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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (December 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764541498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764541490
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The key to successful weight loss doesn't require magic, grit and determination, or the moral character of a saint. It's much simpler," asserts Jane Kirby, R.D., in Dieting for Dummies, a fact-filled, fad-free dieting resource. The author represents the American Dietetic Association, a trustworthy source of scientifically sound nutrition and food information. You'll learn basic, reliable facts about all facets of weight loss, including helpful information about eating disorders, overweight children, dietary guidelines, fat replacers, calorie-shaving substitutions, a comparison of weight-loss programs, and an exposé of diet fads and scams (including some bestselling diet books). The book is organized into sections on your healthy weight; developing a healthy relationship with food; a plan for healthful living (including exercise); shopping, cooking, and dining out; and enlisting outside help. An excellent chapter on eating out spells out exactly what you should and shouldn't eat at restaurants of different kinds. As you'd expect from a For Dummies book, the writing is lively, friendly, and down-to-earth. The content is reliable and organized into accessible, easily skimmed chunks, with plenty of bulleted lists and charts making the information easy to grasp. If you've been confused by controversial diets or seduced by weight-loss fads-of-the-moment, read this book cover to cover. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Get your children on the right track with a weight management plan

Now updated to evaluate today?s popular diets

If you?re tired of the diet roller coaster, then this friendly, authoritative guide is for you. Now updated with the latest information, this clear and comprehensive book not only reveals exactly what you need to know and do, but also helps you identify and break through the barriers that have kept you from doing it!

Praise for Dieting For Dummies

"Our hands-down favorite . . . . Like all good health books, it?s one to keep and refer to again and again."
—Detroit Free Press

"Gets under the skin of weight loss ? what works, what doesn?t, and why ? in ways few books do."
—Dallas Morning News

"Sound, practical, and comprehensive . . . chock-full of great information."
—USA Today

Discover how to:

  • Develop an effective weight-loss strategy
  • Eat healthfully at home and in restaurants
  • Cope with cravings and setbacks
  • Evaluate diet programs and medications
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I am really learning a lot about my eating habits and better choices/ways to eat from this book.
Superwoman AJ
I checked this book out from my library first and decided that I wanted this information on hand and so I bought it.
Delaney
The book is set up in an easy to read fashion (like other Dummy books) A good overview of dieting.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Talley on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book I was a little skeptical whether or not it was worth the money. I have read numerous books on dieting, ect and I never really understood what they were trying to teach, but this one really hit the nail on the head, so to speak.
It shows you how to cut back safely and how not to cut too much and why. It also explains in easy terms why your body works a certain way and how to obtain what you want. For example, it explains how many calories you would need to cut back to lose X amount of weight in X amount of time. It has information on weight groups, the food pyramid, healthy weights and even a section in the back with foods listed and how many calories and fat they contain. So far I have been following the suggestions and have lost just about 40 pounds so I would definately say its worth the money! Its not hard to stick to (believe me, I HATE dieting) and you don't feel hungry all the time. It shows you how to start eating right and how to indulge when you crave. Its definately not a diehard-drop-the-weight-now book in any means. Learning how to eat right and how to eat your favorite foods and how to learn when to say when. I have since learned how to eat better and how your body sends signals when its full, truly full, and when its really hungry and not just craving that piece of cake you were eyeing. LOL... A way to finally lose the weight and how to maintain it is what I was looking for without pills and fad diets,and this is the book. Definately not a book for 'dummies'...
Tracy Talley~@
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
After years of looking for "the answer" to the weight loss questions I had, this book is it! It covers healthy eating, exercise, the mind battle all overeaters face... the answer is here, but the answer also lies in you - your choices, your decisions. This book teaches that dieting doesn't have to be a restrictive period of torture!
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Judith Shapiro on May 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book may be useful if you have only a modest amount to lose and know very little about weight loss. In that case, the advice here -- fill up on vegetables, don't skip meals -- may help you reach your goal. But, for anyone who has a more serious weight problem, this book may do more harm that good.

Some of the book's advice is so overambitious, it's ludicrous. For example, the author claims that a good daily exercise goal to shoot for is 20,000 steps of walking, which she notes is about ten miles. She claims this takes about an hour. Just how unrealistic is it to expect dieters to walk 10 miles in an hour? Very -- it's faster than the WORLD RECORD for race walking.

The book's advice is often contradictory. Early in the book, the author says that people under the age of 18 should not try to lose weight. Later on, she says that they should. At other times, the advice is also lacking in detail. She says one should cut back on fat, but then says eating a little fat with each meal helps stave off hunger. How much fat is "a little"? She doesn't say.

One section that was very interesting was the part about bariatric surgery. The descriptions of the surgical procedures and of likely long-term side effects would be quite useful for anyone contemplating this drastic route to weight loss. However, even here the book contradicts itself. First, the authors says that people undergoing this procedure can expect to lose 30-40% of their starting weight, which would take a 400 lb person down to about 250 lbs; later, she says they can expect to lose 60% of their starting weight -- which would bring a 400 lb person all the way down to 160 pounds.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bill Butler on February 27, 2000
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I totally agree with the reviewer from Michigan who gave this book only two stars. But a lot of people's health is being ruined by these "fad diets". The American Dietetic Association is "scientifically based". And in chapter 20, you will learn about diets that can kill you. Literally. It's very good to have this book on your bookshelf. Then you can go from there like Michigan has and REALLY eat healthy. But you need the basics first. The food pyramid, the weight charts, and all the other basics. This is an excellent place to start.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By wap1687@tntech.edu on February 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a college student whose major is nutrition, I'd recommend this book to anyone who's just not sure where to start when it comes to weight loss. You don't have to starve yourself to be thin, and these weird "protein" diets that are all the craze now aren't a permanent solution. The good thing about the "Dummies" series is it's simplicity; this book is easy to understand and has sound dieting principles that will really help a person get control of their eating. Check it out!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2001
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I think this book is an excellent resource. I completely dissagree with the customer from Ann Arbor. As the title indicates, this book is intended to give the general public basic background about healthy eating and weight loss. This sound, research-based information is sorely needed in response to fad diet claims so prominent these days. And, by the way, eggs do not cause heart disease, and neither does dietary cholesterol. It is well known that saturated fat is the culprit. Maybe you should have read the book instead of returned it?
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