Synopses & Reviews
Allen Zadoff spent years reasoning that a big, healthy man should have a big, healthy appetite and that his rapidly increasing girth was no more than a regular guy thing. At 350 pounds, however, it became clear that what had started as a little weight problem was destroying his life. Desperate to find a new way of living that would carry him into thin and beyond, Zadoff began to focus less on what he ate, and more on the physical and emotional underpinnings of what he came to understand as a disease. The pounds melted away, and so began the adventure of a lifetime. Following Zadoffs incredible journey both up and down the scale, Hungry blends his personal story with surprising strategies for weight loss success; it is as laugh-out-loud funny as it is inspirational.
"In this intimate story, Zadoff describes his 'twenty-eight years fighting a war against food, fat, and my body,' and the 'food addict' diagnosis that finally made sense of it: 'sneaky, secretive, dishonest, and deceptive... I behaved like a junkie with food.' Imparting 'what I wish I'd known all those years,' as well as raising the profile of overeaters' plight, Zadoff's book begins with snappy chapters detailing his dysfunctional relationship with food, followed by strategies for recovery. A good first step, he suggests, is to create a food 'traffic light' list in which 'red' foods are triggers to avoid: 'Like an alcoholic, if I put a trigger food in my mouth, I will once again be at its mercy.' Readers won't find a 'magic formula,' but will learn not only that commitment and discipline pay off, but that they don't need to overwhelm: 'When I wake up in the morning, I commit to eating three meals, just for today.' Zadoff occasionally relies on self-help clichés (happiness 'is like a muscle... If I don't exercise it, it atrophies'), but his compelling first-person insight into a largely misunderstood condition, not to mention his common-sense solutions (heavy on the need for a support network of family, friends and professionals), is valuable, encouraging reading for problem eaters of all kinds and those trying to help them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Weight loss advice, laughter, and inspiration from the delicious, caloric, yet uncomfortably large life experiences of a formerly fat man
About the Author
Allen Zadoff is a former theatrical director who now works as a writer, teacher, and magazine columnist. He lives in Los Angeles.