Three Expert Guides for Realistic & Healthy Weight-loss

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You deserve a healthy lifestyle! Here's 3 ways to get started.

Book editor Beth Goehring picks three books for you! Successful and accessible programs, advice, and motivating tips for the healthiest you ever.

Diet is a four-letter word, but so are fine, well, get the picture. I’m not making the case that you have to be thin (there’s that four-letter word again) to be healthy and stylish, but finding and maintaining the right weight for you can relieve so much stress. You don’t need to spend a fortune to hire a private nutritionist or sign up for expensive special-meals home delivery; three accredited weight-loss specialists have put their successful programs into accessible and motivating books that turn the dreaded “diet” into a sensible, new relationship with food that’ll pay benefits for a lifetime.


Joy's Life Diet

"Who doesn’t want to 'Look Incredible, Feel Extraordinary'?"

Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, is the Today show’s nutrition and health expert and the den mother/cheerleader for the Joy Fit Club, membership in which comes from losing and keeping off 100 pounds or more. There’s nothing revolutionary in Joy’s LIFE Diet 4 Steps to Thin Forever (Harper Collins, December 2008), but she wastes not a moment on the science behind weight loss which can eat up those precious minutes between “I’m going to stick to my diet” and “Super-size me.” She’s realistic, she’s practical, and she’s gentle on people who haven’t exercised since they played dodge ball back in grade school. Loads of success stories, complete with before-and-after photos, prove that “Yes, you can!”


The 4-Day Diet

"Want to be thinner by Friday?"

That’s the subtitle of Dr. Ian Smith’s The 4-Day Diet (St. Martin’s Press, December 2008) which might lead you to think the guy’s a big loser. Open the book and you’ll realize Dr. Smith is thoughtful, thorough, and has the lock on why diets so often fail. While Joy Bauer believes, “Every diet starts with a passion for action” and encourages you to “Jump In!” on page 20 of her book, Dr. Smith’s first “Here it is!” doesn’t occur until page 96. Up till then, he’s helping you with quizzes and checklists to mentally prepare yourself to stay this difficult course. “Your mind will lead you in your battle of the bulge, and your body will execute the mind’s strategy.” While it has the hook of a 4-day modular eating plan that promises to make you thinner in the first 96 hours, he’s really teaching you to set goals, get and stay motivated, and resist temptations for the rest of your life.

The Flat Belly Diet!

"Not a single crunch required? I can eat dark chocolate?! Sign me up!"

American women have embraced Flat Belly Diet! (Rodale, October 2008). Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine Liz Vaccariello, co-author with Prevention’s nutrition director Cynthia Sass, explains how it works. “After 40, our hormones change and we start to carry our body fat more like men do — in the belly. As editor of Prevention, I know that belly fat is the most dangerous fat you can have on your body. Even small excess amounts of it increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, even certain kinds of cancers. We found cutting edge research showing eating a diet rich in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids — or MUFAs — can make weight loss easier and stop the accumulation of belly fat. With that exciting breakthrough, I asked Prevention’s registered dietician to construct a healthy diet plan that targeted belly fat specifically. We tested the Flat Belly Diet specifically on women over 40, and the results astounded us! Women lost up to 15 pounds in 28 days — and many of the almost one million people on the plan have gone on to eat the ‘flat belly way’ for months, some of them dropping up to 50 pounds over the course of a year!”

When I leafed through the book and saw the recipes for Southwestern Double-Corn and Pecan Muffins, Thai Sweet-Hot Shrimp, and Chocolate Strawberries, I knew I could start the diet right now. I’m dying to feel sand between my toes and sea breeze on parts that haven’t seen the sun in too long. With the money I save by preparing my own healthy meals, bathing suit shopping is next on the agenda.

For all of us who need encouragement to dive into the swimsuit department, Rosemarie DiLornezo, co-founder and Creative Director of Swimwear Anywhere, Inc., provides just the support we want. "Feeling good in a swimsuit starts with finding ones that enhance your body and reflect your personality. The silhouette, color, fit, and print all come together to show off your style, let you have some fun, and even boost your ego! There are a lot of little tricks that can help make the process easier. First, work with your size. Swimsuits are made so you buy one a size larger than your clothes. Don't try squeezing into one that is too small," continues DiLornezo, "Lines that you buy by bra-size like Coco Reef and Coco Rave compliment your bust beautifully. For a forgiving silhouette that skims your curves and hides your tummy, try an elegant shirred body like Carmen Marc Valvo designs. The new Liz Claiborne line is bright and colorful for when you're ready to sparkle in the sun. If you're a flirty girly girl, Juicy Couture has the cute suit for you. At DKNY you can find some bold stripes and fun fringe. Marc by Marc Jacobs has quirky prints, great colors and new shapes to offer. If you're a jet-setter, a Michael Kors swimsuit will fit right in your carry on. And don't forget to get a coordinating cover up to really make a fashion statement!"

Having the confidence to walk the beach without a muu-muu, feeling energetic enough at the end of the day to make love to your partner, knowing you have the will-power to change your life for the better…this terrific advice can work wonders, if you just do it.


A note from Beth Goehring: "I am so excited to write about books for CESLIE-The Women's Network™. Reading is not only a lifelong passion, but it's my job. As the editor-in-chief for a group of book clubs that includes Book-of-the-Month Club®, The Literary Guild®, Doubleday Book Club®, Mystery Guild®, and The Good Cook®, I hear the early buzz about what will soon be hot in everything from autobiography to zoology. In any week, my colleagues and I review hundreds of upcoming books to choose those that really deliver, whether it's with fascinating characters, an unforgettable story, a vicarious thrill, a wealth of useful information or compelling inspiration. Hands-down, the best thing about my job is finding that hidden gem, a novel that wasn't lavished with a huge marketing budget, not for lack of charm or quality, but because of a publisher's limited resources. When I can make a match between one of these unsung heroes and a grateful reader, then I've done my job well!"

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