The Skinny Budget Diet: Weigh Less, Save Money, Look Great [NOOK Book]


No more wasted money – just a smaller waist! Get the strategy that was created in the kitchen of a 300-pound wife and mother who couldn’t afford another expensive weight loss plan. There was no more room in the family budget for ordering diet foods and supplements through the mail, no money to buy ongoing weekly support, and no way to pay for a high-priced weight loss surgery. Linda Goff had to find budget-friendly way to lose half of her body weight and keep it off for good. ...
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No more wasted money – just a smaller waist! Get the strategy that was created in the kitchen of a 300-pound wife and mother who couldn’t afford another expensive weight loss plan. There was no more room in the family budget for ordering diet foods and supplements through the mail, no money to buy ongoing weekly support, and no way to pay for a high-priced weight loss surgery. Linda Goff had to find budget-friendly way to lose half of her body weight and keep it off for good. The Skinny Budget Diet was born.
  Read the secrets Linda shared with the Today Show, the Doctors, on the cover of Woman’s World Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Prevention Magazine. Inside this book, she will give you the step-by-step tools that allowed her to lose 155 pounds with sanity instead of starvation. You can eat normal meals with your family, drop the weight, and lower your monthly food budget. Discover Linda’s proven ways to:
  • Grocery shop smarter. You’ll learn how to buy in bulk without eating in bulk.
  • Organize smarter. You’ll learn storage strategies for your kitchen that maximize convenience and portion-control and minimize waste.
  • Stay stubborn. Linda will help you set-up a free system of weight loss support, tap into the power of faith and prayer, work-up a little sweat without sweating the monthly gym payments, and much more!
Do you have failed weight loss plans in your past? Think of them like a bolt of electricity. They can be dangerous or they can be illuminating. An uncontrolled bolt of electricity can burn you and leave you paralyzed. But if find the courage to try again, that same bolt of electricity can give you amazing energy to move forward if you harness it for good. There is no doubt that our past struggles and failures have power. Linda’s advice for anyone struggling with obesity is to decide – today – what are you going to do with that power? Are you ready to take the first step? Let’s get started.
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 Woman’s World Magazine called Linda’s weight loss plan a success. “Readers who tested Linda’s menus report shedding up to 7 pounds in 7 days.”

 On the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Linda’s weight loss was called an amazing transformation. 

 Prevention Magazine says that Linda has “a can-do spirit and commitment to help others.”

 On the syndicated television showthe Doctors, Linda’s story was described as “heartwarming” and “motivational.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621360025
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 882,568
  • File size: 644 KB

Meet the Author

Linda Goff was obese for more than 20 years. She was told by a professor at one of the top journalism schools in the nation that her “look” wasn’t professional enough for television. When Linda left the university, she believed she had wasted four years of her life and thousands of dollars on an education that she could never use because of her size. God had other plans.
After her 155-pound weight loss, Linda quietly began writing again. She was hooked. A blog grew into a talk show on the CTN network and a weekly newspaper column - reaching thousands of readers every week with her message of healthy weight loss. Now Linda speaks with groups around the country and runs a comfort food test kitchen with her family and friends as official “tasters.” To get her latest low-cal comfort recipes, visit
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Living High on the Hog xix

