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									The Structure House Weight Loss Plan
Author: Gerard J. Musante
Table of Contents

ContentsIntroduction PART I: GET STRUCTURED:Understand and Prepare for the Structure House
Weight Loss PlanChapter 1: The Structure House Program Chapter 2: Assess Your Health and Medical
Issues Chapter 3: Get Ready for Structure PART II: BE STRUCTURED:Implement the Behavioral
Principles of the Structure House Weight Loss PlanChapter 4: Be Structured : Structured Eating and the
Structure House Diary Chapter 5: Be Structured at Home: Eating Well and Losing Weight in Your Own
Kitchen Chapter 6: Be Structured at the Supermarket : Eating Well and Losing Weight by Shopping
Wisely Chapter 7: Understand the Importance of Exercise PART III: STAY STRUCTURED:Maintain the
Structure House Weight Loss PlanChapter 8: Stay Structured Away from Home: Eating Well and Losing
Weight in Restaurants and While on the Road Chapter 9: Maintain the Structured Mind-set: More Tools
for the Structure House Toolbox Chapter 10: Explore Lifestyle Change Conclusion: Take the Journey
Appendices1: Understanding Your Body Mass Index 2: Understanding Metabolism 3: Sample Exchange
Lists 4: A Structure House Menu Sampler Notes Acknowledgments Index

Dr. Gerard Musante and his residential weight loss center, Structure House, have helped more than thirty
thousand people lose weight. A stay at Structure House costs thousands of dollars. Now Dr. Musante's
innovative ideas and effective treatment methods are yours for the price of this book.IT'S NOT FOOD
THAT MAKES YOU FAT -- IT'S YOUR EATING BEHAVIOR.During his thirty years of practice, Dr.
Musante has shown that it is your relationship with food that determines your ability to reach your ideal
weight. His system targets behaviors resulting from habit, boredom, or stress that lead to unstructured
eating -- eating for nonnutritional reasons -- and presents concrete methods for designing new, structured
eating patterns. You'll learn to isolate your unhealthy eating, recognize and neutralize the food triggers
that cause your unstructured eating, and stop using food to satisfy needs other than hunger. Dr.
Musante's method gets to the root of these behaviors by completely reconstructing your daily experience
with food and therefore the choices you make about what to eat.The Structure House Weight Loss Plan
presents Dr. Musante's Structured Eating system. You will learn to eat nutritious food in appropriate
portions three times a day -- the food that you need to meet your nutritional requirements and to reach
and maintain the level of weight you desire. The Structured Eating program is presented in three sections.
The first section, "Get Structured," guides you through making the changes that will increase success,
including understanding your eating behaviors that emerge from habit, boredom, and stress; learning how
the organization of your refrigerator and cabinets can lead to weight loss or weight gain; and analyzing
the attitudes toward food of the people who surround you at work and at home. In the second section,
"Be Structured," you learn about food choices; meal planning, including grocery shopping and food
preparation; and identifying the right kinds of exercise that will enhance your success. In the final section,
"Stay Structured," Dr. Musante shares all the secrets of lifestyle change that will help you take and,
more important, keep the weight off. The strategies are both large and small, simple and profound,
immediate and long lasting. Using the Structure House approach, you'll be in control of food -- not
controlled by it. You'll gain power by taking responsibility -- and then you can take credit for your

IntroductionThis is a book about change. I don't mean just change in your weight -- losing the pounds you
want to lose. Weight loss is important, but it's not really the change that is most important. Rather, The
Structure House Weight Loss Plan focuses on changing yourself in deeper, more significant, more
durable ways than what you can measure simply by standing on your bathroom scale. I'm talking about
changing how you view yourself. Changing your relationship with food. Changing your choices about how
to live your life. Changing your attitude about change itself.For thirty years, I've helped overweight and
obese men and women learn about change at Structure House, the residential program I founded in
Durham, North Carolina. Approximately one thousand people participate in our programs there each year.
Some of these participants are ten, twenty, thirty pounds over their desired weight. Others are carrying
even more excess pounds and would be considered obese. Still others are morbidly obese -- so
overweight that their health is in immediate jeopardy. Almost all of the people who come to Structure
House understand that excess weight can lead to medical problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular
disease, hypertension, and other serious health risks. These participants stay at Structure House for a
period of time and, each in his or her own way, learn about the possibilities for change and about the
skills that make change possible.Here are just a few comments from participants about what they gained
from the Structure House program:"Structure House changed my life. It was the best investment I ever
made in myself." -- Pete"With the information and the tools that I received at Structure House, losing
weight is a challenge that I can face. Now I understand my weight problem, and I know what I can do to
effectively deal with it." -- Nancy"To be looked at as a 'normal-weight' person by others instead of always
being stared at is a wonderful benefit to my weight loss. I have more energy and I'm in better shape than
most of my friends. This lifestyle change has truly given me a new life." -- Jeremy"Since leaving Structure
House I have exercised on a daily basis and generally live a healthy lifestyle. With the training and
behavior modification used by Structure House, I am now able to control my food intake and maintain a
'normal' weight." -- Alan"I have learned how to take better care of myself and am learning how to value
myself with a new body and a new approach to food. The program has been, for me, a gift." --
MariaStructure House is a residential program, but the concepts we teach there are flexible, adaptable,
and portable. I see Structure House primarily as a school for change -- a place where participants can
stay with us for a while, become Students of Change, acquire as many new skills as possible, then take
their skills back home to practice and apply. My purpose in writing The Structure House Weight Loss
Plan is to put these concepts into a book so that you can learn and use them in the comfort and
familiarity of your own surroundings.But before we start discussing the Structure House program and its
many benefits, I want to touch on some of the issues that inspired me to design this program in the first
place.IT ISN'T FOOD...
Author Bio
Gerard J. Musante
Gerard J. Musante, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the residential weight loss facility, Structure
House Center for Weight Control and Lifestyle Change. As one of the nation's leading experts on obesity,
he has helped thousands of overweight and obese people to win their battles with weight and other health
issues. Dr. Musante serves as a consulting professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke
University Medical Center and the Duke University School of Medicine. He and his Structure House
program have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, USA
Today, and on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper 360, and Good Morning America. He lives in Durham, North

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