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8 07, 2010

“Skinny is Overrated” by Danielle Milano, MD

By | July 8th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy J.

In Skinny Is Overrated, Dr. Danielle Milano discusses the facts of weight loss, and offers real guidance for anyone struggling with a weight issue. The main premise of the book is that being skinny should never be the goal of a weight loss program. One should strive for a healthy lifestyle, not for a certain number on a scale after weeks or months spent dieting. Skinny Is Overrated encourages readers to embrace the healthy aspects of their heritage and incorporate those healthy food choices into their daily life.

The weight loss plan promoted in Skinny Is Overrated includes creating goals and sticking to them. These goals are meant to be in line with a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Milano suggests keeping a log and developing a schedule that works with the reader’s lifestyle, and stresses the importance of

1 06, 2010

Giveaway: “This Is Why You’re Fat” by Jackie Warner

By | June 1st, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Giveaways|Tags: , , , , , |108 Comments

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“Being fat isn’t your fault; staying fat is.” That’s what Jackie Warner, America’s favorite no-nonsense celebrity fitness trainer tells her own clients, and that’s why no one delivers better results than Jackie does.

Now for the first time, Jackie shares her revolutionary program, showing readers the best ways to drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or deprivation, and keep them off for good! Her two-tiered approach provides a complete nutritional makeover and a failure-proof condensed workout routine PLUS all the emotional support and encouragement you need to get to the finish line and beyond.

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I have 3 hardcover copies of This Is Why You’re Fat to give away!

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4 03, 2010

Review: The Mayo Clinic Diet

By | March 4th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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mayo clinic diet book coverReviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

The premise of the The Mayo Clinic Diet is that it will be the last diet you will ever need. The Mayo Clinic has helped many individuals lose weight and keep it off, and The Mayo Clinic Dietis the compilation of these tested techniques. Each section draws on the experience of various health care professionals – internists, psychologists, nutritionists and so on – and emphasizes creating your own plan using the concepts in the book. One of the motivational tools suggested in The Mayo Clinic Diet is recording your food intake, level of exercise and goals for the day. While this recording can be done in any notebook,

13 02, 2010

Review: Totally Toned Arms by Rylan Duggan

By | February 13th, 2010|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , |1 Comment

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6521d07cb9d567a786f1c98fc5913ed4Reviewed by Jen Kulman

The subtitle of this book is “Get Michelle Obama Arms in 21 Days.” Author Rylan Duggan is a personal trainer who developed this special program after realizing that arm issues was a common complaint among his clients. When he realized the frenzy surrounding the First Lady’s arms, he seized his opportunity. Whether you are republican or democrat, a Barack supporter or detractor, you have to admit that this lady has great arms! They are quite toned and shapely without appearing too masculine.

Put simply, there are three steps to follow: 1) Burn the fat, 2) Sculpt the muscle and 3) Boost the metabolism. Sounds easy, right? Even better is that the strength training program takes less than 15 minutes each day. It’s sounding a little too good to be true, but that’s only until you start the program and

7 01, 2010

Review: The One-Day Way by Chantel Hobbs

By | January 7th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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the one-day wayReviewed by Erin N.

Do you struggle with weight? Have you just given up all hope of ever being a healthy size? Chantel Hobbs has developed a way for you to lose all the weight you want and keep it off for life. The plan is based on applying the simple mechanics of weight loss (burn more calories than consumed) but also keeping the focus on just one day at a time. Chantel says that what derails most weight loss efforts is the demoralization brought about by making mistakes and by creating unrealistic goals. In her books she helps you work through these issues and provides you with tools to achieve the lifestyle you deserve.

In The One-Day Way, Chantel speaks about her own struggles with weight and how she overcame them. She also provides real life examples of people

25 11, 2009

Mood-Boosting, Waist-Shrinking Lunch Ideas

By | November 25th, 2009|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , |1 Comment

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I know most of us will be loosening up our belts on Thursday and getting our fill of delicious turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casseroles and whatever else our families prepare for Thanksgiving. Here are 10 equally delicious lunch ideas to offset the “damage” of the Thanksgiving feast. These recipes were taken from Eat Your Way To Happiness by Elizabeth Somer, which we reviewed here.

10 Day’s Worth of Mood-Boosting, Waist-Shrinking Lunch Ideas

1. Wrap It: Fill a Mission Life Balance flour tortilla with 2 ounces of turkey breast meat, 1⁄2 cup shredded romaine lettuce, 2 tablespoons grated carrot and 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar salad dressing. Serve with a glass of 1% milk and a piece of fruit.

2. Salad Fixings:
Top 3 cups of baby spinach and/or romaine lettuce with 1⁄2 cup berries, 1 tablespoon pecans, 1⁄2 cup broccoli

22 11, 2009

Review: Eat Your Way To Happiness by Elizabeth Somer

By | November 22nd, 2009|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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9780373892686_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Carly L.

Elizabeth Somer is an expert on the effects food has on our bodies and minds. She’s written numerous books on the subject, including Age-Proof Your Body, 10 Habits That Mess Up a Womans Diet, and the popular Food & Mood. I was excited about her newest book, Eat Your Way To Happiness, but I couldn’t help but wonder what else this author possibly had to say on the subject…

Happily, Somer’s newest book did not disappoint. The chapters are divided into diet “secrets” and each secret provides guidelines for living a healthier life by making the connection between changing your behavior and creating positive change in the way you feel throughout the day. The recommendations are easy to understand and