The Life You Want – Bob Greene

By Ted

2317-the-life-you-want-bob-greene.jpgOprah’s right hand man, Bob Greene, is back with his new book The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight and Be Happy.

In The Life You Want, Bob teams up with Psychologist, Ann Kearney-Cooke, and Nutritionist, Janis Jibrin to create a plan that seeks to overcome the emotional barriers that prevent people from exercising and eating healthy.Bob Greene believes that the emotional component to weight loss is of utmost importance if success is to be achieved and maintained.

“The importance of a significant motivating factor is something I’ve seen again and again among my clients. And the research backs me up. One study from Portugal divided overweight women into two groups. Both received standard advice on diet and exercise, but one group was also encouraged to develop a personal, emotional incentive for staying active. After a year, the group that had incorporated the psychological component had lost an average of 12 pounds of body fat, compared to just under three pounds for the other volunteers. What I find especially interesting about this research is that it shows that inner motivation can be acquired. “

The Life You Want Components

Bob Greene’s new book is divided into 5 sections:

  1. Rewire your brain to overcome overeating.
  2. Conquer exercise aversion.
  3. Tame your sugar, fat, and salt cravings.
  4. Transform your body image.
  5. Increase your happiness.

His team offers many strategies and suggestions in order for the reader to achieve the above goals targeted in The Life You Want. The book also includes exercise and diet plans to help the dieter address the physical aspects of dieting as well as the emotional.


Bob Greene’s The Life You Want seems like a good program for those that lack motivation and have emotional eating issues. Bob Greene is well respected in the diet and fitness industry and has helped millions of people live healthier, mostly with the exposure brought by The Oprah Winfrey Show and O Magazine.

Coming from a mental health background, I would argue that some of the book’s concepts are a tad simplistic. Many people have deep-seated emotional issues that prevent them from losing weight, let alone being happy.

Click here to purchase this book for a discounted price (Amazon).

The Life You Want, will probably lack the tools and support necessary to help those with deeper problems, who would require a therapeutic counseling relationship to see such emotional changes.


  1. J

    You are seriously warped. People like you need to get a life and stop dragging your political agendas into everything. If you choose not to by this book because of some attenuated connection with the president (which truly is insane) then so be it…there’s no need to comment here on the forum about it.

  2. David

    I was also interested in the book until I saw the editor was involved with Oprah. I’m not racist nor am I unreasonable about current issues we face here in the U.S. With that said, Oprah has ties to our current President and I absolutely DO NOT SUPPORT ANYONE OR ANYTHING THAT has a relationship and the same beliefs of our President.

  3. Roger

    Stop with the Thyroid excuse. Truth is she is just human like the rest of us. And she is certainly not trying to make excuses for herself anyway. She shows herself warts and all; and that’s a good thing and deserves respect.
    I am sure that this book is a good read and will have many good ideas to learn from. No one has all of the answers so what may work for one person may not work for everyone.

  4. Jessica

    Oprah has thyroid issues which caused her to gain weight. She now has to work twice as hard as a normal person to even maintain her weight. Get educated before you start talking smack.

  5. Bonnie

    Well, you know the old saying, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.

  6. Duane

    I’m just saying that this guy’s book is supposed to address emotional eating issues, which is known to be Oprah’s problem. Since she is held in such high regard by her followers, wouldn’t it be a great endorsement if she managed to finally get her eating issues under control using Greene’s program? After all, this guy is getting a huge boost through his association with her. Her weight issues are legendary and I’m sure they’re still a priority for her. If she can’t be successful, that doesn’t speak well for this book. But of course, the apologists will rationalize it all. Oprah’s problems must be unique to her and how dare anyone question the great and powerful “O”!

  7. Jim F.

    You should have seen the breathless news coverage when the high priestess herself touched down in Australia. Such adoration for a talk show host.

  8. Spectra

    Just because Oprah can’t lose weight doesn’t mean that other people can’t lose weight on Bob’s program. I’m pretty sure Oprah has her own issues with food that are preventing her from losing weight that have nothing to do with Bob Greene.

  9. Duane

    I don’t watch Oprah so I had no idea this guy was her right hand man. As soon as you said that, I lost interest. If he’s so good, why does Oprah still struggle? The cult of Oprah is ridiculous, this woman is just as screwed up, if not more so, than her audience. If she can’t stick to Bob Greene’s plan, and she has direct access to him, then what hope do her minions have? I’m sure the book has lots of good information, but probably no more so than any other book. Just another person riding the Oprah gravy train.

  10. Spectra

    I’d like to read it simply to find out how he plans to get people to overcome exercise aversion. Most people that I know really hate exercise for some reason. I like Bob Greene, so maybe I’ll check it out and see what he has to say.