Anne Fletcher calls them the masters. Her book weaves together research-based methods of weight maintenance with tried and true practices of masters at weight control. She divides the book into 10 keys (steps) that the masters have taken to become thin for life. As she says" Who better to tell you how to lose weight permanently than the very people who have done it?."
Here are her 10 keys to success which are gone into with great detail and with many incidents of individual stories and how they used that key:
1. Believe That You Can Become Thin for Life.
My fav part of this section was is the debunking of 9 myths we tend to use to not try again. Mine was myth #5 That we can't lose when we get older and
2. Take the Reins.
Talks about thin being relative, all about goals and masters talk about what was positive and negative about reaching goal.
3. Do it Your Way.
Choosing how you want to lose weight. Self styled vs. Program people and quotes fro masters on what they did food wise.
4. Accept the Food Facts.
All about what they believe the food facts to be. Not really in line with Red Color Diet, written in the 90's-so nothing about sugar or GL or natural foods. But I did like listed, numbered food facts:
#1 The masters stop seeing the way they eat as dieting.
#2 The masters survive the transition from weight loss to maintenance.
#3. The masters see the beauty of low fat eating
#4. The masters develop-and enjoy- new taste in food.
#5. ( Ok for some reason I tore out that section?! )
#6. The masters learn to listen to their bodies.
#7. The masters develop consistency in their way of eating.
5. Nip it in the Bud.
Ok, This is the key I talked about yesterday. It's all about preventing & or breaking a relapse cycle. In addition to the skills list It has bullet points all about setting realistic goals. Three of them are:
* Base goals on where you are now, not where you want to be down the road.
* Set specific rather than vague goals.
* Set flexible goals and be ready to change them.
6. Learn the Art of Positive Self-Talk.
7. Move It to Lose It.
8. Face Life Head On.
Coping with emotions and binge eating.
9. Get More Out of Life.
After explaining what she means by that and a section on self esteem there are really good sections by the masters themselves on developing a more full life and taking care of your own needs. Love this chapter.
10. Don't Go It Alone.
All about how to get support.
After a great epilog I'll share point in there is a recipe section from the masters and a Jump Start Diet. Not crazy about either, but crazy about the last masters bullet points so I'll leave you with that:
* To lose weight once and for all, the masters accepted that no one could do it for them.
* The masters give themselves permission to be imperfect.
* The masters have changed their attitudes about weight control.
* The masters view what they do to control their weight as life-long change.
*. The masters immediately deal with small weight gains before the extra pounds seem insurmountable.
* The masters stop using food as a shield from problems and learn to handle life's ups and downs more effectively.
* The masters believe in themselves.