The Life Extension Weight Loss Program

Durk Pearson, Author Doubleday Books $16.95 (365p) ISBN 978-0-385-23365-1
Durk and Sandy (as they refer to themselves throughout the book), authors of Life Extension and The Life Extension Companion, theorize that fat metabolism, not caloric intake, is the reason some people are less successful in converting food into muscle instead of fat. They explain that the ability to produce growth hormone (GH) decreases with age, and GH controls the body's ability to convert fat to muscle. To replace this natural GH deficiency, the authors suggest GH diet supplements in the form of such amino acids as arginine, ornithine, niacin, methionine or tryptophan and a minimal exercise regimen. They also advise suchdietary modifications as consuming carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (that don't significantly raise blood sugar levels) and foods that increase thermogenesis (and burn fats, carbohydrates and protein in your body). This guide will undoubtedly spark interest in many who want to lose weight with virtually no change in lifestyle or eating habits but may ultimately benefit only those who understand technical, medical explanations. Other readers will find themselves lost among the amino acids. Illustrations. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (May 2)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1986
Release date: 04/01/1986
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 978-0-385-24109-0
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