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Young for Life: The Easy No-Diet, No-Sweat Plan to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Hardcover – 2 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; 1 edition (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609615425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609615420
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 907,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marilyn Diamond is living proof that you can be 68 years old and look decades younger. A healthy living expert, she is coauthor of "Fit for Life," which has sold millions of copies. She collaborates with her husband Dr. Donald Schnell.

Dr. Donald "Rock" Schnell suffered a diabetes-induced heart attack at 55. Doctors gave him up to 5 years to live. The Young for Life program is an adaptation of the plan that saved his heart and created his rock-hard body.


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Easy- to- follow guidelines in this book.
Inspireing 😊
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really didn't like this book.passed onto charity store
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Knock It 'Till You Live It! 3 April 2013
By S. Jarmulowicz - Published on Amazon.com
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I have lost 50 pounds! I’m in a size 10! I don’t weigh anymore, but I love putting on a small suit from the sale rack and seeing it fit perfectly. "Baby steps!" Marilyn and Dr. Rock advise. For the first time in my life I am achieving my health goals. I've learned how important it is to quit exercising when I want to do more. That one tip keeps me exercising regularly! My mind is wide open to how much I can do for myself with this simple approach to living a young life. These two authors, who to me are ambassadors for happy and healthy living, are masters at teaching people "HOW" to succeed.

I love to cook but I never wanted to hear that I should change what I was cooking. Marilyn’s taught me cooking techniques, the use of spices and herbs and now I know how to add great flavor to my family’s meals. I’m the “new Sue” who reads labels and chooses pure ingredients with a passion, and I now am the cook who is confident that I know what I’m doing to be healthier and in better shape.

Dr. Rock’s and Marilyn’s tips have worked for me in so many ways I've even been able to end my Mom’s diabetes so she’s no longer on insulin, and now I’m working on helping her come out of her Alzheimer’s fog. We’re actually starting to be able to converse again. The nurses cry, because for the first time in so long, she’s talking to them, instead of hiding in her own world. I’m strong, in great shape, happy and I’m confident that I’m healthier than I've ever been in my life and always will be healthier.

Sue Higgins, October, 2012, 52 years young
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a revolution! 4 April 2013
By H. J. Layne - Published on Amazon.com
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The book "Young for Life" could not have come into my life at a better time. Approaching fifty, I was overweight and out of shape and tired all the time from a lack of sleep. I had tried every new diet that came out with little to no success. Fortunately, I was invited to be a part of the "Young for Life" test group and was given a new lease on life. After following the simple food and exercise plan I have lost 37 pounds and added years to my life. I sleep better and have more energy than ever before. I've cut my clothes size in half from a size 16 to a size 8. I started with making changes in my diet and doing the Isometrics and Isotonics exercises, and then moved on to working out at the gym. I love using the machines to shape and tone my body. I have never had any kind of muscle strength before and can feel the difference from the inside out. I eat what I want in moderation based on what I have learned in "Young for Life." In sharp contrast to how I used to feel, I now feel happy, healthy and alive.

"In answer to the reviewer Heather Mamatey who says she wanted to love this book but it contains nothing new...just another low carb Paleo Diet....In my opinion, she could not have read the book, if she is saying this! There is no Paleo diet I know about that lays out the dangers of the two silent killers, Nutrient Deficiency Disorder and Sedentary Death Syndrome. None offer the correct path to supplementing with the 5 nutrients we all most lack...none talk about the principle of anabolism! It was so easy for me to change my old habits once I knew this was the key to the beauty, youth and fitness I was seeking. This book is a revolution! No one knows fully what it contains but the authors! It's BRAND NEW! And, in my opinion, it's a must-read for anyone at any age who wishes to avoid the diseases of obesity, look and feel better and remain young, fit and healthy throughout life.

I hope that others will be able to reap the same benefits that I have. I believe this country is facing an overwhelming epidemic of Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease. Health is your greatest wealth is no longer just a saying. The body of information in this book offers a road map to wellnes and vitality backed by good science. Marilyn Diamond and Dr. Rock have opened up about their own personal health challenges and their journeys back to good health are an inspiration to us all. I highly recommend this book to anybody that has been wanting to make a change for the better but just didn't know how.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moderation, moderation, moderation! 6 April 2013
By Redbow - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave it three stars, because I liked some of it, but it was not as balanced of an approach as I was hoping for, and there are parts of it I feel are a bit extreme.

I was anxious to receive this book and get the latest word is from someone who has been at the forefront of the health/fitness movement and has had years of personal experience. I read Fit For Life nearly 20 years ago and while the principles seemed sound (no other species consumes milk after it is weaned, increase fruit/veg/grains, diet/lifestyle as a means to stay healthy rather than damaging your body and turning to medication to survive) I did struggle with its complete denigration of the dairy, meat and medical industries. I found it difficult to adhere to strictly for a long period of time and felt like a "failure" if I went off it even momentarily and had a piece of pizza or apple pie. I was a vegetarian or near vegetarian for a while and ended up with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and a weakened immune system. My doctor told me to eat protein and meat, which immediately took away my brain fog and made me feel much stronger! I gave up on vegetarianism/heavy fruit consumption and went back to my SAD (Standard American Diet), trying to do regular exercise and cut portions, and emphasize better quality food. That seemed to work best for me, rather than combining at every meal or eating only fruit in the morning.

