About the Book

The Real You Diet by Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom

From one of the nation's leading weight-loss specialists, the diet and nutrition expert from the "TODAY" show and iVillage.com, tools that really work to lose weight and keep it off.

As a clinician, researcher, and media expert, Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom knows how you can lose weight. Her toolbox approach to weight loss is different from standard one-size-fits-all programs because you don't need to adapt to the plan; this plan adapts to you. It introduces you to the four types of tools that must work together for effective weight loss: eating, activity, behavior, and medical/biological. Do you overeat from stress or boredom? Do you like to exercise alone or with a group? The answers to these questions and others will unlock the unique weight-loss toolkit that's right for you. With some honest self-evaluation, you'll be able to explore and compare all of the options for weight loss in a single book. The right combination of tools, hand-picked by you, will support your weight loss and, later, weight stability over the long haul.

  • Helps you develop your own unique path to weight loss, not a one-size-fits-all approach
  • Addresses the four key areas for successful weight loss: eating, activity, behavior, and medical/biology
  • Includes self-assessment quizzes and mini-tools to put into action right away
  • Shows you how to keep going through plateaus and how to overcome obstacles

Fernstrom guides you through each step of your weight-loss journey to help you make and keep a personal connection and commitment to your goals as you work to achieve them your way.

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About the Author

Madelyn Fernstrom

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Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., CNS is a Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Fernstrom is also a board certified Nutrition Specialist from the American College of Nutrition.

A New York native, Dr. Fernstrom earned a bachelors degree in biology from Boston University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied nutritional biochemistry, metabolism, and neuropharmacology. She served a fellowship in endocrinology and behavior at the Harvard Medical School and joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1982.

A nationally recognized expert in the field of nutrition, weight control, and wellness. Dr. Fernstrom is an established media resource. She is the Diet and Nutrition Editor for NBC's "TODAY: show, with regular highly popular segments on nutrition, weight loss, diet trends and healthful eating. Dr. Fernstrom is also the Health Editor-at-Large for iVillage.com and writes a blog entitled "Health Journal". She has also appeared on "NBC Nightly News," Fox News, the BBC, National Public Radio, and has been a guest on "20/20," "Dr. Phil," and "Good Morning America." Dr. Fernstrom is the Health Editor for PITTSBURGH Magazine, and also serves on the national advisory board for Fitness Magazine.

Dr. Fernstrom is interviewed regularly for newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and LA Times, and has been featured in magazines including Readers Digest, Business Week, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Allure, Fitness, Self, Cosmopolitan, and Prevention.

She is the author The Runner's Diet (Rodale Press; one of the first popular books to combine an eating plan and regular physical activity in a single volume) published in 2005. Dr. Fernstrom is the co-author of Are You Losing It?: Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind in 2007. Learn more about Madelyn's other book titles at drmadelynfernstrom.com now.