I am a 38 year old woman who lives a healthy lifestyle but still struggles to lose those final postpartum pounds. In my pursuit of my healthiest body, I am an avid reader of books that address weight loss methods and healthy living so I was excited to read “Dr. A’s Habits of Health” and “Living a Longer Healthier Life” by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen.
Both of these books are a treasure trove of information regarding the “path to permanent weight control and optimal health.” The author, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen is the co-founder of the Take Shape for Life Wellness Program™ and a medical director for Medifast®. I find his comprehensive yet easy to understand manner of writing refreshing and it has been extremely helpful to me.
In fact, I have been very frustrated that when I began to exercise much more intensely during the first weeks of my weight loss efforts that I actually gained weight instead of losing. I could not find any information online which explained why this might be happening. I also noticed that among other women in my group they were voicing the exact same frustrations.
In “Dr. A’s Habits of Health” he writes that in Phase 1 of his program there is no exercise. “Wait a minute”…..you are probably thinking that I wrote this incorrectly but in fact I didn’t…….Dr. A explains that “getting your body into a fat burning state requires certain conditions. If you increase your energy demands now, you’ll just add stress, slow down your weight loss and sap your energy.” This does not give me an excuse to give up exercise forever because he does go on further in the book to include a very progressive exercise plan. I put his advice to the test even though it went against everything that was ingrained in me and cut back on my exercise program for one week (he recommends three weeks during Phase 1). In those seven days the scale dropped at least 2-4 ounces every single day. One the 8th day I went on a five mile bike ride with my family and did not change anything else diet wise. The scale had gone up 1 pound the next morning and I was shocked. I decided for the entire weeks to do light walking and yoga instead.
The companion book, “Living a Longer Healthier Life” is a workbook that helps me feel more in control of my daily efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. The author writes that “The cycle of success begins with Learn-Do-Review-Correct-Repeat”.
It focuses on measurable goals such as:
- Understand how our innate design conflicts with our world
- Learn which factors cause us to accumulate fat
- Identify a new path to create health vs. react to disease
I found it particularly helpful for me to examine my own lifestyle choices and behaviors. As a busy mom of three young children, I wasn’t sure if I would actually complete this workbook but I have found that I look forward to taking time each day for myself after the kids are in bed and focus on a daily lesson. It is informative, inspiring and it motivates me to continue to make every effort to get my weight under control in as healthy a way as possible.
I have read a lot of health and wellness books, particularly those that focus on weight loss and these two books by Dr. Andersen are exceptional. I constantly find myself referencing the information that I have gleamed from “Dr. A’s Habits of Health” and applying those principles to myself personally in its companion, “Living a Longer Healthier Life”.
Both of these books are available for purchase by visiting Dr. Andersen’s website. “Dr. A’s Habits for Health” is $29.95 and “Living a Longer Healthier Life” is only $17.95. I definitely recommend purchasing these two companion books together because it really is helping me on my personal weight loss journey.
I also had a chance to try several new Medifast® naturally flavored products including Cinnamon Pretzel Sticks and Parmesan Cheese Puffs. I appreciate that these items are served in individually sized bags which takes the guess work out of portion control. I was impressed that one serving of the Cinnamon Pretzel sticks has five grams of dietary fiber and is fortified with vitamins and minerals.
For busy people on the go, Medifast® chocolate pudding is easy, fast and tasty. There is even a Medifast® Soft Serve Coffee Flavor that I mixed in the blender with ½ cup of ice and ¼ cup of cold water. It did have a soft-serve consistency that was ready to eat. Medifast® meals are low fat and have a low glycemic index. You can learn more about all of the meals that can help you in your weight loss journey available in the Medifast® 5 & 1 Plan by visiting the Medifast® website.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*