Slim-Fast Body-Mind-Life Makeover

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The truth is, in recent years I hadn't been feeling as good about my body as I used to--and for good reason. Over a period of fifteen years, I'd put on twenty-two percent of my original body weight--going from 115 to 140 pounds. When I realized that, I knew I had to make a change in my lifestyle, I knew that what I needed was a way to get a calorie-controlled, nutritionally balanced diet every day, and I knew myself well enough to know that following it better be easy.

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Overview

The truth is, in recent years I hadn't been feeling as good about my body as I used to--and for good reason. Over a period of fifteen years, I'd put on twenty-two percent of my original body weight--going from 115 to 140 pounds. When I realized that, I knew I had to make a change in my lifestyle, I knew that what I needed was a way to get a calorie-controlled, nutritionally balanced diet every day, and I knew myself well enough to know that following it better be easy.

For Lauren Hutton, the lifestyle change she needed was one that millions of Americans are making every day. As a woman entering middle age, she was alarmed at the changes in her body--and in her energy level. She needed to find a way to lose the extra pounds, to eat healthy while on the run, to get herself back in shape and start feeling great again. What she discovered was the plan she outlines in this revolutionary book: a simple, easy-to-follow, scientifically proven weight-loss program that has already helped people around the world remake their bodies and change their lives. And at the heart of the plan is one of the most successful weight-loss tools ever. She calls it The Slim-Fast Body-Mind-Life Makeover.

There were no schedules to follow, no elaborate meals to prepare. And the most important thing was the simplest: It worked.

Now, for the first time, Lauren has joined forces with the Slim-Fast nutritional team to show you how to give yourself the makeover you've always wanted. Blending sound science with a commonsense approach to changing your habits, The Slim-Fast Body-Mind-Life Makeover shows how eating right and getting fit can improve your life forever. With a 14-Day Plan to get you started, over 75 recipes, tips on entertaining, and a daily planner, you'll find it's easier than ever to lose weight--and feel terrific.

Lose Weight & Keep It Off for a Healthy Life!

It's simple: The Slim-Fast Body-Mind-Life Makeover can help you change your life--forever.

Improve your outlook and get healthy with:

  • A 14-day starter plan
  • Over 75 easy & delicious recipes
  • A daily planner and weight-loss workbook
  • Tips on entertaining and celebrating
  • And success stories from Lauren Hutton and dozens of others
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060393359
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.77 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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How many times have you stared at yourself in the mirror and thought, "If only..." If only I could be trimmer, fitter, healthier ... If only I could button up my old jeans ... Someday—maybe next September, next April, next summer, next year ... If only I could find a way to remake my life ...

When it comes to your body, you've probably spent a lot of time on this kind of wishful thinking. But the very fact that you're opening this book means you're ready to consider turning your "if only's" into positive and lasting action.

Perhaps you've been overweight all your life, or perhaps, like many people, you've gone from fat to thin and back again. Or maybe you've only recently realized that the one, two, or three pounds you've been gaining every year have really added up.

Well, no matter what your circumstances, there's no time like the present to change your life. With the Slim-Fast Body-Mind-Life Makeover, losing weight—and keeping it off for life—can be within your grasp. It's a plan that has been tested in universities and proven in households all over the world: Through a combination of balanced nutrition, exercise, and other beneficial changes in your way of living, you can have the body you want ... and the life you deserve.

If your weight is weighing heavily on your mind, you're certainly not alone. Losing weight is an obsession in our culture. Despite the fact that more than 50 percent of Americans are overweight, we're bombarded with images of impossibly slender actresses and models splashed across TV screens and the covers of countless magazines. What we don't see is their nonstop and often very unhealthy dieting.

Inan effort to attain that kind of "ideal" body, many of us have turned to sporadic dieting—only to be sorely disappointed in the end. For at least twenty-five years, we've been searching in frustration for a quick-fix way to lose weight, in an attempt to trick our bodies into shedding those extra pounds. We earnestly believed that all protein diets would keep us thin for life. Once we gained the weight back after going off those diets, we turned to the grapefruit diet, then the food-combining diet (eating certain foods at certain times of the day), and before we knew it we were back on the high-protein kick. But who wants to live under rigid eating rules for a lifetime? When the restrictions got too taxing, we dropped the diets and went back to our old eating habits.

No wonder we're fed up with trying to lose weight. Who can blame you if your first thought when hearing about a new weight-loss product or plan is: What's the catch?

