Book Review: Attract Your Ideal Weight: 8 Secrets of People Who Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to lose weight successfully and maintain it while others never succeed despite repeated attempts? I ponder these questions myself, frequently in fact. Well this book seeks to uncover why. The author, a health coach and motivational speaker who has clearly worked with hundreds of clients in the area of weight loss, wrote out what she has seen as the 8 reasons people are successful at permanent weight loss.

Her theory is simple. If, for example, we look at successful people to learn how achieve greatness, and to wealthy people on how to manage money, and to organized people on how to manage our time, why don’t we look to thin people on how to be at a healthy weight? I mean, these are the people making healthy choices day-in and day-out. Somehow thin people make choices that keep their weight in check and their lifestyle in line with their goals and values. The author’s premise is, then, that we need to dig into some of these behaviors to see how they might apply to others who are struggling. Clearly another diet book is not the answer, so this approach is a breath of fresh air.

The book is divided into 8 key areas or “secrets” that should be addressed in order to change ones thinking about food, weight and happiness. Specifically, there are several key thought patterns and behaviors that need to be challenged. In what I think is probably one of the most important, secret #1 talks about self identity and the importance of relinquishing the connection between your behaviors and who you are as a person. Once you can separate those, you can start to more easily change those behaviors while remaining true to yourself. That realization alone can help people move to the next level of accepting themselves and making positive changes.

Other important areas she hits on includes drilling down on your true motivations for diet and lifestyle change, breaking change into manageable pieces, learning what your values are and aligning your life with those concepts, becoming more in-tune with your own body’s cues, learning from failure instead of succumbing to it, and taking full responsibility for your lifestyle and change.

The focus of this book is not to tell you what to do (most of you already know WHAT to do!). In that sense it’s not another diet book. The goal is to help you actually DO it. That is the hardest part. The mental component is so critical. We can talk healthy nutrition all day long but the key is how to implement that in a way that is sustainable and successful to meet your goals. How do we stop thinking about our weight and instead focus on being healthy and happy? These tips will get you there.

Overall, I strongly agree with all of the points the author makes. These areas are so important in allowing someone the freedom and ability to make lasting change. It takes the focus off of food and calories and places it on motivations, internal cues, and WHY you are seeking change in the first place. Just the realization that you need to address these areas can be an amazing first step for someone struggling with yo-yo dieting and the feelings of failure.

The one drawback is that each section is rather short and leaves much more to be desired in the areas of education and learning how to apply the particular principle. For this reason I would highly encourage anyone attempting to follow these steps to seek the guidance of a Dietitian or health coach to walk through this path with them in order to make sure you are applying each correctly. Additionally, the author’s website has more materials and information that can be helpful as well. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out your true motivations or why you desire change without some objective counsel to help. If you have based your happiness on the scale for years it can take some time to re-wire your thinking to a new paradigm. But certainly it is possible with these tips and some guidance.

To bring in my own personal experience as perspective, I am fortunate to be one of those people who rarely obsesses about my weight. As I was reading this book I was able to pinpoint the different areas she mentions as tools I use in managing my own weight without even thinking about it. I eat to feel good, and so that guides my food choices. I exercise to feel strong both mentally and physically, not to lose weight, and so that motivation keeps me moving. I was able to recognize that many of my motivations and WHYs of doing what I do are for reasons other than weight. Furthermore I listen to my internal cues of hunger and fullness and understand what foods work for my body and what foods don’t. I rarely eat past being full and I avoid foods that make me feel weighed down or bloated. That’s not to say I don’t have days where I eat terribly, but instead of feeling like a failure, I pick myself up and get back to my healthy lifestyle. I don’t let minor setbacks ruin everything. As someone who has been following these guidelines somewhat subconsciously, it was educational to see it written down on paper in an easy to digest format. This will help me as a practitioner be better able to educate others on following these same principles.

So, if you are about to buy another diet book, please don’t. Have a read through these 8 secrets to keep the weight off for good. Here’s to a healthy holiday season and a successful, diet-free start to 2015!


Book Review – Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off!

Did you know most of us are on a high-protein diet whether we know it or not? I didn’t either until I read Johansen’s book, Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off! Did you know the U.S. is among the top 10 countries with the most overweight people?… that three out of ten people are currently trying to lose weight?… that the grapefruit diet has been around since the 1930’s?

