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1 Year, 100 Pounds

My Journey to a Better, Happier Life

Part cheerleader, part drill sergeant, Whitney Holcombe chronicles how to transition from “the fat girl” to being a healthy, confident young woman.

At age fourteen, Whitney Holcombe stepped onto her bathroom scale and a number glared up at her: 230. That number controlled her life until one day she went for a walk that changed everything.

A little bit memoir and a whole lot of advice, 1 Year, 100 Pounds follows Whitney’s journey to battle obesity, negative self-image, and peer ridicule. Through following a healthy diet and exercise routine, Whitney shed the pounds without pills, trainers, or surgery. And along the way, she discovered the confidence to love her body.

Reviewed by experts in the fields of diet, health, and fitness, with a foreword by Dr. Joseph Colella, a leading bariatric surgeon who endorses Whitney’s method of healthy weight loss over surgery, 1 Year, 100 Pounds is a personal guidebook packed with tips for making healthy food choices, easy exercises, and inspiration that empowers you to change your own life.

Photography © 2009 by Chris Eckert, Studio D, Hearst Communications Inc.

At age fourteen, Whitney Holcombe weighed 230 pounds. In one year, Whitney lost 100 pounds and found her healthy balance without the use of surgery, trainers, pills, or commercial weight-loss programs. Whitney now uses her success story to encourage teens to become healthy, beautiful confident young women with the world at their feet. She lives in New York.

"Holcombe is a cheerleader for adopting a healthy lifestyle–there are no quick fixes here....Recommended for teens looking for a get-your-life-in-gear pep talk followed by good solid advice."

– Ragan O'Malley, School Library Journal

"Written in a natural, friendly voice, the text clearly intends to counteract the harmful ideas about body image that often target teenagers and to offer a healthy lifestyle alternative to weight loss surgeries and medications. During a time when teenagers receive multiple messages from society, this is a good book to have on hand."

– Bethany Fort, Booklist