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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
Having read many of Tosca Reno's books, I preordered this one. I didn't realize until after ordering that it was for people in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Since I am in my mid 60s, it does not directly address this decade as it does the other three. Almost no mention is given of people in their 70s, 80s or 90s. So, it is a great resource for middle-agers. I guess when Tosca gets into her 60s - that age will be covered, but I need help now. That said, this book is valuable for anyone interested in a healthier life style. The main difference between this and her other books is terminology. The phrase "your best body now" plan is used rather than the "eat-clean diet" plan. The first part of the book starts with a brief telling of her life story and her health journey. Along the way, there are stories and pictures of other middle-aged people and their success in becoming healthier. The nuts and bolts starts with the second part and begins with the best body diet - virtually the same as a eat clean diet - small meals through out the day, emphasis on veggies and fruits with a lot of protein. Of course the usual admonishment to avoid sugar, white flour, processed foods, saturated fats and trans fat is here. There is a grocery list that can come in handy to widen one's choices and 1 sample meal plan. After this, the book gives advice for the 30s, 40s and 50s. Each has some valuable advice for people of all ages. The next section is on fitness and discusses cardio and gives illustrations of strength training. Most of these exercises are done on a weight bench. Even though I have a bench, I usually do mine on the floor, bed or couch. Exercises using gym machines are also shown. All body parts are covered with a suggested work out plan. Again suggestions are given for each decade of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Helpful spices, vitamins and supplements are discussed next. These would depend upon the individual and their particular circumstances. The fourth section is on beauty featuring the advice of Dr. Trevor Born, dermatologist and Carol Shaw, makeup artist. This chapter discusses such things as how to do a smokey eye, using sunscreen, facials, and the 5 basics of makeup according to Shaw.
The third part of the book is titled "tool kit". It begins with a discussion of priorities. Tosca talks of collecting meaningful quotes, showing gratitude, and dealing with emotions. The next section is the recipe collection. Many of them look yummy and I look forward to trying them. They include frittatas, soups,fish, chicken and meat dishes, risotto, and even a couple of desserts. The final section has many useful forms such as a diet tracker, fitness tracker, and a diary to fill in. One of the most useful charts is the metric to US measurements converter. For those of us that like to use recipes from other countries, this is invaluable. All in all a good resource particularly if you are new to a healthy lifestyle. Others will find some inspiration and helpful hints.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
This is essentially "Eat-Clean" repackaged to a different segment of the population.

What I loved about this book (over Reno's other books) is her bio of how she went from frumpy to fabulous. To be fair, she does go into this in her other books however, not quite as in depth as she does here. There is an undercurrent of metaphysical/spirituality within the book which is also quite new to Reno's material; she delves into her past of dishonoring herself while putting her husband and children first, her desperate need to please others, followed by how she pulled herself up with incredible courage. By loving herself first and fully, she was able to turn her life around completely; she created a body beautiful, a new husband, a new career, hope, a solid purpose, and a new lease on life. Her story is quite remarkable! After the inspirational bio, Reno also seems to speak to that discouraged part of the reader to become a real 'cheerleader' and the voice of encouragement insisting vibrant health (and a vibrant life) is indeed possible. Outside of this, it reiterates much of what her other books have to say about 'eating clean', strength-based training, and also includes recipes. This book is part fitness/nutrition manual and part personal development coach.

What I disliked about this book is that a lot of it is repackaged material from her other 'eat clean' books. It's a nice attempt to get into the beauty side of things however, outside of how eating clean can affect your exterior appearance, I don't see how make up and facials is relevant; this part of the book would have been better placed in a separate book or left to the experts. Reno could have used this space to elaborate on how a healthy lifestyle affects the mind chemically, how this change affects one's emotions, and how all this (along with the physical changes) drives up self-esteem and revolutionizes every aspect of one's life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I have Tosca Reno's two previous clean eating books, so I wasn't sure if this one would be redundant. While it does contain some overlap (for instance, this book starts by Reno telling her personal story of her struggles with weight, but it emphasizes different aspects of her tale than her previous books), I still think it's a great addition to one's clean-eating arsenal. (The overlap is the reason that I gave this four stars instead of five; there is background information on clean eating that you will find in Reno's other CE books.) My review will be focused on comparing this new book to Reno's previous two books, although I will try to add information for readers who may not be familiar with the principles of clean eating.

