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10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman's Diet Paperback – Bargain Price, November 18, 2005

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With concise writing and solid clinical research, registered dietitian Somer (Food and Mood) helps readers identify and understand 10 common problems that can stand in the way of losing weight and provides the tools to change those habits. According to Somer, at least half of people's harmful habits occur not at the dinner table, but in their heads. Examples include eating without thinking, not being honest about how much one eats and using food to alter one's mood. Somer identifies practical mistakes, too, such as shopping the wrong supermarket aisles and choosing the wrong social drinks. An extremely helpful chapter uses solid medical research to debunk many of the most popular weight-loss myths. The author teaches by example and offers intelligent quizzes that help readers identify where they are faltering. What sets this book apart from the many diet books out there is that it not only works on its own to improve eating habits and encourage healthy weight loss, but its useable advice can make any sensible weight-loss plan easier to follow. (Jan.)
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Elizabeth Somer, M.A., is a registered dietitian and the author of eight nutrition books. An advisor to Shape and Prevention magazines, she appears frequently on NBC's "Today" and other national television shows.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071462287
  • ASIN: B0012FBCAE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,420,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author explains the situational, chemical and emotional contributors to overeating or poor eating. She recommends different strategies that fit the different triggers or causes. Read this book to get the right tool for your situation. Maybe it will be a food journal, healthy munchies, calorie tracking, ways to love veggies, but it definitely won't be a fad diet.

Habit 1: Mindless Eating

Invisible Calories

Eating on Auto-Pilot: The Down-Side

Nibbling Is OK

Mindful Breakfasts

Kick the Habit

Choose a New Habit

Mindful Eating

Habit 2: Putting Other's Needs Ahead of Our Own

Love 'n' Marriage: Together in Eating

Babies and Weight Gain

Mealtime Peer Pressure

Dining Out Can Do Us In

Kick the Habit

Keep Your Diet in Perspective

Habit 3: Not Being Honest

Fessing Up Is Hard to Do

Portion Distortion

Kick the Habit

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

It's Within Your Grasp

Habit 4: Skip the Broccoli, Eat the Fries

Nothing Is Better for You than Produce

How Much Are You Eating?

Which Ones Are the Best?

Produce to Avoid

Kick the Habit

Ya Gotta Love 'em

Habit 5: Setting Off Without a Plan

Kick the Habit

Outside the Box

Two "Must-Have" Habits

Practice, Practice, Practice

The Only Way to Get Better Is to Change

Habit 6: Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

You Can Change

Kick the Habit

Take Responsibility

Habit 7: I'm Moody, Let's Eat!
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I'm not obese and not even really overweight, though I've gained plenty since college. I picked up this book because I've been frustrated by the fact that some women can take off 100, 60, or 30 pounds more successfully than I can take off ten or fifteen. (Also, I realized that unless something changed, I'd only keep on gaining and would someday need to lose fifty pounds, not just fifteen.) This book showed me why and shook me up in the best possible sense. Though I am immensely knowledgeable about food and exercise regularly, I have NINE of the ten bad habits the author discusses. What a revelation! With my increased self-awareness, I am now tackling these habits at a comfortable pace. Changing just one of these habits--my tendency not to plan what I'm going to eat--is clearly going to make a cataclysmic difference. I recommend this book to anyone and cannot believe my good fortune in stumbling upon it. Elizabeth Somer, if you're reading this, you should feel very proud of your achievement.
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If you're looking for a gimmick, a quick fix, or a flashy fad diet, keep looking. 10 HABITS THAT MESS UP A WOMAN'S DIET is a book based on solid nutritional research and the author's interviews with people who have done a lot of thinking about women and weight.

Elizabeth Somer, RD, has a funny and engaging style, but she's not afraid to serve you the facts straight up. The result is one of the smartest guides to nutrition for women that I've come across in years.
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Ms. Somers' book is fun to read and a real eye-opener for all of us who sample our way through the grocery store but don't understand why we gain weight. I would highly recommend this book to everyone -- not just those who are trying to lose weight -- because it gives practical guidelines for healthy eating and feeling better. And for everyone who is following the latest fad diet, this is a book you definitely need to read. It is a common-sense approach to dieting, and the book is packed with fascinating tidbits of information and strategies for tailoring a diet that will work for you! And I love her sneaky little ideas for getting my family to eat better too.
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I love Elizabeth Somers' style: She demonstrates common pitfalls and offers strategies that are easy to read, understand and follow in everyday life. As a busy working mom, I found her ideas to be right on target, and easy to implement. When I'm reading her books, I feel like I'm actually having a conversation with her. I can't wait to read what she comes up with next!
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Elizabeth Somer has scored again, with direct, common-sense information, along with helpful tools and guidelines, to assist anyone who is serious about losing weight and keeping it off. She is a master at pointing out specific, self-controllable behaviors and the psychological and emotional triggers that can make or break the process of living a healthy lifestyle.

Ted Coleman, Ph.D.

Health Educator, President, and CEO

Intermountain Consulting Services

Salt Lake City, UT
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Are you always trying to lose weight? This book is, unlike so many out there, truly helpful and factual. It's full of common sense and interesting ways to apply good weight loss ideas. A must for anyone who want to lose!
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Finally, a book about diet that isn't a diet! Instead, it's a compilation of all the information about losing weight and keeping it off through lifestyle changes. Easy to read, nicely presented, this book set me on a one-year plan to lose those last 10 pounds -- one habit at a time.
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