Sunday, April 02, 2006

Pennsylvania Librarian Likes Low-Carb Books

Support for livin' la vida low-carb can sometimes come from the most unexpected places. This Stroudsburg, PA-based Pocono-Record article written by a very wise library technician named Amanda Pedone highlights two popular and effective low-carb programs that are helping people lose weight with summer on the way.

"It's time to lose those extra holiday pounds ... and pre-holiday pounds ... and post-holiday pounds," wrote Pedone, a library technician at Clymer Library. "Don't panic, though. Stop by the library before your summer vacation, and pick up some of our fitness and diet books."

Quick question: Why do some people wait until just a few months until summertime to BEGIN their efforts to lose weight? I've never understood this concept at all. Perhaps I am clueless because I have previously always been extremely overweight and/or obese for most of my life and so a few months for a diet just begins to scratch the surface of weight loss for people who need to lose more than 100 pounds.

But if all you need to lose is 10, 15 or 20 pounds, perhaps this strategy is attractive. However, now that I'm maintaining my 180-pound weight loss, I could not imagine allowing myself to gain that much weight and not knowing it.

Nevertheless, Pedone begins her recommended diet book reading suggestions with two of the biggest names in the world of low-carb: Atkins and Agatston!

Atkins For Life
by the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins

Pedone said this book is perfect for anyone who has already lost weight on the Atkins diet and looking to "make your success permanent" or if you are wanting to start your own low-carb program because you are "concerned about your health and weight control."

WOW, where's Amanda Pedone been with her enthusiastic support for livin' la vida low-carb?! Isn't this fantastic? What this demonstrates to me is that there are a whole lot more people out there supporting the low-carb life than the media is revealing. I applaud the Pocono Record for giving a voice to people like Pedone who obviously knows a thing or two about what is popular and effective in diet books.

"Filled with advice and tips on navigating the everyday challenges that come with eating low-carb in a high-carb world, the book provides a simple and straightforward lifetime program that anyone can follow," she continued in her review. "Finding your ideal weight and staying there has never been so easy or so good."

THANK YOU for the awesome review, Amanda! You may not even realize just how much against the flow your comments in FAVOR of the Atkins diet really are in this day and age of bashing the low-carb lifestyle at every chance possible, especially in the media. YOU GO GIRL!

But she didn't stop there. Take a look at what her second recommended book for weight loss was.

The South Beach Diet
written by Dr. Arthur Agatston

Pedone gushes on The South Beach Diet because the foods you can eat on this plan are the ones you "love."

"Meat and fish, cheese, healthy oils and nuts, vegetables, and the right carbohydrates and sweets. There's no mandatory exercise, and you're never left craving more food. With the South Beach Diet, dieters can lose eight to 13 pounds in the first two weeks without feeling hungry."

I'd be curious to know if she has any personal experience trying these diets. But one thing's for sure, she is thoroughly convinced they are books worth taking a look at if you are wanting to lose weight. And for that she should be applauded.

You can send a thank you note to Amanda Pedone for being willing to share openly and honestly about the healthy benefits of livin' la vida low-carb by e-mailing her at the Clymer Library at

According to the contact page on the libary's web site, the e-mail is checked "at least once a week." Let's surprise them with some encouraging words of admiration and appreciation this week, shall we? We need more Amanda Pedones in this world.


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