5 Evolutions for Sustainable Weight Loss

5 Evolutions for Sustainable Weight Loss
ISBN: 9781505297362 (softcover first printing 2014) in e-book form by Dr. Tommy Voris, The Anti-Diet Doctor.

This is a book describing a step by step program for substantial weight loss and its maintenance. The method concentrates on how to “evolve your mind to transform your body” to accomplish the objective. It is divided into five evolutionary stages entitled Power, Emotions, Belief, Fear and Cravings. Extensive explanations and examples are provided to support each division, and myriad suggestions are set forth that will allow the reader to accomplish her/his desired effect. Included are numerous examples of how the author developed the system from his own personal struggles as well as with thoughts he gleaned from mentors and friends. It also is replete with pertinent quotations from Socrates and Einstein to contemporaries such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Muhammed Ali and others. Additionally, the making of lists pertinent to each activity addressed by the subject along with simple reasons for the logic for doing so is a most viable suggestion.

Discussion: This is another in the growing number of self- help or ‘how-to’ volumes appearing in the last few years. Ostensibly set forth to provide a weight loss and maintenance program primarily for women, it certainly presents viable suggestions equally pertinent to men. Also as set forth, the program goes beyond simple weight control and can be applied to one’s total life. Specifically, the methodology relies heavily on modifying the individual’s strongly ingrained mental patterns by use of introspective analysis and intensive self-evaluation to understand the reasons for the faulty activity and to remedy it by gradual development of counter actions and self-discipline along with large amounts of positive thinking. The repetitive making of lists and their review would appear to be a most helpful suggestion.

Conclusion: Presentation of this material seems somewhat unusual in that it has been authored by other than a therapist trained in the usual mental disciplines per se. However, and perhaps because of this, its ‘homey’ touch with countless personal references certainly could provide an empathy that should make it most effective with certain readers. The author has seized the essence of the importance of what is required to effect change as well as championing the extensive power provided by positive thinking – both difficult for most to acquire/maintain without sustained assistance. There is much redundancy in the book which is largely excusable. The author lectures widely and it is a common practice for emphasis employed by all lecturers, but difficult (annoying?) for reading.

4* A most viable program for certain readers; some reservations.



IMPRESSIONS, A Collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories. An e-book by Dan Groat.
The collection referred to consists of 55 individual stories, many of vignette or even simply 2-3 page length. The content ranges from a comment on a single idea of questionable interest/importance/relevance to more extensive thoughts, considerations, ruminations, and philosophy. Subjects include racial relations, the second amendment, religion, thoughts on ‘being’, and remembrances of ‘things past’. In the treatment of each individual account the author moves from simple descriptions to the use of humor, poignancy, parody, fantasy and other prominent human emotions including thoughts on basic survival. Stories this reviewer found to be particularly interesting for one or another reason were numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 14, 26, 28, 45, 46, 51, 52, and 54.

Discussion: In the author’s lifetime he has participated in a host of labors ranging from menial to meaningful, all of which no doubt have contributed to his approach to life and to his writing. And as with his selection of labors, the subjects chosen about which to write demonstrate equal eclecticism. For this reader the collection as a whole covered an unusual array of subjects ranging from those seemingly lacking in a ‘theme’ to other, well-couched, thought provoking discussions.

3* Some interesting/amusing/provocative stories but for this reader an uneven presentation.