1 Wasting Time on a Growing Waist 1

Two Decades of Weight-Loss "Practice" 2

My Gastric Bypass Obsession 7

From Little Control to Out of Control 8

When My Bottom Hit Bottom 10

From Willpower to "Thy Will" Power 13

House Call Rita Hancock 15

2 Separating the Facts From Fat Fiction 19

The Beer Belly Polka Test 20

Hearty and Healthy vs. Skinny and Sick 23

The One-Mile Walking Test 25

How Heavy Is Your Head? The Brain Test 27

The Whole Truth-So Help Me God 29

House Call Steve Hanor 29

3 Counting and Cleaning 31

Blame It on Metabolism 31

Fate vs. Freedom 34

The Guts to Lose the Gut 36

1 Belly-burning foods-fact or fiction? 37

2 Belly fat-melting exercises-fact or fiction? 37

3 Belly-shrinking drugs-fact or fiction? 38

Where Cravings End and Hunger Pains Begins 39

The Stomach 101 40

Cravings 101 42

Let's Start Tracking 43

How Often Should You Ring the Dinner Bell? 46

Group 1 The Three Squares 47

Group 2 The Happy Snacker 49

I Eat. Therefore, I Snack 51

Your Initiation Into the Breakfast Club 53

Ladies, Can We Talk? 57

The Whole Truth-So Help Me God 61

House Call Rita Hancock 61

4 Kicking Up Some Dust 63

An Action Plan for Your Action Plan 66

The Power of Plus-Sized Fitness 68

Our Hang-Ups With Hanging Skin 68

The Whole Truth-So Help Me God 70

House Call Nick Yphantides 70

5 Silencing the Lies 73

Ten Big Whoppers (Lies Not the Candy) 74

Ten Truths (From Someone Who Has Been There) 75

Getting Healthy by Getting Over Yourself 76

The tortoise 78

The hare 78

Lies Into Light 80

The Whole Truth-So Help Me God 82

House Call Rita Hancock 82

6 Building Support on a Budget 87

The Dangers of Pride 87

Approach Weight-Loss Contests With Caution 89

1 It is all about eating fewer calories than the competition 90

2 Exercise feels like torture 90

3 Your success isn't "good" enough 91

Clip the Wings of Your "Food Angels" 92

What Moves You? 92

1 Words of affirmation 93

2 Quality time 93

3 Receiving gifts 94

4 Acts of service 94

5 Physical touch 95

Who Should Move You? 95

1 Contact 95

2 Success 96

3 Maturity 96

4 Faith 96

5 Experts 97

A Case of Tough Love or Tough Luck From Your Doc? 98

Tough Love on the Examination Table 100

Tough Luck on the Examination Table 103

1 Your doctor should know when it is appropriate to talk about weight loss and when it's time to be quiet and take care of your immediate need 103

