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Stress Less, Weigh Less: Follow Holly to Increase Energy, Eat the Food You Love, and Enjoy an Ageless Body Paperback – June 1, 2011

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''As in the mind, so is in the body. Stress Less, Weigh Less shows us how to perfectly balance the mind with the body. Holly brings back the pleasure to eating, exercise and, most importantly, life.'' --John Gray, PhD, Author Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

''Stress Less, Weigh Less offers a plan that will work. . . Following this program can lead to lasting results and help you reach your happy weight and stay there.'' --Diets in Review.com

''As the creator, host and producer of both radio and television shows focused on health, I work with over 90 publicists who send me all of the latest books on health, many of them focusing on weight loss. Holly Mosier's Stress Less, Weigh Less stands out from other weight loss books due to her focusing first on stress reduction. Holly's approach is refreshing, timely, and most importantly, it works! While reading Stress Less, Weigh Less I felt myself breathing more deeply, getting myself centered, and excited about the workout! Holly's passion is contagious and she is an inspiration!'' --Lisa Davis, MPH, C.N.C. Creator Host & Producer of It's Your Health Network and Host & Producer, Healthy Living in New England on WZMY-TV

''Holly Mosier is a gift to the fitness industry. Her unique approach combining high level expertise, formal training and lots of fun, make this a must-have book. Sure, you will get more flexible. And, if you aren't carefully, you will completely transform your life, too. Beginners and more advanced yoga practitioners will also quickly benefit from the knowledge in this book.'' --John Spencer Ellis, CEO, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association & Creator of Adventure Boot Camp

''Stress Less, Weigh Less embodies the body, mind and spirit principles that are similar to Taoism and incorporates it in a practical way that works in the West. Holly's writing is honest and sincere with the intention of helping both men and women look and feel great and live the happy lifestyle that they choose. She walks her talk as evidenced in her great physical shape achieved through self-discipline and well researched techniques that she shares openly for others to follow.'' --Robert K.J. Wu, a modern Taoist master and author of So Now, So Tao: A Taoist Approach To Harmonic Wealth, and the founder of Transformative Coaching

''The true pearl of Stress Less, Weigh Less is the 50-year-old author walks her talk, BIG TIME! I mean, have you seen Holly's six-pack? A lawyer, business owner, mother, yoga teacher, and personal development expert, Holly has taken her decades of real life experience and given us a book for the ages so all of us can attain the body we've always wanted!'' --Marcia Martin, Motivational Speaker and Transformational Thought Leader

''Holly Mosier's Stress Less, Weigh Less provides readers a simple, practical, easy guide for those who want a happy, healthy, and less stressed life. As a career business executive focused on healthy living and as a twenty year Yoga practitioner, I appreciate and highly recommend Holly's roadmap to personal happiness and success. The tools she suggests can be easily adapted, and are the most concise and thoughtful I've seen. Holly's break through book hits every critical life style target dead center which can lead the reader to a positive mental attitude, sensible eating habits, and a realistic fitness regimen to meet every age and condition, all resulting is less stress.'' --J. Gary Shansby, former CEO, Shaklee Corporation, and investor in Smart Balance, Met-Rx Nutrition, Glaceau Vitamin Water, and other sensible diet brands

''Unmitigated stress not only causes mental strain, insomnia, fatigue and exhaustion, it also plays a significant role in middle-age weight gain, increased belly fat and menopausal symptoms. Chronically elevated levels of stress hormones not only stimulate appetite but also encourage intra-abdominal fat storage that can lead to serious illness. How you cope with stress determines your appetite, body composition and overall fitness level. The intelligence of Stress Less, Weigh Less is it focuses on the root problem in our society, chronic stress, and gives us powerful yet practical tools to get our stress under control, leading us back to a healthy body, mind and spirit.'' --Dr. Karen Wolfe is an Australian physician, international speaker, author, coach and a leading pioneer in wellness and mind/body health. Dr. Wolfe is the former Medical Director of the Australian Government Health Services.

