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Elizabeth Takes Off: On Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Self-Image, and Self-Esteem Paperback – January 13, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (January 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330306863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330306867
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,596,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Actress Taylor talks openly about her well-publicized weight gain of several years agohow she went from famous and glamorous to famous and fatand how she lost weight (and an alcohol problem) while gaining the self-esteem necessary to dieting and weight maintenance. The first, biographical, part of the book explains how she gained the weight; the second partperhaps the most valuable for the dieting readeris filled with advice on gearing up mentally for a long-term, successful diet. This book is extremely positive; all the advice makes absolute sense. The remainder of the book includes her diet plan, recipes, and exercise advice. Readable, instructive, and sure to be popular. Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Northbrook, Ill.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Merry Artist on February 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Taylor, an actress and sex symbol who is one of the most sought-after celebrities by the media, has published several books during her lifetime. Elizabeth Takes Off: On Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Self-image & Self-esteem is one of them. I first picked up this book because of the words "self-image & self-esteem" in the title, rather than the "weight gain, weight loss" portion. Well, it turns out the book would be an excellent source for those who want to lose weight, but that was not what I was interested in.

Nevertheless, the book itself is highly commendable. Even if you're not planning to go on a diet - it wasn't why I bought the book - the first half of the book is still worth a read. Miss Taylor writes briefly and frankly about events that occurred in her life which affected her self image and consequently, self esteem. She writes how being a senator's wife caused her to divulge into a period of extreme inactivity and boredom which unintentionally turned her to overeating. She also mentions the dire effects of binging, nibbling, or "grapple-snapping". Unlike those strictly diet-focused books, Elizabeth Takes Off offers insightful explanations and reasons for weight gain while also presenting a dietary method which to me looks superb.

If the first half analyzes the impact of events in Miss Taylor's life, the latter half offers diet menus, recipes and exercises that could help keep your body in shape. The Taylor-made recipes mainly consist of nutritious food, notably fruits and vegetables that have low calories. Her daily menus seem reasonable, diverse and easily followable because it is not a starving course, but a replacement for your typical diet. The exercise portion contains several beneficial stretches which, again, are also simple and effective.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Khezla Durr on April 18, 2011
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This book surprised me, I bought it mainly out of curiosity.

DIET: Approximately 1000 calorie a day diet, low fat, very low carb -- all you get is 2 bread exchanges a day, altho you do get some fruit, and zero protein for breakfast which would not agree with me. However, it reflects the rhythm of Liz Taylor's daily schedule and would be easy to rearrange to suit your own. Has both diet version and maintenance version.

EXERCISE: Interesting mild toning exercises and I say interesting because Liz had back surgery and back trouble, so it shows what a person can do that can't do much. Her aerobics was swimming or aqua aerobics, but you can use your own.

RECIPES: Very nice! I think this section is worth the price of the book.

I loved the first section of the book where she detailed the physical demands and emotional factors that led to the weight gain, I think the majority of overweight people could find parallels in their own experience here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scandia on May 1, 2012
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So much trash has been written about Ms. Taylor's life that it's nice to hear things from her side. I believe this is the only memoir she ever wrote (?). It is beautifully written and quite interesting. The diet/ self-esteem info was really inspiring to me, as was what she said about life in Hollywood. I took this out of the library so many times that I finally decided I had to own it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April D. on June 18, 2013
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This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn more about Taylor in her own no-holds-barred style. The book is entertaining and informative, and lots of fun to read, which cannot be said about most weight loss books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Brandt on March 16, 2014
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If you're an Elizabeth Taylor fan , you'll like this book. She talks about her own life and explains why she allowed herself
to gain so much weight. If Elizabeth could lose the weight, we all can, if we're motivated like she was. I enjoyed it!
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