A relatively sensible—if not entirely original—diet book suggesting that the secret to long-term weight loss is in timing meals so as to never go hungry.
When Fisher found herself gaining weight around age 40, she decided to embark upon an eating and exercise plan that would be what other diet programs were not: satisfying and lasting. Based on her own experimentation, advice from others and a bit of research, her book guides first-time dieters through what could have been a confusing, and ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to lose weight and keep it off. Fisher provides a solid foundation for the mental part of losing weight using a system of journaling, timed snacks, makeovers—of the wardrobe, kitchen and pantry—and strategies to help work through stress, discouragement, jealousy, insecurities (from partners or friends, too), and even occasions such as parties and holidays that may arise on the journey. Her ideas on nutrition are a bit questionable, though: dairy, refined white flours and meat feature heavily in the plan; perhaps a snack of fruits with nut butter or vegetables with bean dip would be better choices than cheese and saltines. Of course, life—and unhealthy-food temptations—must go on; Fisher helpfully suggests strategies for eating as healthfully as possible at the ball game, the conference, the meeting or on a date. Those new to diet and exercise will appreciate Fisher’s in-depth descriptions of basic weight training and stretches, as well as the pep talks sprinkled throughout the book. Her emphases on ease and satisfaction are key; Fisher knows that few are likely to succeed if a diet is joyless or punishing. Though she’s not a doctor or even a nutritionist, the information she has gleaned over a lifetime of healthful eating should serve readers well.
Readers looking to improve overall health might look elsewhere for more scientific advice, but this guide offers a commendable introduction to navigating the pitfalls of dieting.