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Your Guide to Lasting Weight Loss
Navigating the Maze

Published by Michelle Carlson at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Michelle Carlson

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Preface



Since you are taking time to read this book, chances are you are on the verge of making a decision. You are thinking about making a decision that could change your life forever and impact the lives of those around you. Or maybe you just got won over by curiosity and a cheap book. Either way, I am here to help you achieve. Achieve what? Optimal health, higher energy levels, weight loss and maintenance, clearer thinking and a surge of self confidence. Settle in for just a bit, this won’t take too long.

My story is not unlike many others. I’ve struggled with weight gain and enabling fatigue for my whole life. I went from one extreme to the next to find the right answers and was often left more lethargic and depressed than when I first started. Over the course of 6 years I managed to lose 100 pounds. That is a big number, but far more important was what I gained through my studies. I gained enough energy to outrun my kids and I also gained a profound respect and love for food that I was never afforded growing up.

As we embark upon this journey together, I urge you to learn from my mistakes so that you can forge ahead to the healthiest version of yourself possible. Try not to cling to popular opinion and conduct a little research of your own. Invest yourself into this journey and you will be rewarded with the simplest way to lose the excess baggage and reclaim (or claim for the first time) your energy!

We face quite the conundrum in today’s world. If you Google the term “fitness” you get 1,170,000,000 results (in only .12 seconds!). Try the words “weight loss”. A whopping 316,000,000 results. That’s a lot of traffic to wade through! Many of them are offering an “easy button” of some kind with minimal research to back it up. Some of the highest ranking sites boast the popular opinion of celebrities and their trainers. There are many celebrities that are beautiful to look at, yet there are just as many that are not the epitome of health and wellness. I think there are far too many opinions and fad diets out there. The Center for Disease Control states that in 2009 thirty-three states were reported to have an obese population of 25%. That’s ¼ of the whole state! Nine of those states were closer to 30%. Currently 66% of adults and 17% of children (under 12) are overweight in the United States. Have you ever heard of Healthy People 2010? This initiative began in 2000. This is because Healthy People 2000 didn’t meet the goals set. There was a Healthy People 1990 as well. Throughout the years the “Healthy People” initiatives evolved with our culture. For example, Healthy People 2000 had a main goal of reducing health disparities. The main goal in Healthy People 2010 was eliminating health disparities. Healthy People 2010 failed as well and in January 2010 Healthy People 2020 was initiated www.healthypeople.gov/2020

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