If you're new to clean eating, the basic premise is that instead of counting calories, you eat as closely to nature as possible, making sure to eat a protein at every meal and snack. Also, instead of eating just three meals a day, you graze throughout the day, eating five or six "mini-meals." When I first started following Tosca's principles in her first clean eating book a few years ago, I was able to go down from a size 6 to a size 0 -- and I was never hungry! It's nice to not be on a "diet," but rather on a meal plan that allows you to eat a lot, retain muscle, and lose body fat.

Since as of the date of my review (10/5/10), there is no Look Inside feature available for this book, I thought I'd go ahead and provide a breakdown of the chapters:

--Part I: The Road to a Fabulous New You -- At Any Age
* Chapter 1: My Journey
* Chapter 2: Champion a "New You": Allow Yourself to Live Better
* Chapter 3: Jump-Start Your Best Body Now!

--Part II: Get Your Best Body Now -- For Life
* Chapter 4: Best Body Now Diet
* Chapter 5: Best Body Now Fitness
* Chapter 6: Best Body Now Health
* Chapter 7: Best Body Now Beauty

--Part III: Your Best Body Now Took Kit
* Chapter 8: Best Body Now Inspiration
* Chapter 9: Best Body Now Recipes
* Chapter 10: Best Body Now Journal

--Appendixes with Metric Conversions, References, and Useful Websites

As I mentioned at the start of this review, there is a bit of information (such as the details of Tosca's personal story of losing weight and getting in shape when she was in her 40's), but there is still plenty of useful information. For instance, if you liked the success stories in the revised version of the eat clean book (which I always find inspirational and motivating), you'll enjoy these ones -- all of which feature women who are 40 and over.

There are also strategies and tips that cover the decades from the 30's, 40's, and 50's, although, as another reviewer pointed out, Reno leaves out women who are 60+.

The Best Body Moves section also has great color photos of workout moves to add to your routine. It's nice to see these in full color, and Reno is the model for each of them. If you're new to weight-training, these should really help you with form and with putting together a routine, but if you're a seasoned lifter, you might find the exercises to be a bit more at the intermediate level.

There are also 30 new recipes in this book, which look delicious. The sample Fitness Tracker Journal page at the end can also be xeroxed and used to monitor your goals, and the Inspiration Tracker can be used to develop plans and commitments.

Overall, I'm happy I purchased this. I find Reno to be very motivating and I love looking at the success stories, so it's nice to have a book that is focused on women who are over thirty.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Your Best Body Now Harlequin Press 2010
By : Tosca Reno

Reviewed: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
____________________________________________________

This is an excellent book which contains a number of
very effective strategies on how to create a beautiful body.
The author provides statistical details on what the factors
consist of; namely 80% nutrition, 10% training and 10% genes.

The gym is a place where members can release great tension,
forget about eating and boost the metabolism for planned
meals thereafter. The author recommends eating every 2-3
hours in smaller portions. The purpose is to reduce cravings.

Nutritionally, we should eat less animal products, whole milk,
white rice, sugar, candy, caffeine and transfats.
Proteinuria stems from the inability of the kidneys to
process excess protein. For this reason, we should be much
more careful with portion control with regard to consumption
of animal products.

A corollary is to avoid calorie dense foods like french
fries and processed foods with little or no nutritive value.
Sweets should be eliminated-period. Veggie proteins are
highly sought. Examples are quinoa, seaweeds and soy.

Spices should be added to food to enhance flavor and
boost anti-oxidants. Examples are curry, ginger, cinnamon,
cayenne, nutmeg, seeds, anise, sea salt, vinegar,
low sodium broths and extra virgin oil.

Foods like beans, squash lettuce and fiber may promote
optimal peristalsis. Known sources of calcium
derived from nature are fortified soy, spinach
and broccoli . I find that the Mediterranean and
Paleolithic Diets are excellent promoters of good
health since the food content is all natural ,
devoid of classic artificial additives and organically
derived.

