The TOPS Way to Weight Loss: Beyond Calories and Exercise

The TOPS Way to Weight Loss: Beyond Calories and Exercise
Author: Howard J. Rankin, Ph.D.
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Price: $23.95 hardcover
Too often in the battle for the ultimate fad weight-loss diet, people lose sight of the possible underlying causes of overeating. In many books these days, the emphasis is heavy on diet and exercise instead of the interpersonal, emotional, and spiritual factors that are the real keys to weight management.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) was started in 1948 by a Milwaukee housewife named Esther S. Manz. She suggested that in order to lose weight, people needed the support of others. She then set out to develop an organization that would deliver this crucial ingredient. Today, the non-profit business has more than 235,000 members in nearly 10,500 chapters.

The organization Weight Loss combines the people-oriented weight loss philosophies of TOPS with the emotional, physical, and spiritual guidance needed to change a person's lifestyle for the better.

In chapter 11, Dr. Rankin writes, "In the culture in which we live, we have come to demand convenience and immediate results. With weight loss, however, the expectation of a quick and easy transformation is unrealistic and damaging. More reasonable attitudes have to prevail to achieve lasting change."

Dr. Rankin uses everyday case studies as "how-to" reference guides for those struggling with obesity and weight loss. It is intended as a diet book written from the perspective of a psychologist, and it is indispensable for people dealing with more than just the physical problems of weight loss.

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