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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Review: Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs

Title: Never Say Diet
Author: Chantel Hobbs
Pages: 240
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition (December 16, 2008)
Genre: Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Health/Diet
Edition: Paperback - many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy to review for the focus on Health and Beauty!

Perfect for : Personal Use, Note: there is a journal-type book that can be used together with this during your 16 week training period. Review coming soon.

In a nutshell: So many people have the desire to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, which is why we are introduced to fad diets and counting calories! Have you ever wondered why diets don't generally work? Because they are addressing a symptom, not the cause. This book helps to address the lifestyle choices (body, mind and spirit) we make on a day-to-day basis, helping us to make better choices for our health. Chantel talks about the importance of exercising consistently, and monitoring your progress less in terms of weight-loss and more in terms of working out longer, harder, etc. Once you start exercising, you begin to address eating habits. She has a great message, and adds to it that God has given us each the power to accomplish what we set our minds and hearts to. She also provides a 16-week plan to accomplish weight-loss goals, stressing the importance of consistency. She includes tips and actual exercises throughout the book. This is a wonderfully inspirational story of a woman who has lost a lot of weight, and she was nice enough to share her knowledge with readers.

Extended Review:
Content: The book starts off with a great introduction where Chantel takes away the ability to use excuses! Without excuses, we are free to begin addressing the main issues. She then goes on to talk about the difference between dieting and making a lifestyle change, adding that it is more important to keep making progress rather than focusing on how fast you are making progress. Next comes the importance of consistency in an exercise program and an actual 16-week program.

Format: The author gets rid of excuses right away, then reinforces the difference between a diet and a lifestyle change, and gives the reader a good plan and personal examples throughout the book. She also provides some tips in highlighted boxes throughout the book.

Readability: Very easy to read with plenty of personal examples and encouragement. The exercises are shown with clear pictures that help the reader easily understand how to do them.

Overall: A wonderfully encouraging book that will help you to make some important life changes.

From the Publisher's Website:
Chantel Hobbs lost two hundred pounds without the help of surgery, pills, point systems, or a trendy diet. And just as important, she kept the weight off.

Her dramatic turnaround began with five decisions–personal, no-excuses commitments that kept her from losing sight of her goals. It worked for Chantel and it will work for you. Once you unconditionally change your mind your body will follow, and your life will never be the same.

In this book you will discover:

·How to move beyond past failures and get over your old excuses
·How changing your eating patterns can break food’s hold over you
·Why winning the weight-loss battle must come from the inside out
·The simple workouts that deliver lasting results and are fun to do
·How to overcome the naysayers, the diet police, and your own nagging doubts
·How to prioritize your health, juggle family and career, and stay motivated when life takes unexpected turns
·Why the diet industry wants you to keep coming back
·And much more!

You will find straight talk on developing the determination, commitment, and personal responsibility it takes to achieve weight loss that lasts. It’s time to stop getting ready for the event and start getting ready for life!

First Paragraph:
Believe it or not, it is still difficult for me to say the words "I once weighed nearly 350 pounds." Not because I'm ashamed of the person I was, but because I no longer define myself - or others - by weight.

About the Author: (From the publisher's website)
Chantel Hobbs was twenty-nine years old and weighed three hundred forty-nine pounds when she reached a point of desperation. Her decision to change her life led to the development of a nutrition, exercise, and motivation program that resulted in the loss of two hundred pounds. Her inspiring story has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, the Bravo Network, and as a cover story in People.

Chantel ran her first marathon in 2005 and has run several more since. She is a certified spinning instructor, a personal trainer, and a running coach. A frequent motivational speaker, Chantel’s no-nonsense approach to weight loss and fitness has won her a grateful following nationwide, and she keeps her fans committed to healthy living through her newsletters and Web advice. Chantel lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with her husband and their four children.

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LissaL said...

I enjoyed this review because you were able to let the reader get an idea of what was really inside the book & in the mind of the author. Plus I have lived this. In 2005 I had my own "lightbulb" moment-I am much lighter in so many ways:)

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