Dieting For Dummies


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Does the world really need another book on dieting? More important, do you? Plenty of diet books make promises that this one doesn’t. Lots tell you that losing weight and keeping it off is easy when you know their secrets. Well, here’s a secret that the other books won’t tell you: Dieting gimmicks, like banning pasta, don’t work. And that’s precisely why you need this book. It’s not about fad plans or take-it-off-quick schemes. It’s about balancing healthful eating and exercise for a lifetime.

This second edition of Dieting For Dummies is for anyone who has eaten too much and wants to lose weight. The information presented here is appropriate for someone wanting to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds. You can use it as a guide for eating healthfully, and not only a way to lose weight. Because, when you discover how to eat the healthy way, you will lose weight.

The material in Dieting For Dummies is grouped so that you don’t have to start at the beginning – although that’s a nice place to start. If you’d rather, you can flip right to the chapter that contains the information you need. You’ll discover information on

  • Understanding what a healthy weight is and how to find yours
  • Getting over overeating
  • Formulating a plan for healthy eating
  • Shopping, cooking, and dining out to make eating healthy easier
  • Finding and working with health-care professionals you can trust, for when you can’t seem to go it alone

People come in a wide range of heights, weights, and girths. One is not better than another. But staying within your healthiest weight range can help you achieve optimal health and well-being. Let this book help you see through the fog of fads and myths. Then read on and find out how you can stop dieting and start living healthfully.

“The key to successful weight loss doesn’t require magic, grit and determination, or the moral character of a saint. It’s much simpler,” asserts Jane Kirby, R.D., in Dieting for Dummies, a fact-filled, fad-free dieting resource. The author represents the American Dietetic Association, a trustworthy source of scientifically sound nutrition and food information. You’ll learn basic, reliable facts about all facets of weight loss, including helpful information about eating disorders, overweight children, dietary guidelines, fat replacers, calorie-shaving substitutions, a comparison of weight-loss programs, and an exposé of diet fads and scams (including some bestselling diet books). The book is organized into sections on your healthy weight; developing a healthy relationship with food; a plan for healthful living (including exercise); shopping, cooking, and dining out; and enlisting outside help. An excellent chapter on eating out spells out exactly what you should and shouldn’t eat at restaurants of different kinds. As you’d expect from a For Dummies book, the writing is lively, friendly, and down-to-earth. The content is reliable and organized into accessible, easily skimmed chunks, with plenty of bulleted lists and charts making the information easy to grasp. If you’ve been confused by controversial diets or seduced by weight-loss fads-of-the-moment, read this book cover to cover. –Joan Price