Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss

Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss

Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LOSE UP TO 20 POUNDS IN 21 DAYS!

In The Skinny Rules, celebrity trainer and coach of NBC’s The Biggest Loser Bob Harper delivers the ultimate strategy for healthy, long-term weight loss and “thin maintenance.” But what if you have a big event looming—a reunion, wedding, beach vacation, or other special occasion—and need a fast-acting plan to meet your short-term goals?
 
Jumpstart to Skinny features thirteen short-term Rules (no one gets thin on mere suggestions) that will supercharge your weight loss. Taking any confusion or decision making out of the equation, Harper also provides a day-by-day plan for success, including his body-toning “Jumpstart Moves” and deliciously slimming recipes specially designed for your get-skinny needs.
 
Jumpstart to Skinny lets you in on the secrets Bob shares with his red-carpet celebrity clients. This is not a marathon diet; it’s a quick sprint to the finish line. And the victory lap comes when you slip into that sexy dress or swimsuit and feel fantastic. Get started today!
 
THE FOUR-PART JUMPSTART PLAN TO A SKINNIER YOU
 
• Your Jumpstart Rules: Thirteen must-follow principles to get you ready for your own “big reveal,” including Rule #1, a precise breakdown of the proper protein/carbohydrate/fat proportions for every meal, and Rule #3, which explains why you need to just say no to complex carbs after breakfast during this three-week plan. These are the Rules that Bob Harper and his celebrity clients use to get ready for their big events—and now you’re in on the secrets, too.
 
• Your Jumpstart Day-by-Day: No decisions, no confusion! Here is the simple, three-week game plan: the food to buy and prepare ahead each week, when and how much to eat each day, and the when and how of your exercise schedule.
 
• Your Jumpstart Moves: Bob’s unique, twenty-minute, at-home exercise routines. From sit-ups, push-ups, and squats to jumping rope, lateral jumps, and simple chair dips, choose one of the seven “packages” of body-toning moves when your day calls for Bob’s “metabolic conditioning.”
 
• Jumpstart Recipes: Cleansing or juice fasting? No way! You need to eat to lose weight, so here are twenty-one days of slimmingly delicious recipes—including “Peanut Butter and Jelly” Oatmeal, Sweet Potato Hash, Spaghetti Squash Bolognese, Buffalo Chicken Salad, and Bob’s signature Shrimp Skimpy—formulated with your Jumpstart protein/carb/fat proportions (see Rule #1!) and calorie maximums in mind.

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3 Responses to Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss

  • Amanda says:
    132 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Time to suck it up buttercup!, April 26, 2013
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    Amanda (HOLTS SUMMIT, Macau) –
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    After reading through all the reviews on here I purchased this book yesterday in the Kindle edition. Obviously I have not yet completed the three week program so I can’t actually tell you if I will lose 20lbs or not (though I have completed the book). However, if you’re in a similar position to me then I think the book is great and I do believe it will work. I’m in relatively good health but over the winter I’ve slacked off and gained some weight. I’m not overly obese but I’d like to drop about 20lbs before it comes time to put on a bathing suit. I am a fairly motivated person but I do agree with other reviewers that you will need to be motivated to carry through on this. Now I’m going to address all the issues that the other reviewers have complained about.
    1) Calories. Yes, women are only allowed 800 calories per day. Though technically you could consume more than that because you can eat unlimited veggies (there’s a list in the book). Bob addresses the fact that this is not to be sustained over a long period of time. It’s just 3 weeks! And you’re trying to lose 20lbs!! 800 calories per day for 3 weeks isn’t going to hurt you. Especially not if you heed his advice and take daily vitamins.
    2)Cost/hard to find ingredients. Eating lunch out will cost you $10 @ day at most places, dinner is $15 or more. None of these recipes will cost anywhere near that much. I think it’s silly when people complain at the cost of making a recipe yet they’re willing to go out to eat and pay 3x as much. Most of the recipes consist of chicken and veggies. He tells you that you can sub the veggies for other ones. So if you can’t find this elusive Persian cucumber you could use some other green veggie from the list. Also the exercises involve using a medicine ball but if you don’t have the money to spend just use something heavy! One thing that does cost is the fish oil that you have to take, however you should be able to buy a supply large enough to complete the program for about $10. Only other thing is to buy the electrolyte replacement, but (off Amazon) a 3 week supply would also only cost you another $10. There’s nothing here in this book that will have you spending large amounts of money. I’d bet in food cost, you’d probably save money over the 3 weeks compared to what you may normally buy (unless possibly you’re living off ramen noodles straight, then yes, this will cost more :)).
    3) Shopping list. This seems to be a big complaint but in my experience most cookbooks don’t include a shopping list. He already breaks it down by everything you can do ahead of time. Personally I think this complaint is a little silly but I guess if a shopping list is that important to you then don’t buy the book and figure out some other way to lose 20 lbs in 3 weeks.
    4) Portions. A few people said portions aren’t broken down and they don’t know how many servings are in a recipe. I think they missed reading a page because Bob tells you that the meals are all for one female. Men will need to make 1.5 times the food. To put it in another way, each recipe makes one female portion.
    Here are my own pros about the book:
    -Super, easy, fast read. I’m glad I was able to read the book in one day and understand exactly what I need to do. I would have been disappointed if I first had to spend 3 weeks reading the book.
    -Doable. It’s 100% doable. Nothing is crazy is this book. Of course you will have to work at it but it’s within reach. Plus it’s only 3 weeks. You’re not going to keep this plan up forever.
    -Research. Bob cites plenty of studies to back him and his advice up. He’s also honest and in some parts says that more research needs to be done but this is what has worked for him.
    -Kindle edition. I love that in the Kindle edition there are links throughout, so when he references something like Rule #7, you can click back to that rule to review it.
    I think if you’re like me and you just need a kick in the right direction (with a plan) then I think this book is the way to go. Now if you need long term weight loss then don’t buy this book. It’s not for you.
    We’ll see in three weeks if it works, which is the true test, but I believe it will.

