All Diets Work – That’s the problem

0010Even in tough economic times, the diet industry is a multi-million dollar business. The clamor for weight loss magic is growing with obesity numbers increasing. Powders, pills and purchasing complete meals are short-term, complex and costly fixes.

    Jen Brewer’s new book, “All Diets Work, That’s the Problem,” is, surprisingly, not a diet book. Instead, it is a guide through lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthy and long life as well as weight loss.

    The book, written by Brewer, a registered dietitian for the Rochester Area Family YMCA, is full of simple, easy-to-follow information and lessons.

    One of her basic principles is: if you
are on a diet, then at some point in time
you will go off the diet, which results in yo-yo weight loss—a frustrating self defeating practice.

    Learning what is healthy and what is not is step one. Adopting new habits is step two, and both are key to weight loss and improved over all health.

    Brewer gives you 25 “tools” to carry in your personal “tool box,” which, she says, “can help you stop dieting and start eating in a way that your body becomes strong and healthy, finally losing weight for good.”
Four keys to success
There are four keys to successful healthy living. (Brewer wants you to be in this for the long haul—you know, the rest of your life.) Yes to counting calories and exercising. But she adds balancing the basic body ingredients and getting enough sleep.

    “Those four core components are the key to lasting weight loss,” says Brewer. “Diets and health are not ‘one plan fits all,’ so the book helps you determine what works for you. That helps you stay on the road to success.”

    The book was years in the making and was the result of working with her clients at the YMCA, many asking for an individualized diet. “They wanted something that took into consideration their likes and dislikes, their schedules, their habits,” Brewer says. “I kept track of what they asked for, their problems and roadblocks.”

    After a great deal of note taking and research, she responded with the book. Her style is no-nonsense and direct.

    “Eat close to the farm” she advises. “Do a quick test-run to the kitchen and answer this: do most of your foods come from factory or farm? The closer to the farm it is, the healthier it will be.”

    The book includes testimonials, before and after pictures and tales of those who have used the tools. There is a food journal, a week-long planning guide, information about fiber, carbs, vitamins and minerals and wonderful recipes that won’t break the bank but are tasty and good for you.

    It’s all there in this little122-page book, available at and

    She actually writes, “If you love triple-fudge chocolate cake, then include that in your eating program, just not
every day.”

    Now, you have to love a plan like that.

Debi Neville is a Rochester based freelance writer, poet, playwright and arts advocate.