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The Ounces Countdown Weight Loss Approach [Paperback]

Patrick Hafner

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28 April 2010
Looking to lose weight and keep it off? Then forget the big plunge. Do it the easy and effective way: nickel and dime your weight down. This book helps pave the way for sensible, realistic, easy and lasting weight control. Do just half the things listed in this book and your progress should begin immediately. Find out how to take the reins and control your body composition destiny. Start the Ounces Countdown today. Weight loss done right: easy, gradual, and lasting. Lose the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves.

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Patrick Hafner has been involved in fitness and conditioning for over 30 years. He competed for 15 years in wrestling sports, winning numerous state, regional, and international titles, and has worked as a strength training adviser and judo instructor. A hiking enthusiast, Pat has explored trails across the U.S., Canada, Iceland and Switzerland. As a runner, he has completed over 80 races.

Pat holds a B.S. with graduate studies in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota.

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If you start with a little, it can roll into a lot. "The Ounces Countdown: Weight Loss Approach" is a guide to the weight loss process and how to get it rolling...through focusing on the little things one can do to improve their health and their lives..."The Ounces Countdown" is a read that shouldn't be missed for anyone trying to understand the finer points of weight loss. --Midwest Book Review

Patrick Hafner, in The Ounces Countdown, has done a superb job of putting together a resource for anyone that wants to maintain their health. The people looking for a "quick fix" to their weight loss issues really need to read this book.

Thanks, Patrick Hafner, for putting together a resource that will help readers live a healthier, and hopefully longer, life. It takes people like you who care about learning and then sharing it with others to make a big difference in this world. --Joyce M. Gilmour, Copy Editor and Book Reviewer

From the Back Cover

Looking to lose weight and keep it off? Then forget the big plunge. Do it the easy and effective way: nickel and dime your weight down.

This book helps pave the way for sensible, realistic, easy and lasting weight control. Find out about the following:

- Top foods for energy, satisfaction, and weight loss, including ones that have been demonized unfairly for years.
- The substance promoted for years as a "healthy alternative"(it's actually one of the worst "foods" you can eat).
- Without this highly feared nutrient, you die.
- Sure you're hungry? You might not be. Learn what may be giving you the false sense of hunger.
- Sweets! Some are good for you. Eat the right ones.
- How you can eat plenty, even indulge, if you eat with a strategy. This book will give you that knowledge.
- Exercise is great, but there are right ways and wrong ways to do it for weight loss. Learn the best exercise methods!


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A weight loss book I can live with-- and it's working! 17 July 2011
By Kelli Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Ounces Countdown is a practical book for a safely paced weight loss with long term wellness. Now in my 40s, I'm done with crash diets and was looking for a healthy eating plan I can live with. I found my answer in Patrick Hafner's book. He has an impressive scientific knowledge of nutrition and the human body, yet his book is a comfortable, easy to follow read, like listening to a good friend share his story. While reading I kept thinking of the classic, "He did it, I can do it too." And yes, I'm doing it-- so far I've lost seven pounds. Buy this book, and enjoy your journey. --- UPDATE--- I have lost 30 pounds by following the advice in The Ounces Countdown book. From 202 (eek!) down to 172. Another 40 pounds and I'll be ready for the talk show circuit. k

