Always Eat Dessert.: and 6 More Weight Loss and Lifestyle Habits I Learned in the Convent by Mary Lou ReidAlways Eat Dessert.: and 6 More Weight Loss and Lifestyle Habits I Learned in the Convent by Mary Lou Reid

Always Eat Dessert.: and 6 More Weight Loss and Lifestyle Habits I Learned in the Convent

byMary Lou ReidForeword byJoyce Berenson, Richard Klein

Paperback | April 17, 2018

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Want to know the “secret” to dieting? It’s not to diet, but instead change your way of looking at food.

When I entered the convent, I was eighteen, heavyset, and lacking self-confidence. I planned to stay forever, living an idealistic life devoted to God. Perhaps deep down I was looking for one solution to all of life’s decisions and ambiguities while forging ahead despite parental disapproval. But the years I spent in the convent transformed me in many ways. Without “dieting” at all, I practiced time-tested weight management principles because that’s just part of convent life. Dinner was a predetermined portion of a predetermined food. The only thing that kept me from being ravenously hungry was dessert.

Eventually I left the convent—and fifty pounds—behind. I have never regained those pounds, because my life changed.

The “Convent Diet” really isn’t a diet at all. It is a way of looking at food and dealing with life. Food becomes a friend instead of an enemy. Negative diets, full of “do nots” and “should nots” may work for a short time, but they cannot last a lifetime.

The Convent Diet works for everyone because it’s about creating your own personal diet. The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to make your eating plan your own. The Convent Diet is neither trendy nor a magic bullet, and for most it takes some trial and error, but it works!

Even now, fifty years later, I still eat dessert every day. However, there are three musts for success with The Convent Diet:
  • Determination: to create good habits and to establish and practice a routine
  • Tenacity: to stick with it and start again, as many times as is necessary
  • Ability to face stress: to stare down “the elephant in the room” created by our times

I call my tips the “Seven Holy Habits”: visualization, always eat dessert, don’t count calories (but calories count), it’s okay to be a couch potato, don’t diet while eating out, forget “fake” food, and take time for yourself.

It worked for me. It will work for you too.
Mary Lou Reid entered the convent as a girl of eighteen. While there she lost 50 pounds and has kept the weight off for 50 years. After leaving the convent Mary Lou headed to New York where she worked in the arts and media business. She attended NYU business school and then relocated to Los Angeles where she completed her education in ...
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Title:Always Eat Dessert.: and 6 More Weight Loss and Lifestyle Habits I Learned in the ConventFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 17, 2018Publisher:Post Hill PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1682616673

ISBN - 13:9781682616673

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"As a fashion stylist, I find this book easy to read and compelling. Mary Lou's knowledge of fashion and what works for losing weight, keeping it off, and look your best NOW are all helpful tools. As Mary Lou says, 'Wear the right clothes to look good now.' You will feel great on the inside because you look fabulous on the outside."