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“With so many diets and fitness trends out there, sometimes the most obvious route to wellness is good, old-fashioned common sense. . . . Maria Menounos lost forty pounds on a ‘common-sense’ diet, exercise and lifestyle regime she created that doesn’t require a lot of money and time.”—StyleBistro
“When you look at Maria you want what she’s having. This book tells you how to get it.”—Suzanne Somers
“I love Maria’s approach to health and fitness. Her tips are easy to follow and she proves you don’t have to avoid some of your favorite foods in order to be fit. I recommend this book to anyone trying to get a jumpstart on a healthy lifestyle!”—Serena Williams
“For the multitasking busy girl, Maria proves by example that it can be done! Maria is very inspiring.”—Kim Kardashian
“It’s not about being skinny. Maria shows you how to live a happy and healthy life—and still indulge. This book finds new ways to help you stay inspired and gives you techniques that will change your life and get you in shape.”—Khloé Kardashian
About the Author
Maria Menounos is an actor, reporter, television personality, filmmaker, producer, and New York Times bestselling author of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life. The host of Extra since 2011, her acting credits include One Tree Hill, Entourage, Scrubs, The Mindy Project, Louie, and Fantastic Four. She was a semi-finalist on Dancing with the Stars and is a semi-professional wrestler with the World Wrestling Federation. She’s the CEO and executive producer of AfterbuzzTV.com and BlackHollywoodLive.com and stars in the upcoming series Chasing Maria Menounos on Oxygen.
After I finished the book I went back to Amazon to see if anyone left with the same feelings I had on this book, and was surprised to see only glowing reviews. I can't help but wonder that since the book came out a few days ago, and most people have jobs (I happen to be on sabbatical, so have plenty of time to read diet books all day) the 20+ immediate 5-star reviews might, in some part, be powered by a PR machine. Maybe I'm jaded. I'm giving this book two stars. At the end of the day it's not harmful. It's not even a diet really. And since no one will screw up their lives doing it, it does deserve some credit. I had read an article by the author in Ladies Home Journal a few months ago with an excerpt consisting of steps for lasting weight loss. They seemed pretty doable and practical, so I pre-ordered the book. The two page spread in LHJ was basically the only worthwhile part of the book. The pros: -Maria basically tells you how she lost weight, which was to cut back on serving sizes gradually and do some pretty basic exercises. I actually really appreciate the non-crazy, totally do-able, advice.
The cons: -The books is very repetitive. She even writes "As I've said before" like 9000+ times. If you've already said it, why are you saying it again? This book cost money, I would rather there actually be new information on each page, not the same three pages repeated ad nausea for 300 pages. -It's an infomercial. I really wondered while reading the book if the author wasn't paid to recommend certain brands and people throughout. -I now know more about Maria Menounos's parents than I do about my own. It's sweet that she loves her parents, I love mine too, but at most their story warrants maybe a few pages, perhaps a chapter to be generous, but they seriously take up half the book. Here's the gist: Her dad is diabetic, to control his blood sugar the family generally eats pretty healthy, mostly vegetarian food. Maria went crazy in college, gained a few pounds and then quickly dropped them. -It's very scattered and not very well written. I felt like I was listening to a 6-year old who had a million stories to tell me. Maybe that's because I have a six year old. "And one time I did this, and you should do this, hey look at a picture of me climbing stairs, here's me in my house, look at my boyfriend, and this is fun...drink hot water all the time!"
Here's the tips Maria shared with Ladies Home Journal, they're basically the entire book: MY EVERYGIRL WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY The steps that helped me drop 40 pounds--and keep them off for good.
STEP 1: SET A DEADLINE
STEP 2: KEEP IT TO YOURSELF
STEP 3: TIE IT TO AN EVENT
STEP 4: WRITE DOWN ALL THAT YOU EAT IN A WEEK
STEP 5: CUT BACK SLOWLY
STEP 6: START RECORDING YOUR EXERCISE, TOO
STEP 7: AVOID THE SCALE
STEP 8: EAT YOUR CALORIES; BE SURE NOT TO DRINK THEM
STEP 9: IF YOU LIKE DESSERT, HAVE IT
STEP 10: REJOICE AND REWARD!
If you're looking for a celebrity diet book with substance, I recommend Cameron Diaz's, "The Body Book." It's far more factually sound.
Maria made a few great points.She isn't obsessive with fitness and I love that she emphasizes being more active by couting your steps. She is also very realistics. However, This book was VERY repetitive. A lot of what she discussed was discussed in her first book.
Nothing surprising here. Eat less. Move more. A few strange tips like drink hot water to fill yourself up. Okay, Maria. Because hot water is the same as a meal. And despite being called "The EVERYGIRL'S Guide," I don't know many everygirls who can afford multiple spa treatements. Additionally, she opens by saying that she eats and drinks alcohol like everyone else and then spends the rest of the book talking about how she "doesn't drink that much." Overall, I wish I hadn't purchased this.
This cookbook is super helpful! Maria gives ideas of ways to eat tasty things but not overly healthnut. She's helpful in a way that works for me. Like instead of ice cream if you like sweet things try red grapefruit. It's better for you and you won't feel like crap after you've eaten it. Or instead of chips and cheese (my number 1 go-to snack) Maria suggests "Everygirl nachos" which are simply a variety of peppers sliced open and added refried beans and shredded taco mix cheese to. I tried it, yes, it's not chips, but it's a vegetable and eating a vegetable vs. taco chips will help you in the long run. If you want to be really good just skip all of the additives that the "everygirl nachos" recipe has. I just did the pepper slices and some low-fat cheese and that did the trick for me. In this book she also gives you snacks that are great for the morning or on the go snacks. She talks about the formula to determine daily calories. This I found to be SUPER HELPFUL as everyone is different. Overall, this book is a great source to help you get on the right track if you're not sure of trying an actual full-on diet. I'm also reading the Hungry Girl cookbooks!
I really like and admire Maria Menounos but I was so disappointed in this book for so many reasons: -She overplays being overweight at one time. Her prior stature of 5'7" and 160 lbs isn't skinny but I wouldn't say that she was "dangerously close to being seriously overweight." There are probably lots of women out there that wish they were 5'7" and 160 lbs. -The book starts off with her infamous Extra bikini photo. The false modesty around that whole thing really bugged me. She knew that she looked amazing and had no problem posing in bikinis for magazines, etc. yet called this experience "mortifying"...so "mortifying" that she included a full page photo in the first chapter of the book. -Like the reviewer below, I agree that she referenced her dad's diabetes too often. She mentions several times how he was pronounced dead more than once. I'm sure she's very proud of her dad, but that background could have stayed in the first one or two chapters. -She includes an interview with Perez Hilton as if he is an inspiration for weight loss. Isn't he the same person that made fun of overweight celebrities and magnified and circled their cellulite on his blog? -She talks about keeping a detailed food diary on paper, and only later mentions apps that do this for you but then incorrectly refers to the app as "Fitness Pal" instead of "MyFitnessPal".
I was surprised by all the five star reviews that were posted so quickly after the book's release. I also can't help but wonder if this is Maria's publicist at work.