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."