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Finally Thin!: How I Lost More Than 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off--and How You Can, Too Hardcover – December 30, 2008

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“Kim’s inspiration, encouragement, well-thought-out ideas, and leadership by example, helped me lose 86½ pounds in one year and throw out my blood pressure, diabetes, and anxiety medications. I haven’t felt better in three decades. I’m a trial attorney and the verdict is in on Kim: I love, like, and respect this lady and will forever owe her a huge debt of gratitude.”~Jack Golden, age 63, lost 86½ pounds

“Kim is a coach, a teacher, a counselor, and a friend to thousands of people struggling with their weight. She was the motivation and encouragement I needed as I worked hard to change my life. Thanks, Kim!”~ Jason Coles, age 35, lost 106 pounds

“Kim has been the best thing that happened to me as far as guidance, inspiration, and help with my weight-loss journey. I reached my goal of losing 100 pounds with Kim’s help … I have now kept the weight off for more than two years."~ Donna Toth, age 63, lost 100 pounds

About the Author

KIM BENSEN lives in Shelton, Connecticut, with her husband and four children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767929500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767929509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I first heard of Kim Bensen on the Weight Watchers community message boards. She's marketed her own low calorie bagels and I was searching for her website for this information. I found much more than bagels. I've never met her in person, but I found that Kim is helpful and kind to those who email her. I found out about this book on her website and couldn't wait to read it...got it the first day it was avail and couldn't lay it down until I was finished.

Her book is brutally honest and I applaud her for speaking so frankly about her struggles with dieting and obesity. It's the kind of book that will inspire you to keeping going, or inspire you to get started on a life changing plan for eating if you're struggling or have given up.

At some points in the book I was in tears, and at others, laughing. Her story is heartbreaking but ends in a final triumph. Her favorite line seems to be "now it's your turn". She tries to inspire others to achieve the seemingly impossible. She lost 212 lbs, kept it off and is now a very successful Weight Watchers leader.

A VERY good book for anyone, but especially those of us who need to lose weight. I HIGHLY recommend it. Also, she includes recipes. A bonus to the book!
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I love this book! I've known Kim for a year or so and am inspired by her story. For those readers who do not live in Southern CT, let me assure you that both of the pictures on the cover of the book are real. There has been no "Photoshoping". Kim is as beautiful as she is on the cover, maybe even more so. (And she was as heavy as she is on the cover also).
The book is divided into three sections. Section one describes Kim's battle with her weight and some embarassing incidents that she very bravely shares with her readers. The second section describes 10 steps that are needed to "diet" sucessfully. She does not promote any one diet, but instead reviews all the popular diets and encourages the reader to choose the one they are suited for. The third section is made up of 70 recipes Kim has used and recommends.
I recommed this book and a visit to Kim's website: [...]
There you will find all sorts of tools to help make dieting easier, a "guilt free" shopping list and much more.
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The book is divided in to 3 parts. First - Kim's story. Second - her 10 step plan. Third - Recipes.

The first part is not very long, only about 40 pages or so, and while I did appreciate her honesty in telling some of the most embarrassing moments of her formerly morbidly obese life, there wasn't really much substance to the story. She describes her big "aha" moment as basically waking up one morning, praying and feeling inspired to try again. That is all nice and fine, but not particularly helpful. I still appreciated Kim's story, but it didn't give me the inspiration I was looking for.

The second part is the bulk of the book. This is where she outlines the 10 steps, which I am listing here in my own words, just to keep it more clear.

1. Chose the right diet
2. Set your goals
3. Plan your meals
4. Clean up your environment
5. Gather support
6. Exercise
7. Lighten up your food at home and away
8. Handling temptations
9. Motivation
10. Maintenance

There is really nothing wrong with "the plan", other than it's a list that has been artificially constructed to fit the handy-dandy 10-step catch phrase that has been proven to sell. Steps 3 and 7 are pretty much the same thing and could have been combined in to one. Step 1 is really sort of irrelevant to her own story - Kim has been a member of Weight Watchers on and off since the age of 9, so she didn't have to chose the diet, she simply went back to what she already knew. But without step 1 and by combining 3 and 7, the program would be only 8 steps long, whereas 10 steps just sounds so much better, doesn't it?
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Finally Thin is a fabulous book. Kim Bensen is brutally honest about how difficult it is to be morbidly obese and what it took for her to turn her life and relationship with food around. The book discusses the pros and cons of every diet out there. It also discusses what it takes to maintain a weight loss which is what most of us don't know how to do. It has wonderful, realistic recipes for busy families in the back too!
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and dealt with the subject of weight loss honestly and openly. Ms. Bensen lost over 200 pounds and has kept it off for years, so she is uniquely qualified to write this type of book. She makes no secret of the fact that she lost her weight with Weight Watchers and now works for them, but the book explores (briefly) all of the well known diet plans without prejudice.

The first part of the book is devoted to Kim's story and I had tears in my eyes by the time I got to the part where she reached her goal weight. The second section of the book explores the 10 steps essential to losing and maintaining weight loss. The chapter devoted to step 9 - keep yourself motivated all the way - is the highlight of the book in my opinion.

The third and final section of the book is recipes. I have to say that most of the recipes did not appeal to me because the majority included fat-free cheese or sugar substitutes, but since I did not buy the book for the recipes, they did not effect my rating.

All in all, this is one of the best and most realistic books out there for anyone who has struggled with overcoming obesity.
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