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Slim the Italian Way
A Weight-Loss Surgeon's Guide to Losing Weight

By Eldo E. Frezza MD, MBA, FACS
Published by Cine-Med, Inc.

purchase at: Amazon.com $18.95 US

Softcover 8" x 11" / 146 pages
Cine-Med Inc., Woodbury, CT
ISBN:978-0-9749358-8-16
Release date: December, 2006

first edition released March, 2005

 


second edition

Reviews/Testimonials

The following is an excerpt from the book:

Every day in my practice as a surgeon specializing in treating the obese, I encounter patients whose weight problems have literally put their lives in danger. These are men and women who are so morbidly obese that surgery is often the only solution. They are also individuals who have tried every kind of diet and are filled with guilt and self-loathing. And why not? When you look at the available diet and weight loss books, the majority of them blame the reader for eating too much or for indulging in the wrong foods. And while most of these books tell you what to avoid eating, they do not tell you what to eat or how to eat; nor do they provide sound, healthful principles for losing weight. As a consequence, dieters come to view food with fear, as a temptation that must be conquered through deprivation and mind-numbing self-control. Those who cannot control their hunger are left with a feeling of failure and a conviction that they are incapable of managing their own lives.

While few of us will ever need surgery to achieve a healthy weight, it is no secret that obesity has become a national epidemic. Not only are a majority of adult Americans overweight, some 65 percent of us, but so are an increasing number of our children. The proportion of overweight children has tripled since 1980. These startling numbers mean that we are at increased risk for a whole host of health problems associated with excess weight: diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, to name just a few. Why are we losing the battle to control our weight? One of the problems with diets is that most of them are too strict, limiting not only the quantity of intake, but the quality as well. In their zeal to promote new ways to lose weight, they rob us of one of life's most basic enjoyments.

I believe that food is something that can and should give us happiness and pleasure. Part of this belief stems from my upbringing in Italy , where people are much less conflicted about food. If you go to Italy , people seem very happy, and this happiness is in large part related to what they eat. Whenever I visit my family in Venezia , one of the main questions is, "What are we going to cook today?" This question is


Dr. Frezza enjoys a moment with his mother, Rosa. Many of the principles of healthy eating he learned at home are in fact scientifically sound.

asked at 7:30 in the morning, while we are eating breakfast and drinking coffee. It may seem strange that decisions about lunch or dinner are made at this hour of the morning, but this reflects our respect for food and its preparation. In Italy , it is never too early to start planning a meal!

Dinner should be seen as a happy conclusion to the day, not as an event to be dreaded. There are few things that make people happier than family, friends, food, and the rituals which celebrate such fellowship in the presence of good food. The Italian diet is characterized by fresh, colorful, and varied ingredients, and good taste. There is an innate joy and spirit of adventure in having different types of meals to cook every day, an undertaking that can easily be accomplished since the ingredients of Italian cooking are extremely basic.

The Italians and the peoples of the Mediterranean use food as a key to happiness and, if used correctly, it can also be the key to losing weight. My experience as a surgeon has convinced me that we need to find a way to lose weight while preserving one of the great pleasures of life, and that is what this book is all about. We need to continue to enjoy the pleasure of eating while teaching our body to understand when and how we need to eat and what foods we need to eat.
 

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Slim the Italian Way
A Weight-Loss Surgeon's Guide to Losing Weight

By Eldo E. Frezza MD, MBA, FACS
Published by Cine-Med, Inc.

purchase at: Amazon.com $18.95 US

Softcover 8" x 11" / 146 pages
Cine-Med Inc., Woodbury, CT
ISBN:978-0-9749358-8-16
Release date: December, 2006


first edition released March, 2005



second edition

Reviews/Testimonials

Carmela - Illinois
Not just another weight loss book, but a "resource of little known" but worthwhile information on food and the way your body uses it. Dr. Frezza includes insightful facts in clear simple language, clarifying mysteries of hunger, food and health, quality of life, raising healthy children, and obscure but useful details like the difficulty in digesting too much bread crust. It is a fun read and an excellent cookbook as well as an innovative, yet, back to the basics approach to health and fitness. I had a lot of "I didn't know that" moments, which when it comes to food and nutrition seldom happens to me. Great book!
 

Mitch - Texas
I applied Dr. Frezza's diet. In the first week, I lost 8 pounds and in 30 days, I lost 20 pounds. What shocked me about his diet are the simple ingredients that have been used and the fact that fresh ingredients can make a difference, making your food tastier; therefore, you have to use less salt, butter or ingredients that are fattening or that can have an impact on weight increase. I would recommend this diet to anyone who needs to lose 20-30 pounds.
 

Susan - Texas
I went to see Dr. Frezza regarding undergoing bariatric surgery, but I was not 100 pounds overweight; therefore, my insurance would not cover the surgery. Therefore, I asked Dr. Frezza to put me on a diet. He gave me his own diet and after 2 weeks, I saw major results. I was able to understand my problem, which became clear to me after reading his diet philosophy, and I was able to apply the principles that he suggested and lose 23 pounds in the first month. I believe the most important thing that I learned from his diet is his philosophy of taking care of ourselves and make the food our friend; therefore, we can eat and enjoy and not gain weight. I would recommend his diet to anyone.
 

Kari - New Mexico
I had problems gaining weight, but I could not undergo bariatric surgery. Dr. Frezza was kind enough to take me as a patient and suggested several options for me. His diet was a revelation. I never believed the problem that I had gaining weight was secondary to the fact that I was misbehaving towards the food. I was eating my kid's leftovers; therefore, I was not controlling my eating habits. After trying his diet and philosophy, I understood that modifying my habits during the day was enough to control my food intake. This helped me in the first 5 weeks to lose 21 pounds. I would recommend his diet to anyone.
 

Jennifer - New Mexico
I was gaining weight because I was overcooking my food. I liked the taste of the food and I could not eat food that did not taste good. When I talked to Dr. Frezza about gaining weight, I realized a simple way to solve this problem was using different ingredients, eating fresh foods instead of eating foods with preservatives. His second suggestion worked as well, which was to buy new clothes. "I bought smaller sized clothes" and because they were a little too tight, I worked very hard to lose more weight following his diet suggestions. I applied his formula and it worked. I was able to lose 19 pounds in 6 weeks. I would recommend his diet to anyone, particularly for those who believe that looking good, eating fresh foods and behavioral problems are part of the reason why the weight is gained.
 

 


 
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