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Coach Yourself Thin

Coach Yourself Thin

Fitness industry veterans compile 15 years of experience in one concise weight loss book.

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Coach Yourself Thin – Five Steps to Retrain Your Mind, Reclaim Your Power, and Lose the Weight For Good is a collaborative weight loss management guide from professional weight loss coaches Greg Hottinger, MPH, RD and Michael Scholtz, MA. After creating popular online sites like the Biggest Loser Club and Flat Belly Diet Online, the authors have compiled success stories and lessons learned in their 15 years of experience in to a book they hope will help people “look inward” and gain confidence in their ability to control their own weight loss destiny.

The book is divided in to six chapters beginning with a look back at how industrialization and modern convenience has led to weight gain in this country. There is a chapter on the Seven Undermining Obstacles to Weight Loss including weight fixation, feelings of unworthiness, the willpower myth and selective accountability. The Five Stepping Stones to Change includes advice on how to get where you’re going on your weight loss journey. “Without a detailed road map of where you want to go, you may try to get somewhere, only to end up right back where you started,” it says in the book.

The book also includes two chapters on eating and exercise guidelines with meal plans, and finally, Discovering Your Positive Inner Coach which encourages the reader to create their own “wellness vision” and “set goals toward lasting weight loss and lifestyle change.”

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  • Co-author Greg Hottinger is a registered dietician
  • Addresses mental aspects of losing weight and relationships with food
  • Provides healthy eating guidelines based on age/height/exercise calculation.
  • Encourages exercise and healthy eating for a well-rounded diet plan.
  • Focuses on setting realistic personal weight loss goals.
  • The, “It’s all in your mind” philosophy may not appeal to everyone
  • Reader may have to wade through too many details to find something that applies to them
  • Not a complete guide in regard to nutrition; The reader may need accompanying material

Coach Yourself Thin provides a chapter specifically geared toward nutrition philosophy, eating plan structure and meal plans. It begins with an explanation about processed foods or even so-called “diet food” can still be unhealthy. The authors give advice about how to stay in control even when eating out at restaurants, provide their take on weight loss supplements (spoiler alert – they don’t recommend them), describe how to eat healthy when you’re short on time, and break down the natural sweetener versus artificial sweetener debate.

Finally, there is a guide to help men and women calculate their optimal daily caloric intake based on age, weight and activity level. Once the reader finds his/her range, the book provides a breakdown of how those calories can be spread out evenly throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. For those who crave simplicity they also include daily meal plans with calorie counts so the reader can simply look under the breakfast category, choose the number of calories they want to spend or can afford to spend, and then pick from the balanced meals listed.

A 230 calorie breakfast might look like this:

  • ½ cup oatmeal, cooked
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 2 canned peach halves
  • Cup tea or coffee

Chapter 5 covers the Coach Yourself Thin's healthy exercise guidelines. It begins with the authors' “Four simple guidelines that we believe to be the basis of success,” including:

  • Form Follows Function – Which is the idea that you get out of exercise what you put in to it.

  • Keep it Simple – Don’t over-complicate your exercise routine by joining a gym or buying fancy equipment.

  • Listen to Your Body – A reminder that pain is a sign of imbalance.

  • Make it Fun – Find something you enjoy doing and you’ll keep doing it.

The chapter on exercise, though not as friendly as the nutrition chapter, does give helpful information about calculating your BMI (body mass index) explains cardio versus strength training regimens and provides ideas for sample workouts through each phase of your weight loss journey.


Coach Yourself Thin – Five Steps to Retrain Your Mind, Reclaim Your Power and Lose the Weight for Good is written from the perspective of two professional weight loss coaches. The theme of body/mind/spirit resonates through the book. The authors want their readers to be empowered when they finish the last chapter so there is an emphasis on understanding individual eating habits, envisioning goals and how to handle the everyday obstacles that can wreak havoc with healthy eating. This is a weight loss guide but it’s also a lifestyle guide. Although the meal plans are handy to copy and stick on the fridge, and the fitness advice is solid, impatient readers may grow weary wading through so many “real life experiences” and “background information” to get there.

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Michelle O


I starting reading this book and it is a lifestyle changing book, not a diet book! I love it and have gotten a lot of useful info from it!

posted Apr 10th, 2012 1:36 am

Donna Weinmann


Love this book! It leads you through some hard work but you'll be glad you did it.

posted Mar 25th, 2012 4:31 am

Diane Paracsi


This book is a very balanced way to a balanced, healthy eating and exercise plan that is achievable and will help you reach your goals. In addition, it is written in a very understandable way with helpful information that the writers obtained from years of experience.

posted Mar 25th, 2012 12:00 am

Carol Chase


Book for everyone. Every house hold needs this book.I believe whether you need to lose or not . You can use this book in other areas of our lives.

posted Mar 24th, 2012 11:22 pm

Angie Anspach

This is a fantastic book, written by two amazing and knowledgeable people who truly care about helping us reach our health and wellness goals. I highly recommend it to everyone!

posted Mar 24th, 2012 3:53 pm



I love this book because there are no fancy gimmicks associated with it. Eating right and exercising are the focus as well as working on your thought processes along the way. That is the key that I have been missing all of these years. I can exercise as much as I want and eat all of the fruits and veggies that I want, but until I dealt with the reason that I gained the weight in the first place, I was never very successful. Reading this book opened my eyes to the fact that you really do need the whole package and this book can help you with that. I would definitely recommend it.

