No workouts, no calorie-cutting – just positive thinking: How one woman lost weight by embracing the Hot Tub Diet
15:52 GMT, 15 June 2012
Bridget Praytor found the secret of successful weight loss in eschewing the gym workouts for the jacuzzi
A new weight loss regime gives seekers of bodily perfection – most of us, that is – permission to abandon the gym and protein diets in favour of the hot tub.
Bridget Praytor, from Colorado Springs, was just like any other woman who dieted and forced herself to the gym to lose weight, until an accident left her temporarily immobile.
In her new book, The Hot Tub Diet, the author tells the story about how, by sitting in a jacuzzi instead of working out, she lost more weight and became healthier than ever.
Ms Praytor was unable to exercise for
six months but rather than balloon as she feared, she found herself
many women, she had spent years struggling to lose that extra ten
pounds, torturing herself in the gym for hours and trying to fill up on
low-calorie soda and diet pills so she wouldn't eat too much.
in the steamy pool at the gym – the only amenity she was allowed to use
according to her doctors – Ms Praytor listened as one by one men and
women complained about their bodies despite having just put them through
began to wonder whether there was any point of going to such agonising
lengths to become thin if there was still so much negativity in the
Slimming A mother of three from Colorado Springs claims in a new book to have lost weight by sitting in a hot tub rather than exercising
'I realize I need to change the way I thought. What was the good of spending so much time exercising if I wasn't going to change my mindset and make choices throughout the day that honored my body' She writes.
Over the next few months as she began to
reassess her weight loss goals and consider what it meant to be healthy
and as she did so she watched the pounds melt away.
The Hot Tub Diet: Get Out of the Gym into the Hot Tub and Lose Weight
Inspired by how easy it was to lose
weight when her attitude changed, she sat down to pen what she calls: 'A
How-Not-To-Diet book. Or Stay Sane book. Or Stop Punishing Yourself
book. It's a book about how I transformed my life.'
Praytor believes that the biggest obstacle facing most people who are
trying to lose weight is the way they are approaching the challenge
mentally rather than anything they're putting in their mouths.
And if the reviews are anything to go by, she is on to something.
Other than providing what seems to be an entertaining read, many people have gushed about her philosophy.
'This book is so entertaining and the perspective is great! Makes you want to do it right!' Exclaimed one reader.
suggested that it was a great example for young teens and that she was
looking forward to giving it to her daughter to read.
Ms Praytor explains: 'Sitting in the hot tub over those six months gave me a time out every day – a time to actually think. I was able to be conscious of why I did things, why I ate things.
'I had a chance to think about what I did and how I felt. I gained more confidence in myself and in my abilities. And my body started transforming.'