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Just the Weigh You Are: How to Be Fit and Healthy, Whatever Your Size Paperback – September 10, 1998


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (September 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395935237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395935231
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a refreshing outlook! Steven Jonas, M.D., and fitness journalist Linda Konner assert that you can get fit and healthy whatever your size. Just the Weigh You Are affirms that whether or not you are genetically able to get slim, you can get healthy and feel good about your body. "You may stop dieting now," say Jonas and Konner. According to the authors, weight is only one of the factors that determine your overall health, and the other risk factors are easier to handle and to control. The book includes profiles of fit, healthy role models who happen to weigh 200, 250, 300 pounds, or more. All work out daily, have normal blood pressure and low cholesterol, and live fulfilling lives.

Just the Weigh You Are presents clear, friendly, and motivating information about health-risk evaluation, nutrition ("eating for health"), exercise, and stress reduction, with checklists that personalize the information. The goal is to make changes to increase health while shedding the "get thin" attitude. Once the pressure to slim down is lifted, you may find you enjoy healthy eating and exercise much more. If you've tried unsuccessfully to lose weight, you'll find this book wonderfully affirming, freeing, and enlightening. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"If you're ovreweight and low on self-esteem, this book is for you." -Richard Simmons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 31, 2000
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It does a great job of encouraging people of all sizes to make little changes in their lives that will lead to improved health, not necessarily weight loss (although that could happen as well). What I really liked about this book was that their beginning program was designed for true beginners! Most beginning exercise programs start with 30 minutes 3-4 times/week. The goal of this book is to get you into the habit of exercising, not tire you out at the beginning. It starts you with 3 10-minute sessions for the first two weeks. You can do that! You gradually build to doing 3 30-minute sessions over 13 weeks. The book doesn't leave you there, either... it offers a phase 2 intermediate program and then a choice of 2 phase 3 maintenance programs. One which is more challenging than the other. The book is filled with profiles of large active fit people--regular people and celebrities--which are truly encouraging. There are aerobics instructors who weigh more than 200 pounds, people over 300 pounds as well. People of every size proving that you can be large and fit and healthy. The book also covers healthy eating, emotional eating, and other topics. One thing I really liked about this book is that they also talked about other topics related to health, such as wearing seat belts, going to the doctor for a Pap smear, and quiting smoking. All in all, a motivating empowering book! Also check out Glenn Gaesser's "Big Fat Lies" and Marilyn Wann's "Fat!So?".
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on June 18, 2000
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In this world of weight loss and diet books, finally a book that makes sense. Just The Weigh You Are is a no nonsense book that encourages people, no matter what size, to live healthier lifestyles. Between some of the chapters are the personal stories of people from all walks who have battled with weight and self image issues all their lives. This is a very straight-forward, no nonsense book which gives real insight into taking better care of yourself, stopping self-loathing and taking control. Whether you are thinking of losing some pounds or struggling with self acceptance, it is a must read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marie A Luciano on December 29, 2001
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Finally a book that does not make Plus Size sound FAT and unhealthy. I think this book is great and gives a realistic approach to weight. Not a "Diet" book but a "real life" book that you can apply to your own lifestyle whatever you size is.
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