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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074328691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743286916
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to author Musante, admitted food addict Oprah Winfrey has lots of company: millions of people in the U.S. don't realize that they eat not to satisfy hunger but to deal with loneliness, stress, boredom and feelings of inadequacy. Founder and director of the 30-year-old Structure House Center for Weight Control in Durham, N.C., Musante believes these emotional prompts are behind many bad eating habits and, therefore, a huge factor in the U.S. epidemic of obesity. Understanding one's relationship with food is key to Musante's approach, which emphasizes overall health and fitness, and he lays out a proactive plan to do just that, without sticking to a diet or worrying about weight: "Weight loss is important but...I'm talking about changing how you view yourself, your relationship with food, your choices about how to live your life." Musante offers common-sense strategies that have worked for thousands of Center-goers, such as identifying one's food triggers and developing coping methods for each. He also includes easy-to-follow menu plans and ways to stay on track while eating out or on vacation. Both more and less than a traditional diet, this plan proscribes a lifestyle overhaul that appeals to mind, body and spirit.
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"The Structure House Weight Loss Plan is purposeful, thoughtful, and rich in useful content on every page. If you have weight to lose, health to gain, and your life to reclaim and reorient toward a better destiny, then you definitely can, and most certainly should, try this at home!" -- David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.P., Yale University School of Medicine and medical contributor, ABC

"A life-changing program from the world-renowned weight loss center, The Structure House Weight Loss Plan provides thirty years of wisdom from a pioneer in the development of effective weight management strategies. Highly recommended. A no-nonsense approach that can help you take charge of your life once and for all." -- John Foreyt, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

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This is a very easy to read and easy to follow book.
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This book is highly recommended for those interested in losing weight and keeping it lost.
John Gerlach
Dr. Musante's book is a helpful resource readers can revisit as they need to.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By T. Talkowski on April 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Finally, Dr. M. has put his program into a book. I've been to Structure House many times. The book not only conveys the Structure House program in detail, it also captures the experience of being there. This book provides a great review for participants after they leave and find themselves back in a toxic food environment again. It also provides new additional materials on motivation that I found very helpful. For those that have not yet invested the time and money to visit Structure House you should know that although it is easy and pleasant reading, it is not a quick fix, not a fad, not a diet. It is not a way to starve and dehydrate yourself, or to temporarily fool the bathroom scale. It is simply healthy eating, 3 meals a day, 365 days a year, and no snacks. There are no forbidden foods, just keep track of your calories and make better choices to reduce the fat calories in your daily routine. You plan all meals in advance. When unexpected schedule changes require you to think on your feet, you not only practice making good choices, but also keep records to go back, review, analyze and improve your decision making process. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with body weight issues, or unhealthy eating habits.

T. Talkowski, M.D. California
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By nancy in ri on June 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I, too, have been to Structure House many times. I credit it with my sanity and with being able to keep off nearly 100 lbs., but find it hard to satisfactorily describe how it works to others so I was very pleased when the book was finally published. I must say it is a disappointment. It is too dry, too predictably menu-oriented, too concerned with the basics that any dieter knows. It fails to capture the real depth of wisdom that SH offers, glossing over the critical differences that make SH work. I had been to Duke Diet and Fitness program, also in Durham, many times before going to SH - Duke's program is a medical-model with an overlay of behavioral approaches. What SH offers is the same medical knowlege and benefits as an undercoating for the teaching of the behavioral and attitudinal skills that truly determine the success of anyone with food abuse problems. It is at SH where I finally learned that being harsh and judgemental about my 'failures' was a sure way of never keeping off the weight that I lost. This is the key element to the SH approach, but it is not treated as such in this book. Learning the SH approach to "unstructured eating" is what I credit for the success I now enjoy. This book does not give enough time or emphasis on what actually produces change. It certainly isn't the actual 'diet.' Too bad. Dr. M, write another one. Don't be afraid to be creative in your presentation, either --- SH is a kalidescope of 'news you can use,' and a book that takes a multidisciplinary approach, even in its structure, would better represent the impressive program you founded and sustain.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John J. Pembroke on May 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Thank goodness that Dr. Musante has finally written this book! I have been to Structure House on 5 to 6 occasions since 1985, and I tell folks the key three factors that keep me coming back:

1. I understand that, generally, only 5% of the national population that diets is successful at maintaining the weight loss, and that no other program claims a "success rate" of more than 20-25%. At Structure House, 67% of the participants keep the weight off or continue to lose after they return home. They've got some answers no one else seems to have.

2. Everything that Structure House has taught me is well grounded in science, provable in a lab or in rigorous medical studies. When a participant finishes the program, (or thoroughly reads this book), he or she is armed with everything they need to be an expert on the issues affecting weight loss, and keeping weight off. I have shared the information I have learned at Structure House, which is also contained in this book, with my circle of friends and family, and all have confirmed that what I have learned is medically correct.

3. As a result, the classes at Structure House have taught me that I am and can be in control. Even though the problem of excess weight seems intractable at times, if I do what they say, I am doing everything I can to lose weight. It also gives me the courage, and knowledge, not to be swayed by my internal emotions, or those messages popularized in the media from time to time, i.e., the latest and greatest, that bombard one with what ultimately proves to be misinformation.

This book gives the reader what I have learned over the years at a cost of thousands of dollars, and is invaluable.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Gerlach on August 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Finally a system for weight loss that is easy to understand, easy to implement and easy to sustain. Dr. Musante discusses the problems with being overweight and transitions to action steps that result in weight loss without feelings of deprivation.

It is an awesome revelation to understand the behaviors that get us to an oversized state. The simultaneous education that food can be managed in the same way that many of us manage time demonstrates why Structure House has been so successful with its resident programs.

Even with the above being said, in my case success (right on schedule based on the calculations that were provided) may not have happened without the recipes that were included. They proved that meals can be both tasty and satisfying without ingesting huge quantities of calories and fat.

This book is highly recommended for those interested in losing weight and keeping it lost.
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