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The Promise

What if it's not food that's holding you back from losing weight? What if it's something else entirely, like your attitude toward exercise, low self-esteem, a tendency to procrastinate, or something else?

Dr. Kushner's Personality Type Diet aims to figure out your specific challenges, and then shows you how to overcome them.

Obesity expert Robert Kushner, MD, is medical director for the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern (University) Medical Faculty Foundation in Chicago. He wrote the book with his wife, registered nurse Nancy Kushner.

First, you answer 66 questions about your habits and feelings toward eating, exercise, and more.

Based on your answers, you might be a Nighttime Nibbler or a No-Time-to-Exercise Protester.

The book then offers sensible advice and tips for upgrading your exercise and eating habits. For each personality type, you'll learn specific, simple-to-follow tips to help you succeed this time.

What You Can Eat and What You Can't

Go for these foods whenever possible:

Produce. Colorful, flavorful fruits and vegetables can improve your diet, and the high fiber content can help to fill you up.

Grains. High-fiber, whole-grain options are healthiest, and they'll leave you feeling satisfied for longer, which should keep you from snacking.

Protein sources. Eat lean and poultry and fish more often than red meat. Dairy products that are low-fat or nonfat are ideal. Try cholesterol-free egg substitutes or egg whites. Eat a variety of beans.

Snacks and desserts. You can still indulge, but buy individual servings; don't keep a stash at home. Buy reduced-fat or reduced-calorie items, like fat-free ice pops or baked potato chips.

Alcohol. You may drink in moderation, but alcohol and mixers contain empty calories that can quickly add up.

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