Diets don’t work. Nearly sixty percent of Americans are overweight–and the numbers are growing along with their waistlines. Many doctors still wonder why so many of their patients, despite their best efforts, cannot lose weight permanently. Diets offer temporary relief. Yet the reason is not lack of willpower, notes renowned gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Packard. Instead excessive weight gain should be viewed as a medical condition–one that can be easily cured with the groundbreaking, easy-to-maintain Packard Weight Health Plan.
Dr. Packard has spent the last decade developing this practical, scientifically sound, and sustainable five-step program. Taking into account your brain and its primal appetites, and tapping into the natural power of food chemistry, Packard shows you how to literally reengineer your brain’s cravings. This process leads you to your ideal “weight health”–meaning you will reach your individual, optimum body weight without a relapse.
The five easy steps of the Packard Weight Health Plan are as follows:
• Determine if you possess good “weight health”–which is comprised of BMI (Body Mass Index), percentage of body fat, and level of brain cravings
• Take the personalized quiz to discover where you fall on the “weight health” spectrum, from “you can stand to lose a few pounds” to “let’s get to work”
• A no-stress five-day diet regime–a protein breakfast for weight loss, a complex carbohydrate lunch for health, and a dinner of your choice
• Recondition your brain’s eating habits through meditation and relaxation techniques–and control your impulse for overindulgence
• Low-impact physical activity, which could be as easy as a brisk, invigorating twenty-five-minute walk each day.
Featuring gourmet recipes and delicious meal plans, as well as lively case studies of people who successfully mastered and maintained the Packard Weight Health Plan, this eye-opening book will make everyone a winner in the battle of the bulge. Forget counting calories and portion control. Treat yourself to that occasional dessert or glass of wine. Above all remember: When you attain Weight Health, you look good and you increase your quality of life!
Discovering Weight Health
Take a moment to answer these questions:
*How much do you weigh?
*How much would you like to weigh?
*When was the first time someone commented on your weight?
*When was the first time that you remember being overweight?
*When was the first time that you dieted or tried to lose weight?
*How many times have you tried to lose weight?
*How many pounds do you think you have lost in your lifetime?
*How much money have you spent trying to lose weight?
*Do you think that being overweight is a disease?
*Do you think that you are in control of your weight?
*Are you obsessed with your weight?
*Are you obsessed with food?
If any of these questions upset you, or make you think that you have failed, be sure to know that you are not alone. The Weight Health Plan can help you lose weight safely and permanently. But before we begin, you need to understand what your weight health actually is.From the Hardcover edition.
Excerpted from The Packard Weight Health Plan by Dr. Andrew Packard. Copyright © 2003 by Dr. Andrew Packard. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About Dr. Andrew Packard
Dr. Andrew Packard, a graduate of Yale Medical School, is a leading gastroenterologist who has spent the last ten years studying with the world’s leading weight loss experts to develop the Weight Health Plan. He has published articles and lectured widely on this and related topics.