posted Mar 24th, 2012 6:07 am



like it

posted Mar 24th, 2012 5:56 am



Great book! I read and re-read it several times. I use it like a reference book. Very well done.

posted Mar 24th, 2012 5:49 am



BEST DIET NON DIET BOOK I have every read. These Authors are amazing! They show you how to lose the weight, how to exercise, how many calories to eat, sample menus and all the normal things you find in a Diet Book. Biggest difference in CYT you will learn to trust yourself, set new goals for your life, how to eat to nourish your body for maximum energy and weight loss, and how to enjoy your life where you are now. This is not a fad diet that you�??re on one day and fall off the next day but a true Life Style change that you can enjoy as you do it and don�??t have to be perfect. I watched my daughter lose more than 100 pounds, start running, and complete an ironman by doing the things in this book. I started on the Coach Yourself Thin Life Style eight weeks ago and feel like a new person. I�??ve never been able to eat this many calories, feel full and have this much energy while losing weight. When I started I needed to lose 30 pounds, to date (8 weeks) I lost more than half of that but more importantly I�??m getting healthy and I can truly feel the change!!! Thanks to Michael Scholtz and Greg Hottinger for this book and for helping me on my road to a healthier life style.

posted Mar 24th, 2012 5:32 am

Ava Paracsi


Coach Yourself Thin - a practical way to enjoy a lifestyle change that will improve your food choices, your energy levels, your health problems, and most of all make you feel like wanting to change the life you now have to something more manageable - easy to read, comprehend, will want to use it over and over again - so pick up a copy and see exactly what I am saying - and then put it to good use and pay it forward to those you love who need a little nudge in their lives as well!!!!!

posted Mar 24th, 2012 3:49 am

jeanette mccay

dont have the book but will

posted Mar 24th, 2012 12:53 am

Kay Vanatta


A book that addresses HOW to build a healthy life that looks the way I want it to! The truth... no quick fix.... no miracle weight loss.... but a serious and honest look at WHY we are overweight and what to do about all those issues that keep us there. I have found the common sense approach to creating my own personal vision of my healthy future and lots of help figuring out how to get there from here! With Greg and Michael's help, I have lost 10 pounds in the last 3 months and am well on the road to more energy and better health!

posted Mar 24th, 2012 12:33 am

Jenifer Skiba


This is such a WONDERFUL book!! It offers so much insight into the obstacles we face, not just in weight loss, but in living a healthy lifestyle. It also gives tools to overcoming those obstacles. It isn�??t about another diet or another quick fix attempt at weight loss�?�it is about REAL, LASTING change.

With the tools in the book, and the authors help, I have lost 80+ lbs. But better than that? I've reclaimed my life...I'm healthier than I have ever been, I LOVE my life now and who I am, and I'm doing things I never dreamed possible...in ALL areas of my life. I�??ve completely changed my relationship with food and exercise using the tools in this book...and I cannot imagine living any other way. Feels like a whole new world opening up before me!!

I second Renee�??s comments�?�I cannot recommend Coach Yourself Thin and the free NOVO Wellness Support Community highly enough. If you�??re ready to change your life, pick up a copy of the book and join the family!!

posted Mar 24th, 2012 12:25 am



This book makes SENSE and creates a sustainable environment both internally and externally. I can live with this - not be "on" or "off" like the diets out there. This book has helped me create an ongoing healthy life. WOW!

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 11:25 pm

DL Weinmann

This book is a powerful tool for getting out of your own way and buildng a healthier, happier life.

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 11:13 pm

Renee Reischl


This book is incredible. FINALLY, a book that addresses WHY I have struggled all of my life with weight, even though I feel like I have TRIED SO HARD and spent every waking hour on a diet �?? until recently. These authors have helped me see that the exact same obstacles kept getting in my way, over and over and over again. What a revelation! The realizations I made, combined with the tools they provided to help me move beyond those obstacles, helped me to FINALLY (after 13 years of trying and failing on my own) take off the 125 pounds of extra weight that had been literally weighing me down. At 36 I feel free! I am running in races and have the energy I did as a kid. Most importantly I am enjoying life again! This book contains everything needed to reclaim health �?? from help with the thinking shifts (that make the process so much easier), to easy-to-understand nutrition and exercise guidelines. I can�??t recommend Coach Yourself Thin and the free NOVO Wellness Support Community highly enough. I hope you�??ll pickup a copy of the book today and join our happy family. Check �??em out at www.coachyourselfthin.com and ask to join! You'll be happy you did!!

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 11:11 pm

carol wheeler


This book is the answer I have been looking for. I have tried countless diets, some with success, but I always gained the weight back, plus more. This book has helped me discover why, I am overweight, and has helped me to change my thinking that kept me that way. It has helped me to change the way I think about food and exercise, so that rather than being on a diet I know I will one day break, new habits have become a part of my life, and the results are I have lost weight, have confidence I will reach my goals, and know I will not gain the weight back this time.

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 10:57 pm

deb thomas


I have read this book 3 times and every time I read it, something else jumps out at me. This is an amazing book that has showed me how to make this a way of life, and not just a diet.

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 9:38 pm



This book is not about "quick fixes". And rightfully so!
Greg and Michael will guide you to make the change for life to be healthy, happy and loving your life.

I really suggest this book even if you aren't looking to lose weight. The methods of these coaches can help you find balance to your life so you can be healthy for the rest of your life.

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 9:23 pm



This book is AMAZING! It'll open your eyes and give you a whole new perspective on living a healthy life. YOU have the power to make the change! :-)

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 9:01 pm


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