Well, your instincts are right. Most such products and plans do have a catch: They're all temporary ways to take off weight, and none can ever promise that you'll stay thin forever. That's because when you buy into one of these gimmicks, you're buying into the notion that you're going on a diet just long enough to lose weight. Once you've gone through boot camp, and lost the weight, you're led to believe that you can go AWOL and abandon any of the restrictions you were following.

You've probably heard this before, or experienced it firsthand: Losing weight isn't the hardest part—it's keeping the pounds off that's tricky. Any yo-yo dieter can attest to this fact, and dieting statistics confirm it. As many as 75 to 90 percent of people who lose weight eventually gain back the weight they've lost, and sometimes they gain even more.

The leading obesity experts now realize that most dieters haven't figured out what it takes to maintain weight loss—and that most weight-loss programs don't really teach people to make the changes they'll need to keep the pounds off for life. Many such programs focus on getting you to your goal weight without giving you the tools for staying there. The drastic behavior changes most require to lose weight—from attending weekly sessions to restricting your diet to unpalatable foods—are usually too severe to stay on forever.

In order to beat the odds and be a successful dieter, you need to make, small, simple changes that you can fold naturally into your lifestyle—to give yourself that one-two punch that will allow you to lose the weight you want and keep it off for life.

This book is designed to help you do just that. The plan it offers, designed and refined by a team of nutritionists over more than two decades, can help you lose weight sensibly so you can live a long, healthy life. It will help you make over not only your body, but your mind and your life. And here's the best thing about it: Simple and easy to follow, this plan can actually enable you to enjoy your life more than ever before. Once you start losing weight, you'll likely start feeling better, experience a greater sense of energy, have more self-confidence, and exult in the knowledge that you've taken your health in your own hands.

The makeover is based on the proven Slim-Fast Plan that has helped countless dieters remake their bodies and transform their lives. Convenient, inexpensive, proven in years of medical trials, the Slim-Fast Plan has long been established as one of the healthiest and most dependable ways to lose weight. Over the years, many of these successful dieters have written to the makers of Slim-Fast to describe how easily the plan fit their lifestyles. One dieter, Michele Kemlar of Beverly Hills, California, echoes the experience of countless others: "A year ago," she writes,

I was feeling very upset about my weight, which was 212 pound at the time. I'm a private-duty nurse and was employed at the time caring for a newborn (and you know how busy that can be). Breakfast and lunch, the smaller meals, were easier to prepare, but I found it hard to prepare a proper dinner for myself because the baby needed so much attention; I wasn't eating right. I'd heard from friends how convenient and delicious Slim-Fast was, so I decided to give it a try. My energy level soared, and I lost over 80 pounds in ten months! I went from 212 pounds to under 132; my dress size went from a 22-24 to a 6-8. And I feel great! I've yo-yo dieted all my life, but this is the first time since junior high school that I've seen this weight!

Give yourself the Slim-Fast Body-Mind-Life Makeover, and you may well find yourself as fit and energized as Michele. By making over your body, you'll find yourself growing toned and fit as you cut your calorie intake and burn fat through exercise. By making over your mind, you'll reduce the stress in your life and experience the renewed self-esteem that comes with losing weight, exercising, and improving your health. By making over your life, you'll find you're happier with yourself on every level—from the way you look to the way you feel about yourself. And from that, changes can follow in all parts of your life.


"Good-for-You" Fried Chicken
Serves 4

Total preparation time: 15 minutes

1 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup wheat germ

2 teaspoons olive oil

1. Rinse chicken and pat dry. With a mallet or meat tenderizer, lightly pound until each breast is 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick.

2. On a plate, thoroughly mix paprika, salt, pepper, and wheat germ. Dip each piece of chicken in the spice mixture to coat evenly, and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and sauté 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until lightly brown and juices run clear when pricked with a fork, or internal temperature is 170 degrees F. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword ix
Preface xiii
Slim-Fast and I xvii
1 Change Your Body, Change Your Life 1
2 Before and After: Slim - Fast Success Stories 19
3 14 Days to a New You! 31
4 The 14-Day Plan: See How Great You Can Feel in Just Two Weeks! 45
5 Balanced Nutrition for a Healthy Life 115
6 Designing Your Own Personal Makeover 135
7 Your Exercise and Relaxation Makeover 243
8 Celebrate Your New Life! 289
9 Entertaining the Slim-Fast Way 303
10 Maintaining Your Makeover 333
Your Personal Makeover Diary 336
Index 361
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