Thin for Life

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Anne Fletcher's acclaimed bestseller, which refuted the popular notion that losing weight permanently is hopeless, is revised to include a discussion of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets, obesity medications, a body mass index chart, and an updated references list. Updated stories from the masters--those who have lost weight and kept it off, along with statistics from the National Weight Control Registry reinforce Fletcher's message that losing and maintaining weight-loss are...
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Overview

Anne Fletcher's acclaimed bestseller, which refuted the popular notion that losing weight permanently is hopeless, is revised to include a discussion of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets, obesity medications, a body mass index chart, and an updated references list. Updated stories from the masters--those who have lost weight and kept it off, along with statistics from the National Weight Control Registry reinforce Fletcher's message that losing and maintaining weight-loss are attainable goals.

Current opinion holds that as many as 95 percent of people who lose weight gain it all back within two years. Now nutrition expert Anne Fletcher offers workable techniques for permanent weight loss, based on real stories of individuals who have succeeded.

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Taking off weight can be hard, but keeping it off is the real challenge. That's where the experience of those who have succeeded can help. While this guide outlines the logistics of weight loss through sensible eating and moderate exercise, its true value is showing you how to live life as a "thin person" -- someone who enjoys a healthy lifestyle without being obsessed with it. Fletcher's scientific background, coupled with hundreds of inspiring testimonials from men and women who have met and maintained their weight goals, is truly a recipe for success. And speaking of recipes, this revised and updated edition of Thin for Life includes an index of some of Fletcher's incredible low-fat meals and treats.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694515189
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, Cassette
  • Product dimensions: 4.45 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D., is the author of Thin for Life, the Thin for Life Daybook, Eating Thin for Life, and Sober for Good. As a registered dietitian, she has counseled hundreds of clients with weight problems in clinical settings. Fletcher was executive editor of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter and a contributing editor for Prevention. She has won several National Health Information Awards as well as awards from the American Medical Writers Association and the American Psychological Association. She has raised three teenagers.
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Introduction

I've long been fond of a cartoon posted on my office wall of a man, his head
in the shape of a book, sitting on a physician's examining table. The
physician asks him, "So, how long has this book been in your head?" And so
it goes with many authors who toy with an idea for years before it comes to
fruition. Such was the case with Thin for Life, which was germinating in my
head for more than 10 years before I wrote it — from the early 1980s, when I
counseled overweight patients at a weight-management program in
Massachusetts, until the early 1990s, when I sat down to write the first
edition of the book. Despite the fact that so many of the people I worked
with at the weight program regained their lost pounds, I knew that success
stories were out there. Over the years, I have collected more and more facts
to support my premise. And for this revised edition of Thin for Life, there's
even more encouraging news — from both research and success stories. A
number of exciting new studies suggest that the odds of being able to lose
weight and keep it off are much better than we've been led to believe. I
continually meet new people who are maintaining weight loss.
In Thin for Life, I set out to prove that people really can lose weight
and keep it off. I'd grown weary of conflicting messages we receive — on
the one hand, about our society's terrible weight problem (and the constant
push for all of us to be slim and fit), on the other, the hopelessness of trying
to lose weight and keep it off. I decided it was time to stop hearing about all
the horror stories of people who gain weight back and, instead, to start
learning about the many individuals who have found success. In a short time,
I located 160 masters at weight control — people who had lost at least 20
pounds and kept the weight off for a minimum of 3 years. Most of them more
than met the criteria, and their responses far exceeded my expectations.
Thin for Life is primarily about the motivational strategies that these people
used to take hold of long-standing weight problems and that they continue to
use to keep the weight off.
A few years after the first edition of Thin for Life was published, I
recruited more masters — winding up with a total of 208 people who were
included in another book called Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets and
Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off. Since the
results bolster the messages of Thin for Life, I have interspersed some of
the findings from Eating Thin for Life in this revised edition.
What's more, the new Thin for Life incorporates exciting recent
scientific information that firmly buttresses the book's original findings. Thin
for Life also includes updated nutrition and diet information, plus more
resources for help with weight problems. For instance, there are new
sections on high-protein diets, yoga and tai chi, and Internet resources for
losing weight.
The Thin for Life masters' inspiring stories continue to offer a
strong message of encouragement, whether you want to lose just a small
amount of weight or a lot. (In my experience, some of those who want to
lose 10 or 20 pounds suffer just as much as those who struggle with larger
amounts.) The principles of Thin for Life will help you get a handle on your
weight problem regardless of your size.
Thin for Life is the first book to weave together research-based
methods of weight loss and maintenance with tried-and-true practices of
masters at weight control. The "10 Keys to Success" encapsulate the
critical steps that the masters have taken to become thin for life. Who better
to tell you how to lose weight permanently than the very people who have
done it? Many were eager to tell their stories to help others:

* Nancy K., master of 60 pounds: "I am open to sharing my story to help
other people lose weight. I was heavy during my high school and college
years. It affected me greatly, and I feel for anyone who is heavy and
unhappy about it."

