A wife and mother of six, Williams shares her struggles with food and dieting, and delivers her perspective on the sensitive topic of weight loss.
After struggling with her body image for much of her life, Williams felt compelled to share her deceptively simple secret for losing weight and keeping it off: just stop thinking about food. To be more specific, Williams insists readers can “stop dieting, stop worrying, and start living” by distracting their hungry minds with nonfood related thoughts. “Don’t think about food unless you are planning dinner, buying groceries, preparing a meal, or eating,” she advises. In order to “stop thinking about it,” Williams recommends specific distractions—ranging from clever to ridiculous—to help you step away from tempting foods like burgers and fries. Some suggestions are sane, even productive: call a friend or finish your chores to forgo ice cream. Others are bizarre, although someone very well could chop wood or “swing on a swing” to ignore a craving. Are Williams’ concepts revolutionary? Not at all, which she readily admits. If anything, readers will find the chapter on paying attention to physical cues obvious, and the overview of how to develop healthy habits is shallow. But, even though Williams’ techniques are nothing new, her unfailingly supportive tone complements the easy-to-follow program, while charming illustrations and relatable anecdotes freshen up the decidedly gloomy prospect of self-improvement. In the end, readers will feel like they’ve just had a pleasant chat with an honest, knowledgeable friend, instead of a lecture by yet another self-described diet expert.
While not groundbreaking, this simple, short book may find an audience with readers looking for hope and a gentle push in a healthy direction.