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The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life

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For Tory Johnson, weight was always an issue; although she felt ashamed of how she looked, Tory could never find the will to change. When a network executive warned her that if she didn't lose weight her television career could be in jeopardy, Tory experienced something profound: A Shift. She knew she didn't just want to change, she needed to change.

The Shift begins with t
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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I found this book pretty disturbing at different parts. Overall, I had two major problems with this memoir:

1. Tory seems to have some disordered eating struggles that go unacknowledged and she recommends them to her readers(e.g. becoming a "pro" at moving food around on her plate but not eating so that others won't notice how little she's eating).

2. I really didn't like her personality and didn't agree with her morals, e.g. when she made her daughter cry by telling her she'd be happier if she l
I first saw Tory Johnson on my local ABC News station, WABC in New York City, where she did a segment called 'Steals and Deals'. She would have four or five products that people could get for 50% off. I liked her friendly personality and her professional demeanor, as well as her rapport with the news anchors.

Johnson brought her 'Steals and Deals' to Good Morning America and now she had a national audience. But I noticed that she began to lose weight; not drastic, but over the course of one year,
This was an easy and fast read. I liked that Tory was very honest about the process and what it took. There is this idea that if you just "eat less and move more" that you can be thin. Obviously this works for some people but for the vast majority of overweight people, especially women of a certain age, it takes extreme deprivation. Also, when you are trying to lose weight, your body will fight it and put out hormones that make you obsessed with food (not everyone, but in general) and you will b ...more
Diana Siwek
The Good: The writer is honest, and I could relate to her complex struggle with food addiction. I could also relate to her deciding to make a lifestyle change and making it happen. The more I read, the more I started to root for her. Her tone is likeable, and it was a quick, easy read. I finished it in 2 days.

The Bad: Her advice is simple: Whatever you do, don’t eat. She’s right to some extent. Eating healthy portion sizes of whole, unprocessed foods is a huge part of weight loss. To do that, yo
Melisa Taylor
Best idea from book: Paint your fingernails when having a bad craving.

She seems to have starved herself and lived off salad to lose the weight. I admire that dedication. She seems to be well off so it's a shame she had to be hardcore. It seemed she was very unhappy while losing the weight and felt deprived. Losing weight can be fun.

If I had the money, I would be organic, grassfed Paleo Crossfitting Yogi and I would not be hungry or feel deprived!

I do like that this book stresses that it will
Sandy Hall
I had pre-ordered this and when it popped up on my kindle I immediately snuggled into bed and began to read! I finished this morning and have already told 2 friends about it. :-) I'm always fascinated by what triggers people to lose weight, so many stories are similar, but the differences are what makes them interesting, it reminds me over and over that one size does NOT fit all. Overall, I liked the book and feel encouraged by reading Tory's account of how listening to her body, recognizing her ...more
Deirdre Keating
The ipad is proving to be dangerous when it comes to the Kindle app. Saw this on a friend's shelf and downloaded it for $2. Sick but sleepless, I read it in one day, and I liked it. A good read to kick off the new year. I would have appreciated more info on her first days/weeks, as they seem the hardest but quickly forgotten once people are successful. I read some reviews here so I was prepared for the oft putting comments about her daughter' weight and her own sex life. Really though, it is eas ...more
I'm glad she found her way to lose weight but I did not agree with how she went about it. The Shift is more like a woman's weight loss diary. It can motivate you, but I wouldn't do what she did. Totally omitting fruits and whole grains are just silly.
Denise Evans
This is really a memoir, not a self help or comprehensive diet book. Infact, I think the super low-carb approach that Tory takes is a little hazardous to one's health, but it worked for her. What struck me is how low her self esteem was and how she punished herself for years (undressing in the dark, not letting her husband see her naked, etc....) She continued this pattern of low self esteem even as she lost a lot of weight. The one thing I did appreciate about this memoir is what she calls "the ...more
Debra Kingsley
Tory's account of her "Shift" in attitude toward weight loss really resonates with me. I am going to use her way of thinking to get healthy. so there Lisa. I can give a book 5 stars!
Carolyn Somerville
Although I did not know who Tory Johnson was before I read this book (not a GMA watcher), the book was well written and she told her story honestly. She didn't give any specific diet or exercise advice but told what worked for her. It was very relatable and honest. A good quick read.
Catherine Gillespie
How many times have you tried to solve something halfheartedly? Maybe it’s a diet or exercise program, or maybe it’s changing a job. Maybe it’s something you need to do differently in parenting or a difficult budgeting decision. What Johnson gets to the root of in this book is that in order to get results, you really have to own your solution.

What does that mean? For Johnson it meant that she was ready to give up foods she liked no matter what, and stick to her diet plan (she went with a simple
Unintentionally, Tory Johnson brought home for me the many ways people with weight issues are judged and sabotaged. Intentionally, The Shift is not a diet book. It’s a strategy book about the mental shift and strong commitment needed to make a major life change. What’s really important to you? What are you willing to give up to achieve your top priorities? At no point does Johnson advocate that you follow her diet plan. She’s very clear that the plan she devised was based on her own self-knowled ...more
I appreciated reading about her weight loss journey. It's tough for anyone, even those with support and unlimited resources, like Tory. That said, I didn't take a lot away from this book that I didn't already know from my own experience. And mostly, I just didn't like her, which left me rather cold to the rest of the book. I didn't buy that she struggled with self-esteem. She certainly seemed to me to have plenty of self-regard. Plus, I lost all respect for her as a parent when she seemed ok wit ...more
There was so much I liked about this book. It was very inspiring. I loved her no nonsense attitude. She is basically telling you to just shut up and do it. Got excuses? So does everyone. Shut up. Do it. Find a way. Make it work. If you want it bad enough you'll do it. If you don't then you won't. She is very very focused and I find that very admirable and a tad bit unrealistic (no b-day cake on your b-day??) She has completely changed her life and I admire her for it. I am curious to see what th ...more
You know how sometimes you find the most wonderful things when you aren't even looking for them? This is how I found this book. I can't even remember what I was actually looking for but I happened upon this, read a few reviews(mostly negative reviews of the author's eating habits) and decided to read it anyway. I recommend the book on tape as it is read with much enthusiasm by the author. Though she appears on Good Morning America regularly, I didn't know Tory Johnson before this book. I've sinc ...more
"The Shift" is a very quick read about Tory Johnson's weight-loss journey. I liked her overall message: that making a shift in our minds is the beginning of making a shift in what we are eating and how we are exercising. It made sense to me, and it empowered me to look at what I need to do (what I need to look at, reflect upon and change) to make progress in my own weight loss.

