Oprah's trainer puts mind over body matters

Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:11am EST
 
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Fitness and weight loss were emotional issues for trainer Bob Greene even before he joined forces with the high priestess of positive thinking, Oprah Winfrey.

It might date back to childhood visits with a great-grandmother bedridden by obesity.

"I often think about my great-grandmother when I work with clients," Greene said in his new book. "I think deep down I sensed that her days could have been better."

Better days is precisely the point, both of Greene's book "The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy," and his website, thebestlife.com.

Written with a psychologist and a nutritionist, "The Life You Want" delivers a heavy dollop of self-help-style psychology and lifestyle advice alongside diet menus and exercise regimens.

"It's not just about fitness, it's about making changes in your life," Greene explained in an interview from California. "This book encourages people to every day find ways to be happy, even if you have 80 pounds (36 kgs) to lose."

Psychology has always fascinated Greene, who as a teenager carried a copy of Abraham Maslow's "Toward a Psychology of Being," a handbook of humanistic psychology, in his back pocket.

He said while all his books with Oprah, starting with "Making the Connection" (1996) address the psychological side, he has never gone so deep.   Continued...