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Choose FITness not FATness Today!
This book tracks what 365 days of solid commitment can do. Once this commitment becomes a habit, the results of decreased body fat and increased athleticism become not only attainable and sustainable but inevitable for anyone who is struggling with excess body fat. And the solution only takes one day to work: today! Choose FITness Not FATness Today! enlightens the reader by removing the guilt associated with obesity that is experienced by people living in a culture obsessed with the lean body image. Filled with real-world experiences, tough love, biting sarcasm and a healthy dose of humor, Choose FITness Not Fatness Today! will help the reader see results in the mirror while positioning them for a longer, happier life free from the burdens of excess weight and lack of fitness.
Dr. Kenneth Brown, MD

As a Board Certified Gastroenterologist, I see the effects of obesity on a daily basis.   Most of my patients ask about how to 'fix' the problem quickly; mainly through surgery.   Unfortunately, I have to treat a lot of complications from surgery and many patients don’t have the long standing results they were hoping for.  Imagine my surprise when Matt came in for a follow up after a year and at over 50 years old he was almost a hundred pounds lighter!  I asked which bariatric surgery he had, and I was blown away by the most practical, healthy, and sustainable answer I have ever heard:  'I just chose to be fit not fat.' 

I have read Choose FITness not FATness Today! and was very impressed on several key points.  One, was how he maintained a very strict mental attitude toward the whole process.  His approach was very humble, analytical and practical.  Once his mind was ready, then he implemented the processes to achieving his goal.   His diet makes sense and is clinically sound.  By not choosing 'crap' his body does not go into a cycle of insulin spiking resulting in growth not loss.   Finally, the way that Matt was able to gradually grow into his exercise routine makes the most  sense to not get discouraged and to make the weight loss permanent.

This book is practical, motivating, and most important : the healthiest way to lose weight.  I’m looking forward to being able to recommend this solution to my overweight patients that are seeking a simple yet attainable solution to their weight loss challenges.


Kirkus Reviews

An “over fifty grandpa” in his debut health/fitness book shares the diet/workout plan by which he achieved and maintains a 100-pound weight loss.

Though he tried many diets over the years, Wharton committed to serious weight loss after his grandkids remarked that “PePas” was one of those people “bigger than they need to be” and a stranger suggested bypass surgery. Drawing on his skills as a strategic planner, he tackled how to permanently lose 100 pounds within one year. His resulting plan was to eat and exercise in moderation, using a one-day-at-a-time approach informed by his previous commitment to alcoholism recovery. His diet, as laid out here, is focused not on counting calories but on cutting out sugary “crap” that often masquerades as healthy food. He recommends abstaining from foods on his “Red” list (generally sugary “white foods,” including white breads and corn products), largely eating “Green” foods (most vegetables, lean meats), and showing caution with “Yellow” foods (“high-fat” foods and “acceptable sweets,” including cheeses, bacon, dark chocolate, and even wine for those who partake). Lists and sample recipes and menus are provided. In a less prescriptive section on exercise, Wharton also recommends 30 minutes of exercise daily in a manner that makes you break a sweat. “If you combine your Red List abstinence with this simple exercise commitment and keep very gradually turning up the heat, your metabolism will be smoking hot (and so will you) before you know it!” he says, offering his own story as proof. Wharton’s self-tested plan is both sound and motivating. He provides an array of solid advice (e.g., check with a doctor before starting any program) as well as relatable, wry commentary about the allure of “crap” foods. His suggestion to “Picture all of the processed and white stuff as a Super Big Gulp of Elmer’s Glue” is a fabulous image to help resist Red food consumption.

An inspiring no-gimmicks approach to lasting weight loss.