2/19/2103 I am still losing with The Ounces Countdown. I am now 156.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched plan for a slow, steady weight loss 13 July 2010
By Frances O. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
On July 13, the Today Show ran a segment reporting on the latest survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation. It seems that 12% of Americans have no idea how many calories they should eat to maintain their weight or, better yet, lose a few pounds.
Patrick Hafner's book couldn't come at a better time. Hafner, a 30-year fitness advocate, spells out two means of coming up with the correct calorie total that one should consume to lose weight the right way--slowly but surely. He first outlines something called the Harris-Benedict formula, a mathematical calculation based on current weight, height, age, sex, and activity level. His suggestion, however, is to track what you are actually eating for a week and take an average. Once you have that average, subtract 500 calories a day and you should lose a modest one pound a week.
The remainder of the book deals with what you should spend your precious calories on. Some of his advice is surprising. For example, he lists butter as one of his top food recommendations. He also calls eggs a super food, yolks and all. Of course, he has some no-nos, too. But he is not the first to warn against trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.
The book also contains extensive information on how to eat a balanced diet, how much protein to include, and which carbs are best. No extremes here.
Some helpful exercise tips round out the common sense plan.
All in all, Hafner has done his research well. He claims if you do even half the things he suggests, you'll lose weight. He's got me convinced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand Diet and Exercise Info 5 July 2010
By Susanna Zaraysky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Ounces Countdown is easy to read and written in a way that anyone can understand how to alter their eating and exercise habits. I learned a lot about the benefits of short high-intensity exercise in workouts. I recommend the book because Patrick Hafner does an excellent job in dispelling the myths about eating eggs and butter and explains how fats are important in our diet.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only healthy weight loss book you need! 31 May 2010
By Michelle Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read many books on nutrition, weight loss and exercise and found this book by Patrick Hafner to be a complete, easy to read and understand book on nutrition, diet, healthy and unhealthy eating and exercise. It is obvious when you read this book that the author has written this book based on personal experience and research.

If you are serious about losing weight and nothing seems to be working for you, pick up this book. Not only will you learn what you might be doing wrong, it will motivate you while educating you. Losing weight is something you do for yourself, for your health and for your well being, with this book you will have a guide and support system. When you feel yourself falling off the wagon, pick up this book and open it anywhere for a boost and reinforcement to stay on track.

I was pleasantly surprised at the knowledge and information included in this book and will recommend it to others!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ounces Countdown...the way to a healthy lifestyle! 15 Aug 2010
By Joyce M. Gilmour - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Patrick Hafner, in The Ounces Countdown, has done a superb job of putting together a resource for anyone that wants to maintain their health. The people looking for a "quick fix" to their weight loss issues really need to read this book. Patrick Hafner states (and I couldn't summarize it better): "The Ounces Countdown weight lost approach focuses more on the big picture, bringing several components together to make it all work, to make you healthier and stronger, and to lose weight if you need to. The focus is to lose weight gradually, safely, and, in some ways, effortlessly: One ounce at a time."

The author divides the book into four main sections: 1) The concept, 2) Fuel, 3) Combustion, and 4) Putting it all together. The subsections are well laid out and titled so the book can easily be picked up and the reader is able to find a topic. Each topic is thorough and well-researched, but is short enough to make it a read that can be digested easily in a brief amount of time. This is a "wellness" book, NOT a diet book. However, all of your "diet" books on your bookshelf should be replaced by this one book and it will take you through the rest of your life as a healthy individual if you begin to implement the suggestions. Just think about how much room you'll have for new books!

In The Ounces Countdown, Patrick Hafner tells us from experience what hasn't worked in his life for over fifteen years, but the approaches in this book he's been living for over six years, so he isn't "telling" the reader what to do, he's "sharing" what strategies he's proven to be successful. He feels that the factors influencing weight loss are as follows: Exercise (25%), Intake (50%), and Attitude (25%). He goes on to tell us that there are eight essentials he sees as requirements to maintain your healthy lifestyle changes, those being: 1) commitment, 2) taking it seriously, 3) planning ahead, 4) throwing away guilt feelings, 5) not depriving oneself, 6) being self-centered (YES, YOU are important!), 7) focusing on your daily routine, and 8) choosing excellence.

This book is one that should be read from cover to cover, but then kept handy as a reference to maintain and learn the various strategies for healthy living. In fact, I just used mine to help me with writing out my grocery list. One more quote from this excellent author: "Start the Ounces Countdown today. Weight loss done right: easy, gradual, and lasting. Lose the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves." Thanks, Patrick Hafner, for putting together a resource that will help readers live a healthier, and hopefully longer, life. It takes people like you who care about learning and then sharing it with others to make a big difference in this world.
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