December 26, 2012
We must be getting close to New Year's Day...

Arrived in the Bee's Feature Department mail in the past few days: no fewer than 10 diet or exercise books. (OK, some of those volumes were duplicates, but still, the trend was obvious.)

Every year, losing weight and getting more exercise rank at the top of New Year's resolutions -- right up there with stopping smoking and saving more money.

Of course, experts warn that resolutions should be specific and doable if they are to have a prayer of a chance of success. They suggest goals like "to lose 5 pounds by Valentine's Day," or "to walk 30 minutes a day for the next two weeks." You can always build on success.

Three of the titles that weighed down the mail bin this past week suggest the authors had specifics of their own in mind: spinach.JPG

* "The New You (and improved!) Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever" by Keri Glassman, from Rodale.

* "The 8-hour Diet" by David Zinczenko also from Rodale.

* "The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution: 2 Weeks to Drop Pounds, Boost Metabolism and Get Healthy" by Marla Heller from Grand Central Publishing.

They each offer a book's worth of specifics in case you've resolved to lose weight.

-- Janet Vitt

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