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  • Stacey Gardner says:
    237 of 261 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book – I spent an hour on Week 1 shopping list, though, April 26, 2013
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    This review is from: Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss (Hardcover)
    Great Book – exactly what I was expecting and would expect from Bob… except there was no shopping list. For Week 1, I did the work. Here is my list. If you copy/paste to a table you should see the formatting correctly
    Week 1 Ingredients Amount Have at Home? In Cart
    Almond Butter ½ Tablespoon
    Apple 2 ½ cups
    Arugula 8 cups
    Asparagus 24 spears
    Avocado 1
    Baby Bok choy 1 head
    Balsalmic Vinegar 2 teaspoons
    Basil (fresh) ¾ cup + 1 Tablespoon
    Bay leaf 1
    Bell Pepper 2
    Bell Pepper (red) ½
    Berries ¼ cup
    Black Pepper
    Blueberries 1 cup
    Bragg’s Liquid Aminos ½ tablespoon
    Broccoli 3 large heads
    Cauliflower 1 cup
    Celery 1 large bunch (or more)
    Chicken Breast 7 4oz portions
    Cinnamon Dash
    Crushed red pepper ½ teaspoon
    Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons
    Dill (fresh) 1 teaspoon
    Egg Whites 30
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Ezekiel bread 2 ½ slices
    Fennel Bulb ¾ bulb
    Fresh cilantro 2 Tablespoons chopped
    Frozen Berries ¼ cup
    Garlic cloves 5
    Grated Parmesan Cheese 2 ½ Tablespoons
    Green Cabbage 1
    Green Onions 3
    Ground flaxseed ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon
    Halibut or cod 8 oz
    Jalapeno pepper 1
    Kale 2 cups chopped
    Lemon (for fresh juice) 2
    Lime (for fresh juice) 2
    Low-sodium crushed tomatoes 32 oz
    Low-sodium vegetable broth 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons
    Mixed Greens (salad) 19 cups
    Nonfat Greek yogurt 2 Tablespoons chopped
    Olive oil spray
    Orange (for fresh juice) 1
    Parsley 2 teaspoons + 3 Tablespoons
    Persion Cucumber 3
    Plum tomatoes 4
    Quinoa ½ cup
    Radish 3
    Red onion 1
    Red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons
    Rolled oats ½ cup
    Rosemary ½ teaspoon chopped
    Salmon 4 oz
    Sesame oil (toasted light) ½ teaspoon
    Spaghetti Squash ½
    Spinach (fresh) 19 cups
    Swiss chard 2 bunches (5 cups)
    thyme 1 fresh sprig
    Tomato 2
    Turkey breast 4 oz sliced
    Turkey breast 12 oz lean ground
    Unsweetened almond milk ½ cup
    Watermelon ½
    Yellow onion 1 3/4 cups
    Yellow Squash 2
    Zucchini 3

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  • L. M. Keefer says:
    276 of 287 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    How To Jumpstart Getting In Shape, April 23, 2013
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    L. M. Keefer (Connecticut) –
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    This review is from: Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss (Hardcover)

    If you want to jumpstart your eating and exercise routine for a vacation, reunion, or wedding, or just to amp up your get-in-shape progress, you may be interested in Bob Harper’s new book telling you how to jumpstart to skinny in three weeks. Bob created this 3-week plan for clients who want to get in shape quickly such as a musician client who was going on tour, wanted to look her best, and shape up in a healthy way.

