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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Weight-Loss Apocalypse by Robin Phipps Woodall details the weight loss plan originally started by Dr. Simeons, otherwise known as the hCG program; the program utilizes the hCG protocol for the “ultimate weight loss”. The premise of the program is to eat only when you are hungry, reduce the urge to eat when you are bored, deal with stress without using food as a distraction or pacifier, and create happiness in your life without having to use food as the source of fulfillment.

It is true that most people are stimulated by food and rely on desserts or meals to “lift their mood”. Woodall states that eating should be less of an emotional endeavor and more of a practical function. One premise is that the more fat cells a person’s body accumulates the less the person actually needs food. The sugary treats people use to comfort themselves on a regular basis (or that serve as a “reward” in their lives) get absorbed directly into the bloodstream and cause the accumulation of fat cells in a person’s body.

If people are truly interested in changing their behaviors, they have to also change how they see themselves in relation to their food habits. Are they controlling their food habits in unhealthy ways such as by starvation diets, or are they bringing unhealthy foods into their daily food intake to “reward” themselves for some event in their lives? People have to be motivated to change the role food plays in their lives, because following the hCG protocol is a tool to effectuate change, but not the only means to change itself. If people are unable to separate their personal identity from the act of eating or dieting, they are set up to fail.

Weight-Loss Apocalypse is incredibly technical to read and is more like a scientific journal than a user friendly look at how to actually achieve the weight loss goal. If you are looking for quick steps, or a quick guide for what to do, you will need to be a patient reader. These steps and guides are somewhere in the book, but you will have to read through quite a bit of technical info to actually find them.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Robin Phipps Woodall. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.