THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week 622.3 to 622.5

Guest Anne Fletcher, author, Thin for Life, Eating Thin for Life, Thin for Life Daybook, Houghton Mifflin publishers

Topic No weight loss magic

Host/Producer Steve Girard

NEMA Registered dietician Anne Fletcher, whose latest book on weight loss masters is the Thin for Life Daybook, says the recent phen/fen -redux fiasco is the perfect parable to illustrate that losing weight doesn't come in a bottle...

FLETCHER ...and that there is no magic bullet. There will be new weight loss drugs that will come out in the future...but the bottom line is that you still have to do the things that these Masters at weight control do, in order to be successful. You have to permanently change your eating habits, you have to exercise...walking was the number one form of exercise. But ultimately, you have to change your lifestyle...and that really seems overwhelming to people. Well, that's why I wrote the day book. Because it helps you take things one week at a time...in a weekly journal format. So there is one thing, one thought, one theme for the reader to work on each week...one inspiration. And then there are lots of inspirational weeks, where you're working on some real strong motivational strategies that's shared by these masters. But it's one week at a time, so that it doesn't seem overwhelming.

NEMA Thin for Life Daybook, from Houghton Mifflin, helps set realistic weight loss goals and gives inspirational notes and recipes. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.

Week 622.4

Guest Anne Fletcher, author, Thin for Life, Eating Thin for Life, Thin for Life Daybook, Houghton Mifflin publishers

Topic Weight loss organization

Host/Producer Steve Girard

NEMA Dietician Anne Fletcher has been tracking several hundred successful dieters, who've kept their weight off for at least three years. Her new book, Thin for Life Daybook, organizes your weight loss efforts...

FLETCHER Actually, the book has a section each week where you set a few small goals for the week. And you also anticipate obstacles, because that's one of the problems...that people don't plan ahead, and they don't anticipate difficult situations...like a business dinner, or a party, or going on vacation.

And there also is a place to keep your weekly food diary. Recent research studies suggest that people who are more successful at weight control do keep track of what they eat. Now, I asked the masters, Does this mean that they're all fanatics, writing down every morsel of food they eat? No, they're not. Most of them do not keep a daily or weekly diet diary, but the majority of them told me that they keep track of what they eat in some fashion...they pay attention to it. Remember how I said most of them never let themselves regain more than 3 to 5 pounds? So they get on the scale, and if their weights up a couple of pounds, they might keep a diet diary until their weight is back down again.

NEMA Big tip Weight loss masters always nip small weight gains in the bud. They know it's easier then than a 20 or 40 pound gain. Anne Fletcher's books are Thin for Life, Eating Thin for Life, and the new Thin for Life Daybook, published by Houghton Mifflin. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.

Week 622.5

Guest Anne Fletcher, author, Thin for Life, Eating Thin for Life, Thin for Life Daybook, Houghton Mifflin publishers

Topic Realistic weight loss goals

Host/Producer Steve Girard

NEMA Dietician Anne Fletcher tracks successful dieters who have lost lots of weight and kept it off for at least 3 years...and part of her new Thin for Life Daybook is setting realistic goals...

FLETCHER Well, I think It's really important to set realistic goals for yourself. In all aspects of trying to change your lifestyle, whether we're talking about exercise, a weight goal...when it comes to exercise, start small. You succeed at a small goal of 10 minutes every other day, and you feel like you've accomplished something and then you can slowly work up. When it comes to setting a weight goal for yourself, lots of times we're influenced by media messages of how we should look, and the truth is that most people were not meant to look like fashion models or movie stars. And that's why I talk in my books about the concept of a comfortable body weight. If you've been heavy and struggling with your weight most of your life...maybe it's just not realistic to think you're going to get down to 115 pounds. And a lot of these masters at weight control said, You know, yeah, I'd like to be a size 8, but life isn't so bad at a size 12Ó. And I think that it's easier to maintain a weight loss when you have a realistic goal for yourself.

NEMA Thin for Life Daybook has notes and tips from the Weight loss masters...as well as a new low fat recipe for each week. i'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.