Library JournalWorking with with the editors of Consumer Reports Books, Jonas, professor of preventitive medicine at SUNY-Stonybrook and author of The I Don't Eat But I Can't Lose Weight-Loss Program ( LJ 6/15/89), has put together an exceptional weight-loss guidebook. Outlining a ``Pathway Up'' (how and why one gains weight) and a ``Pathway Down'' (how and why one can lose weight), he encourages dieters to adapt his lifestyle guidelines, which are based on solid, universally accepted nutrition and exercise programs, to their own personal goals. Jonas offers tips for healthy eating, shopping, and cooking, but he does not includes recipes. Charts for exercise plans feature information on various sports and exercise equipment. With an excellent section of suggested readings and general references, this very detailed guide is strongly recommended for consumer health collections.-- Loraine F. Sweetland, Rebok Memorial Lib., Silver Spring, Md.
Karen GravesTriathlete and physician Jonas has devised a weight-control program that he presents here under the auspices of "Consumer Reports". Based on solid science as well as personal experience, the program has five injunctive steps: take control of your life and body, respond only to internal motivation, set reasonable goals, explore your limits, and make changes gradually. Jonas kicks off his presentation by discussing metabolism and motivation, then moves to his diet and exercise proposals. Part of the package is advice on healthy shopping and cooking and on sports techniques and equipment, while appendixes treat the risks of obesity and benefits of weight loss, the psychosocial factors of being overweight, the benefits of racing, and setting up a pace-walking club. Jonas' sensible program will appeal strongly to those who've tried fad diets and failed but who still want to lose weight.
BooknewsDr. Jonas (a public health physician) does not promise fast and easy solutions; in fact, he recommends that people take their time developing new habits and describes his own slow metamorphosis. He writes informatively and without hype about diet, exercise, and why. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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