This book is written for successful, intelligent, and motivated people who happen to be overweight. Whether you've always been overweight, have been on a roller coaster of dieting and regaining, or have just recently added some excess poundage, the key resources you need to achieve and maintain whatever weight and health goals you set for yourself are the same as you need to accomplish anything else worthwhile in life:
I don't mean this to be facetious; vaulting any of life's hurdles, whether success in school, business, sports, the arts, or personal relationships requires the will and the willingness to do what's necessary, recognising that the achievement will more than repay the investment of time and energy you make.
This is the very key to success in anything--to be able to defer immediate gratification in pursuit of a more permanent and worthwhile future goal.
This is precisely what losing weight involves. If you're successful in the things that matter to you but overweight, all you need to lose that weight is to make accomplishing your weight and health goals matter just as much, then approach weight loss and control just like any other important project: by developing and carrying out a rational plan for success based on an understanding of what's involved in achieving it.
This book isn't written for people who are or wish to become obsessed with their health. I consider weight control and fitness like any other aspect of life that's important enough to do, but hardly my reason for being. It's like balancing the checkbook, going grocery shopping, or getting the car tuned up. The goal is to get the job done, and done right, as quickly as possible and with the minimum effort.
By John Walker