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The "secrets" revealed in this friendly volume won't surprise many readers: losing weight requires burning more calories and consuming fewer. But given that the obesity epidemic is getting, well, bigger, the helpful tips and ideas are needed, even if they aren't particularly newsworthy. Sansone, creator of the Walk Away the Pounds book and video series, begins by explaining healthy dieting habits, highlighting typical stumbling blocks and outlining her PERFECT support system (an acronym for plan, educate, repeat, flex, exercise, celebrate and transform) that details steps she believes are key to straightforward weight loss. Then she introduces a six-week plan, complete with workbook pages for each day, designed to eradicate bad habits and promote good ones. She also includes dozens of reasonably tempting recipes (e.g., Apricot Lentil Stew, Chicken Mole, and Oatmeal-Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies) to make in conjunction with the plan. Except for the depressing suggestion that "people do best if they spend most of their exercise time on indoor walking... walking in place... in complete privacy," this is an uplifting diet guide that can help anyone currently in the nonactive population segment—as long as they stick to it. Photos. (Jan.)
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Leslie Sansone holds six fitness certifications, has served on the leadership council of IDEA (the country's largest fitness industry organization), and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for leading the largest indoor walk of all time in 2002. Leslie lives with her husband and three children just outside of Pittsburgh in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
An encouraging book! Feb. 19 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Eat Smart, Walk Strong contains common-sense advice that can help you lose weight. It's simple approach suggests that applying small lifestyle changes spread out over time will give you a better chance for long-term weight loss and better overall health.

For instance, a daily substitution of one soda/juice for water in you diet could net you a forty-five pound weight loss, per year, without altering your meals.

As a veteran dieter, I'm as battle weary as a soldier giving my all to take the same hill over and over again only to be pushed back, often further than when I began my last assault. This book gives hope even to this cynic as it focuses on the ground (habits) hindering me, not on the mountain I stare at everyday.

According to the author, daily changes like walking 30 minutes, even in place if you don't have a treadmill. You'll have more feel-good energy, and if combined with drinking 8 glasses of water, you can expect a yearly weight loss of 30 pounds per year and cut the risk of diabetes by 58% and heart disease by 45%.

Included are secret pattern-busting activities as simple as saying grace before meals, turning off the TV while you eat, reinventing breakfast, and choosing glasses and dishes that reinforce your eating goals.

The book has three basis parts.

1: We Make Our Habits, and Then They Make Us

2: Six Weeks to a New You

3: Recipes for Life

Also included is her Flex Questionnaire to identify an individual's problem issues.

Six sections the Flex Questionnaire focuses on are, Intentional Eating Habit, Breakfast Habit, Portion-Control Habit, Slow-Food Habit, Snack Habit, Restaurant Habit, and Exercise Habit.

The book contains colorful, simple, daily charts to fill out for six weeks. You are encouraged to log even minimal accomplishments. Each week has a designated habit to focus on, with recipes included. I'd say most of the recipes call for common items most well-stocked kitchens will have on hand.

Armchair Interviews says: If you are looking for an upbeat book that encourages you to try again by making small changes, then Eat Smart, Walk Strong will fit the bill.
55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Leslie keeps it simple... Jan. 11 2006
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you liked the first book by Leslie, then you will like this book as well. Her first book's main focus was on exercise with a little bit of diet thrown in, this one is the reverse, mostly about diet with a little bit of exercise thrown in.

It is once again a simple 6 week program designed to give you tips on healthy habits to incorporate into your daily lifestyle. It's not rocket science, we all have heard a lot of this before, but it is a simple approach that can help you, especially if you include exercise.

If you are a Leslie fan, you will like this book. If you aren't a fan, but want some simple tips to incorporate healthier habits about eating into your life, give this book a shot.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Judy Asher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Leslie's newest,proof she just keep getting better and better. Alot of the material is common sense,yes, but she presents it in a doable,positive and throughly understandable 6 week program. Each week focuses on a different habit and highlights a certain food in the weeks Food Focus. Proof that small changes can yield big results! For me,week 3 was especially helpful in focusing on portion control,the advice and tips were simple but very effective, no calorie,fat or carb counting involved in this plan and that was a welcome relief to me.

Great book,highly recommended,especially if used in conjunction with her fabulous walking workouts.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All of us want to look better. All of us want to feel better. Many have tried more fad diets than we care to remember - all of which did little or nothing for our weight or our good nature. For me, Leslie Sansone's programs work because they're simple, they make sense and, of all things, they're effective.

After creating "Walk Away the Pounds" in which she focuses on exercise, Sansone turned her attention to food - what we eat, how we eat, and why we eat it. I hear myself in so many of these passages, immediately recognizing the habit patterns I've developed over the years which, in reality, are neither healthful nor helpful. She makes it easy to change those habits by approaching them one at a time.

Further, she explains how we can eat healthful meals when we're dining out, and what a "normal serving size" looks like. I'll never tell what I considered a "normal" serving of ice cream or mashed potatoes! And, how about those snacks - what they can do and what they cannot do. Last but not least, Mom was right - breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Sansone tells us why in her no nonsense approach to healthier eating.

As she points out, choosing the right foods isn't a matter of knowledge or intention, it is a case of slips happening "when we're tired, starving or overcome by temptation. These moments are going to happen to all of us from time to time. The trick is to learn to head them off at the pass whenever possible...."

Listen and learn.

- Gail Cooke
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Best recipes ever Jan. 29 2007
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up at the library originally because the walking part of the title caught my eye, but it is the recipes that convinced me to buy my own copy. I have never found so many recipes that I (and my husband and 17 year old son) really like in one cookbook: black bean chili with avocados, orange pork loin, etc., etc. The best part is that none of them are that hard or contain that many ingredients and they are healthy for you. The book also contains a lot of good practical advice on improving your eating habits.