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In his latest book, Greene (the exercise physiologist and personal trainer who famously whipped Oprah Winfrey into shape) enthusiastically tries to inspire everyone to get slim and trim. To do so, he enlists the help of a psychologist (Ann Kearney-Cooke) and a registered dietitian (Janis Jibrin). Think of this title as a weight-loss tool kit. It’s got a body-mass index table, easy-to-understand directions for how to do basic strength-training exercises, and motivational stories of real-life people who’ve conquered their food issues. The Greene team even gets these folks to use their real first and last names, which adds credibility. The entire package is a practical, down-to-earth guide that should help overweight, out-of-shape Americans (two-thirds of the U.S. population) take action. An easy-to-read how-to book, it invites active participation. For example, a list of twelve reasons to stop using food to cope with emotions is followed by three blank lines and the instructions add your own reasons here. While this format isn’t ideal for libraries, there is much here of value. --Karen Springen


"A weight-loss tool kit. . . . The entire package is a practical, down-to-earth guide that should help overweight, out-of-shape Americans (two thirds of the U.S. population) take action. An easy-to-read how-to book, it invites active participation. . . . there is much here of value."

"Bob Greene, best known as Oprah’s personal trainer, helps readers lose weight and shows them how to stay motivated to keep it off. Too often, it’s this latter part—“the psychological side of weight loss”—that’s ignored, even though it’s typically the mental and emotional components that determine how long weight loss lasts. Greene is determined to change this, helping readers take a deeper look at themselves and their relationship with food. . . .More than a book about weight loss, The Life You Want is a treatise on deciding what’s important in life, setting goals and achieving them—lessons that can benefit almost everyone."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416588361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416588368
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Greene is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer specializing in fitness, metabolism, and weight loss. He has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is also a contributing writer and editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, and writes on health and fitness for Greene is the bestselling author of Get With the Program!, The Get With the Program! Guide to Good Eating, The Get With the Program! Daily Journal, and The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants.

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie VINE VOICE on January 14, 2011
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Bob Greene has never had a weight issue. Why his interest in weight control and overall fitness? It may have started with his bed-ridden great-grandmother...bedridden due to obesity. She claimed it was because she had a bad knee...all Greene knew was that she was missing out of life. From an early age, he lectured his parents about the importance of eating healthy food. Whatever the reason for his dedication to helping others, the reader benefits from his passion.

I bought this book because I have struggled with weight all my life. It was the "Get Motivated" that got me--I know that when I am motivated, the weight (almost) effortlessly comes off. I was very pleased with my purchase and am now losing weight!

Greene claims that he's never seen anyone stick to healthy eating and exercise without having their emotional life in order. He writes: "In most cases, the biggest barriers to losing weight and keeping it off are related to the way you think, how you feel, and how you manage your life."

The key is to stay motivated, he believes, not the exact diet/exercise program. In order to succeed, we must take a hard look at ourselves--what motivates us, our fears and the voice in our heads.

Greene gets some help with the book--from Ann Kearney-Cooke, PhD, an expert in body image and weight control and with Janis Jibrin, MS, RD, a dietitian specializing in weight loss and eating disorders. The three of them take an integrated approach to weight loss, with an emphasis on change the attitude and the way you live=creating new habits and a new identity.

The book discusses the many obstacles to weight loss, including an aversion to pain/discomfort and how a new attitude towards them changes everything.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cashell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2011
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If you are familiar with Oprah, you probably know of his trainer, Bob Greene. I have always been a fan of his because of his encouraging yet forceful manner and his vast knowledge. His greatest challenge has to be Oprah because in spite of his good work, she remains overweight. She is an emotional eater, and that is what this book is about. As an emotional eater, I understand the connection.

Bob seems to be very analytical and has an impressive background in exercise science and nutrition. He has long said that he understands there is an emotional connection to food, even though he does not experience it himself. To compliment his background, he has enlisted the aid of Ann Kearney-Cooke Ph.D, and Janis Jibrin M.S. R.D.

This book is meant to appeal to the emotional side of the mind. The first thing you notice is the square shape of the book and the beautiful formatting of the pages. This is a very inviting and easy book to read. It is thoughtfully arranged with the first section about emotional eating, and the last about happiness (the subjects in order that emotional eaters will relate to most). Sandwiched in between they discuss body image, healthy eating and the value of exercise.

The book starts by delving into how your feelings can become barriers to reaching your goal. This may be the best part of the book. The events of your past such as marital problems, loss of friends and family and physical and sexual abuse can be strong subconscious drivers. This will probably invite you to examine your own background. They even discuss the role of depression and some possible causes. As a hypnotherapist, I find that most overweight people have some unresolved issues. The ideas here will help some people, but for deep emotional issues you probably will want more.
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"The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy" is the newest book by fitness author Bob Greene, who also wrote "Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life," "Keep the Connection: Choices for a Better Body and a Healthier Life," "The Best Life Diet," and a number of others. This book, written with psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke and nutritionist Janis Jibrin focuses on common barriers to weight loss success and provides practical tips in regards to emotional eating and lack of motivation.

After an introduction, where Greene tells a personal story that involves his looking into the emotional and psychological side of weight loss, and what this book can do for the reader, it begins with a chapter on barriers to weight loss success. Greene addresses eight barriers, and none of them are eating or exercising, but rather mental or emotional aspects.

In chapter two, Kearney-Cooke addresses overcoming emotional eating. This is a big problem for many, and this chapter reveals some simple ways to find your motivation, overcome barriers, and find replacements for eating to deal with emotions. It's a practical chapter with advice on how to achieve your goals in these areas.

The third chapter is by Jibrin, and it focuses on rewiring your sugar, fat, and salt loving brain. There is some interesting information on why we eat what we do, eight reasons why we should get control of our eating, and her nine step program for sticking to a nutritious, calorie appropriate diet.

Greene is back with chapter four, where he covers conquering exercise aversion. If you have trouble getting up and getting going, this chapter may just help you find some motivation to move.
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