Practical ways to achieve weight control by developing new habits, new techniques, and a new outlook involving food intake that recognises the difficulties of counting calories or calculating carbohydrate consumption, that shows how adopting simple lifestyle changes can help control weight and improve health, and that accounts for the imperatives of personal taste and the inevitable changes wrought by ageing, all the while advocating a relaxed, more casual approach to dieting to achieve the best results for the most people over the longest period of time.
Jeffrey I. Barke has been a board-certified family physician in Newport Beach, California since 1993. As such he has dealt with hundreds of patients with various weight and eating problems, first as part of a large family practice and now as a Senior Partner of Newport Medical Consultants, a personal physician practice devoted to family medicine. Dr. Barke attended the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine Medical School. Dr. Barke is a member of the board of the Orange County Medical Association, an elected member of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Medical Executive Committee, and an Expert Medical Reviewer for the Medical Board of California, and a frequent speaker before medical groups. Godfrey Harris has been a public policy consultant based in Los Angeles, California since 1968. He began consulting after serving as a university lecturer, U.S. Army intelligence officer, U.S. foreign service officer with the Department of State, an organisational specialist in President Lyndon Johnson's Executive Office, and as a program manager for an international financial company in Geneva. He decided to look at dieting when the topic changed from a cosmetic issue to a public policy concern. This is the 50th book he has written on his own or with associates. He holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles.