Book Review: The Weight of Happiness by Ayelet Kalter

Title: The Weight of Happiness
Author: Ayelet Kalter
Genre: Nonfiction, Weight Loss
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine a life free of weight worries

Imagine a life free of thoughts about what to eat, how much, and when.

Imagine a life in which you are finally free to be who you are!

Now imagine that all of it can really happen to you if you’ll only dare. The book “The Weight of Happiness – On Food, Body and Spirit” is the first step on the road to achieving that.

This book focuses on the touching journey of Ayelet Kalter, a dietician and eating behavior therapist, and her patient Tamar. A journey that began with the strong desire to lose weight but ended up leading to life changing insights. It’s the intimate story of a brave woman who dares open up before her readers and share in her personal struggle against the Kilograms. A woman who leads an exciting life but who also avoids full parts of her life because of her body weight. A woman who tries to free herself from this cage called – weight.

Joining her on this journey is her therapist who tries to “help” her. Ayelet Kalter, who used to be a clinical dietitian, helped thousands of people with their weight problem. She saw them lose the weight but also watched when they gained it back. Ayelet, who figured out the false promise of diet, is leading the fight against it in Israel for over twenty years. This journey, which peeks inside the therapy room, encompasses other stories about women and their struggle against weight and its mystical power. Stories of women who “came out of the closet” and shared their innermost secrets about food, weight – which they perceive as the thing that defines them – and the feeling that they are to blame for their predicament

This is a real story about life in a society that constantly measures its parts in calories and kilos. A society that makes it difficult for people to truly love themselves. It’s a story of women who dare to share their feelings and speak up. A story in which women dare to rebel. In many ways this is a beginning of a journey – a journey that the book “Mindful Eating – Free Yourself from the Diet Language” is a continuation of.

The book “The Weight of Happiness” will penetrate the deepest and innermost parts of your feelings. It will make you feel as if it was written about you. In each line you will find some part of your own life, your own reality, your own pain. Perhaps it will make you emotional, perhaps you will cry a bit but, eventually, I really hope that by the end of the book you will come to the realization that there is a whole other way to look at weight gain. A way which the book “The Weight of Happiness” will lead you to.

Who hasn’t struggled with their weight at some point in time? The Weight of Happiness focuses on the journey of Ayelet Kalter, a dietician and eating behavior therapist. This journey began with Ayelet’s strong desire to lose weight…But rather than just losing weight, it gave her some life-changing insights. It’s the story of Ayelet’s personal struggle not just against kilograms, but also against the stigma related to being overweight.

It was eye-opening to me how many people actually struggle with weight issues, how many win the battle against the kilograms just to get it all back over time. Diets aren’t magic. There’s no magical solution. The stories of all those women were really heartbreaking, in how they thought their weight defined them, rather than anything else they are.

It’s a story about a society that’s sick, very sick, and is defining people to how skinny or fit they are, rather than for who they are. It’s also a society that judges people who are too skinny – there’s always judgement, always bringing people down just because of how they look. Our society, rather than looking at who we are, judges us for the way we look, making it hard for people to love themselves.

The Weight of Happiness is a brave, rebellious book that offers insight into our feelings and proves to us we’re more than just a number on the scale.

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