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New Weight-Loss Book Seeks To Shift Traditional Focus Of Dieting

October 31, 2000 -- For seasoned dieters and others concerned about their weight, suggestions to "stop buying diet foods, stop counting calories, throw out the scale and legalize all food" seem more like wishful thinking than the latest weight-loss advice.

But, according to an innovative new book, "Eating Well, Living Well: When You Can’t Diet Anymore," an individual’s "natural, comfortable, and healthy" weight is achieved by focusing on healthy choices from a variety of foods rather than on the daunting list of foods not to consume. The book is co-authored by University of Virginia exercise physiology professor Glenn A. Gaesser and Karin Kratina, a nutrition therapist in Gainesville, FL.

The authors advocate a pattern of eating only when physically hungry and making a daily effort to take in the recommended amount of nutrients. "Eating Well, Living Well" also pinpoints some of the psychological roots of weight struggles, cautioning against deprivation-driven and emotional eating patterns, among others.

Published by the Wheat Foods Council, the book is aimed at those trapped in the "diet mentality" who are frustrated by the strict and seemingly unattainable mandates of some popular dieting programs. Suggestions for realistic exercise regimens and recipes for healthy yet appetizing meals are also included.

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