Monday, April 2, 2012

Love Food & Live Well

Many of you readers know of my continual struggle with weight loss. So, you can imagine my delight to find an opportunity to do a review for my friends at WaterBrook Press for Chantel Hobbs' new book, Love Food & Live Well.

At first glance you might think this woman has no idea what you're going through. She's thin, she's fit, even athletic looking. Apparently, she has no problem with her weight. But, what you don't know is her history. This gal once weighed in at 350 pounds. (No, that is not a typo.) After losing 200 pounds and keeping it off (for 10 years!), I think she has something important to share about getting in shape.

So where does Chantel begin? With diet plans? Menus? Exercise? Chantel begins where we all must begin, with her relationship with God. She refers to her testimony as her "Lazarus story;" it is that phenomenal. It takes a supernatural relationship with Christ to get what you need from Him to finally be free from the prison of gluttonous indulgence. You are encouraged right off the bat to seek this deliverance, and it's an excellent place to start.

Next, Chantel leads the reader to consider what is going on in the minds of people who are "forever fit." She gets into the mindset behind the control. These are people who honor food as a gift from God and are then able to enjoy it without guilt, the end result of loving food and living well.

After getting the first priorities in line, Chantel then guides the reader into other avenues of a healthy food-body relationship such as body image, setting realistic goals, breaking free of the bondage, and learning to respect food. Once food and body are in line, she looks at the role of calories in weight loss, how to maintain a healthy weight, a study of the macro nutrients (carbs, protein, and fats), creative meal planning, and how to use the 80:20 rule to your best advantage. Along with this ground work, Chantel then gives a few recipes to get your creative juices flowing.

Of course, no weight loss book would be complete without some encouragement to get moving. Chantel explains the benefits of interval training and offers a plan for implementing it into your own routine. She also provides core strength training exercises using a stability ball and simple stretches, including photos for how to do them.

I love Chantel's simple approach to reaching a healthy weight in the real world. The fact that she has done it herself only adds to the believability and do ability of this program. She has convinced me it truly is possible to "love food and live well."

You may purchase this brand new copy for only $3.75 (plus shipping) in my Half.com store or for other great prices from other Half.com sellers.

This book was provided free of charge from my friends at WaterBrook Press in exchange for this review.