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Thin for Life: 10 Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off Paperback – March 31, 2003
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What a novel idea: if you want to know how to successfully lose weight, study the real experts--the people who have done it! Registered dietician Anne Fletcher did just that. She surveyed 160 "masters" who succeeded in losing at least 20 pounds and keeping the weight off for at least 3 years. This was the minimum; most lost far more weight--an average of 63 pounds--and more than one-third have kept the weight off for a decade or more.
How did they do it? Thin for Life presents their success stories, strategies, motivation, inspiration, and tricks. Most had tried "many times and many ways" to lose weight before discovering what worked for them and how to prevent and recover from relapses. Some techniques worked for many--such as keeping a food diary and increasing exercise. Others were highly individual and will spur you to do your own creative thinking. Fletcher compiles the "10 keys to success" that emerged most often, lets the masters speak for themselves throughout the book, and fills in additional, valuable information and resources. Whether you have 10 pounds to lose or 100, this book will help you do it--safely, effectively, and permanently. Highly recommended. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I don't have a miracle story to share - I weighed 245 at my heaviest and now I'm 214, but each time I tackle this issue, I re-read Thin for Life. It's inspiring and spot on. This time around I'm doing a Calorie Restricted diet plan, and losing about 1 lb. a week.
The reason I've been able to lose and then to maintain each time I drop a few pounds is due to this book.
What I've learned from this book is that it doesn't matter which diet or diet plan or program you use, if you are ingesting fewer calories than you expend, you will lose weight. And crafting your own plan, whether that's an adaptation of WW or your own novel meal plan is critical, because you have to "do it your own way". Positive self-talk matters, (esp. nice to have Ms. Fletcher's tactic scientifically confirmed with David Kessler's recent book the End of Overeating). You have to keep a food log, I use the Cron-o-meter to track mine. This tool tracks averages of kcals and minerals/vitamins over time, a key factor to eliminating the obsessive nature of food logging. When you track averages, each day becomes less important, a single day is not a deal breaker). But it doesn't matter if you use an online or installed program, you have to know what you're taking in. You have to know how to maintain and how to handle re-lapses, parties, restaurants. And understanding that this process of losing weight is a SLOW process, for me 1 lb. a week is perfect, I am completely satisfied, but steadily losing.
Ms. Fletcher's book sets out the basic, unchanging steps of weight loss and weight maintenance, without hyping the next new diet fad. Her stories from the Diet Masters are revealing and inspiring and honest. I think it's commendable that, other reviewers comments about some dated material notwithstanding, this book, more than any other diet book available today is STILL relevant and timely.
to inspire good healthy eating habits. I like the book, it's easy to read and doesn't have to be read A-Z to get
something out of it. Friends have looked it over and asked to borrow it. Not until I'm finished with it!
Also on the basic kindle her charts are illegible.
Thin for Life is an inspiring, carefully written book that focuses on people's attitudes and behavior that worked while they were losing weight and maintaining their goal weight. I read it cover to cover the first time, and now I re-read portions of it when I need a reminder or a boost.
If you are interested in changing your life and losing weight slowly and successfully, I highly recommend this book.