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The Losing Attitude for Dieters: Supercharge Any Diet through Healthier Lifestyle Choices or Turn Diet Failures into Huge Weight Losses Starting Today Paperback – January 30, 2011
From the Author
I got up on January 1st and realized that I was scheduled to go to my 35th college reunion in October; my first ever reunion.
I hadn't seen many of my classmates in 35 years and I didn't want to go doing my best impression of Porky Pig! You see, I had gained 60 pounds since I graduated.
When I reviewed in my mind all my dieting failures over my lifetime, I realized that it wasn't the diets that failed, it was my motivation that had failed. Something had always come up that made me lose focus and stop dieting.
I needed to gain The Losing Attitude in order to stay on whatever diet I chose to go on. I couldn't afford to lose focus this time.
The Losing Attitude for Dieters follows my nine month journey as I try to lose the weight for my reunion. Learn what you need to do to keep that Losing Attitude so that you won't lose your focus when life intercedes.
I lost 40 pounds, went to my reunion and had a great time. There was only one thing wrong, you wouldn't believe all the old people they invited to my reunion!
Professor Tom Laurie
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Tom Laurie has written a book packed from cover to cover with attitude adjustment suggestions that are essential for every dieter to consider because they all have a direct effect on your dieting success. These principles are all easy to identify with because Laurie doesn't hesitate to tell the reader that he discovered these strategies when his own dieting efforts failed. But the really good news in this book is that he didn't allow himself to fail permanently. No, by using his own personal strengths, his own faith, and his family and friends he has been successful in not only losing weight, but in maintaining weight loss. First he set a goal, then he began working on changing things in his life that might prevent him from reaching that goal.
The book is divided into chapters which will give you tips on how to get started on your program, why you need to exercise, successful dieting at your work place or home if you don't go out to a job. Other important topics relate to the dreaded scales, what happens if you binge, how your spiritual life can be an asset in dieting, advance planning, what to do if you fail, and recipes to help you enjoy what you are eating. I liked the chapter where he compared three of the most well recognized diet programs and gave the plus and minus sides of those popular systems and I especially liked the fact that he didn't try to discourage dieters from utilizing those programs. Probably the two most influential chapters for me are the ones regarding incorporating your family life and your spiritual life into dieting toward success. There are some very good common sense approaches in those areas. Another aspect of this book which fascinates me is Laurie's advice to tell everyone you are dieting. This will enlist the help of family, friends and colleagues and also give you the motivation to stick with the program you embarked on. It is true that you never know who might be watching you and using your journey as the nudge they need to start losing weight also.
How can you not benefit from a diet book that tells you exactly how to have a controlled eating binge? But that's not an excuse you can resort to because Tom Laurie then tells you exactly what to do to minimize the damage. This author has personal experience in weight loss and dieting. He speaks with authority and his advice sounds true, practical and workable. This will be a very handy book to keep close at hand while on the diet journey and then later if a little refresher course might be needed. Hopefully by learning how to recognize the signs of a backward trend you will know exactly where to look inside these covers to get you on track once again.
I received this book at no charge for review purposes.
This book is not really just about dieting. The author seeks to impart some of his wisdom about life gained from experience. There is a section about how to be a good employee, some parenting advice and relationship advice. The idea seems to be to promote a happy life so dieting will not be sabotaged. And from my own experience I know that if I am not emotionally stable I will break my diet in a hurry. Suddenly all those carbs sound pretty darn good. And can we totally avoid emotional upsets when we have access to watching horrible tragedies like the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan? I know I went off my diet almost immediately because of the stress I felt. So the advice in this book is helpful in that regard. Watching the news really can be hazardous to your health.
Throughout this book there are little diet tips like what to eat before going to a party. The author has consistently dieted for 35 years and knows some little tricks and secrets to staying on a diet. He explains some of the major diets that people follow and whether or not these diets would work for you.
I liked the section on the top ten reasons diets fail and the seven good reasons to diet. These are motivational. I also liked the section on how to include the entire family in the diet planning. This may work if you have older children who want to have some say in what they eat for dinner.
So I think this diet book will be of interest to most people who are familiar with dieting. Along with the advice there are also some simple recipes that may be of interest. I know I will be trying a few recipes in the near future.
~The Rebecca Review
But unfortunately, he leaves out a very important part of the process that warrants further investigation--finding the right plan that will work for you. I know he says in his subtitle that this book will "supercharge any diet" but I don't see how with his promotion of Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and The South Beach Diet. None of those specific plans worked for me, but the Atkins diet did. I'm not saying everyone should do a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb lifestyle change, but it appears that Tom thinks you can't get healthy and lose weight on any plan but one of those three. That's narrow-minded and one of the reasons why people stay stuck in a rut about shedding pounds.
Again, this book contains good concepts promoting the proper motivation and mental strength for losing weight. But it's what Tom Laurie leaves out that left me wanting a little something more.