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ABC7 in Los Angeles recently featured my weight loss story and my new book, Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped, on their 5pm news program. Reporter Lori Corbin (the ABC7 “Food Coach”) narrates the piece. Click here if you’d like to check it out.
The other day while trolling my facebook newsfeed (when I admittedly should have been doing a million other things), I noticed a couple of my facebook friends had “liked” a site proclaiming “Fast And Effective Diet – Lose 10 Pounds in 7 Days.” Although I knew I’d be doing so for amusement (as opposed to doing so to gain any valuable insights), I clicked on the link. And boy, was I appalled at what I came across.
This supposed “10 pounds in 7 days” solution seemed to offer anything but (anything but a solution that is). The prescribed breakfast consisted of a glass of cold water with lemon juice, followed by two apples or two oranges (or one grapefruit). How they came up with this count is not explained. Breakfast could also include one handful of nuts. Next came lunch, which consists of cooked chicken or veal (no measurements or cooking instructions given) — along with one “pot” of “sour milk yogurt.” (Huh?) An afternoon snack is a fresh seasonal salad with olive oil and “very little” salt, followed by a prescribed dinner of “two hard boiled eggs plus cucumber salad or green salad with olive oil and a little salt”…followed by a warning that after 6:00 p.m., nothing was to be consumed other than a liter of green tea.
I am truly baffled that in this day and age, with all the knowledge we are getting about what constitutes a healthy diet (as opposed to a crash diet or one that’s not nutritionally sound) that people would actually think this is something healthy to incorporate into their lives. Then again, it’s on a site that calls itself “Healthy Food Team” (then it must be true! not!) and promises the reader he or she will lose 10 pounds in 7 days.
As someone who has taken off over 250 pounds of excess weight and kept it off for over a decade, I can assure you that there are no shortcuts, no quick fixes and no magic wands when it comes to healthy and lasting weight loss. And any “diet” that prescribes any salt, much less a liter of green tea before bed and no measurements of the prescribed “chicken of veal” should potentially be avoided.
As explained in the bonus section of my brand new book, Weightless: My Life As A Fat Man And How I Escaped, the tenants of losing weight are easy. And they do not necessarily include “one pot of sour milk yogurt” (whatever that is). Instead, why not eat less, move (exercise) more, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep? Yeah. It really can be that simple. And you can even enjoy an occasional cookie while doing so. It’s all about making healthy choices for the long term. And while you might not “lose 10 pounds in 7 days,” you just might do something else instead: keep the excess weight off once and for all.
Photo Source: Weight Loss Advisor
Couldn’t wait to share the news that my upcoming book, Weightless: My Life As A Fat Man And How I Escaped (due September 9th) has been chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of their Top 10 Memoirs for Fall 2014! (On the same list as Lena Dunham and Angelica Huston? I’m truly so honored!)
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY’S Top 10: Memoirs
Daring: My Passages. Gail Sheehy. Morrow, Sept. 9
The Fall. Diogo Mainardi, trans. by Margaret Jull Costa. Other Press, Oct. 7
Father and Son: A Lifetime. Marcos Giralt Torrente, trans. by Natasha Wimmer. FSG/Sarah Crichton, Sept. 9
Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Charles M. Blow. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 23
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.” Lena Dunham. Random, Sept. 30
Packing Up: Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse. Brigid Keenan. Bloomsbury, Sept. 30
Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness. Pete Earley and Jessie Close. Grand Central, Jan. 6
Watch Me. Anjelica Huston. Scribner, Nov. 11
Weightless: My Life As a Fat Man and How I Escaped. Gregg McBride. Central Recovery Press, Sept. 9
The Wild Truth. Carine McCandless. HarperOne, Nov. 4
If you want to find out a little more about Weightless, you can visit (and even “like”) its facebook page. (Thanks!)
This past weekend I flew to “fabulous” (or so they tell me) Las Vegas, where I was honored to attend the American Librarian Association’s annual Conference and Exhibition, where I got to sign advanced copies of my brand new book, Weightless: My Life As a Fat Man and How I Escaped.
I am so excited about this upcoming book, which details my journey from my birthweight of 8 lbs. and 6 oz. to over 450 pounds and then back down (and a little up and down) to a healthy 175 pounds. The book chronicles all of my “Before, During and After” adventures in a very humorous, harrowing and candid way — and even includes a bonus section with all kinds of helpful hints, recipes, tips and more for anyone who might be looking to take their own journey to a healthier weight. The book even features a foreword by the esteemed (and hilarious and inspirational) Joy Bauer.
The book comes out on September 9th and I promise to share more about it between now and then. But if you’d like, you can “like” the Weightless Facebook Page, where I’ll also be posting updates. In the meantime, here are a few pics from Vegas that I wanted to share with you. Hopefully I’ll have future signings in your area (once the book comes out) and I might get to meet you in person. But be forewarned, as the librarians attending the conference in Vegas will tell you, I don’t shut up when signing your book and ask a lot of nosy questions! Hey, that’s just me!