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320 pages
Dec 2004
Integrity Publishers

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Have you tried every diet to hit the presses? Are you tired of yo-yo dieting? Stephen Arterburn and Dr. Linda Mintle may be able to help you with their lifestyle program revealed in Lose It for Life. Both have dealt with weight problems in their past and have helped others with weight problems. As a matter of fact, they dedicate the book to the more than 1000 weight losers who attended the Lose It For Life Institute.

This book differs from most diet books in that it isn't a diet book: it's a lifestyle book. They advertise that you can use it with several prominent diets or by itself. Though Arterburn and Mintle include the Smart Low-Carb Plan and the Walker's Plan in the book, they go beyond to help the dieter try to recognize the attitudes, problems, and thoughts that make eating a challenge. Having dealt with their own weight problems, they write to their readers with compassionate understanding.

The authors encourage their readers to surrender their lives and eating to God and to actively ask for His help. They take a holistic approach, encouraging readers to keep an eating journal, exercise, and study nutrition, but they also help readers identify the difference between physical and emotional hungers. They urge the keeping of a Dysfunctional Thought Record so that the dieter will be able to recognize and rebut the thought patterns that undermine their dieting. They confront unrealistic social and Christian premises that those trying to lose weight may encounter.

Arterburn and Mintle provide some anecdotes, which keeps the reading interesting. They write in a friendly, straightforward style. I found the use of The Message for some of the Bible passages distracting and annoying. The passages were different enough from the translations that I'm familiar with to stop my reading while I tried to figure out the context of the passages. However, they had very good sections on gratification, gluttony, and the different types of hunger.

The book includes several appendices: templates for keeping a food journal, a hunger chart, and dysfunctional thought chart, as well as a glycemic food index, recipes, and several exercise plans. This program seems well worth considering. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Tired of that old Yo-Yo Weight Loss/Weight Gain Cycle?

Most weight-loss plans will help you drop a few pounds, but for how long? You deserve better. You deserve Lose It For Life, a uniquely balanced program that deals with the physical, emotional and even spiritual elements that lead to permanent weight loss.

Even if you have already experienced some success on another weight-loss program--Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, whatever--this book will give you the information and motivation you need to achieve a permanent "state of weightlessness," which is the secret to lasting results.

Lose It For Life was developed by best-selling author and radio personality Stephen Arterburn, who lost 60 pounds 20 years ago and has kept it off. In this revoluationary book, he and Dr. Linda Mintle, who is known for her clinical work regarding weight issues, will help you accomplish what you desire most: permanent results.