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This was definitely more of a "jump in and submerge yourself" approach, with a voice that seems more like its coming from a coach rather than a mentor. In other words, this book isn't for beginners.
The beginning of the book the author takes several pages to describe to you her every bit of fitness experience and triumph she has had from childhood to adult. To me this seemed lengthy. This goes from sports, to hardcore gymnastics, to winning weight fitness championships and modeling...I'm sure that the goal and intent of the author was to showcase to the readers her years of experience and professionalism about the topic of fitness and that she knows what she's talking about. For someone like me however, it came off as too advanced for me. I just come out from dealing with years of debilitating physical pain, where general physical tasks are a chore. I have since healed from all that and would like to transition into challenging my body on a fitness level but from a holistic, natural, gradual point of view. I really couldn't relate to where this author was coming from, and as much as I tried to jive with her attitude on health, I felt like the book was too fast or too advanced for where I'm at.
The author, which I didn't realize upon buying the book, is actually one of the women who had been on the american gladiators series on television. Had I realized THAT, I probably would have been more prepared for the overall tone that the book is set in.
3 Stars because the book is informative and includes positive attitude and a little bit of holistic info, probably good for someone who already has ANY kind of fitness experience
Lack of 2 stars because the book did not meet my needs or expectations. I have NO fitness experience.
The first part of The Natural Way deals mostly with diet. Horn states that whatever your goal is, eating is 75% of the total package that will make or break your success. Yikes!
For me - and I think a lot of people are in the same boat - when I have a big goal in mind, sometimes knowing how far I have to go to accomplish it can be seem too daunting. So one of the things I liked about Horn's approach is that it's not all-or-nothing. She encourages the reader to start with one goal at a time - and it can be a small one, like drinking more water or cutting soda intake in half.
Another thing I took away from the book is that eating is all about balance. I tend to skip breakfast a lot, or just eat an energy bar or a bowl of cereal, but reading this reminded me that first of all, I shouldn't be skipping breakfast, and second of all, I need make sure I'm adding enough protein into my meals. I tend to eat a lot of carbs just because they're easier to grab on the go. A little planning ahead will go a long way.
Horn says that cheat meals are okay (yay!), as long as you don't get carried away with quantity, and the book gives various helpful examples of different eating plans to follow depending on your goals.
Another helpful thing is that Horn recommends various foods to eat, indicating which are the best choices, which are good choices, which are fair choices - and foods to avoid completely (along with acceptable substitutes for things you may be craving). The book even includes a food log to use as a guide, as well as handy nutritional information for various foods.
In figuring out a workout routine that best suits one's needs, I like that Horn uses examples of real people - indicating their current fitness levels, how they eat and what their goals are - so readers can find someone they can identify with and follow the recommended exercise plan associated with him or her. It's another way that this book is relatable to "real" people who are interested in accomplishing their health and fitness goals.
Horn covers the best strength training exercises for the entire body, and includes helpful workout plans to follow. She includes pictures of herself doing the exercises, which is a great motivator, but also photos of real people, which is helpful in showing that strength training is something we can do right at home. It doesn't have to be intimidating and it's not necessary to have tons of expensive equipment.
Horn also includes a section at the end about athletic teenage workouts, which is something I would have loved to have when I was in high school trying to emulate fitness professionals like Horn!
I really enjoyed The Natural Way and look forward to following the tips, advice and workout regimens Horn recommends!