Monday, January 25, 2010

The Body Fat Solution Review and Giveaway!

If it's Monday, then it must be another review and giveaway, right? I know it feels like that's all I've been doing lately, but with giveaways it seems like it's either feast or famine, and well, we've been feasting this month! This is the last one for a while, though...then we will get back to our regularly-scheduled blogging (i.e. a normal post on Mondays).

I was sent a copy of The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto at the same time as Core Performance Woman, which I'm sure you all remember from last Monday's R&G™. I have to say that based on all of the words on the cover, which sent my short attention span into overdrive, I wasn't looking forward to reading it. In fact, I waited until oh, Friday to pick it up...a little late considering I needed to write the review on Sunday, wouldn't you say? That was a mistake. Why? Because I'm finding that this is a really good book and unfortunately I haven't finished it yet! What I can tell you is that this author is really speaking to me - I find myself nodding in agreement and also having a few a ha moments as well.

Here's just a few examples of some things that caught my attention:
  • From page xxvi: The Body Fat Solution is for the layperson who wants simple explanations and practical action strategies to apply in daily life. Perfect - just tell me what to do...no need to get into a bunch of minutia that will have my mind wandering (I also think this is why I get so much out of my workouts with my trainers - I just do what they tell me - easy peasy!)
  • From page 27, talking about reasons why we are susceptible to weight-loss myths (this has to do with the FTC and lawsuits against diet scams): In one highly publicized case, a Los Angeles bodybuilder swore under oath that he was paid to stop working out and eat ice cream and doughnuts to fatten him up three weeks in advance of his "before" photo shoot. Then he used his bodybuilding expertise to get back into his usual top shape for the "after" photos. Ha! I KNEW those guys on the commercials who get the six-pack abs by taking a certain pill or using a certain exercise system were fakers!!!
  • From page 69: If you want to get leaner, you must establish a caloric deficit, which means you're probably going to be hungry sometimes. Accepting this has been a key factor in my weight-loss journey - yes, I may be hungry, but if I've eaten enough good healthy food then I'm not going to starve and in fact I probably will lose some weight!
I also have to say that I kept thinking that Crabby McSlacker from Cranky Fitness would love Chapter Five - Mental Training Solution: Setting Goals and Reprogramming Your Mind for Automatic Success. It's full of information and interesting studies on how your brain works and other cool things that she likes to write about.

This is a cool book - and based on what I've read so far (about 1/3 of it, if you really want to know), I am pretty confident that I will like the rest of it and get some great tips to help me continue my weight-loss journey.

I have a copy of The Body Fat Solution to give to one lucky reader...to enter, just leave me a comment - yes, it's that easy! Contest is open to U.S. residents only and will close at 10:00 pm on Thursday, January 28. I'll use random.org to draw the winner who will be announced on Friday, January 29. Good luck!




FCC Disclaimer: I was given a copy of The Body Fat Solution to read by the publisher, who will also be fulfilling the giveaway.

36 comments:

  1. That might be the first time someone was honest and said that you'll be hungry sometimes! Sounds like a good read that isn't "selling" you a crazy idea.

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  2. Sounds like an excellent book . . . given my recent difficulties getting my head back in the game, I would love to read that Chapter 5!

    Thanks for the suggestion re getting particularly tempting stuff out of the house. Last year, I was reasonably successful exercising portion control with treats, but this year is another story . . . so out they go!

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  3. I agree with being hungry sometimes. In fact I can usually tell that my burner is on high when I start waking up hungry most of the time and feel actual stomach growling hunger between lunch and dinner.

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  4. Sounds like a good read.
    And an aside, the bike pick, crazy cool bike!

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  5. I have read many reviews all over the internet, but this is the first time I have entered a giveaway...your review--even if partial--has me interested!

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  6. After sticking to a plan well last year, I've let some end-of-year distractions derail me. This book sounds like something that might get me back on track!

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  7. Oh, I really want to read this. Please enter me!!! :)

    I had wondered about those 6-pack abs commercials too. The truth is out!

    Eat less + exercise more= weight loss. Now, rinse and repeat. :)

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  8. This really does sound like a book I would enjoy reading. I like it when information comes in from more than one source and agrees with the other. Kinda confirms the truth of something.

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  9. Yeah, unfortunately, being a little hungry is part of it, if you're doing it right. But it's still a much better feeling than the misery after a binge. What caught my eye on the cover of the book was ending the emotional eating....good Lord, that's where I need the most help. None of the other stuff matters until you figure out the emotional/mental garbage.

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  10. Extra tips always help: count me in! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  11. I'm always looking for books like this to add to my collection for reference. Sounds like a good read. Got my fingers crossed.

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  12. Help! Yjis sounds like a good book. Liz

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  13. I love Tom Venuto's blog and I have been drooling over this book!

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  14. Looks like a good book - count me in!

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  15. Being hungry and not reaching for food instantly is something I'm working on. It's hard some days.

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  16. Yay for straight up no-nonsense talk!

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  17. Betcha this book has tons of tips I could use. Count me in. Thank you!
    Debi

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  18. I am so behind on all my fat books.
    Don't enter me whatever you do but give Tom my regards.

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  19. Sounds like a great book! I like the giveaways because it's kinda exciting to see who wins!

    I hope you have a great week.

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  20. Thanks for the book review!
    Body fat is evil...

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  21. Sounds like a great informative read.

    Julia
    http://juliasjourney-finally.blogspot.com/

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  22. The book sounds interesting. I'd like to read it. Thanks for the review.

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  23. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the book review!!

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  24. I need help.... the last 20 lbs just won't budge.... I know I should be glad for all I've lost already.... but I'm so close to normal I can almost taste it!!! LOL MC

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  25. lovelovelove this book.

    have it so FOR ONCE I can say: no need to enter me and truly mean it :)


    Miz.

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds like a book full of info...and knowledge is power! Take care of those bruises...

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  27. I'd love to win this, please - I am restarting my journey (again) and you have been an inspiration to me!

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  28. Sounds like a good read...and a useful one too!

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  29. I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

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  30. I would love to read a diet and fitness book that will really help me. I read everything I can and still have 50 pounds to lose! Count me in for the drawing, please.

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  31. Thanks for the review. Hope the ouchiness (prior post) is diminishing...

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