How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices That Will Work for You!   -     By: Nancy Kennedy
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How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices That Will Work for You!

Leafwood / 2011 / Paperback

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In How We Did It, Nancy Kennedy retells the stories of those who have tried every weight-loss program available, facing both frustration and success. These stories will inspire, inform, and encourage readers to find the system that works for them.

Weight loss plans are too often presented as one-size-fits-all propositions. How We Did It compares the wide gamut of weight loss programs - South Beach, the Zone, Atkins, Thin Within, First Place, Weight Watchers and many more - and demonstrates how weight loss seekers have used or modified and combined plans to create their own recipe for success. This book acts as a resource for inspiration and information. Not only does it connect with millions of adults struggling with undesirable weight, it includes chapters on childhood obesity, faith-based weight loss programs, and bariatric surgery options.

In uplifting profiles of 800-1,000 words, readers see others who repeatedly tried and failed to lose weight and keep it off, but who finally found what suited their lifestyle, personality, spirituality and Christian heritage, and their internal values.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Leafwood
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0891122931
ISBN-13: 9780891122937
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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wealth of information on weight loss plans
    February 15, 2012
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are like me, you struggle with your weight. A 2010 survey by the CDC found 68 percent of Americans are overweight. And of that, 34 percent are considered obese, meaning they carry 20 percent or more in excess of their ideal body weight.

    Kennedy knows that our hunger is often much deeper than food. Our souls cry out and we eat food to assuage the pain. Eating what's good for you is a learned behavior.

    Kennedy wrote this book to celebrate determined people who have triumphed against incredible odds. Researchers have found that it is not the plan but the sticking to it that is important. (18) Choosing the plan one can stick to dramatically increases the success.

    She asked several people to not only tell their story, but also identify the people, books and thoughts that influenced them. Some used a personal trainer. Some took time off from their job to go to a diet and fitness center. Some just persevered on their own.

    She organizes these stories into categories, such as those requiring group support (such as Weight Watchers, 12 step programs), those balancing carbs and fats (such as the Zone), those emphasizing exercise, brand name plans (such as Atkins, South Beach), faith based plans, and surgery.

    Kennedy also includes information about the particular plan used. She gives websites and names of books involved. She also notes the personality traits that would make each plan a person's choice. One program might be right for you if you spend lots of time in front of a computer and are self-motivated. Another might be best if you love creating meals from prescribed recipes. Yet a different plan might be your if you love to track calories.

    She includes sections on children and weight loss, as well as losing weight because of other medical conditions.

    Her conclusion, "But if I've learned anything through writing this book, it's that what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. The more sources of information you have, and the more ideas you hear, the more likely it is that you'll stumble on the strategies that will work for you." (202-3)

    There is a wealth of information in this book. It includes what people learned from other books and programs. What is most important about gaining health is finding the routine that works for you. Kennedy's book gives you the information you need to do exactly that. An added plus is reading all of the encouraging stories. If they can do it, so can you.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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Author: Nancy B. Kennedy
Located in: Hopewell, NJ
Submitted: January 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  As a writer, I have worked for magazines and newspapers, as well as in books. My most recent book, Miracles and Moments of Grace (Leafwood, 2011), is a compilation of fifty inspiring stories told by military chaplains. Before that, I wrote two books that combine science activities with stories of faith for children.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  After I lost 30 pounds by swimming laps and changing my dietary habits, I became curious about how other people had lost weight. I found that weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Many paths will get you there! In my book, I examine all the major weight loss plans -- everything from Atkins to The Zone -- and show how people have succeeded with them.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  By combining inspiring stories of weight loss success with information about all the popular weight loss plans, I hope to give people the motivation to start their own weight loss journey as well as the means to choose a path that will work for them.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  If you spend any time on the internet, you come across many, many blogs written by people trying to lose weight. Most days, they blog about their struggles and failures. There is value in that, but it can be disheartening. I wanted to know that people have succeeded at this worthy goal. The people in my book lost anywhere from 20 to 220 pounds. They inspire me!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Before the internet provided a way for everyone to tell their story, Studs Terkel gave average Americans a voice with his books of oral history -- The Good War, Working, Hard Times, American Dreams Lost and Found. His epitaph, he once said, should be, "Curiosity did not kill this cat!"

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  You can do it! It takes courage and determination, but it can be done. A nutritionist in the book told me, "Most people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan." More than willpower, you need a plan if you want to achieve weight loss. I hope this book will help you make your plan and start on your way.


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