Lighten Up Review

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

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Lighten Up!: The Authentic Way to Lose Your Weight and Your Worries is a book written by well known stress coach, Loretta LaRoche. Her book is a lighthearted, fun, approach to weight loss, where she provides her eight secrets to shedding the pounds.

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According to LaRoche, the majority of people have forgotten how to eat, and how to enjoy their food. Too many people feel that food is the sworn enemy, and still too many others feel food is their saving grace. The key is finding a balance in the way you feel about food, and to start regarding it as the positive life force it is meant to be. Avoid falling into the typical dieting frame of mind. Continue to eat food that you think tastes good. Remember what you love about the food you eat every day, and journal the experiences so you can keep track of them. She says you should follow the way the French eat, with three small meals every day, and a little bit of wine. She also says you should eat with your family as much as possible because research indicates this can help you live a longer, fuller, life. No meal plans or specific dietary guidelines are provided in the book because she wants people to focus on getting a better self esteem and more positive outlook. She says exercise should not be used as an excuse to overeat because it takes more activity than we realize to burn off those extra calories. Never exercise under stress or obligation, and only do something you enjoy.

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Advantages

  • This program promotes stress management.
  • This program advocates keeping a food diary.
  • This program promotes having a healthy relationship with your food.

Disadvantages

  • No dietary guidelines are provided in this book.
  • Little guidance about how to make healthy eating choices.
  • Some people may not understand the way LaRoche approaches things.

Conclusion

Lighten Up!: The Authentic Way to Lose Your Weight and Your Worries does a good job on getting people to change the way they think and feel about food, but it does not really help with weight loss. There are no dietary guidelines, meal plans, recipes, or real exercise recommendations to help you. This may be a good thing to use alongside another weight loss program to help keep you with a motivated positive attitude, but beyond that we don’t really recommend it. Instead, follow a reduced calorie, nutritionally balanced diet, with increased water intake. Find and take a proven weight loss supplement, either as a fat burner or appetite suppressant to help you increase your efforts for best results.

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Editor: Paul Blake

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