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"If you're in the mood (or in need of) a touching, heart felt, inspiring story of one woman who lost 150 pounds then you have to read 150 Pounds Gone Forever. You will be moved, you'll be inspired, you'll be saddened and sure some of you will be able to relate." -Tara Burner blog, May 2012 (Tara Burner Blog 2012-05-07)

"I think this book is the perfect guide for someone wanting to start losing weight, but not sure where to start. Her tips are easty to follow and the book is an enjoyable read." -110 Pounds and Counting Blog, reviewed May 2012 (110 Pounds and Counting Blog 2012-05-07)

"As many "diet" books I have read this by far is the best!" -I Am Succeeding Blog, May 2012 (I Am Succeeding Blog 2012-05-19)

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On any given day, 50 million Americans are on a diet but only a small percentage of them will be able to maintain their weight loss, if they are successful at all. Both men and women struggle to stick with weight-loss plans and goals when everyday life gets in the way. 150 Pounds Gone Forever takes a new, realistic look at weight loss through the eyes of a mother of seven children who lost half her size and has kept it off for more than a decade. Author Diane Carbonell, who joined (and rejoined) Weight Watchers an astonishing 82 times, leads you through her journey of weight loss with real-life honesty, humor, and insight. She explains how she lost 150 pounds focusing on three simple components: fat percentage, portion control, and exercise. 150 Pounds Gone Forever shows you how to say good-bye to diets and how to change your lifestyle by identifying trigger foods, breaking unhealthy eating habits, and reorienting your thinking. The book details how to incorporate exercise into your everyday life, no matter what your weight. Diane emphasizes that your goal should not be just the number on the scale but a lifetime of enjoyment at a healthier weight.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934716413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934716410
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Carbonell is a true Biggest Loser, having lost over 150 pounds on her own. Her first book, "150 Pounds Gone Forever" chronicles her journey into and out of morbid obesity.

Diane has been married to her husband since her senior year of college. She enjoys playing Frisbee in the backyard with her five sons, and going on extended shopping trips with her two daughters.

After 14 years of weight maintenance, Diane still exercises six days a week, cooks healthy meals, and finds time to make her own bread with freshly milled wheat.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By LH on July 3, 2012
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Diane Carbonell is a real person who lost 150 pounds after living 10 years under the burden of all that extra weight.

I previewed her book on Kindle before buying it and was in awe of our shared feelings (full disclosure: I need to lose about 50 pounds but even that amount has been an obstacle to me for many years, so I can fully imagine how impossible it must feel to lose 150 pounds ): the terror of going to the doctor, the humiliation and misery of shopping for clothes, the sadness of watching life go by. She tells her story with great honesty and it's clear that, even though she's now on the "other side," the skinny side, she feels great compassion for those of us who haven't yet gotten our acts together.

I highly recommend this book. Diane includes great questions throughout each chapter to get you thinking and probing down into your own weight loss issues and obstacles that may be keeping you (me) from weight loss success.

The 3 major components of her plan, which she calls the Fit to the Finish plan, are fat percent, portion size, and exercise.

I found, for me, the fat percent part didn't quite make sense. It's certainly not worth taking a star from this review. Although she says she did not want to count calories or count fat grams in order to lose weight (which, btw, was the reason I bought this Kindle book; I was intrigued by someone who had lost so much weight without having to count either of those things!), she then explains that when she finally got serious about weight loss, she decided to keep her daily fat consumption to a 30 percent range, using the food item's nutrition information label and a formula (calories from fat divided by calories per serving = total % of fat). Aarrggh!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2012
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Diane Carbonell once weighed over 300 pounds, but she went on to lose half her size on a three-pronged program of her own making. No one had to bully her into it, or jolly her into it -- Diane just set her mind to it and within a year had reached her goal.

I've followed Diane's blog about her weight loss, Fit to the Finish, over the years, since I, too, have lost weight and written about it in How We Did It. I appreciate her approach to weight loss. She's not a bully or a cheerleader. Instead, she is a knowledgeable and inspiring guide. Her approach is one of quiet confidence: "I did it, and so can you." Hers is the perfect approach to weight loss, as it builds an inner desire to succeed, rather than relying on external motivators that will eventually fail.

In her book, Diane tells stories of her years as an obese young wife and mother, the agonies of day-to-day interactions with others as well as the self-condemning inner dialog that kept her running to food for comfort, trapping herself in her burgeoning body. It takes a brave person to reveal so many embarrassing moments (not to mention before photos!). Diane, I just want to say... I think you're beautiful in that church directory photo. I don't see the person you do!

Along with her personal story, Diane includes useful information about nutrition, exercise and weight loss strategies, like how to grocery shop, read labels, and estimate caloric needs. She includes sections on the importance of planning and forethought when on a mission to lose weight. She even includes her favorite family recipes. I had been looking for an easy gazpacho recipe, and here it is!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By IamSucceeding on May 11, 2012
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Reading this book as if Diane was in my head and touching my heart! She speaks from real life experience and shares some of her innermost thoughts and struggles.

Unlike any other "diet" books I have read...this is the first one I have marked up and have made notations in the margins reminding me I am not alone in the things I have dine with regards to eating and hiding it. More importantly she shares how she has overcome...been successful, not only in losing the weight BUT keeping it off. She breaks things down and asks you to answer some hard questions about your self, developing a plan of attack to help you be successful in your weight loss efforts.

Diane does not leave out the key component of exercise and even gives you a strength training exercise "How-to's".

Diane also includes recipes that I am eager to try.

In the back she has included tools to help you along your way int he appendix section.

I really cannot say enough good about this book! I loved it and it will be read many more times along my journey.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pollyanna Big Girl on July 24, 2012
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Is it worth an afternoon or two of great reading to re-think your whole approach to food? I certainly think so! In two sittings, I read this book and put the book down feeling completely empowered to start a new journey. This author has been exactly where I am and is willing to share "fat" stories, fears, successes, trials, and real everyday life with her reader.

Diane is very quick to reveal her experience as a "closet" eater and then gently turns to the mirror to the reader, probing you to look deep inside your soul to find out your connection to food.

Three steps to her plan - that's it! There are templates to help you plan your success, healthy recipes with ingredients that do not require a special trip to a health food store, and concrete ways to help you master your own success, including exercises that you can do at home without going to a gym.

Make plans now to respect yourself in a new light by starting your new road to improved health! You will want to own both this book and your own destiny!
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