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6:36 pm - Posted by Gregg

Today is my #NewBook Weightless‘s official release date! And I’m thrilled and humbled to announce that I got a starred review from Library Journal, which is a pretty big deal according to my publisher. There are so many people who made this happen. Feeling so grateful for so much love and support (including from my blog family who has been so full of love and encouragement). Thank you! Here’s the review in case you’d like to take a peek:

(starred review) McBride, Gregg. Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped. Central Recovery. 2014. 297p. ISBN 9789376126965. pap. $17.95. HEALTH
Film and TV producer/writer McBride (Just Stop Eating So Much!) relates his lifelong battle with weight, from 175 pounds at age eight to 464 at age 22, and now, back to 175 today. The author survived an abusive childhood by bingeing on sweets and snacks, eating until the physical pain from his full stomach overwhelmed any other emotion. As an adult he tried many diet programs without success, finally shedding the weight through exercise and proper nutrition, without gastric bypass. McBride is brutally honest about his struggles as he details his problems with self-esteem, shopping for clothes, dating, and the loose skin that remained after his weight loss. He eventually had surgery to remove the skin, and bluntly describes the pain and scarring associated with his recovery. The story is ultimately one of triumph, as ­McBride has maintained his current size for more than ten years. The last section includes his tips for losing fat, a few recipes, and a fascinating list of observations of the behaviors of slender vs. overweight people. VERDICT: Anyone who has lived with excess weight will appreciate this book. Teenagers and young adults in particular may identify with and benefit from McBride’s story.
­Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL

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September 3, 2014

Shortsighted shortcuts

9:20 am - Posted by Gregg

The other day while trolling my facebook newsfeed (when I admittedly should have been doing a million other things), I noticed a couple of my facebook friends had “liked” a site proclaiming “Fast And Effective Diet – Lose 10 Pounds in 7 Days.” Although I knew I’d be doing so for amusement (as opposed to doing so to gain any valuable insights), I clicked on the link. And boy, was I appalled at what I came across.

This supposed “10 pounds in 7 days” solution seemed to offer anything but (anything but a solution that is). The prescribed breakfast consisted of a glass of cold water with lemon juice, followed by two apples or two oranges (or one grapefruit). How they came up with this count is not explained. Breakfast could also include one handful of nuts. Next came lunch, which consists of cooked chicken or veal (no measurements or cooking instructions given) — along with one “pot” of “sour milk yogurt.” (Huh?) An afternoon snack is a fresh seasonal salad with olive oil and “very little” salt, followed by a prescribed dinner of “two hard boiled eggs plus cucumber salad or green salad with olive oil and a little salt”…followed by a warning that after 6:00 p.m., nothing was to be consumed other than a liter of green tea.

Come again?!

I am truly baffled that in this day and age, with all the knowledge we are getting about what constitutes a healthy diet (as opposed to a crash diet or one that’s not nutritionally sound) that people would actually think this is something healthy to incorporate into their lives. Then again, it’s on a site that calls itself “Healthy Food Team” (then it must be true! not!) and promises the reader he or she will lose 10 pounds in 7 days.

In the words of actor Geena Davis’s character in the remake of The Fly, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

As someone who has taken off over 250 pounds of excess weight and kept it off for over a decade, I can assure you that there are no shortcuts, no quick fixes and no magic wands when it comes to healthy and lasting weight loss. And any “diet” that prescribes any salt, much less a liter of green tea before bed and no measurements of the prescribed “chicken of veal” should potentially be avoided.

As explained in the bonus section of my brand new book, Weightless: My Life As A Fat Man And How I Escaped, the tenants of losing weight are easy. And they do not necessarily include “one pot of sour milk yogurt” (whatever that is). Instead, why not eat less, move (exercise) more, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep? Yeah. It really can be that simple. And you can even enjoy an occasional cookie while doing so. It’s all about making healthy choices for the long term. And while you might not “lose 10 pounds in 7 days,” you just might do something else instead: keep the excess weight off once and for all.

Photo Source: Weight Loss Advisor

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3:49 pm - Posted by Gregg

Couldn’t wait to share the news that my upcoming book, Weightless: My Life As A Fat Man And How I Escaped (due September 9th)  has been chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of their Top 10 Memoirs for Fall 2014! (On the same list as Lena Dunham and Angelica Huston? I’m truly so honored!)

