Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Book Review - Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels
Recently I was sent the book Slim for Life, by Jillian Michaels, to review - this was one book I actually wanted to read, so it was nice to have the publisher send it to me. Of course, it would have been nicer had Jillian herself actually been sent along with the book - although she scares me a bit, I think spending some time with her might scare me straight and get me back to a more stringent diet and exercise regimen.
First things first - I hear Jillian's voice when I read this book. She writes like she speaks, too - calling things what they are (which is "crap" quite often), calling BS on whiny reasons why you can't lose weight, and basically being the Jillian you are used to seeing on The Biggest Loser. But, she's also kind in the book, and it's very evident that she has your best interest at heart - she truly does want everyone to be healthy and fit, and stop struggling with weight issues - and she offers a lot of reasonable ideas to help get you there.
I agree with most of what Jillian advocates, except for her stance on artificial sweeteners. I'm of the opinion that none of them, even the "natural" ones, should be in our diets, while she recommends eating them over sugar. Personally, ingesting chemicals is not something I want to do anymore (so says the former queen of Diet Coke), but everyone has to make their own decision on that one.
If you've already read a bunch of diet books, and particularly any of Jillian's other books, it's probably not worth the purchase (unless you have money to blow, which in that case, I can give you my PayPal account - Maui fund, anyone?). But if you're new to the diet game, or are looking for something to give you more motivation, then by all means, read this book!
FTC: I received a copy of this book for review; opinions expressed are all mine.