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The Ultimate New York Body Plan: Just Two Weeks to a Total Transformation (book and Region 2 DVD) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077109198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077109196
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I would definitely recommend the plan to anyone – it is incredibly hard work, but worth it." -- Daily Mail

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Two weeks until your class reunion.
A surprise anniversary cruise from your husband—one that leaves at the end of the month.
How do you get your body in shape—without weeks of working out and dieting?

David Kirsch’s 2 Weeks to a Great Body provides readers with an intensive and doable fitness and diet program, one that will burn off excess fat in just two weeks.

Kirsch’s program includes the following elements:
1. The 2-Week Body: Readers learn which body parts to target for the shape they want to achieve.
2. The 2-Week Diet: Readers will find a 2-week customized diet along with recipes and menus.
3. The 2-Week Exercise Plan: Combining aerobic and fat-burning exercises, cardio sculpting workouts, and abdominal and upper body workouts.
4. Dress to Thrill: Readers discover the moves needed to sculpt their bodies to create their best in shape look.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Cousins on 18 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to start with the bad and leave you with the good :)

1) If you don't already exercise regularly and to a fairly high intensity (capable of 20 press ups and a 45 min run, for example) then don't even think about it. I am capable of both those things and I still struggled to keep it up.

2) The diet is, as another reviewer pointed out, completely crazy and any nutritionist or doctor will tell you that if you're doing this much exercise you need carbohydrates for fuel. Whatever anyone tries to tell you, if you stop craving carbs its only because you're too bloody tired to care.

3) It's not cheap. You'll need a fit ball, a medicine ball, weights, clothing for sweating in (cotton stuff won't cut it at this intensity), lots of weird seasonings and meat, plus protein shakes, which are not cheap at all.

4) It's time consuming- 2hrs a day of exercise, plus all the meal preparation. You really need to find a time when you have no other responsibilties unless you want to completely stress yourself out and be v grumpy for a fortnight.

Ok, now for the good points:

1) You will see results and fast, even if you don't follow the crazy diet to the letter (still take the protein shakes, your muscles will need it)

2) Its so tough the sense of achievement is enormous and your workouts from then on will seem easy.

3) The book is very informative and the day to day layout of workouts and recipes really makes it easy to follow. The diary section is nice for charting the changes you see and feel.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I started David's fitness and nutrition plan as detailed in The Ultimate New York Body Plan, I was a bit tired and had a general lack of enthusiasm. All the other plans that I had tried had made me bigger. Not in weight, but in inches. The fitness plans that I had done in the past bulked me and made me bigger.
The first few days of the program were tough. Not the eating plan, that was easy because there was so much food, but the exercise was intense. I was walking like I had ridden a huge horse for 3 days. By day 4 things got easier and by day 5 I had no pains at all.
I saw already that my clothes fitted better, especially around my problem area. My hips and thighs!
I persevered and by the second week, I had no hunger pangs nor cravings.. well, a little maybe, but David's shakes are lovely, and I felt like they were like a 'healthy treat.' I had the vanilla ones whilst on the 2 week program.

I got up early every morning for the 14 days before my day started and did my workouts. I was so proud of myself and my boyfriend called me Arnold Swarz... for my soldier like commitment. I felt empowered and in control of myself for the first time in ages. When I started the program I thought, "this is tough, can I do it?" I did and I am proud of me.
I lost 6 lbs and 5% body fat! I never thought that could happen to me! My clothes are loose, I am so firm and I have muscle definition and cute little abs. Most of all I have changed my attitude to food and exercise.
It has been a few weeks now and I am on the maintenance plan. However, I do exercise every day now. Doing the 2 week plan made me crave a daily dose of exercise. I have incorporated some things again into my diet like the odd glass of wine and slim slice of cake (that's rare but it happens).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Boogaloo on 24 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book in a newspaper article covering brief reviews on a bunch of diets. At the end, each diet was rated with a 'Yes' or a 'No' as to whether the writer recommended it or not. This book had a 'No' and the reason given was that it was too difficult. And that's why I bought the book becuase I know from past experience that dieting and losing weight, if you want to do it properly, is going to be very tough!

This was very tough but the results are almost immediate - it was WELL worth it! Some tips which I'm sure other reviews will give you too:

- Try to do this with your partner as it really helps for motivation/planning/keeping to yourself for 2 weeks (My husband and I did it and really enjoyed doing the recipes together - it was fun for a change, as opposed to being slumped in front of the TV!)

- Plan, plan, plan! Make sure you have purchased everything you need to do this: Excercise equpiment, Protein Shake and stocked your fridge with all the right foods. If you don't have what you need ALL the time, you will feel more compelled to cheat!

- Believe in yourself that you can achieve your goals! We cheat when we anticipate we will fail anyway, so *know* you can do this.

- Read the daily motivations; it really helps to keep you focused each day and reminds you of your goal.

- I found it easier to isolate myself for 2 weeks, rather than tempting myself by attending social events. You will just feel depressed if you are the only one who isn't drinking/eating.

- The Medicine Ball is not cheap so I just use 1 of my 2kg hand weights for exercises that require it. It works just fine!

Good luck!!
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