Bennett Gavrish is a software developer and writer from Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a degree in journalism. His debut novel, Train Wreck, was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. He recently released a new book, “Secrets to Losing Weight in College,” which is available in paperback and ebook formats at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008AZB1JQ. For more information, visit www.bennettgavrish.com or follow @bennettgavrish on Twitter.
1. What inspired you to write “Secrets to Losing Weight in College”, can you tell us why you choose this title?
My new book was inspired entirely by my own personal experience. I entered college as a very overweight freshman and knew I had to make a change in my life. I devoted myself to getting healthy and ended up losing 120 pounds while at school. I know there are many college students in a similar situation, so I wrote “Secrets to Losing Weight in College” to share my story and help others.
2. Your book discusses about powerful engaging ways that help college students in lowering weight, what are they?
The book covers various parts of the college lifestyle and shows students how to improve their diet and exercise routine to get the results they want. I won’t give away all of the secrets in the book, but there are four rules that make up the core of my weight loss strategy. #1: Drink only water and milk. #2: Cut all snacks out of your diet. #3: Do not eat after 9 PM. #4: Sleep at least eight hours every night.
3. What are the main factors that you saw that have resulted in the obesity in college students and even in the modern world?
Obesity is a problem in many parts of the world, but it’s especially prevalent in colleges because of the freedoms associated with going away to school. College students face many temptations in the dining hall and elsewhere on campus, and it’s easy to fall into poor eating and exercising habits.
4. What are your tips or healthy ways to tackle dining halls, restaurants or even parties?
“Secrets to Losing Weight in College” includes separate chapters on dining halls, restaurants, and nightlife. Each environment requires a different approach, but the key to succeeding in all of them is to stay focused on your goal and remember why you want to lose weight.
5. Could you share with us on average how much weight does your clients usually lose while following the strategies and eating plans in “Secrets to Losing Weight in College”? And what is the ONE thing that helps them to lose weight?
Throughout my book, I talk about how critical it is to be fully devoted to your weight loss effort, both physically and mentally. You won’t get results unless you find inspiration and remain dedicated to staying healthy over a long period of time. I lost 120 pounds over a 12-month period in college, but I can’t guarantee similar results for other people. Everyone’s body reacts to food and exercise differently. The most important thing is to get your body in a more healthy state and not worry so much about the number on the scale.
6. What kind of success have you seen with your dietary recommendations and what scientific support do you have for them?
I make it clear in my book that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. All of my recommendations are based on personal experience, and I try to leave my weight loss strategy very flexible so that other people can mold it into something that works well for them.
7. What makes the “Secrets to Losing Weight in College” different from the common weight loss books?
A lot of the diet books I’ve come across have specific food plans that are very restrictive about what you can eat. My book is focused more on general food guidelines so that people can make choices and find a diet that suits their taste and lifestyle.
8. Usually how much weight can a person expect to lose by following “Secrets to Losing Weight in College” book like in a month or so?
The amount of weight a person can and should lose depends on a lot of variables, such as age, gender, and starting weight. I think aiming to lose one to two pounds per week is a great goal to start with, and my book can help to achieve those types of results.
9. Besides losing weight, what other benefits should a person expect to derive following “Secrets to Losing Weight in College”? Is it suitable for non college students as well?
Yes, despite the focus on college students, people of all ages will find my book helpful. I wrote the book in a light and fun tone, so others will find it to be a quick and enjoyable read.
10. Do you have anything specific or advice that you want to say to the readers who are struggling to lose weight to help them shed the fats?
Before you pick up my book or any diet book, you have to be fully committed to your goal. Most importantly, do not think of your weight loss effort as a temporary endeavor. In order to really succeed, you must make a major change in your life and promise to never go back to your unhealthy ways.