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Lose Weight? Exercise More? I Don’t Think So! by Kristen Carter could well be the refrain from all of us when faced with the doctor’s inevitable advice. The purpose of this book is to demystify that famous advice from doctors the world over – “you need to make changes to your lifestyle, for your health.” As the author points out, doctors rarely have the time or indeed the inclination to explain exactly what we need to do to make these changes and, more importantly, what we need to do to make said changes stick and be permanent. This is not a “how to lose weight” or “how to exercise book.” What Carter attempts to do in this short treatise is to explain firstly the rationale behind the doctor’s instructions to lose weight and exercise more and secondly some concrete steps in changing our mindsets so that we take steps to not only achieve the stated goal but more importantly achieve permanent changes in our lifestyle and ultimately our health.
Kristen Carter offers a roadmap to permanent change in Lose Weight? Exercise More? I Don’t Think So! What I particularly liked was her explanations as to why fad diets and forced exercise rarely, if ever, work. The author, by focusing on our habits, has brilliantly pinpointed the only true way to ensure these objectives are met. Of special importance, for me, was the explanation that unlike what many of us have been told in the past, ingrained habits relating to food and exercise are not habits that can be changed in just a few weeks but often will require work for up to a year to fully reinforce the new habits. This is a technical book to some extent but written in a language that is understandable and actionable by the general layperson and that’s what makes it stand out from the rest. I really enjoyed the sage advice that we cannot expect to change things overnight and that one small step each day, changing one small habit, was absolutely the way to go. The section on exercise, especially for those of us who are “exercise averse,” was extremely enlightening and made doing the recommendations easy and sensible. If you are serious about making changes in your lifestyle to make a long-term difference in your life from a health perspective, this would be an excellent book to begin the journey with.