Monday, March 14, 2011

Book review and giveaway: 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart


Congrats to my winners:  Splendwhore; Stephanie
 
Yep, I'm once again trying to lose weight. Things were going pretty well for a while there, but then I had a massively stressful fall and early winter, and unfortunately coped by eating. WAY too much.  So now I'm trying to get in gear again! Fortunately I have a new tool in my diet tool belt, a fabulous new book by Neal D. Barnard, MD, called 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart. Here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:

For years, Dr. Neal D. Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health. Now, with his proven, successful program, in just three short weeks you'll get fast results-drop pounds, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve blood sugar, and more. With Dr. Barnard's advice on how to easily start a plant-based diet, you'll learn the secrets to reprogramming your body quickly: · Appetite reduction: Strategically choose the right foods to naturally and easily tame your appetite.
This book is really well laid out, with three easy-to-follow sections. The first part covers the basics of the diet- discussing why it works, the effects on the body of the plant-based diet, foods that are good to eat, vitamins, foods to avoid, ideas for what to eat when you're out at a restaurant, and more.  Part two of the book is a great day-by-day walk through the diet.  It's nice to have the motivation and tips for each day- not so much information at once that it's overwhelming, and good encouragement for when you're in the middle of the 21-day process.  Finally, the book wraps up with a menu and recipe section, a discussion of ingredients that may be new to the reader, and cooking tips.

I like this book a lot. It's easy to read, it's motivating, and its realistic. The author has ideas for different lifestyles and ways to fit this way of eating into everyone's life. Whether you love to cook or love to eat out or love to use pre-made foods at home, there are ideas and tips for how to make it work.  I've only been doing the 21-Day kickstart for a few days, but I'm already down a few pounds and I'm feeling better too! Even though my husband certainly doesn't need to lose weight, he's planning to join me on the diet soon, since he likes the idea of the heart-healthy aspect of a plant-based diet.

To browse through parts of this book, check out the widget below:


And for information on where to buy, visit this link.

And I have good news! Two of you will win a copy of this fabulous book! Open to US/Canadian mailing addresses. Please note that there is a one copy per household rule, so if you win this book on another giveaway, you will not be eligible to win here.

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Let me know why you need this book!

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5. Put my button (code on the right side of this page) up on your blog and let me know where I can find it!

Giveaway will close at 9PM Pacific time on April 14, 2011. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will then have 48 hours to respond.  Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to the Product Review Place and Hachette Book Group. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

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