet Oz, MD, coauthor of You: The Owner's Manual)

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  • LG
  • Hawaii, USA
  • 09-10-13

Almost on target

What did you love best about UltraMetabolism?

Dr. Hyman gives a great explanation for conventional medicine's faulty approach to chronic disease treatment. Treating the body as a bunch of parts by different specialists that rely on drugs to treat symptoms misses the point of treating the whole person. Drugs more often than not mask symptoms but do nothing to help the body heal.He explains that lifestyle changes are the only reasonable treatments (preventions) for many of the chronic diseases that are so prevalent today. He goes into great detail explaining how many of these inflammation diseases have related symptoms that express themselves differently in each individual.

What other book might you compare UltraMetabolism to and why?

Clean- the Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger. Both authors believe that reducing inflammation, eliminating toxins, allergens and stress can bring about healing in the body.

What does Mark Hyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought it was interesting but he kept repeating himself over and over, I don't know if it was poor editing or poor writing. Either way it was a liitle annoying to hear the same studies repeated several times in each section.

Any additional comments?

Like the author of Clean, Dr. Hyman sells products, supplements and shakes on his website. Both authors go on and on about eliminating processed foods, allergens and toxins then proceed to either recommend some of the same or sell them online. Both sell processed shakes to make their program easy ( after they tell you to eat whole foods). Both have serious allergens on their recommend lists (soy, nuts). Both recommend individual vitamins and mineral supplements even though you may not need them or worse, you could be harmed by them. After telling you that Dr's aren't trained in nutrition (neither were these two- they both still cling to outdated views of nutrition if you examine their dietary recommendations. It's too bad they haven't really done their homework because being almost right is still wrong.

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  • Nikkola
  • The Rock, Australia
  • 06-12-07

Too much is missing

Unfortunately the audio book keeps refering to CD 4. However as an audible listener I don't have CD 4. I am sure the information in this is good and I have no doubt that it works. This purchase just seemed a little incomplete without the references provided in the alusive disk 4.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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uggh

keeps refering to text files on cd 4 which there os no cd. very disappointing i must say but information was great

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Good pre-view in audio format

Where does UltraMetabolism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On its own, audio not optimal for a weightloss/lifestyle book

What was one of the most memorable moments of UltraMetabolism?

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Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was fine.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

I like the theory of the book, not really unusual--but the author did use science to substantiate his claims.

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  • Donald
  • Hampton, VA, United States
  • 10-15-11

A health must for All!

Dr. Hyman's audio-book could make a big change is your personal health in a positive way.
Learn about body chemistry how it can be aided by eating the right foods. Fat or slim; if you are concerned about great health this item is great.

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Great book except for the missing references

I gave this book a 4/5-star rating because it constantly refers to quizzes etc. that are only available in the audio version on CD or the hard copy. For that reason, and in order not to feel cheated, I ended up buying the paperback as well.

Otherwise, the audiobook is chock full of great information and advice that is clearly presented and easy to understand. A definite thumbs up!

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Nice read

I am glad I listened to this book. Although there are no ground breaking findings in it - it would be difficult to say anything new about food - the connections the author makes are very interesting. There are many examples of how certain food influences our health and weight, that are so obvious when you hear it, yet they never occurrent to me before. Credits worth spend on this one.

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Need To Know Book on Nutrition!

This book is a Must Have in any library. I have a huge library at home. I worked in some of the finest restaurants in my area. If I had to keep only one book on nutrition, this would be it. Coming from 414 lbs, I know. I've tried everything. Then my sister gave me what I thought was just another book that may contain some help. Ultra-Metabolism is dynamite! It will change how you look at food. Don't waste money on gimmicks. This is it.

This book is the knowledge.. And will attest: the human body craves real nutrition, real water, and needs to move.

Another book I suggest, especially if you are a fan of his, is Sylvester Stallone's 'Sly Moves'; which I feel has more than just the motivation from his life experience, but a real direction. Mr. Stallone understands from experience, there is no easy way to loose weight and keep it off. Hear how he had to train for his movies..and what he learned about dieting and nutrition. Why this one? Look at his results. They speak for themselves.

Now I have a plan on How to move it. Walking and modest Weight training with proper nutrition.

If you are serious, start caring what you buy to eat. Then cut portions. Then stay hydrated and exercise starting slowly. Make exercise fun, like easy Tai Chi, biking, swimming.. and if done modestly at first it will be rewarding.

But Check with your doctor first. Get a good weigh in. Then free your self from dieting and eat healthy! Your body...You deserve it! You can do it!

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  • Shannon
  • Baton Rouge, LA, USA
  • 07-07-09

Everyone should know!

Excellent! Dr. Hyman's information is so true and on target. It is sad that most people truly don't know how their body can work with them, not against them!

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  • Andrea
  • Eastampton, NJ, USA
  • 06-29-09

Loved this recording

This audio was very helpful in understanding the workings of the human body and how it metabolizes all of the toxins and poisons that are fed to it on a daily basis. A lot of great food for thought and actionable suggestions.