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At the Library: Library has wealth of books to shed off unwanted pounds

By Staff | Nov 25, 2015

Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, the Captiva Memorial Library will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will re-open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Check out these titles before the New Year rush:

“Skinny Habits:

The 6 Secrets of Thin People”

by Bob Harper

“In Bob Harper’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling book ‘The Skinny Rules,’ the trusted trainer and coach of NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser’ laid out the 20 nonnegotiable eating rules for getting thin. In the process of helping countless men and women reach their weight loss goals, Harper has noticed six fundamental patterns in the lifestyle choices of those who succeed long-term-from the unique way they plan ahead to how they organize their environment and social calendars to even the way they dress. With his signature authority, colorful stories, and real-world solutions, Harper draws on the most up-to-date research related to habit formation, neuroplasticity, and cognitive behavioral psychology to show how feeding your brain-“the muscle between your ears”-can wield as much control over your weight as what you put in your mouth. With anecdotes about his clients, guided steps for adopting your new practices, and tips for integrating them into your own daily routine, ‘Skinny Habits’ has everything you need to shape your body and your life!” *

“Mind Your Body: 4 Weeks to a Leaner, Healthier Life: 10 Core Concepts for an Optimally Balanced You”

by Joel Harper, foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz

“A renowned personal trainer to Olympic athletes, movie stars, Broadway actors, and supermodels, draws on 20 years of experience to create a powerful three-step fitness approach-combining mindful techniques with effective workouts-to achieve stunning results in only 15 minutes a day. With a foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Cutting edge research in the fields of neuroscience and neuropsychology shows that negative thinking prevents people from improving bad health and shedding excess weight. As the research makes clear, your mindset is the crucial factor when it comes to slimming down, toning up, and boosting overall well being. Joel Harper’s ‘Mind Your Body’ provides simple, effective ways to harness your brainpower to make lasting changes. Utilizing his powerful three-step approach, readers will learn how to quickly and simply access mindful techniques, combine them with effective 15 minute workouts, and eat simply and deliciously to quickly, efficiently, and effortlessly yield successful weight loss, a leaner and firmer body, reduced stress, improved health, increased happiness, and enhanced energyimproved mood, impulse control, motivation, and energy in just one day. In one week, you will have established new ways of thinking, moving, and eating that will deliver effortless weight loss, energy surges, and more restful sleep. At the end of four weeks, you will have dropped a dress size, lost up to 10 pounds or more, shed fat, toned up, doubled your energy levels, and have bulletproof motivation-all thanks to a positive new outlook and fifteen minutes a day.” *

“The Diet Trap Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep It Off for Good”

by Dr. Judith Beck and Deborah Beck Busis

“The New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Beck Diet Solution’ teams up with her daughter and colleague at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior to teach readers how to think their way thin, offering practical, proven tools for escaping common diet traps for good. Most diet programs work at first. But, then life happens-stress, bad habits, holidays, travel-and we revert to bad habits, and the weight comes back. In this invaluable book, Dr. Judith Beck offers the solution to break free from these common diet traps and keep the weight off for life. Dr. Beck explains that when it comes to losing weight, it’s not just about what we eat. It’s also about how we think. To consistently eat differently, we must learn to think differently. Diets fail us because they don’t offer effective strategies for overcoming the common traps-emotional eating, social pressure, dining out-that can derail us. Now, she and her daughter, Deborah Beck Busis, share the techniques they have successfully used with thousands of clients, revealing how to overcome the thoughts and behaviors that have held us back. With ‘The Diet Trap Solution,’ readers on any diet regimen can learn to identify their specific diet traps and create action plans to strengthen their “resistance muscle”-making losing weight easy, sustainable, and enjoyable.” *

