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    1. Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      food was meant to be enjoyed
      January 24, 2011
      Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
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      Meets Expectations: 5
      Food is not the problem, says Hobbs. It is a challenge, but the more troublesome challenge: ourselves. The struggle is in our heads. "First you change your mind, and then you can change your body and your life." (36) She lists five decisions that must be made: being truthful with yourself and God, repent and ask forgiveness, make a commitment, seek knowledge, then daily surrender to God your life, your strength and your ability to change.

      Hobbs encourages a healthy love of food and knowing the real role of food. She has a great section on the types of food, what they are made of and why they are needed to supply energy to the body.

      Hobbs suggests calculating how many calories your body needs to sustain the weight you want. "All weight loss comes from a deficit of calories. Period. If you use more calories than you consume, you will lose weight." (93) Hobbs provides some suggested exercises, too.

      One of two parts of the book I really like was her 80/20 rule. "A full 80 percent of the time, all food you consume should accomplish the following:

      supply vital nutrients

      satisfy your hunger

      deliver long lasting energy." (127) "What helps you commit fully to this discipline is the knowledge that the other 20 percent of the time you can splurge - within limits." (128)

      The other part of the book I really like was her ten ground rules for loving food and living well. One is "smile while you swallow." Another, "feel free to spit it out." Despite what my mother always said, "food can go to waste." You don't have to clean your plate. These ten ground rules are great!

      One would not have had to read her previous books to benefit from this one, but to receive the full impact of what Hobbs is communicating, reading Never Say Diet would help.
    2. Texas
      Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      4 Stars Out Of 5
      December 29, 2010
      Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      This was an easy and enjoyable read. Although I don't struggle with a weight problem I do struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle balanced with good eating and exercise. I appreciate that this book is not about a new "diet" or setting a weight loss goal but rather about a life change and thought change. It is more an inspirational or encouraging book about the challenge of living a balanced life. I really enjoyed the author's candidness about her own struggle with self-esteem and weight and how the two went hand in hand. My favorite part was the exercise routines. I have implemented one and thus far am enjoying it.

      Thanks B&B Media for this review copy.
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