Hip Chick Lit

Book of Laughs and Loss (of Weight, That Is)

Getting Personal in the Battle Against the Bulge

 Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2013) – Detoxifying cleanses, workout crazes, appetite suppressants, hypnosis…there is no shortage of tactics to try to break the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting. Nor is there a shortage of diet books and weight loss guides that lure us into a state of frenzy and frustration. Sometimes you just need to know you aren’t alone when you dream of swimming in a tub of Ben and Jerry’s or tripping the super-skinny girl working in the plus-size clothing store. 

BFF’s April Paine and Stacey Wein discovered that the road to health and happiness is paved with levity and love. Now they are inviting you to ride along and learn from their lumps, bumps and bruises.  1 Weight Loss Plan, 2 Friends, 3 Weeks: Using the Buddy System to Fight Fat, is not a typical guide to losing weight.  It is a peek into the candid journal entries shared between two friends, as they support each other to get healthy.  The stories they share and the practical approach to life they adopt will keep you chuckling and nodding your head as you read page after page of "been there" moments.  The bonus is that their approach really works! 

“Anyone who has ever seen the numbers on the scale rise and fall and rise again KNOWS that resolve can weaken and we can be our own worst enemies” says Ms. Paine. “This is our way of telling others that their struggles are not unique and they should not struggle alone.” 

“By joining forces with a friend,” says Ms. Wein, “and introducing accountability as a tool, we create a net to catch us when we find ourselves in diet free-fall and taking a nose-dive right into that bucket of fried chicken.” 

April Paine is a writer and teacher. After 10 years living in England, she now resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. Stacey Wein is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Their collaboration, with several projects under development, was launched recently as Hip Chick Lit. 

1 Weight Loss Plan, 2 Friends, 3 Weeks is available in bookstores and online.  For more about this book and upcoming projects, visit http://www.hipchicklit.com.

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What readers, bloggers and reviewers have to say about 

1 Weight Loss Plan, 2 Friends, 3 Weeks: Using the Buddy System to Fight Fat

“I have been on a diet all my life! I have read many books and this is the first one that made me feel human! Reading this book gave me the motivation I needed to make a plan and stick to it. I laughed out loud and nodded my head in agreement throughout the book. I read it in one sitting and have already talked to my "buddy" about getting started…” – Vanessa (Amazon.com) 

"...It's new and has a lot going for it. It is well designed, sensible, short, humorous, effective and reasonably priced...[their] eating plan is far from draconian." – Kathy Mullins (The Book Loft)

“If you are looking for simple tips from REAL people you need to grab a copy of this book for you and a friend!”  – Frank (Amazon.com)

“Loved this book. It’s the first really funny book I've read about weight loss. Its easy to read and provides an easily adaptable path to relying on a close friend to keep you on track rather than a paid program.”Apke3 (goodreads.com) 

“A quick and easy read filled with honesty, humor and excellent health/weight loss tips.”Cecelia Behar-Bush (thelilmamas.com) 

I give this a 5/5 because you’re going to want to buy one for you AND a friend!! [O]nce you pick it up and start reading it you are going to want to call your best friend, sister, Mom, Aunt you name it anyone who has EVER wanted to lose weight and needs just a little help this book is for them!” Laura Cyra (RealMomma.com) 

“Not only do Paine and Wein have great ideas about leveraging one of your most cherished relationships for better results on the scale, they wrap this wisdom up in a well-written, witty format you can't put down. These gals are terrific writers - and writers without that belly bulge that comes from sitting at the computer all day! This book is a testament to the power of true friendship.”Brenda Pontiff (goodreads.com) 

“If these 2 ladies can be so honest with each other and the world, it gives all of us who have struggled with our weight hope that we too can find a good friend to keep us laughing all the way to our goal weight…The book itself is really funny and an easy read, and a great way to structure an agreement with a friend. At the end, you may wind up with a closer friend, as well as be thinner. You can really feel the warmth between the friends in the book.”pseudo100va (Amazon.com) 

“This is a swift boot to the butt book! Very motivating, humorous, and common sensical...I highly recommend it if you need inspiration to get back on the treadmill! It worked for me. These writers made me laugh so hard because they totally get our love/hate relationship with food...and the mirror. Their plan makes sense, period.”  - Seana (goodreads.com)