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General Information

Name:  Jim Karas  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1962 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jim is a Chicago based Life Style Expert. He lives in the city of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim Karas is a lifestyle and weight-loss expert who combines a degree from the Wharton School of Business with over twenty-six years of unparalleled success in helping people look and feel their very best. Jim is the owner of Jim Karas Personal Training, Inc., in Chicago and New York and is the author of five New York Times bestselling books, including the number one bestseller The Business Plan for the Body. Jim has been the fitness contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America and is frequently seen on The View and The Dr. Oz Show. He has been a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping magazine, has written feature articles for countless other national publications, including O, the Oprah Magazine and is a keynote speaker all over the world.

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Titles At Your Library

Business Plan for the Body
ISBN: 0755310470

Gardners Books. 2009

Are you unhappy with your body? Do you feel like you exercise and diet constantly but don’t get results? If you’re still struggling — or if you’re simply ready to get motivated and get fit once and for all — Jim Karas has the only weight-loss and exercise plan you’ll ever need: The Business Plan for the Body.

Karas is a Wharton-trained entrepreneur turned fitness professional whose CEO clients pay him $10,000 a week for his diet and exercise consultations. Now he’s going to share his highly valued secrets with you. Jim’s clients shed pounds and shape up because they use a tried-and-true tool: the principles found in a classic business plan. What works for them will work for you, and you don’t need to be a corporate mogul to make it happen. Jim will teach you how to:

Create your mission statement: Take a simple but powerful first step toward reaching your weight-loss and fitness goals
Research the competition: Discover why today’s hottest diet and exercise programs don’t work for the long term, but why The Business Plan for the Body works for a lifetime
Do the numbers: Calculate your basal metabolic rate (calories in minus calories out equals weight loss) — do the math to dramatically improve how your body looks and feels

Jim also explodes some common but popular myths about fat, food, and fitness (for instance, why aerobic exercise isn’t the key to weight loss) and offers up simple eating guidelines and an exercise solution you can live with for the rest of your life. The Business Plan for the Body provides everything you need — from motivation to information—to achieve your goals for weight loss and fitness, and most important, to maintain your success.

Flip the Switch: Lose the Excuses, Lose the Weight, and Get the Body You've Always Wanted
ISBN: 1400049709

Harmony. 2004

According to Jim Karas—the man who has helped countless people lose weight and literally reshape their lives—it’s none of the above! Nor is it your gender, your age, or any other reason you may have considered. The answer, says Jim, is that you still haven’t mentally “flipped the switch”—that is, reached the point where the desire to lose weight ?nally becomes more important than the desire to overeat and avoid exercise. The biggest hurdle you will ever face in losing weight isn’t sticking to a diet or going to the gym every day. It’s simply this: getting started.

Now the creator of the number one New York Times bestselling book The Business Plan for the Body arms you with the tools that will help you turn your desire for weight loss into reality. Flip the Switch will show you how to:

• Blast through the excuses with a series of revealing self-tests that help you confront, understand, and ultimately overcome your issues of denial
• Slim down with a detailed set of eating guidelines, including a seven-day jump-start diet plan with menus and shopping lists
• Hack through the nonsense (“Only strenuous aerobics will slim me down”) and negative mental graffiti (“I hate my body” “I’ll never lose weight”) that are holding you back
• Firm up with three quick and simple exercise routines

Jim’s eating and exercise recommendations are realistic and satisfying, especially when you begin to see the results! If you haven’t flipped the switch, then you haven’t taken the most essential step toward weight loss. Let Jim Karas’s Flip the Switch show you how to change your life—today.

The Cardio-Free Diet
ISBN: 1416949135

Gallery Books. 2007

Are you constantly pounding away on the treadmill but never losing a pound? Does every step on the StairMaster become more and more painful? Are you tired of endless workouts that only make you want to eat more?

Cardiovascular workouts do burn a few calories, but far fewer than you think. And the more cardio you do, the hungrier you feel. Not only does cardio fail to help you lose weight, but it kills -- it kills your time, your energy, your joints, and your motivation. You burn a few measly calories but then eat twice as many afterward. The result? Weight gain -- and lots of it.

The Cardio-Free Diet is a revolutionary four-phase program that emphasizes strength training to boost your metabolism build lean, sexy muscles and achieve all the same heart-healthy benefits of cardio. With just twenty minutes a day, three days a week, you can look and feel noticeably leaner, stronger, and younger than ever before.

Weight loss expert Jim Karas has shaped the bodies of Diane Sawyer, Paula Zahn, Hugh Jackman, and even Oprah's best pal, Gayle King. With easy-to-follow instructions, Jim shows you how to exercise the right way in order to see incredible results. You won't just lose weight -- you'll sculpt a whole new physique.

Watch the pounds disappear as you prepare delicious dishes such as apple balsamic chicken, Dijon turkey, feta vegetable omelets, and grilled tomato tuna. You can even enjoy a daily glass of wine! With detailed shopping lists, a variety of daily menus, and helpful tips on how to maintain your diet when eating out or ordering in, you'll never have to worry about what to eat.

The Cardio-Free Diet offers maximum results in minimal time -- so break free from the mindless, ineffective cycle of cardio and get the body you've always wanted!

The 7 Day Energy Surge: Get Ready to Energize Your Life Starting Now!
ISBN: 1605298808

Rodale Books. 2009

We all know what it feels like to be "on"€”to wake up feeling refreshed and rested, to bound through the day feeling like you can conquer the world as you bounce between work, family, and friends, and go to bed feeling relaxed and satisfied with your accomplishments. What made all the difference during those highly productive days? It€™s simple€”energy. You can't buy it at the store, but you can control your energy levels. Here for the first time is a simple program to increase your energy immediately€”and keep it up throughout the day, every day. Through his work with more than 500 clients, Jim Karas has identified the 10 components that contribute to your personal balance-of-energy equation€”and created the 7-Day Energy Surge to help you put all 10 to work for you. He exposes the bad habits that sabotage energy, lays out the principles for increasing your energy and offers simple strategies that are easily customizable for anyone to us

The Petite Advantage Diet: Achieve That Long, Lean Look. The Specialized Plan for Women 5'4" and Under.
ISBN: 0062025457

HarperOne. 2011

In The Petite Advantage Diet, weight-loss expert Jim Karas delivers a breakthrough lifestyle guide that’s already revolutionizing the world of health and fitness: the first book of its kind designed exclusively for women 5’4” and under.

Readers of his New York Times bestselling book The Business Plan for the Body can testify to how his advice has helped millions of women find their way to fitter, firmer, healthier, and happier lives. Now Jim Karas reveals a program designed for petite women, for whom The Belly Fat Cure can’t offer a real cure and 21 Pounds in 21 Days means losing too much too quickly: The Petite Advantage Diet.

Achieve that long, lean look—and eat the right foods to feel full fast—with the specialized diet for women 5'4" and under.

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