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Dr. Kushner has already helped thousands of his patients lose weight with the Personality Type Diet. Now he tells readers how to craft a program to suit their individual style and needs. After taking the personality profile quiz, readers figure out what patterns are causing unconscious weight gain. Dieters are then able to successfully work within their individual profile to shed weight forever. So, whether you're an Unguided Grazer and Persistent Procrastinator or a Hearty Portioner and a Hate To Move Struggler,...

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Dr. Kushner has already helped thousands of his patients lose weight with the Personality Type Diet. Now he tells readers how to craft a program to suit their individual style and needs. After taking the personality profile quiz, readers figure out what patterns are causing unconscious weight gain. Dieters are then able to successfully work within their individual profile to shed weight forever. So, whether you're an Unguided Grazer and Persistent Procrastinator or a Hearty Portioner and a Hate To Move Struggler, the book has a diet plan that will work for you

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Not all diets fit every body, so here's one made to order: Through a series of questions, you can discover whether you practice "nighttime nibbling," "unguided grazing," or one of five more "coping behaviors" that contribute to unhealthy eating and weight gain. Once you uncover the patterns that have kept you from a healthy lifestyle, you can begin to replace them with life-affirming choices that will help you feel fit -- inside and out. Delicious recipes and success boosters round out this information-packed guide.
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Kushner, medical director of the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, believes that diets don't work unless they match the dieter's personality. Even before determining which diet personality they have, people need to understand how "scaling up" has impacted their lives. This means looking back and seeing their weight losses and gains over a period of years. Then, people can answer a questionnaire designed to show their diet profile. These questions focus on type and time food is consumed, exercise program and coping strategies; readers can then see which diet and exercise profile best describes them. Among the eating profiles are nighttime nibblers, mindless munchers and deprived sneakers. For each of the various profiles, Kushner offers advice on following a diet, coping with stress, exercise and more. His suggestions will resonate with readers familiar with self-help books. For example, when discussing people with low self-esteem, the author suggests focusing on self-affirmation and spelling out their positive traits, even if they have to ask a friend to help them list these qualities. There are some "scaling down" recipes along with suggestions for healthier eating, but the book does not offer a meal-by-meal diet. The upbeat tone and the psychological approach add to the book's appeal, but some dieters may prefer a specific eating program rather than having to design their own plan. (Jan.) Forecast: Key author appearances will generate some buzz, but whether the book will outshine the other new entries in the crowded diet arena remains to be seen. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312288099
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert Kushner is the medical director of the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has treated thousands of patients with this revolutionary program. He is the author of more than 95 scientific articles on nutrition and obesity and he is frequently quoted in magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Time, Mademoiselle, Men's Heath, Newsweek, and Reader's Digest. Dr. Kushner is a frequent lecturer and reviewer of medical journals.

Nancy Kushner, R.N., M.S.N. is a nurse practioner with 20 years of experience. She is a former director of education and program development for a health care agency.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
1. Scaling Up Syndrome 1
Your Authentic Shape vs. False Weight 3
Scaling Up American Style 8
Scaling Down 13
2. Discovering Your Diet Personality 15
Diet Personality Quiz 15
Diet Personality Profile 19
The Seven Eating, Exercise, and Coping Patterns That Feed False Weight 28
How You Compare 33
Prioritize Patterns 34
Use Tools to Build Success 35
3. Shaping Your Eating Personality 42
Unguided Grazer 42
Nighttime Nibbler 49
Convenient Consumer 56
Fruitless Feaster 64
Mindless Muncher 70
Hearty Portioner 77
Deprived Sneaker 84
Making a Move 88
4. Shaping Your Exercise Personality 89
Hate-to-Move Struggler 89
Self-Conscious Hider 95
Inexperienced Novice 100
All-or-Nothing Doer 107
Set-Routine Repeater 112
Aches-and-Pains Sufferer 116
No-Time-to-Exercise Protester 122
Feeling Your Feelings 124
5. Shaping Your Coping Personality 125
Emotional Stuffer 125
Low-Self-Esteem Sufferer 130
Persistent Procrastinator 137
Can't-Say-No Pleaser 141
Fast Pacer 146
Pessimistic Thinker 152
Unrealistic Achiever 157
6. Staying on Track 161
Periodic Self-Monitoring 161
Troubleshooting 167
Taking Corrective Action 168
Recognizing New Patterns 169
Keeping Core Behaviors 171
Counting Family and Friends 179
7. Scaling Down with Super Food Recipes 180
Healthy Cooking and Grocery Shopping Tips 180
Super Recipe Basics 192
Super Starts 194
Super Soups 200
Super Meatless 206
Super Meaty Main Events 224
Super Sides 230
Super Sweets 248
8. Getting the Help You Need 258
Nutritional Help 258
Psychological Help 259
Medical Help 262
Formal Programs 263
Appendix A. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) 265
Appendix B. Three-Week Starter Plan 269
Appendix C. Resources 282
Selected Bibliography 288
Index 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    Dr. Kushner's Personality Type Diet

    Here is sound advice enveloped in both warmth and sensitivity. I liked the 'nibbles' scattered throughout the book and other practical suggestions, such as how to obtain and wear a pedometer. I am having such fun in my daily walking and competing with myself for 'steps instead of miles.' As a health educator who taught Nutritional Smorgasbords to elementary school children and also to groups of school nurses encouraging them to include this concept of healthy eating in their school programs, I am delighted to see this much needed book in furthering the education of the public and in such a clear and kindly tone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    Dr. Kushner's Personality Type Diet

    Here is sound advice enveloped in both warmth and sensitivity. I liked the 'nibbles' scattered throughout the book and other practical suggestions, such as how to obtain and wear a pedometer. I am having such fun in my daily walking and competing with myself for 'steps instead of miles.' As a health educator who taught Nutritional Smorgasbords to elementary school children and also to groups of school nurses encouraging them to include this concept of healthy eating in their school programs, I am delighted to see this much needed book in furthering the education of the public and in such a clear and kindly tone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2003

    This is a great book!

    I think I've read every diet book ever written. They're all the same. You follow a specific plan for a while, you lose weight and then as time goes by, you drift back to your old habits and gain it back. This book focuses your weight loss on whatever habits caused you to gain weight in the first place. It's more personalized than any other diet book I've ever picked up. And it works. I'm losing weight while getting control of my eating and exercise habits. I also have more energy and don't feel like I'm depriving myself. This book is filled with so many healthy snacking options and great recipes. I also find the nibble on this sayings to be very motivating. I always wondered why I kept gaining my weight back. Now I know why and am doing something about it. -------------------------------------------------------- ----------------

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    Finally, a doctor who understands and can help me!

    I will admit that the gimmicky title made me a little skeptical but I was pleasantly surprised. There were no gimmicks. Instead, I found real help and a lot of encouragement. I really like the way the quiz directs you to find the treatment that will work for you. What Dr. Kushner recommends makes sense to me. I also like that I only have to follow the tips that apply to my patterns. The recommendations are easy to follow and practical. I've never met Dr. Kushner but I feel like he really understands me and my problems. I love how positive this book is. It's not like a regular diet.

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