''Providing the best guidance I have ever seen, Holly Mosier's book, Stress Less, Weigh Less is a user-friendly manual for a life of health, wellness and vitality. Holly's book follows the guidance of the Food and Drug Administration, but in a way that is relatable to the average person. While not a new wisdom, Holly is able to walk each of us from the point of understanding to intervention and participant on our own behalf. She shows us exactly how to master our fate and add years to our life. But not just years; quality of life is just, if not more, important as duration. Her book provides the method to achieve and maintain health, yet in a reasonable way that can and should be embraced by everyone. I believe Holly's book, Stress Less, Weigh Less should be a mandatory read for all of us. Holly gives examples that are beyond any known value to share and inspire. And those examples are what make Stress Less, Weigh Less such an essential book, especially in this day of skyrocketing stress, obesity, diabetes, anxiety and depression. Our life and our future are based upon the magic of choice. And Holly gives each of us the wisdom to decide to live and not to simply endure. If this was a drug, how much is one year of life worth without illness? Quality of life analysts say $20,000 but Holly accomplishes and delivers this for far less in the form of a book. There is not now and there will not ever be a pill to enable people to succeed in the way that Holly makes it possible. We owe a debt to Holly Mosier for showing us the path to health and survival that drugs could never take us to.'' --Alan O. Marcus, MD, FACP FACE, Retired Associate Clinical Professor USC Keck School of Medicine Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Director South Orange County Endocrinology Research Department, Former Global Vice President Director of Medical Affairs Medtronic Diabetes

''Holly has solved the mystery to healthy, permanent weight loss. In her book, Stress Less, Weigh Less, she shows us how to use the power of the mind to ensure sustainable weight loss by managing stressful situations that are continually bombarding us. She is a true leader in the health industry and an asset to families everywhere. Stress Less, Weigh Less is a must have book, not just to read, but to live by. I highly recommend it.'' --Heather W. Brien M.D., American Board of Surgery, Board Certified General Surgeon, Board Certified Vascular Surgeon

''The book is chock full of guidance -- keep a food journal, weigh yourself once a week, dining out tips, water intake recommendations, how to incorporate exercise into daily activities, and more. This is a solid, legitimate plan for weight loss if you follow Mosier's instructions. She is absolutely correct that when drowning in stress, many if not other areas of our health suffer greatly, and we lack the energy or motivation to make the commitment and put the time in to exercise and eat healthy. (As, for most of us, the more stress we're under, the more unhealthy we're compelled to eat.) Mosier's outlook and goals here are realistic, and doable. This plan could be a blueprint for a healthy life for the long term.'' --Chase Freedom Diet Reviews

''Healthy-lifestyle expert seeks to balance the mind and body in this solid debut. Despite regular workouts and attention to her diet, lawyer and yoga teacher Mosier wondered why her waistline was increasing as she grew older. So she researched why her daily 90-minute exercise program was largely unsuccessful, discovering that the cause was stress from too many activities and overeating. As a remedy, the author formulated a plan to eliminate stress and streamline her diet. She starts with 10-minute beginner, intermediate and advanced yoga sequences, and concludes with a 30-minute restorative yoga program that peels stress away in a section replete with photographs and easy-to-follow instructions. Parts 2 and 3 consist of revisions to how we eat and exercise. The author provides an Approximate Daily Consumption chart (for men and women) and a Glycemic Index chart to guide readers in their food choices. Mosier suggests daily exercise at varying intensities and recommends using a heart-rate monitor to exercise more efficiently. In the final section, she provides a month's worth of meal plans and workouts, complete with more than 50 simple recipes. The author gains attention and respect as she readily admits to bumps along the way, and she encourages readers to pick themselves up and begin again. Lifestyle change chronicled in motivational, non-coercive language.'' --Kirkus Book Reviews

About the Author

Working through the mind-body connection, Holly shows us that by ''opting-out'' of unnecessary and unfulfilling activities that rob our time and leave us depleted, we can peacefully create the bodies and lives we love.

Holly Mosier is an author, healthy lifestyle expert, lawyer, yoga teacher, L.A. Boxing gym owner, wife, mother and step-mother. Holly has a unique ability to connect with people and bodies of knowledge, explore the potential that lies within, and distill and share powerful practical solutions making a significant impact on our lives. And she has done so in the area of weight loss in Stress Less, Weigh Less. By following Holly's simple formula of managing stress first, healthy eating and consistent exercise will follow naturally, bringing with them a healthy and fit mind, body and life.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608321134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608321131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly is an inspiration. I've learned so much from reading this book - how to focus on the positive, rather than the negative ... She writes in a way I could relate to, instead of just telling me what I should do.

For example, at the beginning of Chapter 4, Holly wrote that her husband had cleaned the kitchen, but she could only focus on the fact that there were still crumbs on the counter. And I thought, "That's me! I do that." But I didn't know there were easy little tools to help me to not only stop doing that, but to feel more peaceful and happy all of the time. Now I constantly look for things to be happy about and appreciate, instead of criticize. I am a happier person because of it. I am a better mother and a better wife.

The most important tool I learned from the book was how to "Opt Out." I was a new mom, and I overscheduled myself. I was trying to be supermom, the best mother, the best wife and the best friend. I realized I was spreading myself too think, and it was okay to say no. That set me up to be more peaceful all the time.

