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Fairburn, GA, United States, 2007/01/20 - Moneywise Weight Loss is the first book to tackle weight loss from a financial perspective, from teaching readers about their body’s worth to enabling them to save money on healthy foods.
The first book to tackle weight loss from a financial perspective, Moneywise Weight Loss: The Faith-based Plan for Building a Better Body on a Budget was created because of author and inspirational speaker Kimberly Floyd's intrigue with a simple question: 'How can people on a limited income eat a healthy diet when they can't afford it?'
Having lost 85 pounds herself, the former Registered Nurse began researching the question and found that conventional weight loss programs cost up to $14 a day. After reading that the average low income family can only spend $25 per person per week on food, she decided to see if she could still eat healthy while spending that amount each week.
"I did it for a month and it was very hard," Floyd said. "To save money on fruits and vegetables, many experts advise you to buy them in season. But what are the seasons? I called the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and they could not help me. After a lot of digging, I found the answers which are in my book. I combined that research and other food budgeting strategies with the method I used to lose weight successfully and voila’ ‘Moneywise Weight Loss’ was born.”
Along the way, Floyd also read a citation from the August 2003 issue of Wired Magazine that valued the human body at more than $45 million. In her popular faith-based weight loss seminars, she calls participants “45 million dollar babies” and teaches them that the best way to affirm their physical value is through the practice of good health habits. She also advises them to leave a legacy of wellness for their children.
“We cannot fulfill our God-given purpose if we are not well. My passion is helping people recognize their value regardless of their personal income. We are each worth over $45 million. We should treat ourselves and each other as if we believe it,” Floyd says.
Considering the whole person when it comes to weight loss, the book also teaches strategies for strengthening spiritual connections, renewing your mind to support your weight loss goals, controlling emotional eating, managing stress, and handling food temptations. It also teaches readers how to perform “emotional C.P.R.” when they find themselves losing heart in their desire to get in shape.
Floyd declares, “Losing weight is ultimately not about size, it’s about stewardship. It’s about making the most of all the resources God has given us, which includes time, talent, money, and our physical bodies. Achieving our optimal weight is one way that we can regain our energy, joy, and live the abundant life that we are called to live.”
Published by Wellspring Omnimedia, Moneywise Weight Loss (moneywiseweightloss.com) will be sold online at its website of the same name beginning January 17, 2007 and in selected bookstores and other venues. The book will retail for $15.95.