A real-world approach to achieving sustainable weight loss.



A safety trainer and manager shares the 60-day eating and activity plan he created to shed unwanted pounds in this debut health guide.

Sasser (The Good Hand, 2016) says that he tried many ways to lose weight, including hormone injections, but the pounds just wouldn’t stay off. He then realized that “in order to make any real change, I had to find a balance of diet—meaning the foods I ate—and exercise (I didn’t even like the word) that would be sustainable.” In this book, Sasser details the plan he created that allowed him to drop from 223.8 to 194.4 pounds in 60 days. He focuses specifically on his use of a “Food and Activity Tracker,” a grid-oriented tool he developed to capture and chart progress (or lack thereof). He emphasizes the “Nutrition Math” of making better food choices, controlling portions, and limiting sodium and sugar intake. He also prescribes doing at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily, but notes that it doesn’t have to be at a gym: it could be done by walking, dancing, or doing other common activities. He says that he uses the word “activity” instead of “exercise” intentionally for this reason, much as he used the term “incident” instead of “accident” in his safety career. Other elements of his plan (and tracker) urge readers to record weight before having a breakfast of 300 to 500 calories, and to have two low-calorie snacks in addition to regular meals; he also suggests that readers list any daily alcohol intake in a separate column, in order to be fully aware of their extra calories. Overall, Sasser is an appealing, relatable guide to handling the challenges of exercising and eating, particularly when he acknowledges his own fluctuations and missteps, such as an instance in which he quaffed eight light beers in one day, while hanging out at a pool. However, the author’s own, filled-in trackers with accompanying commentary take up too much of this slim book, and readers may sometimes find them wearying. Still, by providing such “evidence,” Sasser does effectively support his contention that “You didn’t put on all the unwanted weight in a day or week, and you are not going to lose all of the unwanted weight in a day or week.”

A real-world approach to achieving sustainable weight loss.

Pub Date: July 23, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4575-3788-2

Page Count: 100

Publisher: Dog Ear

Review Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2017

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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