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Real changes for real life and real results
on February 14, 2013
I admit it. I have a girl crush on Jillian Michaels. I love that she doesn't coddle people or let them wallow in self-pity. I love that she believes in people even when they have long since stopped believing in themselves. I love that she is an advocate for healthy lifestyle living among children and teens. And THOSE ARMS!! Who wouldn't kill for those arms?!
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! Lifting weights will not make you bulky. In fact, lifting weights will get you in the best shape of your life. (Look at Jillian's arms for proof!)
-Stop beating yourself up and rid yourself of all that emotional baggage that got you in this mess in the first place!
-Recognize the mistakes you've made dieting in the past and change them.
-All things in moderation, moderation, moderation! (Even suggesting 5 glasses of wine a week is fine if you're monitoring yourself and keeping the rest in check!)
She breaks down popular misconceptions/old wives tales of dieting, like whether or not our genetics make us fat, the lowdown on negative calorie foods, and the dreaded C word... Cellulite. She also has a section for dressing slim, which was completely unexpected, but spot on. She also notes her findings on the effects of soy on the body, which I think are very important, but too seldom discussed.
She helps detail the ins and outs of all of these things and -better yet- shows you how to FIX them once and for all. But what I love is that she does so without using any science jargon. It's easy to read and eye-opening much of the time, while giving just enough technical information to remain credible. She also CITES HER SOURCES! Which unfortunately seems to be a lost art these days, even in the medical community.
It's nice to read some common sense for a change. Too many doctors/nutritionists/diet books these days tell us we have to cut out carbs, cut out fruits, cut out anything that had eyes, eat only seeds and twigs... Personally, i already don't eat many of these things. But, for so many people, these lifestyles just aren't realistic. Everyone sets out with the best intentions, but such drastic dietary changes can so often lead to fatigue and frustration, and with our busy lives, that only seems to set us up for failure. This book offers real advice for real, everyday lives -changes that EVERYONE can make- that will lead to real, long lasting results. Jillian lays out the best foods (and most affordable healthy choices), while also highlighting the ones to avoid.
She "gets" it.
Jillian said she'd never write anther dieting book again, but luckily she changed her mind! You won't regret getting this book if you're looking to get serious about losing weight once and for all.