I could not completely relate to Johnson, though. She comes from a completely different world than me, and I think that
Sally Kilpatrick
I have really mixed feeling about this book.

On the one hand, I think she's absolutely right that weight maintenance is a lifestyle decision. I believe that some of us hang on to weight more easily than others, too. I really liked her idea of preference versus priority, i.e. I'd prefer to eat that chocolate donut, but my priority is to lose weight. I've also come to her same conclusion about telling yourself what you CAN'T eat only makes you want to eat it more; you make decisions. After all, you
This is a new book I found at the library and decided to read it because it fit into my reading plan in two ways: a nonfiction book to balance out all of the novels I love, and a book about achieving and maintaining a goal (I need to continue to reinforce the need for lifetime lifestyle changes). If I hadn't already started this journey, I'm not sure this book would have been helpful. Certainly Tory's strategies for weight loss are not the same as mine. But I do agree that it takes a mind set, d ...more
"I needed to make sure that every single day represented a step towards the woman I was determined to be!" Tory J.

I enjoyed this book and Tory's truisms ring true for many of us. Although she has a damn good job and is a well known Good Morning America regular; she doesn't follow the typical "celebrity" path to weight loss. There are no gimmicks, no specific programs, nor does she tout her own personal trainer and personal chef as other celebrities have done. She makes the "shift" and reaches he
This is a quick read by a Good Morning America contributor that I've always liked. She comes across as a real person and I applaud her for sharing this journey that is never easy.

That said, she shared a little too much when it came to her sex life with her husband. It was way too much information and she repeated that mistake in a couple of chapters. Also, it's great that you celebrated when you hit a milestone number of pounds lost but most of us aren't going to have someone buy us a diamond te
Kelly Haverlandt
Interesting read - I admire Tory for her hard work over the year but do not necessarily agree with her take on dieting.
This is a good read for anyone wanting to make a serious life-style change and get healthier. I do not agree with her specific plan (25 carbs a day and sending you body into ketosis equates with starvation) but she says several times we should all find a plan that works for us. The part I find absolutely necessary to make this shift is getting your head in the right place before you take on a major change such as this. Decide you want this for the rest of your life and figure out what you are wi ...more
i have read this book and i enjoy reading it, one of the best weight loss book i ever read although it is not very detail but i enjoy how she shared her weight loss journey which i am also encountering and i can empathize with how she is feeling and i am not the one alone feeling this way... so i hope i can achieve my goal like how she achieve hers! overall i still recommend people who wanna lose weight but with some knowledge of nutrition before embarking on reading this book to further enhance ...more
This is one of those books that was on a special daily deal on Amazon. It seemed like it might be interesting. As it turns out, that was a false assumption.

I don't really watch TV so I didn't realize that Johnson is a regular on GMA. Obviously, I didn't really know who she was either. The main gist, she was an extremely obese woman who lost 62 pounds in a year. How? Lots of self deprivation. "What's your problem with that?" you may ask. "Well," I reply, "nothing with that per se." What really g
Jenny Baker
This book kept my interest, but as a health-conscious fitness buff I was not impressed by Tory Johnson's diet strategy. By eliminating foods all together, mainly "cheat" foods, is a recipe for failure. It has worked for her, but I think for most people eliminating "American staples" like pizza or cake from your diet forever just won't work. I prefer books that advocate healthy eating but also offer realistic eating plans.

That being said, I did read the book from cover to cover and was never bor
Feb 12, 2014 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I appreciated this author's honest telling of her story. I know it is difficult to lose weight. But I also found it disturbing. Her relationship with food is not healthy. I almost quit reading when she told her daughter who "isn't stick skinny" that she would "probably feel better about [herself] if [she] lost just five pounds." Wow! She goes on to say that her daughter has "no real weight issues" - maybe not before but she probably does now! Good for Tory for losing weight and I wish her luck i ...more
Sarah Kramer
This ended up being somewhat of a hate-read in the end for me. Good for her for losing the weight, and I would be happier too if I wasn't in danger of losing my job, but I'm not sure if Johnson actually dealt with her self-image issues. This books does not get out of the mold of women feeling bad about themselves and their failings despite it's sunny title.
Tory takes us on her weight loss journey the old fashioned way. This is an authentic and inspirational account of how the mind begins the shift, and the body and habits follow. The principles in this book can be applied to any part of your life that is out of balance, and a reminder that it is a continuous improvement journey that never ends!
I enjoyed this book and am so happy for Tory! I definitely recommend it!

The only part I didn't like was on page 191. Tory is talking about a stay at home mother she knows who exercises every day. Tory goes on to call her a "lady of leisure" and then writes "what else does she have to do all day?" I find it offensive, as a SAHM. What we do all day is take care of our children!

The sex stories were also not necessary!
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