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The 5 Skinny Habits explains the ancient understanding of health and its application to our lives in the 21st century of supersized proportions.

With an easy five-step plan, readers learn how to incorporate one habit each week for five weeks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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“My husband is in a wheelchair, so losing any weight was a real challenge. He lost 60 pounds in about a year and a half using your guidelines. I had put on 30 pounds and took off almost 40 pounds in the same period of time…” Read More

Amos and Shoshana, BM, IsraelLost 60 and 40 Pounds

In total I lost 35 pounds and have not been at this current weight since I was a teenager, and that was close to 20 years ago. I feel great and finally found a normal way of life in terms of eating… Read More

Joey, Brooklyn, NY - Lost 35 pounds and kept it off

To date, I have lost 95 pounds, and I hope to continue applying these positive habits to my daily life. I still follow your program and exercise regularly… Read more

Esther, Michagin, USALost 95 Pounds

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

Kevin, Ohio, LAType 2 Diabetes



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Habit 1 - LIGHT MEAL

Your first change is to replace just one meal a day with a lighter one – typically a fruit bowl, a salad, or other light options like cereal, eggs and toast. Most people will choose to have the Light meal for breakfast but it can be had for any of the meals. It is always best to stick to the same schedule so a habit can form but after the 5 weeks, you can apply the principles to any meal as you see fit.

Habit 2 - PV MEAL

In addition to your Light meal, you’ll now replace your largest meal of the day with one that has only protein with vegetables. You can even have a glass of red wine with this one! My favorite is grilled salmon or chicken with sauteed vegetables. Many different options are described in the book.

Habit 3 - V-PLUS MEAL

Make your remaining meal each day a “V-Plus” Meal – the V is for veggies! Eat as you normally would (protein and healthy grains/starches), but for seconds, it’s veggies only. On the 5 Skinny Habits we want you to include all food groups and enjoy your favorite meals.

Habit 4 - EXERCISE

Studies show that exercise improves weight loss statistics and reduces body fat, not just weight. Exercise prevents disease and reduces stress levels. Simply add 10 minutes of cardio, just 3 times per week. As you advance in the program, we explain how you can increase exercise duration at the right pace and introduce simple strengthening exercises for maximum results.


This week is all about snacks between meals, replacing your usual snacks with water, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, or fruit between meals. The key is not to give into unhealthy cravings and give your body a chance to enjoy what it really needs. At the right time, ‘Smart Exceptions’ will allow you to eat any snacks within certain guidelines.



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Zulberg spent seven years studying in Israel and is considered one of the foremost experts in Maimonides’ medical works. He is the author of the bestselling The Life-Transforming Diet and an M.S. graduate of Columbia University, certified ACE health coach and fitness specialist.



The 5 Skinny Habits puts forward a weight-loss program that addresses dietary, exercise, and behavioral aspects of eating. 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… Read More

Dr. Charlene Wolberg, MD, RD


The 5 Skinny Habits offers a comprehensive and realistic approach to adopting a healthy lifestyle. Zulberg accurately addresses the need for inner transformation, and development of new perceptions and habits, in achieving long-lasting results. It is fascinating how he creates a parallel between the ancient wisdom of the “Master Physicians” and modern-day science. Using evidence-based practices from multiple disciplines, Zulberg has developed a program that integrates behavioral therapy, cardio/strength training, and sensible dietary practices… Read More

Barbie Lazar, MS, RD

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