As someone who struggled with chronic debilitating back pain related to his weight, Khan (The Zeus Process, 2017) began a mission in his 30s: embrace the science of dieting and find a weight-loss method that gets lasting results. Here he shares the fruits of his research on the durability of short-term health and fitness gains as well as information on harnessing physical energy; creating healthy, habit-forming patterns; and avoiding unsustainable modern diet plans. He likens the task of Sisyphus, doomed by Zeus to push a boulder up a hill only to have it descend repeatedly, to the seesawing cycles of promising weight losses and frustrating rebound gains. Adopting a fresh perspective on calories and exercise, the author details his weight-loss program—a harmonious nine-phase system with each phase lasting 30 days. His method begins with what Khan considers the most important phase: Participants create momentum via mindful consumption and self-rewards. From there, subsequent phases counsel dieters to incorporate whole fruit and leaner dairy and unprocessed meat choices into smaller, more frequent meals, bypassing processed carbs, sugary foods, and soft drinks. Of course, the success of the program hinges on regular exercise. While these phases don’t really introduce any revolutionary material into the weight-loss arena, new dieters will find lots of motivation, incentives, and lifestyle modifications to guide their journeys toward optimum health and wellness. Khan’s vivid prose and easy-to-follow instructions include clear “Action” and “Benefits” sections along with appendix tables showing food glycemic indexes. As a dieting success story himself, Khan observes that it doesn’t take mythological strength or insurmountable summits to achieve individual weight-loss goals, just willpower and dedication.
The diet-book arena is awash in both old and new methods of weight reduction, but Khan’s focused, strategic approach is fresh and feasible.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)