Get with the Program

Version: Abridged
Author: Bob Greene
Narrator: Bob Greene
Genres: Health & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Diet & Nutrition
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: March 2003
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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We all know that losing weight is the easy part.
It's keeping the weight off that's hard. In Get with the Program! Bob Greene, bestselling author of Make the Connection, gives you the keys to losing weight and staying fit for a lifetime.

The four-phase plan in Get with the Program! is like having your own personal trainer take you through the psychological, physical, and emotional challenges that are keeping you from weight-loss success. There are no arbitrary deadlines here: you move forward at your own pace, making lifestyle and dietary changes and increasing the intensity level of your exercise when it's right for you to do so. Journal entries, worksheets, and questionnaires let you establish, track, and evaluate your fitness goals.

In Phase One, you'll make the commitment to yourself to Get with the Program, and change the way you think about diet and exercise. Phase Two will show you how to rev up your metabolism using aerobic exercise. In Phase Three you'll take control of emotional eating, the eating you do to satisfy your emotional, not physical, hunger. You'll also see the positive results of your efforts. Phase Four is all about building muscle, making sure you're making the best food choices, and making your new habits of health, activity, and good eating a continuing lifestyle. Included is a week-by-week diary for you to track your progress.

Get with the Program! is full of anecdotes and stories of women and men who met their personal goals, further helping to inspire you to move on to the next level of health and fitness.

Reviews (5)


Written by Anonymous on April 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5


the whole package

Written by Debra on February 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I actually lent this to a girl at work because she has emotional triggers to eating. Finally, there is a book that tackles why you over eat, tracks it and THEN moves on to losing the weight. It really quizzes you on the why's of eating/exercising why you do or do not do them and helps you realize that you have the control to change things.


Written by Jill on July 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Although simple, Bob has outlined the foundation of the challenges for weight loss. No one needs to be a psychologist to realize that people have issues that get in the way of goals no matter what the goals are. This is the first information that I have read about setting a PACE, how to do it and recognizing the fears that might get in the way of becoming fit. With his experience of all of the excuses that people give for Not working out, he helps people realize that they are getting in the way of their own goals. Although he does not give suggestions of overcoming them, just recognizing that there is a real issue and the ‘how and when’ of training is enough to help anyone “get with the program”.

You are not telling me anything new-eat less, exercise more.

Written by Anonymous on March 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I am a registered dietitian and my opinion of this book is that Bob Greene is a personal trainer who wrote a book about exercising. He offers little nutritional advice and he focuses on exercising tremendously. He does little to help anyone overcome their emotional issues with eating. That would take a psychologist (with whom he should have consulted). He simplifies everything but there is not anything new that the average person does not know. Eat less and exercise more.

Get with the Program

Written by Anonymous on September 13th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book gives VERY basic information for people new to healthy living. I found it to be too simplistic and not worth the time.

Author Details

Author Details

Greene, Bob

"Bob Greene (b. March 10, 1947) is an American journalist, best known as an award-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune newspaper for 24 years. He is also the author of books on subjects varying from Michael Jordan to small towns to US presidents.

Greene attracted national attention when he was forced to resign in September, 2002, after a sex scandal; he had admitted having had sex several years earlier with a then teen-aged girl, a high school student who visited Greene for a school project and had subsequently been the subject of a Greene column. The incident attracted considerable attention partly because Greene had made a name for himself as a crusader on behalf of abused children and as an advocate of family values, notably in his best-selling book Good Morning, Merry Sunshine: A Father's Journal of His Child's First Year.

Originally from Bexley, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus), Greene attended Northwestern University in Chicago and became a reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Sun-Times upon graduating in 1969; within two years he had a regular column in the paper and in late 1971 a collection of his writing was published in book form. Greene first drew significant national attention with his book, Billion Dollar Baby (1975), a diary of his experiences as a roadie for rock musician Alice Cooper. Greene's primary focus remained his newspaper column, for which he won the National Headliner's Award (an American journalism group) for best column in 1977. Shortly afterward, Greene switched to the competing Chicago Tribune. Greene also began making occasional guest appearances on local television, eventually landing a commentary slot on the ABC Television Network news program Nightline.

During the 1990s Greene spent time covering Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls basketball team. The two formed an unlikely friendship which Greene documented in two popular books.

Greene was extremely popular as a writer but he had his critics, largely because of his syrupy sentimentality and often heavy writing. A Chicago alternative weekly newspaper ran a column called Bob Watch: We Read Him So You Don't Have To, which made fun of his work."