“To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate, and Be the Best You Can Be”

by Lorraine Bracco

“Lorraine Bracco is one of the world’s most dynamic actresses, but when she reached her 50’s, she felt she was losing her luster. During the long illnesses of her parents, she began to gain weight and felt her energy and self-confidence take a dive. Watching her parents die within nine days of each other was her wake-up call to take charge of her life. She made a commitment to herself to stay healthy. In ‘To the Fullest,’ Bracco presents her Clean Up Your Act Program, a comprehensive plan to help women over 40 look and feel younger. The program includes an intensive liver cleanse to reboot the body to start fresh on the path to optimal health by eliminating gluten, sugar, eggs, and dairy. Two weeks of meal plans and a varied list of meals and snacks illustrate that hunger is not part of the program and that eating clean has endless flavorful options. Her ‘Clean Up Your Act Diet,’ which follows the cleanse, will help you lose pounds and deliver supercharged energy. Bracco adds her own mouthwatering recipes to ease the transition to clean eating and suggests an abundance of satisfying breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. She gradually lost 35 pounds and has kept it off. The book also includes testimonials gathered from women who have participated in Rodale’s six-week test panel. With winning honesty, Bracco provides the perfect combination of humor, comfort, and motivational support that women need to rise to life’s challenges. From attitude adjustments to style tips, from finding new passions to making movement a habit, her advice and personal insights both inspire and entertain.” *

“Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches With Real Food, Real Fast”

by Cynthia Sass

“Get ready to put aside all your calorie counting, appetite suppressing, no-pain-no-gain diets. Cynthia Sass, author of ‘S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim’ and coauthor of ‘Flat Belly Diet!,’ introduces the surprising superfood that is the secret to weight loss. Called pulses, this unique class of protein-rich carbs (including filling and satisfying lentils, beans, and chickpeas) actually boosts calorie- and fat-burning, whittles away belly fat, prevents snack attacks, and creates long-lasting energy. Plus, they’re gluten-free, readily available, and affordable! In ‘Slim Down Now,’ Sass reveals the scientifically demonstrated power of pulses, which she has incorporated into a dynamic, flexible weight-loss plan that focuses on how these supershredders can ultimately transform your body. The 30-day challenge asks you to put aside your usual weight-loss methods and adopt an entirely new approach to food, health, and weight management. You start with the four-day Rapid Pulse, where you make one simple recipe (a pudding!) daily for four days . . . but in those four days, you’ll lose up to 8 pounds! Then, you move on to the Daily Pulse, a 26-day program where you include one serving of pulse each day. Sass’s plan includes a simple DIY meal-building strategy you’ll love, as well as delicious, deprivation-free recipes, including a savory veggie quiche, garlicky shrimp scampi, and even oven-roasted potatoes. In fact, there is an entire chapter on desserts, including mouth-watering brownie bites and mini pumpkin spice

muffins. The meal plan includes grocery lists and restaurant options and can be followed by gluten-free eaters, vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. In addition to this new approach to eating, Sass reveals that less exercise rather than more can actually be the key to successful weight loss. Forget feeling pressure to spend hours on an elliptical or at exhausting boot camp classes. With this program, exercise becomes a more organic part of your day, rather than that nagging item on your to-do list. Bonus: you’ll also learn a simple five minute technique that will boost your mood and overall happiness. Sound too good to be true? We promise it’s not. Get started today, and see the pounds melt away.” *

“Why Kids Make You Fat… And How to Get Your Body Back: The Proven Weight-Loss Program for Busy Parents”

by Mark MacDonald

“It’s no secret that most of us get flabbier the older we get, and it’s no surprise that the biggest spike in weight happens in the early stages of parenthood. Mark Macdonald knows the struggle himself, having gained 35 pounds after the birth of his son. It happened to him even as a nutritionist and former fitness model, so he knew he wasn’t alone in the struggle. Along with his wife, Abbi, Mark has created this proven eight-week program specifically geared toward parents to help them shed the weight, discover new amounts of energy, and most importantly, create new sustainable habits to keep it from coming back.” *

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library.