by Roger Zotti
Here’s what makes LeeAnne Wright’s remarkable “A Slimmer You: 93 Juicy Weight-Loss Nuggets for Smart Women” (Smart Books USA) different from other books written about staying slim and eating healthy. According to LeeAnne, who once lived in Deep River, but now resides in Boca Raton, FL, its approach “is personal. It’s not an autobiography of someone who lost weight, nor is it a doctor’s technical and clinical diatribe about body mass index and glyemic indexes…I want every woman to know it is possible to lose massive amounts of weight if you stick with a plan – whatever that plan is – and not be discouraged.” Its technique is conversational: “It’s like one woman talking to another, offering positive reinforcement and a hands-on approach with tips that are easy and doable.”
A talented journalist, LeeAnne is knowledgeable about the subject of, as she put it, “making the right choices when it comes to eating.” She wrote “A Slimmer You” because she had a terribly overweight half-sister. “I used to give her suggestions on what she could do to stop gaining weight,” LeeAnne said. “Sadly, she didn’t use them and died at age 46 from a slew of medical problems brought on by diabetes.” Interestingly, LeeAnne’s suggestions “sat in a folder for years.” Then one day she thought it would be worthwhile to turn her tips into a book: “I decided if I could help just one woman, the book would be a success.”
The most challenging thing about writing “A Slimmer You,” LeeAnne said, was thinking about “how profoundly unhappy [my half-sister] was. But I love writing and plan to write more books of this kind in her memory.”
Before reading “A Slimmer You,” LeeAnne noted, it’s important for women to know “they are not alone” in the fight against weight loss. “More than 60 percent of Americans are overweight,” she said. “They need to confront their demons, with professional help if necessary. They have to visualize the future, a future where they are slimmer and happier” and healthier. “There are tons of true stories in the book about women who’ve lost 50, 150, and 300 or more pounds.”
As for the book’s purpose, LeeAnne said it’s to help “women understand why they gain weight and how they can reverse it.” The weight loss suggestions are explained concisely and clearly and are, she added, “summarized at the end of the book for easy reference.”
LeeAnne’s latest effort is designed to promote healthy eating and healthy living, and there’s a good chance reading it will change some lives. Order “A Slimmer You” online at www.SmartBooksUSA.com or by sending $11.95 plus $3.95 (s & h) to PO Box 25, Boca Raton, FL 33429.