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How many diets combine the best of Ancient and Modern Nutritional & Fitness guidelines?


How many diets integrate the emotional, psychological and physical components for health and permanent weight loss?


Take a look at the following questions and topics:

What is the difference between hunger and cravings?

Is it possible to lose weight without cutting out any food groups?

Why is habit formation key when losing weight?

What is the connection between the subconscious mind and habits?

Do I need to count calories in order to lose weight?

How can you transform the way you perceive food?

Is stress and mindfulness connected to obesity?

What can you do, practically, about emotional eating?

How can I turn setbacks into building blocks for success?

How can you make small changes and see permanent results?


The 5 Skinny Habits (Rodale Publishers) explains all of these concepts and more. It provides a workable, realistic system that allows you to go on living your own particular lifestyle while you gradually transform your life, at the right pace.

Make just one habit change a week for 5 weeks.

Most diets fail because weight loss goes well beyond the numbers on the scale! We are creatures of habit and since we eat many times a day, our eating habits are firmly engrained in our behavior patterns! Willpower is not sufficient because motivation wanes. There is only so long we can fight against human nature before we snap back into our old bad habits.

Eating habits tie into some of the deepest workings of our minds. In order to make lasting, positive changes I show you how you can recondition your mind and your perceptions. This is done at the right pace that will ensure lasting changes and results.

In my 20s, I searched for the best way to drop my excess weight for good. After a string of failed fad diets that made me feel restricted and overwhelmed, I became aware that literature on the subject of good health, diet, and exercise dated to antiquity. Consequently, I began investigating master philosophers and physicians: Maimonides, Hippocrates, and Galen. They stress the importance of habit formation as it relates to making any life change, and specifically regarding health and fitness. This was a total eureka moment for me! I realized that my issue wasn't just a matter of choosing healthy foods, but of altering my basic habits in my “same-old routine”.

We have certainly made great strides in science and nutrition but today there is a growing awareness that the ancient philosophers and physicians had so much to teach us about optimal health. On The 5 Skinny Habits diet plan, you’ll harness the best of both worlds—the ancient and the modern—for long-term success.

There are no forbidden foods or food groups, and you can even enjoy a glass of wine with dinner.

After ten years of research, through a close study of ancient sources and current dietary and fitness guidelines, I have integrated the emotional, physical and even spiritual components for health and permanent weight loss.

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An energetic and engaging speaker with a talent for imparting knowledge in an entertaining, joyful way, David’s passion for good health and emotional well-being is contagious! David Zulberg is considered one of the foremost experts in Maimonides’ medical works. Zulberg holds a Masters from Columbia University and is an ACE-certified fitness specialist and health coach.

He is the author of the best-selling Life Transforming Diet (Feldheim Publishers) and The 5 Skinny Habits (Rodale Publishers). He is also a prolific writer of current health challenges, which have appeared in many popular online and print media publications. He has also been interviewed on ABC, CBS and PIX 11.

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I wanted to thank you wholeheartedly for a weight loss system that has helped me to create a healthier self. To date, I have lost 95 pounds, and I hope to continue applying these positive habits to my daily life...

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I have been following the principles of the 5 Skinny Habits and I have lost 40 pounds. My type 2 diabetes is under control, and I am no longer on medication for it...

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I like the idea of combining ancient sources with current opinion. The current medical literature and advice is all sound and well researched. The eating plan itself certainly fits all the current recommended guidelines...

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Zulberg has now expanded his research on Maimonides and classic and contemporary sources on behavior modification, a technique that can be both psychotherapeutic as well as personally pragmatic...

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