Another Review at MyShelf.Com

The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution for Teens and Kids
A Scientifically Based Program from the Highly Acclaimed Weight-Loss School

by Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, Ryan Craig, JD, and Lisa Tjelmeland, MSW

      Childhood obesity has reached an all-time high. Approximately fifty-one percent of all children are considered either overweight or obese. Parents want the best for their children, including a healthy lifestyle. It can be heartbreaking to watch their physical and emotional struggles, and weight loss can be frustrating in our society of fast food and fast fixes. Sharing the success of their boarding school for overweight teens, The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution for Teens and Kids, by Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, Ryan Craig, JD, and Lisa Tjelmeland, MSW, guides parents and kids in this important lifestyle change.

To have successful weight loss, kids need to be in charge of their weight loss plan. Parents can help their child set goals, such as a reasonable and specific loss per year. Do you know your childís primary motivation for losing weight? On a decision balance sheet, your child rates positive and challenging aspects of weight loss, such as "Healthier" or "Iíll feel like a failure if I donít do it." The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution provides other emotional exercises to bolster your childís success. One body image exercise asks kids (and parents) to concentrate on positive physical features and abilities. The book also explains the six stages of weight loss including the primary stages in honeymoon, frustration, and acceptance. What if your child doesnít want to lose weight or starts sabotaging their progress? Find advice in two secondary stages: shock / ambiance and fear of success.

The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution starts with three simple rules: eat a low fat diet, be physically active and self-monitor your eating. The book is divided into four parts: philosophy and science of The Sierras Solution, creating the Sierras Solution at home, the Sierras program and eating plan. The Sierras Solution eating plan chapter boasts six weeks of menus, including recipes and weekly shopping lists.

The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution for Kids and Teens is packed full of useful information, including goal sheets and testimonials from teen clients. Readers can tackle the whole plan or the alternate plan of choosing one "simple change" at a time, as my son and I did. I was impressed with the emotional preparation, since negative beliefs can block weight loss success. Both of us found low-fat favorites in Crispy Crisp Chicken Fingers, Parmesan-Encrusted Tilapia, and Cheesy Broccoli Bake. Does your child want to lose weight? Dive into The Sierras Weight Loss Solution for Kids and Teens for a thorough guide on living a healthy lifestyle.


The Book

Avery / Penguin
September 2007
1583332871 / 978-1583332870
Self Help / Health
More at

The Reviewer

Jennifer Akers
Reviewed 2007
© 2007