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Thin for Life

The Thin For Life diet developed out of clinical experience and research conducted by Ann M. Fletcher, MS, RD, nutritionist and author of the popular book, Thin for Life (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). The diet features a Six-Week Nondieting Weight Control plan. Each week of the plan focuses on a segment of the Food Guide Pyramid that is integrated into the diet. The diet also includes 10 Keys to Success, which are based on success tips from more than 200 "masters of weight loss". The Thin For Life "masters" are people who have lost more than 20 pounds and kept the weight off for at least 3 years.  "Thin for Life demonstrates the sensible, livable approaches the masters take to control their weight," writes Fletcher.

The Thin For Life diet emphasizes "high-flavor, low-risk eating", and reducing calories and fat to match recommended intake for your height. High-flavor, low-risk foods include reduced-fat dairy products such as skim milk and low-fat or non-fat yogurt, snack foods such as fig bars and low-fat popcorn, and meals featuring broiled fish and cooked greens. The diet outlines 22 ways to reduce fat in dishes, such as substituting applesauce for oil, egg whites for whole eggs, and evaporated fat-free milk for heavy cream. The diet also contains favorite recipes from the weight loss masters.

The Thin For Life diet focuses on how the masters lost weight and successfully kept the weight off for years. The diet's 10 Keys to Success are based on the masters' successful weight management strategies. The 10 keys include:

  1. Believe that you can become thin for life.

  2. Take the reins.

  3. Do it your way.

  4. Accept the food facts.

  5. Nip it in the bud.

  6. Learn positive self-talk.

  7. Move it or lose it.

  8. Face life head-on.

  9. Get more out of life.

  10. Don't go it alone.

"The masters' stories will help you believe in your own power to lose weight and keep it off forever," writes Fletcher. "The masters at weight control are living proof that weight destiny need not be controlled by your genes or by the fact that you're a 'slow burner'."

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  6. The 3-Hour Diet: How It Works, WebMD:

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