Anne Fletcher's Thin for Life
Anne Fletcher's Thin for Life: What It Is
As a nutritionist, Anne M. Fletcher, MS, RD, has counseled hundreds of
people with weight problems. In her book,
Thin for Life, she provides the latest nutrition and diet
However, inspiring stories from "masters of weight loss" are the real meat
of this book. These are people who have lost at least 20 pounds and kept the
weight off for a minimum of three years. Fletcher integrates quotes from
interviews she conducted with more than 200 masters at weight loss, who share
their success tips.
"Who better to tell you how to lose weight permanently than the very people
who have done it?" writes Fletcher. "Thin for Life demonstrates the
sensible, livable approaches the masters take to control their weight."
Fletcher's book outlines 10 Keys to Success based on wisdom gleaned from
these weight loss masters. The book also contains their favorite recipes.
The first edition came out in 1994; the revised edition (2003) contains new
scientific information that "firmly buttresses the book's original findings,"
writes Fletcher. The book includes updated nutrition and diet information, new
sections on high-protein diets, yoga, and tai chi, and other
resources for losing weight.
Anne Fletcher's Thin for Life: What You Can Eat
Fletcher says: "You don't have to starve, buy fancy foods or portions or
stay away from sweets and so-called 'junk' foods." She talks about
"high-flavor, low-risk eating" that involves cutting calories and fat to match
recommended intake for your height.
She also outlines a Six-Week Nondieting Weight Control Plan - which means
that, week after week, you integrate one segment of the Food Guide Pyramid into
your diet. In Week One, for example, you're focusing on fat, oils, and sweets
intake - and learning to use them sparingly.
Examples of Fletcher's focus on high-flavor, low-risk foods:
- Breakfast: Cheerios with skim milk and a banana
- Snacks: Fig bars; sherbet; jelly beans; low-fat popcorn.
- Lunch: Very lean baked ham on rye bread with reduced-fat mayonnaise
- Dinner: Broiled halibut with margarine and lemon juice; cooked spinach with
- Dessert: Cantaloupe with low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt
Fletcher advises experimenting with reduced-fat versions of yogurt, sour
cream, cheese, and milk to find those you like. She also lists 22 ways to shave
fat from your recipes - by substituting egg whites for whole eggs, unsweetened
cocoa for baking chocolate, chocolate syrup for fudge topping, evaporated
fat-free milk for heavy cream, and applesauce for oil, for example.
Also, small amounts of flavorful fats like butter, olive oil, bacon fat, and
sesame oil can go a long way to enhance a low-fat recipe, she says.
Anne Fletcher's Thin for Life: How It Works
Fletcher's 10 Keys to Success are a cornerstone of her book. They are:
1. Believe that you can become thin for life. "The masters' stories will
help you believe in your own power to lose weight and keep it off forever,"
writes Fletcher. "The masters at weight control are living proof that weight
destiny need not be controlled by your genes or by the fact that you're a 'slow
burner.' The masters have learned how to 'stifle' their genetic legacy."