A plethora of gym exercises are demonstrated for the
benefit of readers. Examples are gym abdominals,
shoulder, triceps and chest exercises. Classic recipes
are provided like oat pancakes, garlic soup, Fagita Tostada
and spicy salmon. A very valuable standardized grocery
checklist is provided so make extra copies.

There are excellent reference sources; such as,
the Journal of Cardiology, Nutritional Research,
JAMA and the American Journal of Obstetrics and
Gynecology. Helpful websites are provided like
[...] and [...] on hormones.

The book is a considerable value for the reasonable
price charged. The presentation is easy to read and
understandable . Serious dieters will find this volume
extremely useful for weight loss and lifetime management
of food, exercise and stress.

The book doesn't say so; however, you can achieve
optimum performance by working alongside a
physical therapist and professional nutritionist to
supplement routine medical care by the family physician
and coterie of specialists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 20, 2011
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This is a comprehensive plan for women to take control of their health and fitness. It is a common-sense approach by the author, columnist and fitness guru, Tosca Reno. The book opens with Reno's personal story and then moves into the plan for the reader. There are plenty of glossy pictures of the amazing-looking Reno to inspire the reader. The plan addresses diet, fitness, health and beauty with recipes, a journal and other concrete means for taking action. The layout of the book makes it easy and enticing to read with plenty of color and pictures. Reno's advice is easy to apply. The body makeover begins with food and eating through a seven-fold plan: 1) eliminate sweets, 2) replace sporadic grazing with small healthy meals, 3) appropriate carbs, 4)appropriate protein, 5) awareness of the right condiments, 6) making water more palatable, and 7) enhancing the flavor of healthy food. This book is a great pep talk and guide both for those ready to make a complete change and for women who just want to tweak their existing healthy habits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
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This book inspired me when I wasn't even looking for inspiration. I requested this book on a lark because I thought it might make light reading in boring moments. Instead, I was swept up into a fitness and healthy-eating journey! I had already lost a lot of weight but had reached a plateau. Incorporating her suggestions and beginning a fitness routine helped me get beyond my plateau and feel even better about myself. Her fitness routine--based mostly on weights--is actually kind of fun and not as difficult as intervals-based cardio systems.

The solutions Reno offers are not easy, but I have every confidence they would work. This is no quick-fix system or unhealthy weird eating plan. With a tough-love attitude, Reno explains what needs to be done and she doesn't have a lot of room for cheating. For example, she says to just get rid of all cookies, crackers and cakes from the house. No wiggle-room, moderation, or a-little-bit-won't-hurt attitude. It is hard to see exactly how this will really work in a family with children, but she is clear about what is necessary.

That said, she has provided enough inspirational stories and motivational narratives that it really does feel do-able. I was really floored by some of the results her followers were getting with only about 5 months of following her plan. Some of them have bodies it looks like it would take years to achieve (sculpted muscles, lean, etc) but if those before and after pics are honest, it's absolutely incredible. That is highly motivational right there.

From looking at her other books, it appears that this one is a sort of sampler--part inspiration, part theory, part cookbook, part diary/workout log, part weight-lifting guide. For a one-stop survey of Tosca Reno, this book seems to be the way to go.

