- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (December 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891122931
- ISBN-13: 978-0891122937
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices that Will Work for YOU Paperback – December 13, 2011
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From Library Journal
We all know how to lose weight: eat less and exercise more. However, there are different paths to this goal. Journalist Kennedy (Miracles and Moments of Grace) profiles 26 people who succeeded in losing weight using 26 distinct methodologies, from Jenny Craig to gastric bypass to Weight Watchers to Curves. Each system worked for someone, and this book pulls all of them together so readers can compare them and select the approach that fits them the best. (Dec.) Copyright © 2011 Library Journal. All rights reserved.
From the Back Cover
"We're wrestling with an obesity crisis today, and the answer isn't as simple as eat less--move more. Losing weight and keeping it off is a process of embracing change that is powered by support and motivation. In these real stories of real success, you'll find ideas for making food and exercise choices, as well as the motivation to make these changes."
--Gary Heavin, founder and CEO of Curves International Inc.
"Nancy Kennedy has put together a smorgasbord of weight loss success stories and the paths people took to success. Inspirational, educational, and well-written, this book is a must read! Get ready to be inspired to action!"
--John M. Rowley, bestselling author of The Power of Positive Fitness, speaker, TV & radio personality, and Peak Performance Expert
"Nancy Kennedy's book is innovative and inspirational for anyone dealing with food and weight issues, as she skillfully explores the various weight loss programs and tells these personal stories of success. What a great resource for navigating a maze of options! "
--Judy Wardell Halliday, founder of Thin Within Ministries
"The success stories in How We Did It are inspirational and it's loaded with information that can help you succeed, too. The book underscores what I've always believed about weight loss--you can do it, if you do what it takes!"
--Allison Bottke, bestselling author of God Allows U-Turns and the Setting Boundaries series, including Setting Boundaries with Food
"We are all different, and saying that one approach to weight loss is "best" is like saying strawberry is the "best" ice cream flavor. What works for me may not work for you. Nancy Kennedy has written a superb guide for those searching for their unique weight management tool. With entertaining and engrossing stories, she explores the ins and outs of common weight loss programs and paves the way for you to write your own success story. How We Did It is your first step in finding motivation and proven strategies in your quest to get healthy."
--J. Ron Eaker, MD, author of Healthy Habits for Fit Families and A Woman's Guide to Hormone Health
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been blessed with never having had to worry about weight problems in my life (until a few recent pounds crept on). In fact, I had preconceived ideas that those who were overweight just needed to make a bigger effort to lose weight. My eyes were really opened as I read about real people trying to lose weight and understood for the first time that it is not always so simple. The human body often perceives weight loss attempts as a "famine" and fights back. There are often vicious cycles that people go through before they finally find the right plan that works for them.
Reading this book felt like sitting down with a friend for a chat. Nancy's writing is down to earth and fun to read. I would highly recommend this book, not only for those looking to make a lifestyle change in order to lose pounds, but also for friends and family who many benefit from a better understanding of the issues involved.
The stories you ready about the many ways to lose weight and discover that 'skinny friend' that you know is there will delight and thrill you if you take this first step.
Nancy has brought our story and countless others that will bring a smile in every chapter... and should you or someone you love decides to take this first step into losing weight... I know they will find this book inspirational!
San Luis Obispo, California
There are some things I really liked about this book. I liked the fact that it featured a wide variety of diets. There is no one-size-fits-all diet here. I also like that the people who lost the weight did so in their own words. But I also have some concerns on the information on this book. I also liked the summary of each diet.
First, I didn't like that there was no table of contents. Second, I didn't like the checklist at the end of each chapter. I would have much rather had a list of pros and cons for each diets. I also felt like this book was way too slanted towards the positive. It emphasized the positive aspects of each diet, but did't hardly mention some of the drawbacks or difficulties of each diet.
First, I think some of the diets in this book are way too restrictive and difficult to maintain long-term. There is a lot of debate among experts about whether low carb diets like Atkins are safe to use long-term. This is never even mentioned. Another diet, the Recovery from Food Addiction Diet "puts a total ban on flour, sugar, and wheat. It also prohibits cheese, butter, sour cream and other fats, alcohol, caffeine, nuts, seeds, rice cakes, popcorn, many fruits, and some grains and cereals." A diet that limits nuts and fruit just sounds crazy to me. It also fails to differenciate between good fats and bad fat. It assumes all fat is bad, but I don't think that is necessarily the case. Limiting fats is one thing, but turning all fat into the enemy is something else entirely.
Second, several of the solutions in this book are very cost-prohibitive. My mom and a friend used to work out at a well-known gym. They take some classes there, and were able to get a free meeting with a personal trainer. They decided to check it out. My mom said that they gave up on the idea of having a personal trainer. Why? The sessions with a personal trainer would have cost about $150 a week. That is simply not realistic for most people, especially in this economy. I also personally feel that a personal trainer is not necessary. There are many excellent workouts available on DVD including yoga, pilates and a variety of others. Many of these DVDS also feature big name trainers like Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, Billy Blanks, and Denise Austin, to name just a few.
Secondly, this book also includes chapters on Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. Yes, they are easy and convenient and you don't have to cook, but they are also incredibly expensive. This book didn't mention anything about the cost at all. Jenny Craig has a special that sounds like a good deal. 20 pounds for $20. But food is extra and that is where they really nail you as far as price. I did a little bit of research online. Food from Jenny Craig averages between $500-$650 a month! That is simply too cost prohibitive for most people, even in the best of times. There is also an additional charge for shipping.
Nutrasystem is more affordable, but still very expensive to me. NutraSystem costs on average anywhere from $229-$430 a month. I did find one site that said the range started at $118 a month. But I don't know how accurate it is. The cost depends on which plan you choose to use. Again, there is a charge for shipping. I am not criticizing either of these plans. I've never tried either, but I know people who have. They do work. But realistically, who can afford to stay on a plan like this for very long?
There is some good here, but in my opinion, there are just too many negatives to ignore. My advice? Skip this book.