Johansen has prepared us with a dish of healthy common sense facts and truths about dieting. She gives 12 characteristics of fad diets and explains how to spot them. Specifically, she mentions 15 of such diets by name – Jenny Craig, Paleo, Atkins, Gluten-free, Cleanse, Blood type, Nutrisystem, etc. – and logically explains why these diets are not beneficial and even detrimental to most people.

Next, Johansen explains who should limit or avoid foods in certain food groups and who should not. After all, as she points out, “… it’s important that we don’t develop an unhealthy or fearful relationship with food.” In her book, she also explains how to visualize serving sizes. For instance, it may be easier to regulate food consumption when you think of a cup of cereal as the size of a baseball or three ounces as the size of your checkbook or a gram size being that of a paper clip.

For dessert, some of the book is ironically hilarious as Johansen explains ridiculous diets such as the “cotton ball baloney” in which a person eats 5 cotton balls soaked in lemonade. As you read through these once-popular “diets”, you are given a clearer perspective of today’s trending diets. In addition, over 30 tips are given for healthy eating such as: “Don’t drink your calories,” “Practice mindful eating” “Take advantage of your support system” and many more. Further, six indicators of not getting enough water and a description of our most efficient energy source are served on the table along with the main content.

Lastly, Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off, provides two websites where you can find a plethora of information on healthy eating and, at the time, design a diet specific to your needs.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who eats and reads — especially anyone who has been on a diet, is currently on a diet, or is thinking of going on a diet.

(5 out of 5)

My favorite quote: “… keeping a food and exercise dairy is one of the most useful weight management tools available.” – Lisa Tillinger Johansen


Weight Loss

Is Derek Wahler’s Belly Fat Shrinking Signal a good book?

Fat Shrinking Signal is a 21-day sequential home-based slimming program that uses natural methods to help you get rid of extra bodyweight as well as tone your muscles. The program is a creation of Derek Wahler who claims to be a Certified Turbulence Trainer and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Derek refers to himself as the “weight loss whisperer” and claims to overcome the challenges of traditional diet and exercise routines to help people lose weight. He created this simple follow along body shaping program based on science to help people of all ages and physical conditions successfully shrink body fat.

How does Fat Shrinking Signal Work?

This fat shrinking program targets all angles of your body so that you can tone and trim every inch without the boring effects associated with the same everyday workout routines. Its full body burn sequence sends fat burning signals to the brain through unique complete body movements to release trapped fat in the body. Fat Shrinking Signal relies on the effects of leptin to assist in weight loss. Leptin is a body hormone linked to weight loss and feelings of satiety, it lets you know when you are full and to stop eating.

When the brain does not receive leptin signals, it thinks that the body is starving and thus can never tell when you are full. As a result, you end up having too much storage fat as a result of the food you eat. Bearing this in mind, this program works to counter the problem of leptin level plummet and turn your body into a fat-burning system.

What is Included in the Fat Shrinking Signal Package?

The Fat Shrinking Signal program is based on performing certain exercises, in a particular manner, sequence and intensity for various body parts. It may take a while to master the exercise sequence, but once you do, it should take just about ten minute to complete. The essence of the system is targeted “slimming sequence” that includes four steps:

Body Slimming Burst #1 – The program begins to burn fat immediately with the first step that activates your “Fat Shrinking Signal” that flushes out trapped body fat so that you look and feel slimmer almost immediately. It is asserted that using the Fat Shrinking technique is like performing rapid liposuction, only that without the dangerous side effects or health risks. Therefore, you should be prepared for the psychological shift that comes with it.

Body Shaping Burst #2- This step releases fat-burning signals to your brain so that it instantly releases the trapped fat around the heart, arms, belly and thighs. It features unique body movements that shape the troublesome areas and melt fat away. This step is also known as the “Shock Your System”, it will activate five “shock points” concurrently, to firm and shape common body trouble spots.

Body Sculpting Burst #3 – This is a tightening and toning routine that includes a 40-second tummy slimming movement. It also activates anti-aging enzymes to get you looking years younger and releases the breakdown of fat in your body through the 10-minute “Fire Cracker” method.

Body Shredding Burst #4 – This fourth and final approach activates your metabolism, ignites calorie burning and lowers blood pressure. This means you are able to lose double, or even triple the fat because of the metabolism activation and become slimmer and more toned without adding extra sets or minutes to your workout


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