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Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  253 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
An easy-to-start, simple-to-maintain, scientifically sound, and eminently usable twelve-week program of small steps on the road to better health

Small Changes, Big Results is not about cutting all the carbohydrates out of your diet. Or replacing every single gram of sugar with omega-3 fatty acids. It’s not about doing one hundred sit-ups a day, or getting on the treadmill
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Clarkson Potter (first published February 22nd 2005)
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Beth Yeh
I waited for this book on the library loan list for months, and I was pretty disapointed when I got my hands on it and it didn't engage me at all. I can't really put my finger on it, since I love health and exercise non-fiction in general. I cracked it open and skimmed it a few times and then sort of lost interest. I think many of the topics are geared at people who are a very beginning level of engagement with health and fitness. Also, I found the format--splitting things into "week" chunks, pr ...more
Deborah Britton
Nov 01, 2014 Deborah Britton rated it did not like it
nothing new
Jul 14, 2008 Siona rated it liked it
Great tips for eating healthy
Sarah Voth
Sep 06, 2013 Sarah Voth rated it really liked it
Shelves: nutrition-diet
What I liked:
* a greater focus on intuitive and mindful eating (a lesser focus on calories and weight)
* well balanced recipes and snack ideas
* the initial emphasis on walking for fitness (and not crossfit or P90X) Lifting sandbags and flipping tires are inappropriate exercises for many of us.
* the focus on wellness (learning how to say 'no', prioritization, creating a bedtime routine, volunteer work, prayer, connecting with loved ones.)

What I didn't like:
* labeling foods as right/wrong; as in
Mar 11, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I really struggle with being at a healthy weight. I have often thought that books need to just break it down into easier managable steps rather than just jumping in with changing everything all at once. This book really does that. She has one thing that you work on a week in three different areas. Her first few weeks of exercise is 20 minutes, three times a week. Now who can't do that? Her eating goals are attainable too. I would highly recommend this book. It is a week by wee ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
A good book, with sound advice, it almost felt like it moved too slow. This is a very basic book, and I felt like there wasn't enough new information in here. The book also felt a little dated, though it was revised in 2012.

Krieger's tone is peppy and encouraging, but I really wish there were more recipes in here. The ones she does give us are good, and quick, but I thought there would be a lot more recipes for each chapter. She includes a lot of other helpful information (sugar counts, glycemic
Jan 03, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
While I already knew most of the information Krieger presents in her book, it was good to be reminded of healthy changes I can make (or continue). I like that she focused on mental health and stress relief, in addition to the expected nutrition and exercise tips. The twelve-week format helps the reader to adapt to changes without being overwhelmed by too many things to keep track of at once. Recommended.
Sep 05, 2008 Jessie rated it it was ok
I really wasn't impressed with this book. I was excited about it because I was reading "Body for Life" at the same time. This book also gives a 12-week plan to lose weight. It just didn't fit my excercise/food regiment I already have in place. I really loved her cookbook but this one just didn't do it for me.
Mar 25, 2010 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
I thought that there were some great tips in here. I borrowed it from the library and now it has to go back. I told myself that if I loved it, I would buy it and start the plan. I'm not sure if I'm just not at the right point, or if this isn't the right thing for me. I think I'll add myself to the queue again and when I get it, I can reassess if it is something I want to do.
Mar 26, 2009 Consuela rated it liked it
I have enjoyed Ellie Keieger's recipes from, so I got this book from Amazon for a few bucks. I read/skimmed it in one day. It's got some good ideas and I especially like the way she doesn't beat up on people but helps them ease into better eating and lifestyle choices.
Feb 11, 2013 Lynette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent for anyone wanting to start a personal wellness program.
Mar 02, 2010 Eileen added it
Shelves: cookbooks
Easy to read, simple suggestions to help get on track with eating right and getting healthy. As usual, Ellie shared some easy yet yummy recipes.
Sep 16, 2012 Sybil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sensible, no hype advice. Kinda "back to reality" in our get it quick culture. Sensible food, sensible activities, sensible attitude toward life. I wish more people would hear her message.
Feb 07, 2015 Gina rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
The version I read has absolutely no pictures. When looking at recipes I like to see what the food is supposed to look like . I only found one recipe in here that interested me
May 23, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it
I love Ellie Krieger and bought this book eons ago. It has a good, sensible plan for healthy living and eating. Lots of tips and good information.
Sara Branmore
Jul 18, 2013 Sara Branmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthy-stuff
I haven't read the 'updated' copy, but I enjoyed the 'older' one. Ellie knows what she's doing in the kitchen!
Apr 03, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good recipes, easy exercises.
Jan 18, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing
Common sense advice
Oct 10, 2010 Cindy rated it liked it
lots of suggestions I already practice...did find one new recipe to try, though :)
Dec 30, 2013 False rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
Small portions, clean foods, exercise. Ok. What else have you got to make you unique and this book interesting?
Jan 12, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it
Shelves: eat-this, health
There was a lot of common sense in this book so I feel like it was a waste in that respect. I liked the food nutrition charts and recipe ideas.
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