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"What an incredible delight! Losing weight has seldom been as inspiring as it is in Foodaholic. The advice is no-nonsense and the personal examples vividly help one picture both the problems and solutions." Dr. Brian Wansink author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think,  Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University

"Stop! Don't spend your money on any other weight loss book! With a combination of tough-love and just-right humor, Irene carves an unrivaled and one-of-a-kind path for longterm weight loss and weight maintenance success." - Allison Gilbert, critically-acclaimed author of "Parentless Parents" and "Always Too Soon"

"Rubaum-Keller provides a no-nonsense approach for losing weight.  Her action plan, has been successful in hundreds of subjects, including herself. I recommend this book for anyone serious about losing weight." - Richard J Johnson MD, Professor of Medicine University of Colorado and author of "The Sugar Fix" (Rodale)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936780755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936780754
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randy Ellen Ross on August 10, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. It was very approachable, gentle, but no-nonsense; and very readable book. It had some very easy-to-digest advice for people who may be ready to confront their weight issues. The "exercises" at the end of each chapter were thought-provoking and led to some good insight. Why make weight loss harder than it has to be? This book breaks down the process to steps that just aren't that bad.
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Foodaholic is a concise, no nonsense, honest book about weight loss. I was already on track with calories IN VS. calories OUT & was losing weight and I found Irene Rubaum-Keller's book cutting right to the point. For me, the most beneficial items covered was coping with plateaus (stage 4), a living weight (stage 5) and the long haul (stage 7). One point I disagree with is on page 45: getting rid of toxic people is beneficial to getting better overall health for your life. Weight loss is an investment in yourself and we need supportive people, not negativity. Like AA and 12-Step Programs advise, you need to hang with people who are not abusive or exploitative as much as you can. I also like the title: FOODAHOLIC because that's exactly what it is, a food addiction, much like anyone would abuse another substance or engage in a detrimental behavior for comfort. It's a direct and accurate description of what is wrong. A second book I can recommend that partners well with this book is 'The Beck Diet Solution'; it's longer and more exhaustive with coping strategies/cognitive behavior therapy if you have time to read more. Both of the books are all you need to handle the issue for the long-term, in my opinion. Also I have been using Lose It.com to log cals in and cals burned; it's free and easier than logging on paper and has been a terrific help in planning meals and exercise. One more tidbit: it is a general nutrition "rule" that less than 1200 cals/per day, every day, is not only hardly sustainable for the long-term for most people, but also unhealthy for getting enough nutrients, so you may have to elongate the deadline for your goal weight for ultimate sustainability. The slower, the better.
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This book is a breath of fresh air. I am only biased to this author and book in the sense that I have been a fan of it since way before publication. Why? Because Irene is honest, personal, straight-forward, and besides being a professional in the field, she speaks from the heart as someone who knows the dark inner world of being overweight--living in the constant challenge of dieting. This book is blessedly short on gimmicks and recipe plans and just what all of us need to know about changing our bodies, changing our minds, changing the choices we make for ourselves. Irene makes it manageable, right now. Who would believe it could be such a pleasure to read a book on this topic?!
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The writer of this book has struck an emotional chord with me- I've lost almost 70 lbs. since 1 Jan. 2012. Her book outlines very basic and simple ways to lose weight and just gets to the chore of how to lose weight for life. I've learned how to manage my overeating and feel in control now. Thanks for incredible insight!
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I liked this philosophy as I started to loose my last ten of a 65 pound weight loss. I was very worried about maintenance and the dreaded last ten. I used most of the techniques detailed in this book on my own to get this far and appreciated a few more tweaks to get me to goal. I agree with all of it, and appreciate the absence of recipes and other fluff. If you want to get real about things, get this book and get to work. If you want to play at it, move on.
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Rumbaum-Keller's weight loss book really hit home for me. For years I knew from the size of my pants that I was getting larger, but I was in denial and refused to weigh myself. She encourages the scale, and once I stepped on a scale and saw my weight, I was able to start managing and lose more than 65 lbs.

Other weight loss books don't tell you what to do to maintain your loss, but Rumbaum-Keller suggests a formula of daily calories equal to 10 times your desired weight (plus more calories if you exercise).

Foodaholic is easy to read and will keep a smile on your face as Rumbaum-Keller fondly relates stories about those she has helped in her private practice as well as the weight loss program at UCLA, where she is one of the regular weekly support group leaders.

Rumbaum-Keller's book gives all yo-yo dieters hope-----if you follow what she says in her book, you can conquer your weight problem and be in control for the rest of your life :)

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This is a guide book to weight loss and permanent weight management. There are no gimmicks, just understanding and straight talk as Irene takes you through the very difficult journey that is weight loss for compulsive over-eaters. Irene leads a support group at UCLA Center for Risk Factor Obesity and has a private practice as an eating disorder therapist. She has struggled with her weight most of her life, but as she began to use of this method, she lost 50 pounds and has kept it off for many years. I read this book over and over..it is like a personal course of therapy broken down into segments. I have worked with Irene Rubaum-Keller as a member of her support group, and highly recommend "working with her" through this excellent book.
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