cover image Skinny Habits: The Six Secrets of Thin People

Skinny Habits: The Six Secrets of Thin People

Bob Harper, with Greg Critser. Ballantine, $25 (192p) ISBN 978-0-804-17890-7

Readers may recognize Harper (The Skinny Rules) from his 10 years as trainer and coach on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. But even those readers who have no idea who Harper is should enjoy this simple and encouraging primer to losing weight. Besides urging readers to acquire a “skinny mind-set” and new “outlook on life,” Harper takes them through six habits that, according to him, will help them meet their fitness goals. As encouragement, he peppers success stories throughout the book. But it’s the step-by-step information provided for each practice, from “Make Contingency Plans” to “Dress for Thin,” that should help readers the most. Each chapter includes “Habit Homework,” which combines occasional tough challenges with simple tips and strategies for positive lifestyle changes. To add interest and credibility, Harper includes insights from such experts as Peter Gollwitzer, an NYU psychology professor, and Brian Wansink, a comedian turned nutritional science researcher. Even readers who think they know everything about weight loss strategies may find new information in this slim guide to weight management. Agent: Richard Abate. (May)