Forty-five million Americans go on a diet each year, and many of them turn to misleading books that offer inflexible, formal diets, quirky advice, or downright dangerous techniques. This refreshing book shows readers how simple lifestyle changes can help them lose weight and keep it off. The book first asks readers to understand why they may be overweight, and then helps them create short-term goals. Next, they learn more about long-term weight control based on eating habits, the food pyramid, and realistic menus. Readers are treated to a personalized fitness program, reviews of popular diet products, and the scoop on commercial weight-loss programs. Throughout, there are motivating tips and advice from renowned experts, as well as anecdotes and lessons learned from real people who've lost weight and kept it off.