Suiter’s guide introduces readers to the author’s flexible, effective plan for long-term, healthy weight loss.
Early in his debut work, Suiter cites some hard truths about obesity and dieting: Approximately two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight; roughly 35 percent are obese; and about 80 percent of dieters regain their lost weight. The most effective way to lose weight and keep it off, Suiter argues, doesn’t involve drastic, immediate sea changes. It involves small, consistent changes to diet and exercise—changes that become habits, not chores—staying optimistic and forgiving yourself when you misstep. Suiter’s plan is a mix-and-match combination of diet and exercise, allowing readers to move through his seven-level calorie intake plan (based on the National Institute of Health’s recommendations) and five-level exercise plan at their own paces. Unlike many diets, this one allows people to eat what they want (within reason) rather than deny themselves cheeseburgers and chocolate-cake slices. “Again, this program is about a journey and the big picture,” explains Suiter. “It’s not about obsessing over every bite.” Suiter’s warm, welcoming tone wins over the reader (despite repetitiveness in a chapter or two). He openly acknowledges his own weight-loss struggles, writing, “Everyone cheats on diets…I built this aspect into the program because our bodies are not designed for 100 percent perfection.” The book addresses the emotional as well as the biological factors behind weight gain, encouraging readers to think positively about their weight-loss experiences and surround themselves with support, not punishment, while minimizing factors that trigger cravings (like stress and alcohol). He also strives to make his plan inclusive for everyone, regardless of physical abilities: Exercise isn’t mandatory since some people have “very demanding schedules,” while others are not physically able to exercise.
The easy-to-follow charts and uplifting tone will make this book an invaluable resource for many readers struggling with the scale.