Diet Success Strategies: 67 Ways to Take Control of Your Food and Your Life

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An astonishing number of people throughout the world are unhappy with their weight, health, and energy level. While many see a change in diet as their solution, and guidance is readily available from a host of books and experts, why is it so often said that diets don't work? In his book, Diet Success Strategies, author Alan Aronoff explains that diets often don't work because people don't stay on them long enough to see results, and more importantly, create new eating habits. This in-depth yet straightforward ...

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Overview

An astonishing number of people throughout the world are unhappy with their weight, health, and energy level. While many see a change in diet as their solution, and guidance is readily available from a host of books and experts, why is it so often said that diets don't work? In his book, Diet Success Strategies, author Alan Aronoff explains that diets often don't work because people don't stay on them long enough to see results, and more importantly, create new eating habits. This in-depth yet straightforward book reveals that people often fail to sustain a change in diet because their efforts are based solely on self-discipline. The author suggests a new, far more effective approach—the creation of a personal Diet Management System based on strategies. With 67 monthly, weekly, daily, and even hourly strategies provided, the vast majority of people can find solutions that meet their needs, schedules, and goals.

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Dieting is tricky business. "Diet Success Strategies: 67 Ways to Take Control of Your Food and Your Life"? is a guide to better health and dieting from Alan Aronoff, who advises readers to keep the right mindset and right environment to find greater success in their pursuits of health. Stating readers need to forge good eating habits that will flourish in a life time, Diet Success Strategies" is a fine choice that shouldn't be overlooked by those looking for a better path to health in their lives. --The Midwest Book Review

 

A guidebook to healthy strategies offers more than just advice on diet and nutrition. Aronoff offers a workbook with principles, examples and exercises that ask the reader to tailor ideas to his or her own life. He takes a balanced, bottom-up approach to the issue of diet and offers strategies for a lifestyle change that involves renovating relationships, perspective, work/life balance and many other life categories. Though the book is designed as a series of chapters that ultimately offer 67 separate strategies, its main chapters are organized by daily, weekly and monthly strategies. Short- and long-term goals as well as major and minor changes are situated in appropriate chapters as a part of a greater action-plan. For instance, a monthly strategy might entail developing a personal relationship with a friend or family member so that the relationship does not drag the reader back into familiar habits. A daily strategy, on the other hand, might consist of proper planning to avoid off-diet foods or bouts of hunger.
Perhaps what makes the book so strong is its focus on action rather than ideas or information. Aronoff encourages the reader to toss out those strategies that do not mesh well with his or her lifestyle and to adopt the ones that do. The book works with the reader to find highly personalized solutions to individual challenges. The voice rings clear, objectively and empathetically handling concrete struggles as well as more abstract mental challenges such as the search for greater needs through food. While most of the strategies do not deviate from the larger principles delivered at the beginning of the book, the voice keeps the chapters fresh, engaging and never preachy.
A solid, helpful book full of solutions rather than gimmicks, and a voice that sticks long after the last page. - Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
A guidebook to healthy strategies offers more than just advice on diet and nutrition. Aronoff offers a workbook with principles, examples and exercises that ask the reader to tailor ideas to his or her own life. He takes a balanced, bottom-up approach to the issue of diet and offers strategies for a lifestyle change that involves renovating relationships, perspective, work/life balance and many other life categories. Though the book is designed as a series of chapters that ultimately offer 67 separate strategies, its main chapters are organized by daily, weekly and monthly strategies. Short- and long-term goals as well as major and minor changes are situated in appropriate chapters as a part of a greater action-plan. For instance, a monthly strategy might entail developing a personal relationship with a friend or family member so that the relationship does not drag the reader back into familiar habits. A daily strategy, on the other hand, might consist of proper planning to avoid off-diet foods or bouts of hunger. Perhaps what makes the book so strong is its focus on action rather than ideas or information. Aronoff encourages the reader to toss out those strategies that do not mesh well with his or her lifestyle and to adopt the ones that do. The book works with the reader to find highly personalized solutions to individual challenges. The voice rings clear, objectively and empathetically handling concrete struggles as well as more abstract mental challenges such as the search for greater needs through food. While most of the strategies do not deviate from the larger principles delivered at the beginning of the book, the voice keeps the chapters fresh, engaging and never preachy. A solid, helpful book full of solutions rather than gimmicks, and a voice that sticks long after the last page.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615544076
  • Publisher: JSA Communications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/20/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Aronoff is the author of Diet Success Strategies: 67 Ways to Take Control of Your Food and Your Life. After graduating from Monmouth College with a degree in sociology, he spent several years as a U.S. Army officer. His passion for business and marketing led to a decade in corporate sales, followed by the founding of the national background-check company U.S. Information Search, where he is currently the CEO. After a life-altering kidney transplant in 2005, he awoke one morning with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. He realized that he was alive as a result of an altruistic gift and modern medicine. In that moment, he became determined to help others. He took his thirty years of study in the fields of diet and personal development and, through writing, speaking, and coaching, help others find lasting solutions to their life challenges.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Why Can't I Stay on My Diet? 21

