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The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324926
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Tory Johnson's riveting, shoot from-the heart story inspires all of us to live a better life. She shows how a small shift of thinking can have a huge impact on health and weight. Who could ask for a truer champion and friend on the path to our dreams?—Diane Sawyer, Anchor, ABC News

"One brief comment from a colleague gave Tory Johnson the determination to take control of her eating habits, after a lifetime of feeling unhappy about her weight. Her honest, thoughtful, and often hilarious account of how she lost more than sixty pounds, kept her sanity, and changed her eating habits forever will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to eat healthfully. I couldn't put this book down.—Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project

About the Author

Good Morning America contributor, Tory Johnson, is all about helping women make great things happen. Tory made the shift from employee to entrepreneur and built two multi-million dollar businesses after a painful firing. Now, after a second major shift-losing more than 60 pounds in a year-Tory is on a mission to help others change their thinking and achieve a better life. A New York Times bestselling author and contributing editor to SUCCESS, Tory lives in New York with her husband and their teenage twins.

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Thanks for sharing your story Tory.
Tara MacKillop
I would highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with weight.
A very easy read and so inspirational.
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166 of 176 people found the following review helpful By BB on October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I hesitate to write negative reviews of books. This one, though, was not only disappointing, but unhealthy.

I spent the first few chapters waiting for Tory to "shift" into healthy eating. And I kept reading, and reading and reading more about NOT eating...becoming a pro at moving things around on a plate...avoiding food at parties...cutting out lots of foods entirely, including fruit...only eating vegetables with no carbs.

In one section of the book Tory recalls when she told her own 14-year-old daughter that she would feel more comfortable if she lost 5 pounds! Talk about starting body image issues early! Let's not even go into the sex chapter (NOT what I wanted to read).

This book is about avoiding food, not moderation. Two quotes, "I can no longer think that "just one" cupcake, piece of bread, or potato chip is acceptable..." and "consciously NOT EATING is new and exciting."

Books like these just set people up for failure, unless you're on TV and know that you can get a book deal and lots of press coverage.
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125 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly M. on September 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Tory's Book is a big disappointment, she mostly advacates willpower and not eating. The only redeemable point is, diets don't work if you don't follow them or go off them when you reach your goal. Not everyone has a job that depends on what they weigh, which it appears to be what is behind her "shift". She talks an awful lot about what she isn't eating instead of what you should be eating. This includes helpful tips on how to make it look like your are eating at a party when you aren't. She also talks about not teaching her children to have food issues, then sets out to do exactly that. She basically is teaching them that they can't EVER have anything sweet, that they are good and bad people depending on what they eat. Her daughter gets to grow up thinking its ok for a woman's job to depend on her weight! Tory thought Barbara was going about talking to her about her weight in a clever and caring way by not coming right out and saying the meeting was about her weight! Hello! She didn't come right out and say it because you could sue them! If I ever walk by a young girl reading this book I will snatch out of their hands and burn it!
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on October 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Tory Johnson seems like a genuinely nice, well meaning person and her memoir has some definite takeaways...some great words of wisdom. However, having read countless weight loss memoirs over the years I am painfully aware that every single author has gained a lot of their weight back afterwards. The only exceptions were the memoirs about people who had gastric bypass. Personally, being someone that struggles with my weight myself, I would love to read a memoir written by someone who has maintained that loss for years and how they DID that. Because we all know how to lose the weight. Tory Johnson HERSELF stated that anyone that stays on a diet long enough will eventually be thin. do you stay there? Compared to maintaining, actually getting the weight off is a cake walk. I found myself rolling my eyes as soon as she stated that her weight loss journey began two years ago. Which means she hasn't been thin for very long nor has she maintained for a significant amount of time. Experts will tell you that success weight losses must be maintained for five or more years. Other issues that I had with the book...I feel that Tory's diet was unrealistically restrictive. It taught her nothing about how to deal with food, and that was underscored by the fact that she went on vacation and ate with abandon and then beat herself up for it. Other criticisms? The self hatred continuously expressed by Tory for her heavier self just made me cringe. It was if she felt she had no value as a person because she was heavy, and that lack of self worth will repeatedly rear its ugly head. I was frustrated when she spoke of her Aha moment...the moment she realized she had to lose weight...when her boss had a meeting with her and cryptically said she wasn't looking as good as she could and suggested Tory see her stylist.Read more ›
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231 of 263 people found the following review helpful By Charlee S. Kimball on September 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I did give this book a 3 star just because I think that her story of struggle and how she continued to have will power was very positive.

Otherwise I would give this book a 1 star. I am a nurse and health educator. Tory basically did the Atkins diet with 25 grams of carbs per day. She didn't do this for just a few weeks but for months. She even talks about how she used ketone urine test strips every day and if the result was a purple, she knew she was burning fat the way she wanted. Not that many of you will want the physiology lesson here, but it is important to realize just how dangerous this is. The cells in our bodies require glucose to function. It is estimated that we need at least 100 grams of glucose per day just for our brains to function properly. When we don't get glucose from the food we eat, then our body breaks down fat and turns that into glucose. However, the by-product (waste) of turning fat to glucose is fatty acid. Fatty acid becomes ketones in our blood stream, and then our kidneys must work extra, extra hard to try to get rid of the ketones. The body can handle a few ketones, but when ketones are high enough to cause a test strip to be purple, then that indicates major metabolic acidosis and this can cause kidney failure or a coma.

It is more important to be healthy than to measure health as a size 6. I would have rather read that she got to a size 8 or 10 by eating a balanced healthy diet, than the size 4 by only eating protein and kale.
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