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About the Author

Keri Gans is a Registered Dietitian in private practice in Manhattan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University. Before working solely in private practice Keri was a clinical staff dietitian at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan and North General Hospital in Harlem.

Keri has made numerous television appearances, including ABC Eyewitness News, Good Morning America, Discovery Times, and Fox The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and Dr. Oz's show. She is a regular guest on Sirius/XM's Dr. Radio and is frequently quoted in national publications. For over 5 years Keri was seen weekly on Manhattan public access TV in a nutrition lifestyle program called “Diet Diva”.

Keri is also very active in professional organizations. She currently is a Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and ADA Delegate for the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA). Other past volunteer positions include: NYSDA President, NYSDA PR Chair, NYSDA Annual Meeting Chair, Greater NY Dietetic Association PR Chair and Treasurer. Keri is the proud winner of the 2010 NYSDA Media Excellence Award and 2006 NYSDA Emerging Dietetic Leader Award.

Keri lives with her husband Bart and four-legged son, Henry, in NYC and East Hampton and is an avid yoga practitioner.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451608888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451608885
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We have all tried to lose weight only to give up or gain it all back. This book will help you turn that cycle around. I don't normally read "diet" books because I fail on every one. For some reason The Small Change Diet jumped out at me and begged me to read it so I did and boy am I glad.

Keri makes it so easy. No pressure, no stress just great tips on how to change the way you eat, sleep, exercise and basically live you life. You take this book one step at a time, there is no time limit for finishing each step. A definite go at your own pace lifestyle change. I don't want to say diet because for me it was more about changing your lifestyle then just what you eat. If you rush through the steps you are only cheating yourself so I agree with Keri, take it slow and don't move on until you have mastered each one.

The book is based on these ten steps:

1. Create a healthy eating schedule
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables
3. Cut empty beverage calories
4. Increase fiber intake
5. Reduce the undercover calories of dressing and sauces
6. Eat leaner meats
7. Find the right fats and lose the bad fats
8. Curb sugar and salt cravings
9. Stay healthy in social situations
10. Exercise

Keri breaks each step down in a chapter with very easy and honestly small changes that really do work. This is one "diet" book that will truly help you make the changes that you want to make with very little effort. I am the newest fan of Keri Gans!!!

Recommended for anyone who wants to lose weight once and for all or just live a healthier life.
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Over the years I have learned that a common sense approach to most most things in life usually work out the best and Keri's book is loaded with common sense! I have been lucky enough to have Keri as my nutritionist for the past 2 years and in making these SMALL changes, I have had a BIG weight loss (60 lbs). For anyone who has lost weight (like me) only to regain it back (100% of the time) this book is for you. These small changes that Keri has written about, and I have incorporated in to my life, will not only help you in losing weight, but more importatly, it will lead you onto a path of a long lasting healthy lifestyle that you will be able to maintain for the rest of your life.

If you can't have Keri as a nutritionist, then this book is the next best thing. Try it, you may just discovered, like I did, that simple, common sense small changes truly make for a successful weight loss outcome.
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Having worked with Keri in Manhattan in person (and successfully losing 12+lbs) I was eager to read her book and enjoy a refresher as I continue my journey. The book is set up in much the same way her in-person counseling is, in small and attainable 'chunks'. Take little things and change them, don't try to do everything at once. Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight and has been successful knows that this (small changes!!) along with NON-DEPRIVATION is the key to life-long weight loss, allowing you to keep it off instead of gaining it back (plus some usually...) on a fad or restrictive diet. Pasta isn't evil, carbs won't kill you and you don't need to drink juice and skip solid food in order to get a svelte figure. The book works. The 'plan' is plain and simple, it's just like sitting in Keri's office if you can't make it into Manhattan. So I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to spark a true life change (that isn't so scary if you break it down the way Keri does!) and keep the weight off (as I have for two years now). Finally, as someone who eats out almost as much as Keri (up to 5 times per week in Manhattan) the tips for eating out DO WORK. I enjoy everything I could ever desire at a restaurant many, many times in a week and still maintain a slim figure using her tips.
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Let's face it--we Americans (and people all around the world) are bombarded with tempting, high calorie, less than nutritious food in advertisements and on grocery store shelves. Technology makes us move less and expend less energy to do even simple tasks (like change the tv channel). While some so-called diet and fitness gurus promote drastic, radical changes in food and fitness habits, small changes done step by step, one by one, over time has been shown anecdotally and in scientific research to have long-lasting results. Small changes may not be a sexy concept, but it does have staying power. The Small Change Diet is not really a diet--and it just may be what all of us need to break less healthful habits and create new ones, and improve the food choices we make and portions we consume.

Keri Gans breaks down eating and making food choices into ten simple steps, and allows readers to personalize those steps to meet individual lifestyle and food preferences. As a registered dietitian, author, and mother of 2, and an advocate for making small, realistic, sensible and practical changes to improve eating, fitness, and health habits, I highly recommend The Small Change Diet. All of us can certainly benefit from this easy to use tool, and use it in our daily life to navigate all the selections we make, whether we're at a restaurant, a grocery store, a buffet, or a party. After reading this book, you'll likely eat more healthfully, and enjoy the many physical and mental benefits of a more balanced diet.
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