Being a new mom, I was so overwhelmed at first. I had to learn what to commit to and what to say no to. And once I did, I was much calmer and a better mother and a better wife.

Holly gives us permission to say no. And I felt relief. I am not superwoman, and I don't need to be.

I think this book will help so many people. Everyone can use help to reduce stress in realistic ways. There's 10-minute yoga - that's doable. There is an easy breathing exercise I can do anywhere, anytime. There are more than 50 recipes that are 5 ingredients or less, and they are delicious. It made it quick and easy to cook at home. It can't get any easier.

This book has helped me so much.
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I read this book cover to cover as soon as it arrived and truly believe it will change my life. Holly has found the secret to maintaining a healthy, or as she calls it "happy," weight. In this book Holly describes how she has been able to attain permanent weight loss and a healthy peaceful life by channeling the power of the mind body connection. Her plan doesn't require a crazy diet or impossible exercise plan. It starts from within. The key is managing stress by eliminating the thoughts and activities that are wearing us out mentally and physically and Holly explains exactly how to accomplish it. From there she provides a realistic easy to follow eating and exercise plan. I've never been able to stay on a diet or exercise program but I've been following her plan for 5 days now and I already feel better and have more energy than I have had in years. She has made me believe that, at 47, the best is yet to come.
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I'm turning 50 in 2 yrs and 4 mnths. I've gained 25 pounds, and have never been this out of place physically and mentally in my life. I started exercising and eating right. I never got the connection until I read Holly's book. I'm working out in an exercise class, music blaring, sweat pouring, and it hit me. OMG! 4 cnt breathing, focus, meditate, opting out, make sure you work out at least 1 hr everyday, get rid of stress hormones that make you crave what I call crap food! Blew me away! I just started laughing right in class! I can do this! And the best recipes ever! I work a stressful job (which I love!), raising 4 kids, am partner with my husband in a real estate investment company, so 4 to 5 ingredients for a recipe! Yes I can do this! My 10 yr old asked if I was a gourmet chef!. This book is life changing, it's calming, it's a book I will re-read. I sold my Mother's home this summer while reading this book. This type of emotional change would have put me into a binge eating/stressed out yuck. Instead I practiced 4 cnt breathing, change the focus, I actually lost 3 pounds by eating healthy and working out.

Total since reading the book, I've lost 9 pounds and all over 7 inches. Holly's book talks to everyone in a language that is heart-warming and motivating.

Just an update, I'm down 22 #'s! In a size 5, and have never been this at peace, this confident and this healthy in years. I've had my ups and downs this past year, but now I have the tools in place to deal with it all. Thank you Holly!
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I have ready many diet and health books and this one was very different. The first big difference is the focus on really changing the stress in your life. She doesn't just tell you that you need to get rid of stress, she gives you the tools to do it. She walks you through the change and gives you ways to bring more peace in to your life on a daily basis.

She also does not add stress to your life by giving you recipes that have ingredients no one will like. All of the recipes have 5 or less ingredients and are foods you may already have in your cupboard (I know I have most.)

This isn't a quick fix plan that will have you losing 10 lbs in 2 weeks. This is a new way of living. Learning to look at every situation differently. Taking time for yourself. This is my new healthy lifestyle bible!
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By Eileen_KM on August 16, 2011
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Many people often forget to take care of their body as a whole. Mosier does an excellent job in conjoining mind, body, & soul w/ this very user-friendly book!

I like the constant simplicity & flexibility through the entirety of this book. "Do what works for you" she states. You do not have to read this from cover to cover to grasp the punchlines of this book. I found it pretty easy to jump into it here in there as I had time.

I got the gist that the therapeutics are broken down into a few sections: stress relief/minimalization, diet, exercise. I've been pretty diet/exercise conscious over my life & either learned something new or concurred w/ many of her pointers.

The stress-relievers are great! It feels good to experience how a few deep breaths could feel, to turn something bad into something positive (or at least less negative), to just take a different approach & perspective?

Some limits:
Although NEJM & CDC are referenced here & there for stats, I thought that "thoroughly researched" was a bit of a stretch. References used are not the strongest studies (ex: poorer study design, small sample size, few studies in general); probably not the best idea to support work.

Recommended foods are listed. Although she does provide recipes as examples, I think it would more beneficial to the reader to add portions, how much to eat, to prevent overeating.

In the end, a 30-day calendar ties it all in, showing in fact, that this regimen is doable, and is a lifestyle, not just a one-time program to lose weight.

In my end, I walked away w/ a LOT. I learned to implement things to make my workouts REALLY count.
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