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The Petite Advantage Diet: Achieve That Long, Lean Look. The Specialized Plan for Women 5'4" and Under. by [Karas, Jim]
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They make clothes for “Petites” so why not a specialized diet plan? You’re smaller, you’re more delicate, you’re 5'4" or under, yet you’re expected to follow a diet plan for the taller girls. What’s wrong with that?

“A lot,” says Jim Karas, author of the number one New York Times bestseller The Business Plan for the Body. For over twenty years, Karas has helped the Petites. He makes them longer (without the rack). He makes them leaner (without starving) and he makes them feel more confident and sexier than they have ever felt before. Why? Because he knows how to get results specifically for you . . . a “Petite”. . . and get them fast.

“I understand you,” says Karas. “I know you are watching your taller friends and colleagues eat more than you do but stay slim.” Fact: you do have to eat less, because a Petite needs only about 1,600 calories a day (compared to 2,500 calories for a taller woman) and is therefore naturally more prone to gain weight.

But you are looking at the glass only as half empty. Thee glass, according to Karas, is really half full. Being a Petite has huge advantages such as:

  • You can work out more effectively than a taller woman because your muscle-to-height ratio is greater; translation—better opportunity to boost your metabolism
  • Your center of gravity is lower, and therefore you are less likely to injure yourself when you’re working out, and
  • You can create that sexy hour-glass figure that taller women can’t achieve. Think Penelope Cruz (5’4”) and Dolly Parton (5’0”). Both are gorgeous members of “The Petites,” whose bodies rock.

Karas has worked with women of all heights and sizes for more than twenty years, and has perfected strategies that bring effective and lasting fat loss for Petites. Based on solid, recent research, coupled with his passion for creating concrete solutions, Karas has crafted a program specially designed to help you create a longer, leaner, sexier body. Petites, you’re gonna love it!

About the Author

Jim Karas is a lifestyle expert who combines a degree from the Wharton School of Business with over twenty-two years of unparalleled success in helping people look and feel their very best. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books, including the #1 bestseller The Business Plan for the Body. Jim has been the fitness contributor on ABC's Good Morning America and is frequently seen on The View. He has been a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping magazine and has written feature articles for countless other national publications, including O, the Oprah Magazine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3294 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (27 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LC0RRI
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very American and full of daily menu's including processed meat!! Basically if you are smaller eat less than taller people. There you have it. Oh yes and if you use the resistance band to exercise that helps. You don't need the book to tell you that.
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Couldn't get on with the writer's patronising tone, I'm afraid. The diet plan also specifies brands, most of which I struggled to find in the UK, and there is virtually nothing if you have allergies or special dietary requirements beyond 'low-cal'.

The book told me very little I couldn't have worked out myself and an online Basal Metabolic Rate calculator is cheaper and more useful.
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Book okay if you stick to the information, unlike me where I fell at the wayside as usual and tried other books as well as this one.
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This book gave me a lot of insight on the best way to diet for my small stature (4'10"). I do the basics and try to adapt some of the American type recipes and exercises but it works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Get Results 5 Dec. 2015
By Simple Sally - Published on Amazon.com
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I used the diet in this book and it worked very well. I am 5'1-1/2" (the 1/2" is important!). In January I began the diet at a weight of 128, size 8. The book gives you a 21-day diet. I did the diet about 3-4 times consecutively and was down to 116 by May. (Btw, I am not perfect. I still had chocolate and beer, just cut back a lot.) Now it is Dec and I'm at 110 - 113 these days, size 4. I agree with his exercise philosophy and have always suspected it. Basically, he says to quit killing yourself with the cardio because you're just making yourself sore and hungry (you overeat later). I have always liked weight training more than cardio, especially because I have bad knees and they get sore easily. So in combination with the diet, I quit doing cardio (I walk the dogs + occasionally do cardio when I feel like it) and increased weight training and that helped my arms, legs and mid-section look firmer (not perfect, but it's hard to build muscle). As a result of reading this book, I learned a lot about eating healthy, which was key to weight loss - and I still eat healthy, which is key to keeping it off. This book dramatically changed the food choices I make. I changed my workout routine and am very pleased with the results. In combination with this book, I have also been researching other (appropriate for me) weight training and healthy eating resources (books, websites) to give me new ideas to keep me motivated.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Diet Book for Petites and Gargantuan People Alike 28 Dec. 2013
By SueZ - Published on Amazon.com
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At 5'2" and middle aged, I knew something was up when - instead of losing the LAST 5LBS - I watched that number increase to the last 10lbs, and then the last 15lbs. Even though I've worked out at the gym religiously for decades and am able to complete arduous hikes and workouts easily, I was frustrated by the weight GAIN.

