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Lose Weight for Life: Ditch Dieting & Lighten Up

Quick Overview

If you’re sick of going round in circles and want to make some changes to your health and wellness that stick with you, Lose Weight for Life is the book for you!

  • Sort out the facts from the fiction when it comes to nutrition
  • Build healthy eating habits and behaviours
  • Break the cycle of emotional eating
  • Plan, cook and eat healthy meals
  • Get you results that LAST

Weight loss doesn’t have to be about dieting and self-denial. In Lose Weight For Life I will help you change the way you think about food so you can eat right, feel great and lead a balanced life. This is a fresh approach to weight loss that lasts, now is the time to take weight off your body and your mind for a healthier, happier you.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Amy Lowry, New Zealand Registered Dietitian. Reviewed 6 January 2015.

Book Title: Lose Weight for Life: Ditch Dieting & Lighten Up.

Author(s): Claire Turnbull, BSc(Hons). New Zealand Registered Nutritionist, studied dietetics for 4 years in the United Kingdom, and has been practicing for 9 years. Personal trainer and fitness instructor, Director of Mission Nutrition.

Date published: 2013

Suitable for: People with high levels of literacy.

Problems addressed: Lifestyle change.

Book Summary: 

This book discusses making lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep it off long term.

Section 1:

  • Encourages readers to think about where they are at the moment in their weight loss/change journey and where they would like to be. This section is very focused on the individual and requires quite a large amount of self-reflection. It also discusses how to go about making changes and how to measure your success in making change.

Section 2:

  • Provides information about who to ask for advice on nutrition (supports seeking evidence-based advice)
  • Discusses the function of food in the body, how much you need to eat, and a variety of key nutrients and vitamins.
  • Provides information on exercise.
  • Discusses the importance of sleep.

Section 3:

  • Discusses creating routines and habits that stick.
  • Mindful/emotional eating.
  • Overcoming barriers and challenges (and making a plan to deal with these).

Section 4:

  • Recipes

 Strengths and Weaknesses:

  • Quite lengthy and fairly dense chunks of text – would need to be motivated and literate.
  • Exercise plans may be a bit daunting if you are very inactive.
  • Well-written – brings the theory down to an individual level (written as though she is talking to you) and encourages self-management. There are action plans throughout the book to get the individual involved.


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