Weight Loss Boss by David Kirchhoff
It might seem a little strange having a post reviewing a book written by David Kirchhoff, the President and CEO of Weight Watchers on my blog about the Dukan Diet. However so much of the information I’ve read about the book “Weight Loss Boss” applies to weight loss in general that I thought I would be able to give the book a small plug without feeling too disloyal!!
I was even more pleased with my decision when I found out that all the royalties from the book are being donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. Share Our Strength is a non-profit organisation established to eradicate childhood hunger in America.
The book is described on Amazon as “a frank, funny, and groundbreaking guide to surviving and thriving in an obesogenic world” and one reader posted the following review
Dave’s book is brutally honest and gets to the heart of the issues some of us struggle with regarding weight loss. He gives specific advice backed by research and a lot of his personal knowledge after working for Weight Watchers for many years. This book has given me hope and practical advice on how I can not only lose the weight I have struggled to lose for years but also honesty about how it is a life-long journey and not a diet. It is entertaining to read and is peppered with success stories from other people who have lost weight and kept it off.
To give you a taster of the book here are five steps that he sets out to help you achieve your weight loss success.
1. Willpower is overrated
Just relying on willpower is setting yourself up to fail. Routine is the key to achieving long term success. Plan your day around exercise and sensible nutritious meals giving yourself achievable goals.
2. Create Good Habits
Good habits actually come from routine and once established doesn’t require discipline or willpower but it is not an easy task to get rid of a bad habit. The book helps explain how you make a behavioral change.
3. Managing your Environment
Kirchoff gives practical advice on avoiding temptation such as “Out of sight, out of mouth” and he talks abouts “hot states” and “cold states.” Hot states are when you’re surrounded by temptation and the best way to plan for these hot states is to plan for them when you are in a cold state.
4. Build a Support Network
Having a network helps us understand that we are not alone in our struggle with diet and exercise. He recommends opening up about your personal experiences as this helps make you accountable for your actions.
5. It’s about Food & Exercise
The book provides guidance on maintaining a stable weight but I particularly like his advice to steer well clear of the “bad girlfriends of food”. These are the foods that provide you with a quick thrill but make you feel awful afterwards. They also leave you wanting more and are bad for you in the long run! His advice is for us to “settle down” with good food.
I’ve provided links to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk below. If you are interested in buying the book, these links have the” click to look inside” feature and you can see the full contents and read a little of the book before making your decision to buy.