"Negativity directed toward the overweight and obese can produce and reinforce poor body image and by doing so, threaten your weight-loss and weight-maintenance success."

The book’s slim size belies the amount of information contained in this excellent self-help guidebook geared to help promote weight loss without sacrificing healthy food choices. The author’s diet emphasizes complex carbohydrates and low-calorie foods that are high in nutrients and antioxidants. She provides wise suggestions on food choices and also healthy practice recommendations. The author also offers up helpful measurement techniques, including portion control, measuring body fat and energy levels, and logs to record results. The book details weight loss plans with menu ideas and a grocery shopping list. Chapter 9 provides a physical activity program followed by a chapter giving tips for maintaining losses. The book also points out health issues that may be helped or eliminated by losing weight. This section is generic and should be used to open conversations with your doctor when dieting and weight loss is recommended after a diagnosis such as diabetes or prediabetes.

The author brings her wealth of experience as a registered dietitian to bear in this practical and informative guide. She is aware of the role that positive, compassionate approaches play in accomplishing weight control. She furnishes clients with the moral support needed to set goals and follow through in order to reach them. From her own practice, she has learned the importance of a simple, hands-on, step-by-step training experience. This useful guidebook is packed with 157 pages of information on how to lose excess weight from your waistline. It was written for two main audiences—weight management professionals who deal with clients and for any individual who needs a customized program to lose weight for health reasons. Readers will appreciate the tools included, such as tables, diet plans, checklists, and charts to be filled in for tracking by the dieter. An index makes it easy to locate specific information.

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