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While the marriage of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew may not have been a match made in heaven, the marriage of Fergie and Weight Watchers is a winner. With her royal status, classy style, and highly public battle of the bulge, Sarah, the Duchess of York, is the perfect spokesperson for Weight Watchers. One of the best progeny to come out of this coupling is a highly successful trio of books on dieting and living sensibly. The first two, Dieting with the Duchess and Dining with the Duchess, have already achieved bestseller status. The final book in this trilogy, Win the Weight Game, is likely destined for the same success, and once again applies Fergie's personal style to the sound tenets of the Weight Watchers program, lending a royal touch to a common problem.
As with the previous two books, Win the Weight Game offers the dietary expertise of Weight Watchers, including four weeks' worth of meal plans and 50 new recipes -- complete with point values -- that are elegant yet easy to prepare. And like its predecessors, the book is flavored with the duchess's style, grace, and class as it examines the many biological and emotional stages in a woman's life and how they affect one's weight. Sarah's own triumph over adversity is inspirational, and while she may be connected to royalty, her experiences are reflections of the same emotional trials and tribulations most everyday women have to overcome.
As the subtitle implies, the thrust of Win the Weight Game is to develop strategies for living well. But as many Weight Watchers aficionados know, one size rarely fits all, so the book explores each stage in a woman's life, from earliest childhood through the golden years. While it opens with a chapter titled "Starting Over at 40," a milestone the duchess recently reached, it quickly moves into the physical, emotional, and dietary implications inherent during the various stages in life, beginning with infancy and toddlerhood.
Following the life stages discussion is a chapter that talks about the strong influence our mothers have over our dietary habits and attitudes toward food, from those we can't control, like the basic shape we inherit, to those we can, like the emotional soothing some foods provide. The personal reminiscences of the duchess with regard to her own mother, who left the family home when Sarah was a teenager, lend a touching and bittersweet tone to the section. There follows a chapter that addresses both the support and the sabotage that friends and significant others can provide, including strategies on how to deal with them. For the overworked, time-deprived woman (and who doesn't fit that description these days?) there is a chapter that deals with time management, prioritizing, and dealing with job-related stress. Whether you are a shift employee, a nine-to-fiver, or an at-home worker, there are tips, ideas, and strategies geared toward your needs.
At the end of each chapter is a sort of Q&A section called "Situations and Solutions" that poses real-life predicaments that can interfere with proper dieting and/or exercise and then provides creative solutions for dealing with them. These, combined with the personal success stories peppered throughout the book, provide plenty of motivation and inspiration.
While Win the Weight Game focuses on a number of women-specific issues, men can benefit from reading it as well. For those who live with someone struggling with a weight problem, it can provide a better understanding of the physical and emotional elements involved. For men who have a weight problem themselves, the inspirational stories (one of which is about a man), along with the meal plans and recipes, make it a valuable resource. The book stands well on its own, but having the entire trilogy makes for a nice package and provides a lifetime plan for losing weight and living well.