Patrick Hafner, in The Ounces Countdown, has done a superb job of putting together a resource for anyone that wants to maintain their health. The people looking for a "quick fix" to their weight loss issues really need to read this book. Patrick Hafner states (and I couldn't summarize it better): "The Ounces Countdown weight lost approach focuses more on the big picture, bringing several components together to make it all work, to make you healthier and stronger, and to lose weight if you need to. The focus is to lose weight gradually, safely, and, in some ways, effortlessly: One ounce at a time."
The author divides the book into four main sections: 1) The concept, 2) Fuel, 3) Combustion, and 4) Putting it all together. The subsections are well laid out and titled so the book can easily be picked up and the reader is able to find a topic. Each topic is thorough and well-researched, but is short enough to make it a read that can be digested easily in a brief amount of time. This is a "wellness" book, NOT a diet book. However, all of your "diet" books on your bookshelf should be replaced by this one book and it will take you through the rest of your life as a healthy individual if you begin to implement the suggestions. Just think about how much room you'll have for new books!
In The Ounces Countdown, Patrick Hafner tells us from experience what hasn't worked in his life for over fifteen years, but the approaches in this book he's been living for over six years, so he isn't "telling" the reader what to do, he's "sharing" what strategies he's proven to be successful. He feels that the factors influencing weight loss are as follows: Exercise (25%), Intake (50%), and Attitude (25%). He goes on to tell us that there are eight essentials he sees as requirements to maintain your healthy lifestyle changes, those being: 1) commitment, 2) taking it seriously, 3) planning ahead, 4) throwing away guilt feelings, 5) not depriving oneself, 6) being self-centered (YES, YOU are important!), 7) focusing on your daily routine, and 8) choosing excellence.
This book is one that should be read from cover to cover, but then kept handy as a reference to maintain and learn the various strategies for healthy living. In fact, I just used mine to help me with writing out my grocery list. One more quote from this excellent author: "Start the Ounces Countdown today. Weight loss done right: easy, gradual, and lasting. Lose the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves." Thanks, Patrick Hafner, for putting together a resource that will help readers live a healthier, and hopefully longer, life. It takes people like you who care about learning and then sharing it with others to make a big difference in this world.