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This credible self-help book outlines a sustainable weight-loss program organized around three core areas to ensure lifelong success: mindset, motivation and metabolism.

Co-authors Cullip and Richards (Pocket Guide to Weight Loss, 2012) share their personal dieting struggles and ultimate success in a succinct guide to weight loss. Their expertise includes a combined 30 years of experience helping others, primarily women, achieve their “confident weight.” Cullip and Richards encourage readers to find a weight that makes them “feel good in their own skin” instead of striving for the ultrathin model look. Cullip, a qualified counselor and health coach, overcame anorexia nervosa; Richards, now a facilitator and coach, ended her pattern of cyclical dieting and weight gain/loss brought on during her career as a corporate trainer. In straightforward language, their insights are woven throughout the book, as are personal stories from clients who have achieved their ideal weights and life goals. Much of the advice is undoubtedly familiar: Take care of yourself; eat regular meals of whole, fresh foods; and exercise regularly. Yet, Cullip and Richards have gathered impressive research on chronic dieting and fitness plans as well as the psychology of dieting. They present their practical weight-loss plan in 11 well-organized chapters that conclude with useful summaries of key points. While the material is occasionally redundant, the PowerPoint presentation style and summary outlines make for a flexible read. Like most self-help books, there are frequent opportunities for readers to identify and set goals, devise meal and exercise plans, etc. Their ideas seem practical and include support strategies to bolster the weary. The authors consistently advocate a wholesome approach to dieting that encompasses physical and mental health. The guide helps readers determine why they want to lose weight. Truly understanding one’s own motivation to shed pounds, say Cullip and Richards, brings greater success than relying on willpower and packaged diet plans.

A little popular psychology coupled with hype-free nutrition advice and useful fitness tips make this a worthwhile read.

Pub Date: May 30th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1452572932
Page count: 210pp
Publisher: BalboaPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2013