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY’S Top 10: Memoirs

Daring: My Passages. Gail Sheehy. Morrow, Sept. 9

The Fall. Diogo Mainardi, trans. by Margaret Jull Costa. Other Press, Oct. 7

Father and Son: A Lifetime. Marcos Giralt Torrente, trans. by Natasha Wimmer. FSG/Sarah Crichton, Sept. 9

Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Charles M. Blow. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 23

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.” Lena Dunham. Random, Sept. 30

Packing Up: Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse. Brigid Keenan. Bloomsbury, Sept. 30

Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness. Pete Earley and Jessie Close. Grand Central, Jan. 6

Watch Me. Anjelica Huston. Scribner, Nov. 11

Weightless: My Life As a Fat Man and How I Escaped. Gregg McBride. Central Recovery Press, Sept. 9

The Wild Truth. Carine McCandless. HarperOne, Nov. 4

If you want to find out a little more about Weightless, you can visit (and even “like”) its facebook page. (Thanks!)

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July 15, 2014

Bite this, not that

12:47 pm - Posted by Gregg

I’m not one to vent. Or to rant. But every now and then I see something in the media that really burns my britches. This very thing happened recently one morning while watching Good Morning America. During the broadcast, they aired a story featuring “America’s get-real nutritionist” who was putting down healthier foods based solely on their calorie count. While giving her advice, Rachel Beller (author of the book Eat to Lose, Eat to Win) barely mentioned the nutrient content, fullness factor or overall wellness effects of the foods she was warning dieters about.

Sure, the message of the piece was portion control, which is always a great reminder for us all (myself included). But for Ms. Beller to insinuate her girlfriends were bad examples after seeing them at a party having two glasses of potentially beneficial red wine based on the “fact” that having two glasses of red wine the same as having two candy bars is just ridonkulous when you consider the nutritional value of the two and what your body can potentially do thanks to those “calories.” Luckily, one of the GMA anchors, Dan Harris, pointed this out at the end of the segment. But still…by then the damage was done to many of us with a dieter’s mentality.

Too often books like Eat This, Not That (also occasionally featured on Good Morning America), show off a large amount of donuts as being the calorie equivalent of something that’s healthier and better for you. I know the goal is to sell books and get into the news. But this is part of the reason that America is getting fatter and fatter. We’re being fed misleading messages that derail our efforts to not only look better on the outside, but feel better (and be healthier) on the inside.

Avocado, raw nuts and red wine can all be very good for us when consumed in moderation. Is there fat in the Avocado? Sure. Are there calories in the nuts? Of course. Should red wine be consumed in moderation if okayed by your doctor? Naturally. But to compare these foods to donuts and candy bars as being the same amount of calories is really misleading and even potentially dangerous.

There’s no rocket science required for losing weight and getting healthy. All together now: Eat less. Move more. Drink plenty of water. And get lots of sleep. And be sure to include delicious, natural and unprocessed treats from nature in your diet whenever possible. And P.S. This isn’t to say you can’t enjoy a candy bar or even a donut every now and then — but I suggest not doing it at the expense of some of nature’s (key word) healthier choices.

Common sense. Sounds so crazy it just might work!

(Have there been any recent diet or health stories that have left you frustrated? If so, tell me all about in the comments section below. Together, we can take off a little steam!)

Photo Source: Good Morning America

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July 1, 2014

Vegas, baby

12:24 pm - Posted by Gregg

This past weekend I flew to “fabulous” (or so they tell me) Las Vegas, where I was honored to attend the American Librarian Association’s annual Conference and Exhibition, where I got to sign advanced copies of my brand new book, Weightless: My Life As a Fat Man and How I Escaped.

I am so excited about this upcoming book, which details my journey from my birthweight of 8 lbs. and 6 oz. to over 450 pounds and then back down (and a little up and down) to a healthy 175 pounds. The book chronicles all of my “Before, During and After” adventures in a very humorous, harrowing and candid way — and even includes a bonus section with all kinds of helpful hints, recipes, tips and more for anyone who might be looking to take their own journey to a healthier weight. The book even features a foreword by the esteemed (and hilarious and inspirational) Joy Bauer.

The book comes out on September 9th and I promise to share more about it between now and then. But if you’d like, you can “like” the Weightless Facebook Page, where I’ll also be posting updates. In the meantime, here are a few pics from Vegas that I wanted to share with you. Hopefully I’ll have future signings in your area (once the book comes out) and I might get to meet you in person. But be forewarned, as the librarians attending the conference in Vegas will tell you, I don’t shut up when signing your book and ask a lot of nosy questions! Hey, that’s just me!

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