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What a novel idea: if you want to know how to successfully lose weight, study the real experts--the people who have done it! Registered dietician Anne Fletcher did just that. She surveyed 160 "masters" who succeeded in losing at least 20 pounds and keeping the weight off for at least 3 years. This was the minimum; most lost far more weight--an average of 63 pounds--and more than one-third have kept the weight off for a decade or more.

How did they do it? Thin for Life presents their success stories, strategies, motivation, inspiration, and tricks. Most had tried "many times and many ways" to lose weight before discovering what worked for them and how to prevent and recover from relapses. Some techniques worked for many--such as keeping a food diary and increasing exercise. Others were highly individual and will spur you to do your own creative thinking. Fletcher compiles the "10 keys to success" that emerged most often, lets the masters speak for themselves throughout the book, and fills in additional, valuable information and resources. Whether you have 10 pounds to lose or 100, this book will help you do it--safely, effectively, and permanently. Highly recommended. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"You can lose weight on any diet, but if you want to keep it off, read Thin for Life, 2nd edition." Shape

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Rev Upd Su edition (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618340556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618340552
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D. is a nationally known, award-winning health and medical writer, speaker, and consultant on the topics of weight management and lifestyle change, as well as treatment and recovery from addiction. She spent nearly five years writing her latest book, Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment - And How to Get Help That Works, which will be published by Viking in February of 2013 along with accompanying eBook titled Holistic Rehab Therapies: Are Alternative Approaches Helpful, Harmful, or Head Games? In advance of publication, Inside Rehab has received high acclaim from numerous experts in the field, as well as several starred reviews.

Known for her ability to weave together her inspiring findings from real-life success stories with state-of-the-art information about health issues, Anne is the author of seven other books (Houghton/Harcourt), including the award-winning national bestsellers, Thin For Life: 10 Keys to Success From People Who Have Lost Weight & Kept It Off and the New York Times bestseller, Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems - Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded.

Anne's last book, Weight Loss Confidential: How Teens Lose Weight & Keep It Off - And What They Wish Parents Knew, was featured on the Today Show, on the CBS Early Show, and in The New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, and USA Weekend. She has been recognized with a dozen prestigious awards.

A frequent guest of the national media, Anne has also appeared on The View, the Today Show, Donahue, Good Morning America, CNN, National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, and The Larry King Radio Show.

As a registered dietitian with a B.S. degree from Cornell University and an M.S. from Drexel University, Anne has counseled hundreds of people with weight problems. She is a founding member of her county drug court in Minnesota and helped develop its treatment program, remaining on its steering committee. She serves on the advisory board for a high school for adolescents with substance use disorders and also serves on the editorial board for BASIS (Brief Addiction Science Information Source) of Harvard University's Division on Addictions.

Anne is a former executive editor and chief writer of the "Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter" and was a contributing editor for Prevention Magazine. Her articles have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Shape, American Psychologist, Cooking Light, Bottom Line Personal, Readers' Digest, Restaurant Hospitality, Parenting, Journal of Food Science, Eating Well, The Humanist, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and Obesity Management.

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Format: Paperback
In this highly readable and motivational book, nutritionist Anne Fletcher explains that, just as no two people are alike, there is no single right way to lose weight. Thus, this is not a diet book per se, but a list of 10 principles that successful dieters have in common, and to which I refer frequently when I find myself slipping in my resolve.
Fletcher calls these successful dieters "masters:" people who have kept off at least 20 pounds for at least 3 years. (Many of her masters have lost and kept off much more.)
The two things I like most about this book are:
1) Rather than taking a theoretical and single-minded approach to dieting, the author relies on a wide variety of actual true long-term success stories and quotes the masters themselves extensively.
2) The author takes a practical, common-sense, long-term approach rather than the usual quick-fix mentality of most diet books.
Bottom line: this book worked (and is still working) for me!
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Format: Paperback
The good: The advice here from successful weight-losers is wide-ranging, generally useful, and presented in context so that you know something about the person's weight history and particular circumstances. Not all of it is going to be useful for any particular person, of course, but the perspective of successful people is, as another reviewer remarked, like gold.

The bad: About half the book (scattered throughout plus a section at the back) consists of the author's own weight-loss advice and diet program. This is very much oriented toward fat-as-dietary-demon. If you're using a high-protein/low carbohydrate approach, this part obviously won't be applicable for you; if you're following a conventional low-fat/limited-protein/high-carbohydrate diet, you'll find it more useful. HOWEVER...

The ugly: Be careful about the particulars of the diet advice here. The book advises use of margarine instead of butter in the meal plans, which was conventional thinking in 1994 (when the first edition was published) but is inexcusable in a book published in 2003. The author recommends using sweet snacks such as jelly beans, licorice, marshmallows, etc., and says "Sugar and low-fat sweets per se don't concern me too much as a dietician" so long as they don't contain fat. Sugar candy may have zero fat but that doesn't make it a good thing to encourage people to snack on. A dietician writing in 2003 should know better.

Summary: by all means read the book, but get it for the stories of the "masters", not the diet advice. Just about all of the "masters" had at least one thing to say that I found useful and insightful.
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Format: Audio Cassette
10 months ago, I found this tape, by accident, in our local library. Having just started to focus on losing weight through eating right (NOT dieting! ) and exercise, I took it on a trip with me.
To this day, I remember first hearing parts on this tape like it was yesterday - the stories shared are inspiring, and common sense information that Anne shares is so to the point.
I can say without hesitation, that I've listened to this tape (I've since bought it from Amazon for myself) over 20 times since I began my weight loss. It stays in my car and I listen to it once or twice a month as time allows.
Since last summer, I've lost over 100 pounds, and attribute my success in large part to motivational books and stories, and this book is at the very top.
This is NOT a "do this and you'll lose weight" plan. It's about people who have been where I was, and how they, through common sense and sheer determination, were able to overcome their weight problem. This is more about motivation than mechanics.
Anne Fletcher, if you're out there, I've been looking for you on the Internet to thank you - post your e-mail, mailing address, whatever!
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Format: Paperback
Early last year, I read the 1994 version of Thin for Life, just as I was starting to lose weight, for what I hoped was the final time. I, like others, have fought the battle my entire life. The end of 2003 found me 43 years old, in a back brace for intense sciatica and growing out of the 1x clothes. I read Ms. Fletcher's book (that had sat on my shelf for 4 years) and KNEW I would succeed and finally be Thin for Life!

Her interviews of the masters proved to me there are ways to succeed. Not through some magic pill or specific plan but by looking inside yourself and finding out what makes you tick. From there, you can look at the different options that Ms. Fletcher and the masters present and pick what fits you and your lifestyle. For me it is keeping track of everything I eat in a database on my laptop, using the elliptical I put in the living room, lots of different exercise dvd's and even some charity 5k runs. Others have used other means to succeed.
This book shows you what is out there and how we can use appropriate tools for us to reach a common goal of a fit and healthy body.

She shows us how to deal with the hard times (no one said this was easy) and gives us the coping mechanisms that she and the other masters have used. She presents the science, the facts proven though research, in such an easy to understand, very engaging format. Real words for the real world!

I've lost the back brace, the sciatica and 80 pounds! The local charities have benefited from the donation of all my old clothes. The local merchants benefit from my purchase of several new wardrobes this year.

I gave my copy to a co-worker who has lost 20 pounds, so far and I bought the new version as a replacement for my library.
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