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The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy

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Bob Greene has helped millions lose weight and get in shape with his life-changing Best Life plan. Now Oprah’s most trusted expert on diet and fitness teams up with psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke and nutritionist Janis Jibrin to zero in on common barriers to weight loss success. Together, they will offer
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published December 21st 2010)
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This book is definitely written for people like ME - emotional eater/junk food addict. It definitely helped me understand why I struggle so much with giving up bad eating habits. I appreciated how the authors described why we are wired with a sugar-, fat-, salt-loving brain, and that it is possible to rewire our brains. It's work, but it's possible! So instead of beating myself up for maintaining the same old dirty habits, I can motivate myself to keep doing better, and one of these days, saying ...more
I have read Bob Greene's other books as well, but this one finally feels real and sounds more like it is in his own voice. This is not about a specific diet or exercise regimen though there is good information included. Rather, this is finally tackling the barriers that prevent people from achieving goals. Very pragmatic and supportive, yet it has a "no more excuses" feel, too.
If I could, I would give this book 3.5 stars. This book is great, but it is designed for a very specific demographic. I am not really someone who struggles with my weight or has had life long "weight issues," and that is the kind of person this book is for. It is not what I was looking for. Although it is motivating and has some good information, this book is more therapeutic for someone overweight with no background in exercise and is really starting at square one.

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There are a lot of great tips and inspirational thinking in this book. My big issue with it is the excessive focus on solving emotional problems. There's the implication that when emotional problems are solved the weight will come off. First off, I reject that the premise that obesity comes from some psychological issue. But -- and this is even more important -- it's not necessary to *solve* psychological issues in order to lose weight. Eat and move like a thinner person and you will lose weight ...more
Robin Connelly
Although this book does get into weight loss, as you can tell by the title, most of what is discussed in here is psychology. You learn how to find and keep motivation to do things, find time for happiness, and passion. They discuss how the past or the present or both may be affecting your health and how to deal with those issues. And how losing weight requires more than exercise and a change in eating habits. In many ways it requires a completely new you to form. The book is interesting, with a ...more
I really learned a lot about myself by doing the exercises in the book. It is one of the few times that I have journaled and taken notes while reading a book (you don't know me but I never do that).

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has issues with food and/or exercise.
Parts of this I read every word and parts I skimmed (like the part for people who don't like to exercise since that's not my "issue"). There were some helpful activities I plan to try, but I didn't walk away from the book thinking oh my gosh I have the answer now!
K. East
Nothing new here if you are a reader of other nutrition or exercise guides, but it is thorough and readable. It would be a better choice than most for people confused by why their yoyo dieting doesn't seem to change anything.
No earth-shattering revelations here folks... Same old, "You eat too much, so start a good diet and exercise more" book. I GUESS it could be motivational for some. ;) -e
No big revelations in this one. I was hoping for some inspiration to keep pushing me to my goals, but I felt like it was very dry.
Becky Schulman
Nothing really new - emotional eating, finding motivation, etc. Personal stories added to my enjoyment and my connection to the content.
Great info on the practical and psycological areas of weight loss. Respectful, mature and realistic.
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Bob Greene is a personal trainer who writes on health and weight loss. He works and writes with Oprah Winfrey.

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“...the reward centers of the brain--where the pleasure of those high-calorie foods registers--also respond to other substances that bring about pleasure....But those reward centers also respond to other gratifying things, like watching a sunset or experiencing a loving touch...So while you may not be able to change the wiring in your brain, you can "feed" those reward centers other pleasures...Biology isn't destiny when you have effective strategies...” 8 likes
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