Hello all you GORGEOUS fit people!
here we are, February 18, 2013. Are your goals for the new year being tackled with the same enthusiasm and vigor as January 18th? What about those weight loss goals? You know, statistically over 60% of goal setting Resolutionists (New Year resolution makers) have already given up on their goals. Not you though.....YOU are not a statistic my friend.
So, in order to help you recommit and stay strong, I have been asked to review the one and only Jillian Michaels brand new book (release below). I know what you're thinking: "ALL these books are the same." Just settle in for a bit and bear with me. It's worth the read and here is your why:
SLIM FOR LIFE
Harmony Books, 2013
Let's tackle some basics real quick. JM's new book is 265 pages (give or take if you're an e-reader). It's FULL of all her secrets and quick-witted charm. She tackles her writing with a down-to-earth attitude and approach. She never places herself above her readers in any way, which makes this a very comfortable read. From the dedication at the beginning, you know exactly what this book is about: YOU.
Jillian has taken her years and experience in the field of training, as well as the field of "celebrity training", and given you all you need to start making sustainable changes. She doesn't sugar coat anything or promise and easy fix. Jillian keeps it real and helps you cut through all the opinions and jargon we have all been sold for far too long. On a personal note: I hate diet books. I mean, I literally despise their very existence. I believe "diet" books have gotten us into this mess. The good news? Jillian didn't write a diet book...she wrote a lifestyle manual.
The User's Guide is most helpful, as it explains the various ways one can choose to use this book. Among the many new and exciting things I saw here, the rating system was my absolute favorite. Basically, Jillian has rated each tip with a 1, 2, or 3. Three is the MOST important and one is more of the icing on the proverbial cake. This allows the reader to be picky about HOW much they change at any given time. If it feels a bit overwhelming, you simply focus on the 3's then come back to the others as you gain more control. Truly genius, in my opinion.
All of the chapter colorfully and thoroughly cover subjects from eating and exercise, all the way down to a clean home, motivation and even some extras (like shopping and fashion!). The Eating and Exercise chapters are the longest on purpose...they get the most results. Jillian gives realistic expectations on what you will be able to change and what you can expect from each chapter. Fun add-ons are the EZ CALORIE CUTS, which help you make better food choices to save yourself a few calories. She also offers SLIM MYTHS throughout the book, which dispel those nasty diet myths we have come to believe.
Slim for Life has a chapter on home living, which includes how to shop your grocery store. Jillian gives you some fun and easy to remember pointers on shopping for a slimmer and healthier you. She also serves up her list of fit living secrets for partying, dining, office issues, traveling and even flying. I have dog-eared those pages as I found ALL of these tips most helpful.
For those who are always asking how I stay motivated, Jillian must have caught wind because there is an entire chapter on MOTIVATION! Yes, your prayers have been answered. Even better, she includes a delicious Ice Cream SLIMwich recipe I can't wait to try. Throughout the final chapters, Jillian gives carefully thought out tips for pitfalls such as hunger, stress, budget, kids and everything in between. In order to not leave you hanging, she even includes a chapter on how to get the MOST out of the secrets in this book. This chapter is also full of all the secrets slim people don't tell you, like how important fish is in your diet ;)
Overall, Slim for Life is one of my favorite health and fitness books on the market right now (or for a while). It offers straight forward advice, not lame promises. Slim for Life hit the shelves February 12th, so check it out and share this advice with your friends. I would even recommend it for a book club! It has some conversational topics as well as recipes everyone could try. Get with the program and get Slim for Life.
OK, so that sounded cheesy, but I would NEVER recommend something unless I truly believed in it!
Live a little louder today!
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Stop battling your weight and slim down for life with this no-nonsense insider's plan from America's premier weight-loss coach who has helped millions!
SLIM FOR LIFE
My insider secrets to simple, fast and lasting weight loss.
Every week, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels energizes and motivates her millions of fans and followers ---- via television, her New York Times bestselling books, and her website podcasts==== with her invaluable straight talk and tell-it-like-it-is guidance on losing weight and getting fit. Now she's back with the book they have been begging for, SLIM FOR LIFE: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss (Harmony Books, on sale February 12).
In Slim for Life, Jillian cuts through all the conflicting and complicated information about losing weight. Taking everything she's learned, she has crafted an easier approach to helping you win your battle with weight so you can slim down for life. She shares her hard-earned secrets made simple- no gimmicks- all strategies and tips on eating, moving, shopping, and living that will transform your body.
Jillian has cracked the weight loss code, giving you everything you need to personalize the plan and achieve dramatic results. There are calorie-crunching movements that get your burn on, ideas to avoid self-sabotage and methods to supercharge your slim. Plus, she offers hundreds of simple ideas and answers to those challenges that might have thrown you off your game in the past. In SLim for Life, Jillian reveals her secrets on:
- Optimizing your fat burning potential.
- Handling hunger and cravings, as well as avoiding diet trends that damage your metabolism, making it harder for you to lose.
- Cracking the exercise code, because the quality of your workout---more than the quantity---- holds the key to success.
- Inspiration to change course, build support and cultivate lasting motivation.
- Surefire ways to navigate pitfalls presented by those situations you come up against--- from "it's not in my budget" and time constraints to fitting in workouts with the kids.
- Facts about fasting, and why it is never a good idea.
- How to eat, move, work (yes, work) and live in manageable and enjoyable ways to facilitate a slim physique.
- How to supplement strategically with easy and tasty slimming foods and substitutions.
- Managing stress to help ignite your metabolism.
- How to "green your routine" and remove toxins from your food and home to help you get and stay slim.
- Plus, dressing to accentuate your slim, and the beauty products that support your health, not derail it.
With savvy tips and actionable advice, Jillian Michaels helps you build a personalized plan that will bring out your inner slim, forever. Her advice is doable, sustainable, fast and affordable. In SLIM FOR LIFE, Jillian is the advocate you've always wanted and the weight loss coach who helps you taste success by doing what's manageable for your life, while giving you better results than you ever imagined possible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country, helping to shape and inspire the lives of millions. She is the author of four New York Times bestseller, with more than 1.4 million copies of her books sold in the U.S., who can be seen weekly on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Her website, www.jillianmichaels.com has had 31 million total views and 1.47 billion paid ad impressions since the beginning of 2012. Learn more by following Jillian on Facebook and Twitter.