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Weight Management


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Feed Your Family Right!: How to Make Smart Food and Fitness Choices for a Healthy Lifestyle This easy-to-follow, action-oriented guide helps you understand how your family's habits and behaviors influence your eating and fitness styles, and shows you how to modify them to achieve and maintain a healthier weight for life.
With nutritional guidelines and recipes designed to make family meals simple, healthy, and delicious, this indispensable guide shows how to make a nutrition plan for each member of the family, set realistic goals, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, make fitness fun, and eat healthy at home or at restaurants.

Fitness and Exercise Sourcebook
Basic consumer health information about the benefits of physical fitness, including strength, endurance, longevity, weight loss, bone health, and stress management, with exercise guidelines for people of all ages and tips for maintaining motivation, measuring exercise intensity, preventing injuries, and exercising with a health condition.

Low-Calorie Dieting for Dummies
This no-nonsense guide shows you how to consume fewer calories than you burn, providing a delicious, easy, and safe low-calorie plan you can follow for life! You'll find tools to improve your eating and exercise habits, cope with stress and boredom, assess your progress, and live healthier and happier.

Restaurant Calorie Counter for Dummies
This portable guide gives you fast access to the nutritional information for menu items at top fast-food and sit-down restaurants in the United States and Canada. Tuck it into your glove box, briefcase, or purse, and have key information at your fingertips whenever you find yourself eating out!

Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
Calories--too few or too many--are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today's globalized world. Although calories are essential to human health and survival, they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. They are also hard to understand. Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explain in clear and accessible language what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically.

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Journal articles

2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society. Jensen MD, Ryan DH, Apovian CM, Ard JD, Comuzzie AG, Donato KA, Hu FB, Hubbard VS, Jakicic JM, Kushner RF, Loria CM, Millen BE, Nonas CA, Pi-Sunyer FX, Stevens J, Stevens VJ, Wadden TA, Wolfe BM, Yanovski SZ. Circulation. 2013 Nov 12

2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Eckel RH, Jakicic JM, Ard JD, Hubbard VS, de Jesus JM, Lee IM, Lichtenstein AH, Loria CM, Millen BE, Miller NH, Nonas CA, Sacks FM, Smith SC, Svetkey LP, Wadden TW, Yanovski SZ. Circulation. 2013 Nov 12.

From the web

Weight Loss Treatments (UpToDate)

Diet and Health (UpToDate)

Choosing a Safe and Healthy Weight-loss Program (National Institutes of Health)

Weight Loss for Life (National Institutes of Health)

Healthy Weight: It's Not a Diet, It's a Lifestyle (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Proven Weight Loss Methods (Hormone Health Network)

Assessing your Weight and Health Risk (National Institutes of Health)

Basics of Weight Control (Department of Veterans Affairs)


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Dieting for Dummies
Covers the basics of weight loss and nutrition, with information on eating disorders, dietary guidelines, weight loss programs, and developing a healthy relationship with food.

Family Guide to Fighting Fat: Texas Children’s Hospital
This book gives parents the information and strategies they need to help their children eat less fast food and boost fitness. It features information on healthy eating and exercise options for every age group.

No-Fad Diet: American Heart Association
No-Fad Diet helps you create a personalized plan to lose weight in a healthful way. After a simple assessment of your current habits, you choose the eating and exercise strategies that best fit your needs. You’ll learn how to set realistic goals, eat well to lose extra pounds safely, and add physical activity to keep the weight off for good.

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