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Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Stop Dieting. Form New Habits. Change Your Lifestyle Without Suffering. (Volume 2) Paperback – November 29, 2016
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"I've already lost 12 pounds and my scale hasn't budged in a decade! Insanely easy to follow and explained in detail why it works and it makes so much sense. This book was life changing for me."
- Nancy I (verified purchase)
"This book can simply change your life. I know - I've been dieting all my life and got nowhere, but can see how the strategies described in this book can change it forever."
- Amazon Customer J (verified purchase)
"I've tried SO MANY weight loss things to no avail. I'm doing mini habits now and crushing it--with seemingly no effort. I recommend this to everyone who desires to make sustainable changes. This book is the best investment you can make in yourself. Stop giving your money to the diet industry!"
- Erina (verified purchase)
"This is an excellent book. I've read the original Mini Habits book, which was also excellent, but I didn't think this would have much to add to the original book. I was definitely wrong, I'm glad to say. This book provides a fresh perspective on the concepts of dieting, exercise, and weight loss."
- Tomeika Ulett-Garcia (verified purchase)
"I finished this book about a week ago and decided to simply switch out skim milk yogurt for whole milk yogurt and add fruit to breakfast and lunch in the 2X2 plan talked about in the book. With these very small changes, I have lost three pounds in the last week and we are in the throes of the holiday season. What appeals to me most is as you are establishing mini habits, you are adding to, not subtracting from, whatever you already do. I have still had pizza this week and have not restricted anything else, I have only added in. Please understand that this is about changing what you do OVER TIME. If you are desperate to crash off some weight, this book is not for you. Take a deep breath, slow yourself down, get some patience and then get this book."
- Jenteachbd (verified purchase)
"This has changed my way of thinking about diet and weight loss."
- Lee (verified purchase)
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 252 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996435441
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996435444
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Selective Entertainment LLC (November 29, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If not, let me introduce you to Stephen Guise and the concept of mini habits. The idea, as conceptualized in this book, is not to take an approach of deprivation and radical change, but to make small, incremental, consistent changes that ultimately result in a permanent, healthy lifestyle. Stephen (can I call him Stephen?) is upfront from the beginning: this is not a journey of quick fixes, rapid weight loss, and cleanse diets. This is about working with the brain's natural resistance to change by fooling it into thinking you're not asking much from it. And really, you're not. If your goal is to do one push-up a day, you will find yourself down on the ground much faster than if your goal is to do 20. And once you are down there, you will do some more. It's human nature. The hard part, the decision to do a thing, is over at that point. And even on your worst day, even if you really only can do one, you've still made some forward momentum and reinforced that daily habit.
I only finished this book a couple of weeks ago, but I have already seen the changes happen. The most brilliant stroke was in never making a food craving off limits, no matter how ridiculously unhealthy. Instead, he encourages a movement toward healthy food, a letting go of the binary way we think about eating (''I'm going to eat healthy'' vs ''I'm going to eat badly.'') As he says in his book, you know what's better than three slices of pizza? Three slices of a pizza and a salad. It's pithy and funny, but there is much wisdom here. When we're at a party, we don't have to decide between carrots and cookies. We can have both. And that realization is the spark of something rather profound. The more whole foods you eat, the more you incorporate them into your daily life, the more you want them for their own sake, not because you should eat better, or because you are desperate to lose weight, but because they are tasty and make you feel good.
My nutrition mini habit, one recommended by Stephen, is to make one healthy food upgrade a day. That means a banana with breakfast, or a vegetable with lunch, or water instead of soda for a meal... just one healthy change from the norm. What I've found, as Stephen predicted, is most days I do far more than that. Some days I find myself concocting entire meals from scratch, just because I would rather eat that. But even on my worst days, I can make that one change and feel like I have forward momentum. Thus I have found myself eating fresh vegetables alongside leftover pizza, and a red bell pepper after I finished my cheesecake.
What's remarkably different from previous attempts to shift to a healthy lifestyle is that for the first time ever, it feels like a choice. Not some hard-nosed restriction I'm trying to impose on myself for my own good, but just making choices amidst the ebb and flow of everyday life (the fact that my other mini habit is sitting down on my meditation cushion before bed doesn't hurt... I am much more mindful of my eating habits based on increased meditation alone.) Even my fast food addiction is waning, not because I've forbidden it, but because I've noted that fast food generally makes me feel like crap. I'm saving my sweet tooth for higher quality desserts, stuff I really love. I'm no longer eating with an attitude of scarcity - I shouldn't be having this, I must eat it now because I can't have it later.
When there is no famine, there is never any need for feast. I ate out at three restaurants this weekend, and not once did I overeat or feel guilty about my choices. It's the difference between "What's one small thing I can do to make this healthier?" and "Screw it, I'm going to eat all the things." When you're working within a more reasonable framework, when you stop with all or nothing thinking, you make more healthy choices than you would imagine, and you don't have to fight your lazy brain to do it.
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Surely everybody knows now that ready meals, takeaways and ultra processed food, and what Americans call "soda". ie fizzy drinks, are very bad for your health?
If you eat a lot of these and want some strategies for eating less, maybe this can help a bit. But I don't think it's different from any other advice really. Eat less, mostly plants - and don't eat anything your grandmother's microbes wouldn't recognise.
A useful book with some good tips and a excellent no-shame dieting message that gets repetitive quickly and is fattened up by needless filler that fails to keep you interested.