Books are a popular and requested item in my family, including the kids, so we went to BJ’s to look at books for some of the nieces/nephews. The prices are terrific and so is the selection. While browsing – you know I had to look at cookbooks – I rounded the corner into the lifestyle books section and saw Jackie Warner’s book, “This is Why You’re Fat.”** Is it shameful for me to say I bought it because she’s on the front cover in tiny workout shorts and sports bra, showing her incredible abs? And that I want her abs?
For the past few days I’ve been in the process of reading it and wanted to share with you. If you click the link it will take you to "real" editorial type reviews. These are just my thoughts - the thoughts of someone who this book is directed at.
"We are a nation of sick, unhealthy people wasting away and mutating into sad, fat, and lethargic people, just getting fatter and sadder by the second. We are an out-of-control nation with out-of-control waistlines. I have noticed that a mass panic is setting in. I see it every day in the faces of people and desperate e-mails from around the country. So many people are tired, always dragging and feeling exhausted. Many are a walking medicine chest, dependent of pills to control everything from high blood pressure to sleep deprivation, and are chronically fatigued and depressed. Others can't climb a flight of stairs or walk a block without gasping for air. Millions of people are alive, but hardly living."
That intrigued me to say the least. So I dug in and have been trying, quite literally, to digest this book. There is so much in it, I don't know if I can do it justice but I'm going to try. Her plan is a combination of clean eating, exercise and positive thinking, but ultimately seems to be sort of a program to balance yourself emotionally and hormonally so that your body will get to its correct weight. At my age and between peri-menopause and my thyroid, I’m a freaking emotional and hormonal mess. Additionally this is the first “diet” book I’ve ever read where the plan encourages you to have 2 ‘treat’ meals per week. Those treat meals exclude nothing, including alcohol and dessert. The only guideline is that the treat meal itself should not exceed 1500 calories. That’s the treat meal, not your whole day of food! You know that kept me reading.
There are several components to her plan, one of which is her belief in a mind-body connection. For example, stopping negative self-talk:
Instead of focusing on being fat, focus on being fit; stop hoping that you’ll lose weight and start assuming that you will!
Stop wasting your time being angry or depressed that things aren’t going well. Switch your attitude and actions to positive and get things done. She says, “It’s really important to stop being wishy-washy about getting thin. Get specific about your fat-loss goals (I love that she uses the term fat loss instead of weight loss). You can’t hit a target you can’t see. You can’t go through life without goals and expect to get anywhere. You need direction.”
Another step is to stop viewing the things you are doing to be healthier as painful and to see these things as an exciting start to a new life. A way to nourish your body and soul and get it where it’s supposed to be. She believes if you can train your brain like this you will see that things you once linked to pleasure – like frequent splurges on junk foods and drinking alcohol -- are actually causing you a tremendous amount of pain and things you used to see as painful – like working out – will become the things where you will receive your greatest reward.
In addition to an exercise program and eating guidelines, she has included a 31 day eating plan for those who want to be told what to eat. I can’t knock this – sometimes it is nice to have someone tell me what to eat and not have to think about it. The great thing is that the plan uses ‘regular’ foods… for example a breakfast is 2 boiled eggs, 1 cup oatmeal, 1 piece of fruit. Lunches, dinners and snacks include veggies, chicken, fish, soups, Greek yogurt and protein shakes.
Ultimately, this book has given me a lot to think about, especially the emotional and spiritual components. What a novel ideas: Be kind to yourself; stop being wishy-washy, assume success; live as if you’re already successful. Unlike other diety type books I’ve purchased in the past, I’m glad I bought this one.
**FCC, I bought this book and the thoughts on it are my own. I haven’t been compensated in any way.