Later, I liked Marilyn's relaxed approach in Fitonics, and felt it was a more balanced way to look at diet, although I can see how it was tough for some people to follow because it was not a stringent, step-by-step directive.

I received this book two days ago and have read all of it. I was a bit surprised to find this to be more of an "Atkins" style approach, which feels like a complete surge to the other extreme. While I truly agree vegan/vegetarian diets have serious consequences, I feel that a diet of one extreme or the other is NOT healthy long-term and causes severe health problems.

Here is what I like about this book:

-incorporating isotonics into your day. I believe this is a sound, rational way to increase your fitness level and it has merit based on history (Jack Lalanne and others were proponents of this form of exercise). The chair exercises are especially helpful for people like me who work at a desk all day, and after just a couple of days, my strained neck is better and I have unlocked my chronically stiff shoulder.
-focus on protein and HEALTHY forms of it, which includes-yes, meat!
-advising us to get as far away from processed/modified forms of food as possible
-focus on exercise and building up our bodies vs. accepting decline as we age and reaching for pills instead
-the recipes, of course! I have yet to try a recipe from Marilyn that is not top-notch.

Here is what I didn't care for:

-I really do not think an extreme position (either vegan or focus on mostly animal flesh) of eating is healthy. I think personally I do better with a balanced approach, and feel that probably works best for most of us. Admittedly I am not a doctor or expert, and I do want to make a disclaimer: In Dr. Rock's experience, this extreme position probably saved his life and I believe that each individual is different. There are people for whom this might just be the life-saver they need, as in his case.
-the implication that all veganism/vegetarianism is always harmful. I personally know some people for whom it seems to work very well. It did not work for me, but everyone is a little different.
-Going through the period where you have to be so stringent with your carbs. I don't think you need to go to that extreme to lose weight and be fit...if you have a health crisis and are in a life-or-death situation like Dr. Rock, forget what I just said.

All in all, I took away some things I will use, some that reinforce what I already believe and try to do, and some I will probably ignore. It is worth a read and yes, it will turn a lot of people off who have been adherants to Fit For Life and/or vegans for years. I will definitely be trying some of the new recipes and hopefully can sell my husband on the isotonic exercise (he is a bit lazy due to never having a weight problem).

To Dr. Rock and Marilyn, I admire you for putting forth what will surely be a controversial book, and hope that you have many more happy, healthy years together.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, informative, and great program..Worth the Read!! 3 April 2013
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I was lucky to receive the pre-publication manuscript for Young For Life. I was previously a big fan of Fit For Life and for many years had always gone back and forth thinking this was the way I was supposed to be eating to stay thin and look youthful, but as I got into my late 30s and now my early 40s, eating a lot of fruits and veggies during the day wasn't giving me the satisfaction of feeling great. My body was able to deal with anything in my 20s...but over time, my body changed. I was bloating constantly in the belly, I was tired, I was putting more carbs in my body, which were turning into sugar and was gaining fat and inches. I was never a true vegetarian because I ate fish and chicken and no red meat, usually at dinnertime and always had a craving for processed carbs which was my addiction. I was happy when I found Marilyn on Facebook and started reading her manuscript to learn what my body truly needed. I have always been a health conscience person and known by others to be a health nut. I have always worked out, but a lot of times felt I was starting over because my life is busy and I can't get to the gym everyday. YOUNG FOR LIFE has changed my life. I say "life" because it has changed my ways of thinking and following the program outlined in the book has helped my body change for the better. Yes, Fit for Life was a great book and I too did the program, but things change over the years, information changes, people change, and our bodies change. I can let go of the beliefs I once had for FFL and be forgiving to that. If FFL works for you, then continue, but YOUNG FOR LIFE is an educational book updated with information and research. It worked for the author who wrote YFL and her brilliant new partner, and they are here to share that what worked for them...can work for you too. They explain what made them want to write the book and they wrote it to make us aware. Homework was done and practical and well-researched suggestions are made. This program works for me! You too can find out if it works for you, I guarantee a lot of it will. This program of great nutrition and exercise made me a new person in only three months...trim, toned, smaller size, great abs and arms, spiritual, happy, calm, inspired, feeling wonderfully younger, and, best of all, forever freed from my maddening carb addiction. YFL is a very well written book. I loved it and highly recommend reading it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a winner 18 Jun. 2013
By JP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really resonated with the ideas in this book. After eating mostly carbs and gaining weight and having a lot of muscle wasting, I was ready for the good advice in this book. Some health issues have cleared up or are improving. Plus, the biggest benefit is that the foods you eat taste terrific.
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