2 Your doctor should have reasonable weight-loss expectations 104

3 Your doctor should never use your size as an excuse to avoid routine tests or procedures 104

Who Can't Move You? 105

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 106

Before picture: how unhealthy looks on the outside 107

After picture: how healthy looks on the outside 109

7 Living With a Diet Saboteur 111

Breaking old habits 111

Fighting old fears 113

Who Is Afraid of a Dieting Spouse? 115

Mary's not-so-merry Christmas 115

A case of cruelty or crazy fear? 116

Your spouse's fear: I have a health nut loose in the house! 117

Your Fear-Busting Plan: Five Dos & Don'ts 117

Dance With the One That Brung Ya 119

Taking a Swing at the Fear 120

Pitch #1 A skinny slider 120

Pitch #2 The fashion fastball 120

Pitch #3 The curveball from the outside 121

To fight the cravings: 122

The Whole Truth-So Help Me God 123

House Call Nick Yphantides 123

8 Watching Your Wallet Get Fatter 125

Must-Have List 125

1 A scale (buy one or dust off the one that you have) 125

2 Measuring cups/food scale (and put them within easy reach) 126

3 Snacks (banished ones out and approved ones in) 127

4 An insulated cooler (or go old school and grab your kid's lunch box) 127

5 Storage containers 127

A Skinny Budget at the Table 128

Lowering your food budget and the number on the scale 130

Limiting your wheel meals 131

A Skinny Budget in Bulk 132

Quaker's One-Minute Oats 133

Cheerios 134

A Skinny Budget Shopping Cart 135

Know what you are going to eat 137

Know that sales happen 139

Know that stuff happens 139

The Skinny Budget Shops Solo 139

The Skinny Budget Supermarket Survival Guide 143

Playing the Grocery Game 144

1 Schedule shopping at a time during the day when you have the most energy 144

2 Eat a pre-shopping snack thirty to forty-five minutes before you start pushing a grocery cart 144

3 Take a pain reliever 145

4 Wear gym clothes 145

5 Prep your kitchen before you shop 145

Winning the Grocery Game 146

The Skinny Budget Kitchen 147

The Kitchen and Our Waste 148

The Kitchen and Our Waists 149

When Is Spending Money Smart? 150

Losing Your Wardrobe Malfunctions 152

The Big Price Tag to Remember 153

1 If you become diabetic 153

2 If you develop heart disease 154

3 If you have cancer 154

The Whole Truth-So Help Me God 156

House Call Nick Yphantides 156

9 Losing Weight Like a Grown-Up 159

In the Mood to Eat 162

The Soothing Power of Food 163

An Invitation to a Crash Diet 166

1 When I crash diet, does food feel like the enemy? 168

2 When I exercise, do I feel good about what I've accomplished? 169

3 Do I feel like the pounds are dropping too slowly? 169

4 What will I eat the day after? 169

5 Would I put someone I love on this plan? 170

May Cause Dry Mouth and Constipation 170

Fat Jokes and Mean Girl Motivations 172

Men and their fat jokes 172

Women and their fat contempt 174

Should jokesters and mean girls drive you? 175

Women Chasing Pretty 175

1 Wrong priorities 177

2 Wasted potential 178

3 Worldly perfection 179

10 Taking Your Plan on the Road 181

Weighing in on Mom-and-Pop Restaurants 184

1 The 5 percent blind rule: 186

2 Watch out for too much BS (butter, batter, sauce, starch, and sugar) 186

3 Blind doesn't mean mute 187

Your Weight Loss on Holiday 187

The Ghost of Christmas Eating Past 188

The Ghost of Christmas Eating Present 189

1 Go heavy on the fruits and veggies 190

2 Turn on your BS detector (butter, batter, starch, sauce and sugar) 190

3 Plan for parties ahead of time 191

The Ghost of Christmas Eating Future 191

When You Feel Like You've Blown It 191

Flabby Fib 1 If I am faithful to my weight-loss plan, I will lose pounds every week 192

Flabby Fib 2 Exercise is easy for healthy people. They like it 193

Flabby Fib 3 I've eaten nothing but junk all day, and now my diet is dead 193

House Call Nick Yphantides 195

11 Getting to Your Goal Weight and Staying There 197

The Right Reason to Take the Journey 200

When worship gets worldly 201

When weight loss gets worldly 202

1 Because we want to please another person 202

2 Because we believe that achieving a diet goal is the key to happiness 203

3 Because we equate being thinner with being valued 203

I've Lost the Weight. Now What? 204

The Christmas Morning Crash 204

House Call Rita Hancock 207

12 Nagging You One More Time 209

A Reluctant Meal Plan-1,500-Calorie Day 210

A Lighter Bucket List 212

13 The "Skinny" on This Plan 217

Quick-Start Shopping Guide 217

Before you even step into the supermarket 217

When you step into the supermarket 220

After you leave the supermarket 221

Notes 223

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Just a personal story

    This did not help me lose weight if anything it made me fatter

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Linda Goff, author of The Skinny Budget Diet, has been featured

    Linda Goff, author of The Skinny Budget Diet, has been featured in Prevention and Women’s World Magazines, and has been a guest on NBC’s Today Show – all as advertised on her books front cover. Why all the attention? Well, because once upon a time, Linda was obese.
    Due to this fact, Goff’s conversationally informative book is ideal for anyone struggling with obesity who has tried diet after diet with little or no success. Despite what the book’s title claims, Goff says she does not offer yet another fad diet, but a way to gradually change eating and exercise habits in order to stay healthier and stronger, longer. While most of her tips are geared for readers who are heavily obese and may not know where to begin when it comes to weight loss, there are plenty of suggestions that can help those with only a few pounds to lose get them off and keep them away. With suggestions about everything from starting small and staying persistent to how and when to go grocery shopping, Goff weaves a vein of budget-saving asides throughout a book that more closely focuses on weight management, in the hopes that many of her overweight readers will find it easier to both lose weight and save money by skipping the drive thru and spending a few more minutes planning out meals before that trip to the supermarket.
    Although it isn’t necessary to buy a book to figure out Goff’s basic premise – that in order to lose weight all that’s necessary is to burn more calories than are consumed each day – The Skinny Budget Diet does provide quite a few practical tips for how to encourage yourself to do so and save some money in the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Good personal story

    She told her personal story which was interesting but this is not a diet plan and had nothing to do with dieting on a budget.

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