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Not at all what I was looking for ... Confusing and complicated
on July 8, 2006
I lost 48 lbs with the first Body for Life book that was written by Bill Phillips. The only thing I didn't love about that book was all of the 'manly' exercise routines and instructions in the exercise and weight-lifting chapters. Although I loved the diet while I was on it, eventually I fell off the wagon and was inspired when I saw this book, thinking ah, this must be a woman's approach to the same effective program.
There are several things that bother me about this book, the first being that it seems like this book was just an afterthought, a way to put a woman on the cover of a book to reach all of the dieters who didn't pick up the Bill Phillips version because there was a big hunky man on the front.
This book had a lot of general information and advice we've all heard before. I thought the assembly of information was just kind of general - not pin-pointing - and it was confusing. I also felt like I was reading way too much 'filler' information when really all I wanted was the health plan. We all watch the news and hear the statistics, I was bored seeing them again.
Also, there are a few contradictions between this book and the original Body for Life book. If this is a different plan, why call it Body for Life? One small example is that in Bill Phillip's book, low-fat yogurt is clearly explained as a carbohydrate. (And I lost almost 50 lbs eating it as one.) But in BFL for Women, it's listed as a protein! This is confusing. Also, in this book it suggests you can follow the plan for a few days, then have a free day. In the original BFL, you had to go 6 days on the plan, with only one free day each week. I would have liked these changes (or differences perhaps for women) to be explained. Why was it one way in the first book, but a different way in the second? Dieter's rules are like gospel when you're following a particular plan, and I was left wondering what was what!
Body for Life publishing people, if you read this, there are other BFL'ers like myself who are looking for a part II to Bill's first book (not just a recipe book like Eating for Life) but a continuation of the same inspiration, encouragement and enthusiasm, and a further in-depth explanation of the original program with new tips and tricks to help follow it. I'd also like to see an 'extended Body for Life' plan - one that tells you what to do after you've reached your goal weight and that goes into detail with a specific plan for how to maintain your weight loss.
I was really inspired by the first book, and would recommend anyone to get that one instead of this one. I just didn't get the connection with the author that I got with the first. In Bill's book, I felt like he actually wanted me to get healthy, like it was his vision to see people be well. I felt like this book was like all the other diet books I've read before.