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

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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...more
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Published June 3rd 2008 by Crown Archetype (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
Siona
Great tips for eating healthy
Sarah Voth
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...more
Ellen
Simple and realistic advice on nutrition and fitness -- my copy is dog-eared and highlighted. I always turn to this when I need to get back on track, and it always inspires and helps me.
Heidi
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
Nicole
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.
Kerry
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.
Jessie
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.
Consuela
I have enjoyed Ellie Keieger's recipes from foodnetwork.com, 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.
False Millennium
Small portions, clean foods, exercise. Ok. What else have you got to make you unique and this book interesting?
Sybil
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.
Laurie
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.
Deb
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.
Eileen
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.
Sara Branmore
I haven't read the 'updated' copy, but I enjoyed the 'older' one. Ellie knows what she's doing in the kitchen!
June Sherman
This book really helped me to get on track with my weight loss and health goals.
Cindy
lots of suggestions I already practice...did find one new recipe to try, though :)
Lynette
Excellent for anyone wanting to start a personal wellness program.
Janet
Good recipes, easy exercises.
Molly
Common sense advice
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