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Weight Loss Confidential Journal: Week-by-Week Success Strategies for Teens from Teens Hardcover – January 2, 2008

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About the Author

Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D., is the author of Thin for Life, the Thin for Life Daybook, Eating Thin for Life, and Sober for Good. As a registered dietitian, she has counseled hundreds of clients with weight problems in clinical settings. Fletcher was executive editor of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter and a contributing editor for Prevention. She has won several National Health Information Awards as well as awards from the American Medical Writers Association and the American Psychological Association. She has raised three teenagers.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618433724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618433728
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,641 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: Hardcover
What I find so amazing about this companion guide to Weight Loss Confidential is that it is truly a complete and self-contained program that provides teens the essential tools to manage their weight - once and for all!

Fletcher drives home the point that for teens to manage their weight successfully, they must adopt a plan that is individualized and right for them - no more 'cookie-cutter' programs! But she also reinforces that regardless of the approach, the bones of any successful program still involves a life-long commitment to healthy food choices coupled with a do-able physical activity program that teens can live with.

The real jewel in Weight Loss Confidential Journal is not only do teens benefit from the wisdom of an expert nutritionist who has "been there" with her own son's weight battles, but they also benefit from the in-the-trenches wisdom of their peers. Cap it all off with some awesome, simple and teen-focused recipes and meal plans, Weight Loss Confidential Journal provides a recipe for success that teens and their parents cane really sink their teeth into! Bravo, Anne Fletcher...Bravo!
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My nutritionist recommended that I get this journal after he'd used it with several teenage clients. I've been writing down my daily food for almost a year and had gotten very tired of it--but using this journal has actually created a renewed sense of purpose for me. I absolutely adore the focus on the positive in this journal, which gives me a much better attitude overall. I also like that your hunger is rated on a three-step scale, so you really have to face eating when you're just not hungry. The summary for each week is great and there's a strong focus on setting your own goals and working to meet them. I highly recommend this journal for all, regardless of age! As an aside, the orange part featured in the photo of the book is actually a paper wrap that slips right off, leaving only the starburst design and a small title that reads, "WLC Journal." That makes this very discreet and comfortable to carry around without proclaiming that you're on a diet or writing down your food.
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Weight Loss Confidential Journal is unique in that it features advice for truly overweight teenagers, not those seeking to lose five or ten pounds. Neither patronizing nor preachy, the advice provided is provided from teens who have maintained significant weight losses.
The book features 23 weeks' worth of advice. Each week, the focus is on a different aspect of controlling one's weight. The themes "Recover from your slip-ups", "Make peace with your body", and "Get rid of diet thinking" emphasize the mind-body connection of the total person.
Weight Loss Confidential Journal also provides space for a daily 23-week diary. Besides recording food and beverage intake and time spent exercising, participants are asked to record their feelings, moods, and random thoughts, and are encouraged to jot down the day's successes. At the end of the week, users can list things that were helpful, evaluate whether their goals were met, and set new goals. Readers are also asked to list how their lives are better, and why they want to achieve a healthier weight. Reviewing the week helps readers to see their progress. Interestingly, the space designated to record weight is a small one; this shifts the focus from being solely on weight to encompassing larger goals and seeing the big picture.
Planning and realistic goal-setting are stressed. Users can plan their responses to obstacles, such as a class trip, that might interfere with progress.
Written by a registered dietitian, this book takes a moderate and balanced approach to nutrition. It focuses on eating healthful, appropriate amounts for all food groups, and includes portion sizes for foods and beverages, guidlines for food plans, and healthy recipes for teen favorites such as pizza and sandwiches.
Overall, this is an excellent book. It presents an individual, realistic approach to weight management in a user-friendly format.
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This book corresponds to the "Weight Loss Confidential"; which is a book by teens and for teens on strategies for weight management. My teenage daughter is finding both the book and journal(separate purchases)to be very helpful. Using the journal to chart her own progress has been encouraging.
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Like all of best-selling author Anne Fletcher's fantastic books on weight loss, this one is no exception. Anne has come up with a companion book to accompany: Weight Loss Confidential: How Teens Lose Weight and Keep It Off - And What They Wish Parents Knew. As a nutritionist and researcher in the area of weight control, I can tell you that journaling is a tried-and-true behavior modification technique that has been scientifically proven to aid individuals in their weight loss efforts. This journal is not just a blank book but is a teen-friendly diary, peppered with real-life success tips--shared by actual teens who have successfully lost weight. What's more, it contains numerous fast and delicious teen-inspired snack, meal ideas and healthy recipes. Highly recommended!
Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN
Author of: Cholesterol DOWN
(Three Rivers Press, 2006)
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Encouragement, solid nutrition advice, and recipes PLUS room to write, track progress, and record feelings: The "Weight Loss Confidential Journal" is fantastic! From its modern, discreet look (the bright orange cover is removable) to its recommendations coming directly from successful teens who have maintained weight loss, the "Weight Loss Confidential Journal" is a great resource if you are a teen who wants to slim down. Especially impressive topics include emotional overeating, recovering from slip-ups, body acceptance, and the "all foods can fit" approach. Registered Dietitian Anne Fletcher has really created a great tool for teens who want to lose weight on their own terms and in their own way. A must-have for any teen thinking about achieving a healthier weight! Buy it today!
April Rudat, MS Ed, RD, LDN
Author of "Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins!"
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