Chapter 2 The Diet Management System 27

Chapter 3 Diet Success Strategies 31

Chapter 4 Master Strategies: Mindsets for Success 41

1 Make a Real Commitment 42

2 Establish Your Intention 45

3 Reduce Stress Through Gratitude 51

Chapter 5 Foundation Strategies: Master Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Emotions 55

Become More Aware of Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Emotions 57

4 Breathe 58

5 Question 61

6 Write 63

Expand Your Empowering Thoughts, Feelings, and Emotions 67

7 Clarify Your Values 68

8 Embrace Your Identity 76

9 Share Your Gifts 79

Change Your Limiting Thoughts, Feelings, and Emotions 81

10 From Victimhood to Empowerment 82

11 From Conflict to Understanding 84

12 From Judgment to Non-Judgment 86

13 From Negative Thinking to Positive Thinking 88

14 From Problem to Challenge to Solution 90

15 From Fear to Reality 92

16 From Denial to Honesty 96

17 From Consumer to User to Creator 98

18 From Follower to Leader 101

19 From Past/Future to Present 103

Chapter 6 Monthly Strategies: Balance Your Life 107

20 Balance Your Job/Career/Profession/Business 110

21 Balance Parenting/Family 112

22 Balance Your Social Relationships 114

23 Balance Your Intimate Relationships 116

24 Balance Your Personal Development 118

25 Balance Your Personal Finances 120

26 Balance Your Spiritual Practice 122

27 Balance Your Fun and Entertainment 124

28 Balance Your Diet 126

29 Balance Your Exercise 128

Chapter 7 Weekly Strategies: Design Your Week 131

Focus Strategies 134

30 Take Responsibility 135

31 Target Improvement 138

32 Establish Priorities 140

33 Realize That Everything Counts 142

Planning Strategies 144

Your Movement Plan 145

34 Move More 145

Your Diet Plan 147

What Should I Eat? 148

35 Create/Update Your Food List 148

36 Create/Update Your Elimination List 150

37 Become a Food Researcher 151

38 Food Adding 153

How Much Should I Eat? 154

39 Bring Your Food 154

40 Food Tasting 156

41 Food Replacement 158

42 Food Substitution/Modification 160

How Often Should I Eat? 161

43 Eat More/Less Often 161

44 On and Off Days/Meals 163

45 Use a Reward System 164

Where Will I Be Eating? 166

46 Eating Out 166

47 Eating at Home 169

With Whom Will I Be Eating? 170

48 Eating Environments 170

Preparation Strategies 172

49 Prepare for Stress 173

50 Prepare for Temptation 175

51 Prepare for Excuses 178

Chapter 8 Daily Strategies: Create Your Day in Ten Minutes 181

52 Focus Your Thinking 183

53 Move Your Body 186

54 Eat Well 187

55 Prepare for Challenges 188

56 Evaluate Your Progress 189

Chapter 9 Hourly/Decision Strategies: When Managing Your Diet/Life One Day at a Time is Not Enough 191

What If I Forget About My Diet Plan? (Reminders) 192

57 Active/Passive Reminders 192

What If I Don't Want to Follow My Plan? (Motivators) 194

58 Visualization 195

59 Movement 197

60 Music 199

61 Manage Your Hunger 200

62 Experience Eating 201

What If I Go Off My Plan? (Recovery) 202

63 Recovery Plan 202

64 Support Systems 203

What If Nothing Works? (Food Addiction) 206

65 The Comfort Zone Journal 210

66 The Time Log 213

67 The Power of Negative Thinking 215

Final Words 217

Endnotes 220

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    If you knew that you could diet on your own terms, envision the

    If you knew that you could diet on your own terms, envision the results you want, and sense you will arrive at your goal(s) – how excited would you be? This is what Diet Success Strategies (“DSS”) can do for you. I so wish this book was out 15 years ago when I was a size 14 and wanted to be a size 6. It was so grueling to tackle such an attempt. Mostly anyone undertaking dieting knows what I mean by “tackle,” but who gets tackled? The diet ... or you? Finally, a new book by Alan Aronoff, which revolutionizes the whole way we look at and approach dieting. How do you get started? How do you stay with it? How do you avoid yo-yo dieting? How do you handle your diet when time is of issue, or the stresses of life has a profound effect on what you eat. It’s a nightmare ... up until now.

    This book does not talk about what you should or shouldn’t eat. There are no judgments, no restrictions. It simply gives strategies you can select from the book and create your own customized Diet Management System. Each strategy offers a specific focus and guidelines that help you with steps you can take to achieve your diet goals (whether weight, health, or energy). There are 67 strategies –you can quickly skim the book and see which strategies click with who you are and try them. Each strategy has a workbook area and action steps you can monitor, giving you a frame of reference (something missing until now), making your diet and your goals more doable and sustainable.

    I especially like that there are strategies for when I need less guidance – e.g. monthly strategies, or when I’m more stressed or busy and need more of a support system from the book – e.g. the weekly, daily, and even hourly strategies to choose from. Another favorite of mine is Strategy 7, where I get to easily clarify values in a way most have not contemplated or known to be possible, towards living the life one wants and deserves.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    I can't wait to receive this book! I've never seen a book that i

    I can't wait to receive this book! I've never seen a book that isn't exactly about what you should eat but how you feel when you're eating.


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