    This book has ideas on how to jumpstart progress in a three-week plan emphasizing 13 rules including daily low-impact cardio exercise such as walking, and metabolic-conditioning 20-minutes exercises for five days a week.

    If you wish you had a “get-in-shape” coach to advise you on a combined diet and exercise program to jumpstart your progress, Bob acts as one via this book.

    The 13 Rules to jumpstart getting in shape are in brief below – recommend reading the book as the explanations, scientific research and rationale in Bob’s words are motivating. Research shows that reading a diet and exercise book is a commitment and makes it much more likely that you will continue on that path to getting in shape. This is similar to the dynamic they found if a child opens a savings account and only puts $1 in it, much more likely they will go to college than if they hadn’t opened one up at all. ANY positive action you take towards a goal, makes it many times more likely that the goal is going to be achieved. So, creating a shopping list for this book, trying a new recipe in it, going shopping for the healthy foods each week, or ordering an exercise ball multiplies significantly the potential that you will achieve the goal say psychologists. Here’s a very quick overview of Bob’s 13 steps which are also listed on Dr. Oz’s website in more detail, if you want more background.:

    #1 – Take control with proper proportions–40/40/20 – 40% protein/40% carbs/20% fat plus unlimited vegetables on Bob’s freebie vegetable list that you want to eat. Carbs you can eat DO include whole grain pasta, oatmeal and others he includes in recipes. The protein is not all meat-based, and he lists other protein sources for this plan.
    #2 – Cut back on calories: 800 calories for women & 1200 for men – plus the additional calories from Bob’s recommended vegetables.
    #3 – Eat no complex carbs (in whole grains) after breakfast – eat whole grains with breakfast foods.
    #4 – Get rid of water weight by drinking more water – he explains reasons for this based on research and names other beverages that meet this requirement.
    #5 – Get your electrolytes – ensure you have enough electrolytes – Bob recommends a mix he likes that is fairly inexpensive that you can add to water.
    #6 – Do 45 minutes a day of low-intensity cardio, preferably before breakfast.
    #7 – Five times a week, do 15 to 20 minutes of Bob’s Jumpstart Moves. Part III of book has seven distinct routines you rotate with over 50 photos of Bob doing the moves.
    #8 – Cut the salt – recommended salt amount is explained.
    #9 – Take advantage of the restorative power of fish oil – preferred amount is listed and why.
    #10 – Fall back on veggies – a list of recommended unlimited veggies for optimum weight loss is provided.
    #11 – No fruit during week three – the fructose (fruit sugar) in fruit can slow down weight loss. That’s the only food that changed for the last week.
    #12 – Lay off all booze – for a number of reasons including calorie count to optimize weight loss.
    #13 – An espresso a day … or two or three – Bob lists other hot beverages also acceptable for this three week plan.

    You DO get to eat whole grain carbs like whole grain pasta, Ezekiel bread and whole grains on his approved menus. However, you only eat these healthy carbs at breakfast. This doesn’t change during the three weeks. A day-by-day meal menu is provided with 63 new recipes. If you find a dish you like for his “power breakfasts, lean lunches and thinner dinners”, you can have it more than once a week. Here’s a few of the creative names for recipes Bob includes in the book: Shrimp Skimpy, Pizza Toast, Chicken Alla Fresca, Turkey Scramble, Mango Chicken, Eggplant Chili, Salmon with Watermelon Cucumber Salad, Jumbo Stir-fry, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Mediterranean Salad, Gourmet Pork Chop and Spanish Scramble.

    Exercise seems sensible and consistent – just 45 minutes of walking in the morning a day, and 5 days a week 15-20 minutes of basic movements as outlined by Bob any time during the day. If you are already walking 30 minutes a day, then it’s just 15 minutes more walking and add the metabolism conditioning movements which add to your lean look, says Bob. There are 57 photos of Bob doing the jumpstart metabolism conditioning exercises in correct form.

    Regarding preparing a shopping list: if you eat pretty healthy, you may be buying these foods already and have some of them on hand like…

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