- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401324843
- ISBN-13: 978-1401324841
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 635 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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About the Author
Chris Powell is the star of and fitness expert of ABC's primetime show, Extreme Weight Loss. Chris holds a degree in Exercise Science, with concentrations in biomechanics and physiology and the training accreditation: The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show; he has been the Transformation Pro on KTVK's Good Morning Arizona for the last eight years delivering tips, shortcuts, and tricks of the trade to the largest news viewing audience in Arizona. He came to national attention through a documentary on David Smith--the man who experienced the fastest natural weight loss in recorded history, dropping 400+ pounds in 26 months with Chris Powell as his advisor and trainer.
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If you are going to do this you need to read through the whole book save the success stories. I didn't find them particularly inspiring because I know what the Biggest Loser is all about. I appreciated that this book went through how the diet works, why it works, and then options are provided. This book provides 3-4 diet plans based on how quickly you want to lose weight.
The layout: The book is easy to follow. About 3/4 of the way through you get to the meat and potatoes of the diet plan. Like many other plans there are example foods listed along with a suggested portion. For this one you will need a food scale unless you want to use your palm/fist for estimations. Example meals/recipes follow. What I really like about the plan is that it is designed for you to eat 5 meals 1 every 3 hours. There was no question about what I should be eating and when.
Diet: I chose the hardest plan initially which was 2 low carb days, 1 high carb, 2 low carb days, 1 high carb, and a reward day. You repeat this cycle for 3 weeks and the 4th week you get what he refers to as a "slingshot week" which is all high carb days for 7 days. The first two days were terrible. I definitely had some serious sugar withdrawal. After that I felt great doing the diet, although on my 2nd low carb days I usually did feel low energy as the book states you may. The first week I lost 8lbs. Consecutive weeks I lost anywhere from 1 to 2 lbs.
My struggle with the plan was when I came to the slingshot week. It was very hard for me to incorporate so many healthy carbs into that week. Especially since I don't care for the healthy ones all that much. I was not able to follow the diet the whole week and ended up cheating quite a bit more than I should have. That being said, I still had only gained a few pounds back as the book stated would happen.
I did try some of the recipes in the book. I was fond of the beef stir fry, which is basically just less seasoned less than you would normally make one. Otherwise I wasn't particularly impressed with the examples. But this is a diet guide not a Michelin star guide right!?
In hindsight I think I should have picked an easier plan. Easier plan being more high carb days and cheat meals. If you are in it for the long haul you will definitely still lose the weight. I was just feeling especially impatient and guilty. So I started off strong and faded out around the 6th week.
The exercise: The exercise was my least favorite element of this plan only because it was hard to follow. It is broken into 2 types of exercise; the 9 minute mission, and cardio. 9 minute missions are a rotation of 3 exercises that you do for different periods of time depending on what type of mission is assigned for the day. LOTS of exercises follow in the book and exercises are usually described with 3 pictures and text.
For the cardio you start with 5 minutes and you add time on in 5 minutes increments I believe once a week. I did a couple of the missions and none of the cardio. A video representation of the exercises would have been much more effective. To successfully complete the exercise in the morning I had to: read the exercises the night before and book mark each one, and also read about what order/time increments I would be doing them in. Then in the morning I referred back and forth to the exercise instruction to complete it. I'm pretty comfortable with exercise, and I found this method very confusing and time consuming.
Overall I feel this book would be best for someone who is not in a huge rush to lose weight or is fit and wanting to use his fitness weight loss plan. I think I would have been more successful if I picked a more forgiving plan. My best advice is pick the plan you know will REALLY work for you. If you are like me coming from a household that is used to eating out, drinking wine, and have an irregular diet then pick the slower weight loss plan. It will work, and you won't do what I did which was complete my transformation into a deprived pizza monster.
Best of luck to you!
he includes exercise plans but most importantly, a solid approach to eating using carb cycling - with variations depending on your goals. its well worth the read to understand this theory as it does work to change metabolism - and it made me want to read other's perspectives on the same subject. he talks about training your "furnace" to burn calories more efficiently with a combination of food and exercise. some of the book is a bit too motivational - like a silly rubber hammer blasting you on the head repeatedly - but you know, this may really work for some who may really need to hear that theme repeated (he is a motivational life coach after all). i didn't need the reinforcement or sell, just the data. my reason for reading was simply being out of shape and looking at this ultra fit dude who literally transforms peoples lives saying - if this works for them, i gotta read this.
solid info, very quick read (done in two days), but also a good reference for food, daily habits, exercises, etc.