January 20, 2011

Review - Winning by Losing by Jillian Michaels

Description from Goodreads

"Few things in life are simple and straightforward, and losing weight is no different—it's not easy, and anyone who says otherwise is trying to pull a fast one. Winning by Losing is a comprehensive, inspirational, and real solution to your weight problems. Taking a triple-threat approach, Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels identifies and illuminates the three keys to health and lasting weight loss so that you can become a winner in mind, body, spirit, and life. Focusing on both the psychological aspects of being overweight as well as nutrition and fitness, Jillian's program is designed to help you safely shed weight fast.
So, are you ready to chuck the excuses and the quick-fix fantasies and get real about what it takes to change your life for the better? If so, this is the book for you. Come on. Losing has never felt so good!"

I enjoy watching Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, and I often use her workout DVDs at home. I had never read any of her books before, so when I saw this one at the library, I had to pick it up. I like how the book is organized into three sections: Self, Science, and Sweat. For me the most interesting and helpful section was Self. Jillian really makes you think about your attitudes toward food and exercise and identify some of the excuses you make for not eating healthy or exercising. I like that she addresses these issues before giving recommendations on diet and exercise. The second section, Science, focuses on nutrition and figuring out what type of metabolism you have. My eyes glazed over a bit at some of the sheer amount of details in this chapter, but overall it was good advice tailored to different types of metabolisms. The final section, Sweat, focuses on anatomy and exercise. There were plenty of pictures included that demonstrated correct form for specific exercises. 

Winning by Losing is a great book for anyone who wants a little motivation to get healthy by eating right and exercising. 


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