Tuesday, March 18, 2008

REVIEW: "Safe Dieting for Teens" by Linda Ojeda

Title: "Safe Dieting for Teens, 2nd Edition"
Author: Linda Ojeda
Pages: n/a
Diety?: somewhat
Promotes IE?: yes!
My Rating: 4.5****

Hunter House publishers
ISBN: 0-89793-502-0
NOTE: I volunteered to read this for LibraryThing's "Early Reviewers" program.

Ms. Ojeda has written an excellent book on dieting for teens. It doesn't give you a food plan, or recommend cutting out any food groups, or counting calories. Instead, Ms. Ojeda suggests that teens make up their own "diet" using some guidelines she provides.

I appreciated the fact that she doesn't tell you that you have to do it "her way". I liked that she often encouraged the reader to "listen to your body", and to just make healthier changes. One of the best parts I thought was where she says not to try to change everything all at once... you do one new thing for a while, until you're comfortable, and then move on to something else.

Even though I'm well past my 'teen' years, I found this book to be helpful, in some respects, even for me. So, while it's directed at teen readers, it's good for anyone looking for some quick tips on how to put together a working healthy-lifestyle plan.

The only 'issue' I had is that she still has a lot of focus on calories. Being a nutritionist, that's understandable. And, I'm somewhat biased, as I've been into "non-dieting" for the past 2 years, and will never diet again. ;o)

Overall, though, this book was very good, and if teens are going to look to "dieting", I'd recommend this book, as it's very 'safe', and very sensible.

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