I think this system is particularly good for people who have gotten a ways on their weight-loss journey, but are just plateauing and not seeing the same kind of drastic results they saw at the beginning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2010
I pre-ordered this as I have most of Tosca's Eat Clean series and it didn't live up to her previous offerings. Maybe it was the publisher change - I just don't know. There is not a single photograph of her "before" fitness self or even just a family shot. She describes a few photos, but none are shared. This section of the book is full of preschool style crop art. It just all feels very impersonal. The story of her life is incomplete and choppy. I don't think she even mentions that she falls in love and marries Robert Kennedy(Robert Kennedy Publishing) who is the one who coached her thru her transformation . Additionally, she mentions putting her Interior Design training to use, but then has to back track with a sentence explaining she had been to school in the states in her thirties. What? Why? With your family? Even some of her after photos seem severe and dated for some reason. I think her regular Oxygen photographer did the work, but compare the photos to her current Oxygen cover and you can see the huge difference.
The best part of the book for me will be some new recipes to try. I HIGHLY recommend folks check out Tosca's previous books, Oxygen Magazine and her websites -this book doesn't do her justice though! For additional info on this subject I recommend Brooke Castillo's: If I'm So Smart Why Can't I Lose Weight - this book has a ton of self care training that is awesome even if you don't have weight to lose. Also, check out Wini Linguvic's: Lean, Long and Strong - it's one of best I've seen for home exercisers with minimal equipment, space and time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon January 2, 2011
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Like MANY people, with the NEW YEAR, I am determined to get back on track ... working out regularly and TRYING to eat healthier and cleaner. I don't usually get books like this because I buy them and somehow never get around to reading them. This book was different (or maybe I am just more motivated). Anyway, I sat down and read it. I especially liked how it was color coded divided out into sections so you can easily find what you want to read. It contains some good "clean" recipes, which I am out to the store today to buy the ingredients :) and some great exercises. It even talks about how to motivate yourself when you are "down." As I said, I don't usually read books like this, so I don't know how different it is from similar books. The information doesn't seem new, but it is presented in a very positive, useful and motivational way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2010
Purchased this book because I have all the other Tosca Reno Books and wanted to add this one and also read all the new sections on Aging etc..
I have lost 177 lbs thus far by eating clean, P90X, Turbo Fire and Drink my shakes ! I feel fantastic and have kept the weight off...
I never thought putting the right foods in my body would lead to such an extreme change in my body but it's been just awesome :)
Now it's my mission to help others get healthy and fit !
I say eating clean, shakes and working out = 110 % success !!!!!
Great book !
Would love to hear from others who are having trouble losing weight ;) I love my new body :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine review program. I've read The Eat-Clean Diet: Fast Fat-Loss that lasts Forever! and had a pretty good grasp on what Tosca Reno (the author) believes prior to reading this book. With that said, I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because as I read this one I found a lot of repetitive information, which from a freelance editor and writer's point of view meant 'fluff' instead of substance for much of the book. This is not to say that some readers won't love the book and find it inspiring, but if they are already doing much of what the book suggests on a quick check of it - you could probably skip buying it and continue to enjoy reading magazine articles from Shape or Fitness and get pretty much the same thing.

The book is broken down into 3 parts. The first part is Tosca's story and encouraging you to go for your own 'best body'. The second part breaks down the 'how to' of it all, and often breaks down things by age group - 30's, 40's, and 50's. Diet, fitness with specific exercises in the weight room, health and beauty are all covered. Some of it is simply common sense and other bits are informative, but a bit over the top. What comes to mind specifically is the section on 'beauty' and things you can do to get rid of wrinkles. Some are expensive and from my point of view, unnecessary to looking and feeling fabulous at any age.

The third part was probably the best part for me. Tosca speaks to women's changing emotions and how to deal with them in positive ways. Inspirational real-life stories of women who have found their 'best bodies' are also profiled. Simple recipes with nice photos take up the later part of the book with a section on journaling, with pages you can photocopy and use for logging exercise and recording your thoughts.

Again, this is not a bad book, it's just not for everyone. If you are in need of an inspirational jump-start to an exercise and dietary life change, and have very little knowledge of how to go about doing it - buy the book and read it cover to cover! Much of this book is geared towards empowering women to take care of themselves and building their self-esteem through positive affirmations. I'm all for it, and believe that it's good, but not what everyone wants or needs from a health and fitness book.

If you already know what to do and are simply unwilling to make the commitment to yourself that is required to discover your 'best body now', then don't buy this book. Instead, start putting yourself first by eating cleanly, drinking more water, getting rest, and exercising both aerobically and with weights. You'll see your 'best body' emerge without spending the money on the book!

As for why I say this...a year ago I started doing just that with the only goal I had being to simply 'move more'. I did this and committed myself to making healthy changes in my diet along with it. Now a year later I am 25 pounds lighter and have found my 'best body now' as well as a healthier mindset, leading me to believe that while a book may inspire you, the hard work and commitment is all you. Take the steps to change, and it will happen.
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