Real Life: The Hands-On Pounds-Off Guide

Want to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle?

Real Life is 300+ full-color pages of the latest nutrition, fitness, motivational, and medical information available to help you create and sustain a healthy lifestyle that works for you. There's even a section with inspirational stories from TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) members who share their struggles and successes as they Keep Off Pounds Sensibly.

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Why Real Life is a Great Tool for Your Weight- Loss Goals

Katie Ferraro, MPH, RD, CDE

Katie is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco and San Diego and contributor to the Balanced Eating Section. She explains why Real Life: The Hands-On Pounds-Off Guide is a great tool for helping you to Take Off Pounds Sensibly® .

Brian Wansink is the former Executive Director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and the former director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University. Brian, a longtime advocate of TOPS, wrote the foreword for the TOPS lifestyle guide, Real Life: The Hands-on Pounds-off Guide.

What's Inside Real Life

Real Life is separated into 5 easy to follow sections that include Worksheets, Tips and Activities. The sections are:

  • Balanced Eating  
  • Change for the Better
  • Moving More
  • Obesity and Your Health (includes diabetes and childhood obesity chapters)
  • Keep Off Pounds Sensibly - After the Weight Loss

Our Contributors

  • Ahmed H. Kissebah, MD, PhD, FACP
  • Katie Ferraro, MPH, RD, CDE
  • Michelle May, MD
  • Laura Linebarger, PsyD
  • Patricia Amborn, MSM
  • Amy Goldwater, MS
  • Joseph A. Skelton, MD, MS
  • Yvonne D. Greer, MPDH, RD, CD, CLC


"I've lost 103 lb. through TOPS and gained a new found freedom."
— Adrian A.

"For the first time in my life, I've made real progress in changing my relationship with food."
— Billie Jean M.