“The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy” is the latest book by fitness author Bob Greene, who also wrote “Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life,” “Keep the Connection: Choices for a Better Body and a Healthier Life, ”“ The Best Diet for Life, ”and several others. This book, written with psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke and nutritionist Janis Jibrin, focuses on common barriers to weight loss success and provides practical advice on emotional eating and lack of motivation.
After an introduction, where Greene tells a personal story involving his investigation of the emotional and psychological side of weight loss, and what this book can do for the reader, he begins with a chapter on barriers to losing success. of weight. Greene addresses eight barriers, and none of them are eating or exercising, but mental or emotional aspects.
In Chapter Two, Kearney-Cooke addresses overcoming emotional eating. This is a big problem for many, and this chapter reveals some simple ways to find your motivation, overcome barriers, and find replacements for eating to deal with emotions. It is a practical chapter with tips on how to achieve your goals in these areas.
The third chapter is from Jibrin and focuses on rewiring her sugar, fat and salt loving brain. There is interesting information about why we eat what we do, eight reasons why we must control our eating and his nine-step program to follow a nutritious and calorie-adequate diet.
Greene is back with chapter four, where he covers how to conquer exercise aversion. If you’re having trouble getting up and going, this chapter can help you find some motivation to move. You list thirteen reasons to exercise, and you really only need to pick one to motivate yourself to do so. It addresses many common excuses and excuses to overcome, as well as different types of exercises that you should include in your workouts.
Chapter Five is about transforming your body image, and in it Kearney-Cooke addresses an issue that many people need help with, especially the images we are bombarded with on television and in print.
Greene is back with Chapter Six, which is about maintaining weight loss. He takes a look at what works and what doesn’t, and offers some good tips and advice to make sure you don’t get it back when you lose weight.
Being happy is important, and Kearney-Cooke discusses what it takes to be happy in chapter seven. I liked this chapter and I think many people could benefit from following the simple guidelines set out on these pages.
After chapter seven, there is Appendix 1 that contains the Lifestyle Record. This is a stimulus with a sample worksheet, to record important things about your lifestyle, such as your sleep, hunger, consumption of food and drink, etc. Appendix 2 covers the Body Mass Index, while Appendix 3 has the Goldberg Depression Scale. Appendix 4 has instructions on sample goal setting worksheets, and Appendix 5 has The Motivational Interview to help you assess yourself. Appendix 6 is Greene’s Best Exercise Method for Life. Simple plan with suggested exercises. Brief descriptions of the exercises, but without images.
Overall, this is a good book for many people who are struggling to lose weight or keep it off due to emotional issues or lack of motivation. The authors offer a simple and practical guide to overcome these barriers, get motivated, lose weight and be happy. If you need help in these areas, check out this book, but more importantly, apply what the authors teach.