* Paul A., master of 51 pounds: "I would be happy to be interviewed by you,
as I feel there are plenty of men out there who feel that weight loss can be
achieved by running around the block after a major feast."

* Holly L., master of 97 pounds: "I sincerely hope that you can use my
story to encourage other kindred spirits to live a carefree, healthy lifestyle,
away from the burden of being overweight."

It doesn't matter if you've lost weight before and gained it all back, because
most of the masters didn't make it the first, second or even the third time
around either. You don't have to starve, buy fancy foods or potions or stay
away from sweets and so-called "junk" foods. And no, you don't have to turn
into a marathon runner! Thin for Life demonstrates the sensible, livable
approaches the masters take to control their weight.
I've kept in touch with quite a few Thin for Life participants over the
years and am pleased with the number who've volunteered that they are still
maintaining their weight loss. Ann F., for instance, has not only maintained
her initial 200-plus-pound drop from her all-time high of 380 pounds in the
early 1980s — she recently dropped down to 155 pounds. She states, "I
have bought a wonderful new wardrobe — I wanted to get rid of my A-line
dresses and now have more fitted clothes." Dennis H. has maintained his
weight loss of more than 30 pounds for 16 years and is proud that at the age
of 48, he's recently nearly tripled his monthly running distance. Alyce C.,
who topped out at more than 220 pounds three decades ago, still weighs in
the 130s. At the age of 55, she can say, "I am healthier than I think I have
ever been."
Then there's Bob W., who lost and has kept off 250 pounds — yes, 250
pounds! — for 30 years. Janice C. is now mother to a 2-year-old and finds,
"I pretty much enjoy eating anything I want. Since getting married, I'm
probably up 5 pounds, but I still weigh 122." Through two pregnancies, 36-
year-old Lynda C. has been able to maintain her weight loss of 40 pounds for
more than 12 years and still weighs 118. She says of the time when she was
heavier, "The other life just isn't an option for me."
The need for an optimistic book about permanent weight loss is
more important than ever in today's climate, where "overweight and obesity
have reached nationwide epidemic proportions," according to a recent U.S.
Surgeon General's report, which adds that, "left unabated, overweight and
obesity may soon cause as much preventable disease and death as
cigarette smoking." Barely a week passes before yet another report is
issued about how overweight and out of shape we are as a society. Indeed,
when Thin for Life was first published, 1 out of every 4 Americans was
considered significantly overweight. Now, it's estimated that 6 out of 10
adults are overweight or obese — in fact, the number of obese people has
nearly doubled since the 1980s. Yet Thin for Life continues to bridge the gap
between these alarming statistics and the need for sensitivity concerning
people who are overweight by helping them with nonextreme lifestyle
changes, realistic goal-setting and increased self-acceptance — regardless
of their current or future weight.
In telling the masters' stories, I am not saying that what any one
master does is the "best" way to go about weight control. I'm simply
sharing what worked for these people, whose approaches are highly
individual. One of the goals of Thin for Life is to guide you to find what is right
for you.
I am also not saying that anyone should lose weight — I'm
showing that you can. My intent is to prove that the masters do indeed
exist and to show you exactly what they have done to win the weight battle.

Copyright © 2003 by Anne M. Fletcher. Reprinted by permission of
Houghton Mifflin Company.

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Table of Contents

Foreword x
Introduction xiii
1 Key to Success #1: Believe That You Can Become Thin for Life 1
2 Key to Success #2: Take the Reins 29
3 Key to Success #3: Do It Your Way 57
4 Key to Success #4: Accept the Food Facts: Featuring a 6-Week Nondieting Weight-Control Plan 97
5 Key to Success #5: Nip It in the Bud: Break the Relapse Cycle 150
6 Key to Success #6: Learn the Art of Positive Self-Talk 173
7 Key to Success #7: Move It to Lose It 193
8 Key to Success #8: Face Life Head-On 232
9 Key to Success #9: Get More Out of Life 259
10 Key to Success #10: Don't Go It Alone 283
Epilogue 306
Recipes from the Masters 309
The Jump-Start Diet 366
Internet Resources for Slimming Down and Healthful Eating 386
Resources Recommended by the Masters 392
Selected References 396
Index 402
Recipe Index 413
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