Karas has a no-nonsense approach to losing weight: Calories in=Calories out, which everyone should already be familiar with, but the biggest eye-opener for me was my BMR, which was much HIGHER than what I thought it was - about 400 to 500 calories higher. I was basically starving myself, killing my metabolism and not losing weight.

Karas also affirmed for me that the 1100-1100-1600 calorie intake was the way to go. It confuses my body's metabolism and keeps me satiated longer rather than starving myself at 1200 everyday.

Had no problem with the tone of the book, which many found to be condescending. The tone seemed rather infomercialish to me, and if you're trying to be a NYT bestseller, you'll want to plug your book as much as possible, I suppose.

There are several things that kept this book from being five stars for me:

1. The meal plans - The grocery list is enormous and impractical. You have to buy certain brands of things and there are no substitutes for vegans, vegetarians, people with food allergies. And what happens after the 21 days?

2. Exercise program - I agree that lifting weights - which not many of us women do - is essential to weight loss and toning, especially for petites. We can be only 5'2" and 100lbs but all of it's flab and we'd still look terrible. However, I wish there were alternatives to the bands, like dumbbells or kettlebells, and something for people who are more advanced in their workout routines.
a) The NO CARDIO also doesn't jibe with me. I can understand that cardio will make one hungrier, but cardio is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Karas could've incorporated some whole body, body weight workouts, or referred us to other types of workouts we could look into. And what about beyond the bands? There will come a time when the band exercises will be too easy. Karas doesn't tell us what's next.

In all, the book's good for a beginner who's wondering how best to lose weight, but not necessarily a good book for those who want to lose weight AND change their unhealthy lifestyles.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh perspective - I like this book! 31 July 2012
By Mary Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading some of the negative reviews I almost didn't buy the book but am very happy that I did. The author has a nice style of writing that makes it easy for me to actually read this book. I have bought so many diet books that I have simply never read or just casually browsed through with some very promising titles that are stacked in my basement. This book feels like it is written for me - I am 53 years old, 5 feet 2 inches, and need to lose a good 25 pounds, which I have put on in the past four years after maintaining pretty much the same weight my whole life. The books on menopause do not help. I need a fresh perspective, and and have found it with this book. While I know that I am going to have to exercise and watch what I eat, which is the truth with any diet, this author has given me some wonderful ideas, encouragement and a motivation that seems realistic to me. I plan on changing my thinking and losing these pounds, and that is no petite goal!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RDN review 15 Aug. 2015
By jjjh - Published on Amazon.com
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As a petite Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), I recommend this book for the bottom line messages: make all of your calories nutritionally count and incorporate strength training regularly into your lifestyle. Beyond that, the book gives some specific suggestions and ideas which are a good starting place. However, if you have any medical conditions that may be affected by your intake (diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney disease among many), the authors do not address those aspects. For that, it would be a good idea to work with your local RDN, to tailor a plan specifically for you and your circumstances.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try 28 Jan. 2012
By R. DeHoff - Published on Amazon.com
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I followed the 21 day meal plan and today is day 22. I lost a total of 8 pounds in the 21 days which I am very happy with. I would say I was 90% compliant with the actual meals but 98% compliant with maintaining the calorie counts per day - 1100 / 1100 / 1600 cycle. I would caution against just using the shopping list and going out and buying everything on the list for a week at a time. There is a bit of waste (which is why I am not giving this a 5 star). For example, he has you eat a half cantaloupe at one point in the first week, but you never eat the other half - so if there isn't someone else in the household who would eat it, it is wasted (if you stay compliant with the diet) unless you actually study the meal plans more closely and know to only buy a half cantaloupe instead. There are many other examples like that. But overall, the meal plan is very good - I was never hungry and in fact the volume of food at every meal is quite large, just not high in calories. And, the meals are tasty and very easy to prepare. I did not follow the "no cardio" recommendation. I am a runner and continued to run during the 21 days, but limited my runs to 3-4 miles instead of anything longer because the calorie intake does not support longer runs. I also work out twice a week with a personal trainer at the gym for 1 hour at a time. I am going to continue the 1100/1100/1600 cycle for a while longer to drop some more weight and will select some of my favorite meals from the 21 day plan. I also used the FITBIT to track "calories in" and "calories out" which I found VERY useful and motivating. Would highly recommend the FITBIT in combination with the plan in the book.
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