Best books for your ‘best body’

By Bari Auerbach….
If you’ve been thinking about getting into better shape before summer, the new books Extra Lean Family by “Extra” host Mario Lopez; and You Losing Weight by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen are two of the best books that can help you achieve your best body!

‘Extra Lean Family’
“Extra” host and author Mario Lopez has released a new version of his bestselling book, Extra Lean, called Extra Lean Family. According to the “Extra” website, “As a new father himself, Lopez is committed to helping his family by applying the principles of Extra Lean to the household – starting in the kitchen.”
“Living ‘Extra Lean’ has allowed me to enjoy food more than ever, while maintaining my best health, and I want nothing less for my family or yours!” Lopez said.
Kirkus Reviews notes, “Lopez effectively demonstrates how parents can coach their children about healthy snacks, vitamins and how to ‘dejunk’ life. In Extra Lean Family, Lopez introduces more mindful food choices via a three-part regimen of understanding, preparing and applying his lean-family principles to everyday life.
“Other sections describe how food influences metabolism and why carbohydrates are so addictive. Lopez stresses the importance of Omega acids, fiber, water intake and keeping a food journal. His comprehensive five-week meal plan includes a grocery list, time-saving tips and food suggestions heavy on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
“Some of the ‘big-dish’ dinner recipes include Spicy Turkey Chili, ‘Paella-Style’ Chicken and Rice, Bacon and Cheddar Macaroni Casserole and Homemade Fish Sticks – all healthfully reinvented.

‘You Losing Weight’
On a recent episode of the Dr. Oz show, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, co-authors of  You Losing Weight shared tips on how to lose 20 pounds in eight weeks. Oz and Roizen maintain the key to success is “dieting smart –not hard…small changes make the big difference.”
Shortcuts to “lose 20 pounds and still live your life” are included in the book along with 99 tips and six steps Oz and Roizen recommend taking to achieve weight-loss success:
*Find someone to cheer for you – and take the fries from you.
*Fill half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables, protein on one quarter and whole grains on the other quarter. *Have a little healthy fat first to feel fuller, using nuts like almonds. Eat a few 25 minutes before a meal.
*Take A “You-Turn” if you lapse and turn things around.
*Reward yourself. Get a massage, new workout clothes, etc.
*Keep moving! Walking just 30 minutes a day makes a huge difference.
According to, “In the handy weight-loss guide You Losing Weight, Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen take a no-nonsense approach to explaining the human body to outline why crash dieting can’t work for the long term. They also share their favorite weight-loss super-foods recipes and provide exercise suggestions for how to get the most from any kind of workout.
“With food plans, shopping lists, and comprehensive advice on the science of weight loss, You Losing Weight is a pocket-size paperback packed with everything dieters need to know about how to develop better habits that can help prevent diseases caused by obesity and  keep pounds off for good.”

Extra Lean Family and You Losing Weight are available at

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