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Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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All that being said, I don't hand out 5 star reviews just because I'm a fan of the author. Every book has to stand on its own, and Slim For Life has earned every bit of the 5 star reviews posted here. I devoured it in one day. (Less calories than pizza...)
Jillian Michaels wants you to succeed at your goals, whatever they might be. That means being completely honest about who,what,when,where,why,how? you got to where you are, wherever that might be. You may have 10 lbs to lose, you may have 100. But BE HONEST with yourself. It's the only way to accept what has been so that you can love and accept yourself to move on to what CAN be.
This book is nothing but honest and straight forward. And although there is nothing "new" or "groundbreaking" in Slim For Life, I still felt like FINALLY, someone is saying it! Someone is speaking with some common sense. Losing weight is possible for all of us. The basic science is calories in vs. calories out. But there is so much more behind the scenes, as we all know. She reminds us:
-No starvation diets! Eating is just as important in the weight loss process as exercise; it just has to be the right foods.
-Eat real food! If it doesn't come from the earth or was given birth to, it's not food. There's no such thing as a Cheeto Tree.
-Fuel your body to be able to move your body!
-Get that heart rate up!
-Don't be afraid of lifting weights!Read more ›
1. focusing on doing less hour long constant intensity workouts at the gym and getting in a shorter, high intensity cardio and weight workouts instead
2. I really needed to track the calories I was eating. I have always resisted doing this but she is right. Not new info but she made it stick for me
The rest of the book is about knowing what you are putting in your body and focusing on a life change not just a weight change. So if you have been following Jillian for a while, this book really doesn't offer too much new info. She is very matter of fact as usual so don't look for a lot of fluff here.
Update: I took the time to look up the snacks and make up items that she lists in this book. Although, I agree we need to buy as much organic and clean items as possible, some of the items she mentions are not going to work for many of our budgets. Some of her protein bars are $3+ each, organic beef jerky is not cheap either. The make up products she mentions are pricey at $30+ for a foundation stick and $35+ for powder. So while I would love to try all of these items, real life does not allow it. You can find some deals on organic but you have to hunt and it all depends on which area of the country that you live in.
She explains to you what you are (probably) doing wrong and how to fix it more like a close friend that has known you a long time, as opposed to some fitness expert you are paying to give you advice. This book is mostly tips and myth-busting facts. She has her own point system that you can choose to follow, but it is not like the point system that "big weight loss company" uses by any means - these are tips that are assigned a point value. There will be a hardcore tip, a medium difficulty tip and an easier tip. 3,2,1. If you follow all the 3's you're going to lose weight the fastest. If you want to take your time, make a combo of 2s and 1s and make the tips a part of your routine the best you can. This book is a quick read, including lots of easy tips you already know if you are in this dieting situation often ;), but many you haven't heard before.
The book is good for inspiration. I have found that while I do not plan to use her point system, I will definitely re-read the tips when I am feeling off track. I have done phenomenally well at staying on track in my choices since completing this book :)
PS: There is a fair share of medical research "mumbo-jumbo"... she usually will warn you when you're about to enter mumbo-jumbo land, but it was still irritating at times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love this book and Jillian herself. Its really helped me in the areas with where I've been stuck.Published 2 months ago by Sophia
Loved this book! I was looking for something to get me out of the yo-yo of losing and gaining weight. A lifestyle change and she's helping me do it!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book with a lot of helpful tips. Well written and easy to follow.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As usual, Jillian has written a great book! I like that her books are written as if she's sitting down next to you, as a girlfriend, and you're just chatting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by southerngal0823
Great book. Easy to follow. Common Sense but a good read. Lost 30 pounds following her program.Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Horton
The author injects humor in many places that would otherwise make for very dry reading. She used some jargon but overall kept it pretty simple and relatablePublished 4 months ago by MA AT