Book Review: Thinner This Year

This book is a follow-up to Younger Next Year, and in Thinner This Year the author promises to show you how to lose 25 lbs in 6 months and keep them off for life....Really? Well, let's put it this way: I was skeptical. But I thought it was worth giving it a try anyway!

Soon enough, I understood that the emphasis of this book is on the fact that if you follow a well-balanced diet of healthy eating and exercise, it is inevitable that you lose weight. Again...Really? Like that was some NEWS! (sarcastic remark here).

In Thinner This Year, the authors seem to target an audience that are mainly over 40. I wish I had known that before I read it (can you sense the enthusiasm in my voice/writing?). OK, enough of that. It was a good and informative read, but quite honestly it is not one of my favorite weight loss books. The narrative takes place between two authors ( 2 authors with two different writing styles, which can be confusing at times) and though there's lots of humor in the story telling aspect of it, the authors don't seem to take into account the "human" aspect of dieting, and the fact that everyone falls off the wagon sometimes and that this is completely "normal". In fact, the authors' no nonsense approach to dieting and exercise in this book is exactly what makes it unappealing to me. They seem to have forgotten that though everyone already knows that eating healthy and working out on a daily basis will ultimately leads to weight-loss, IT IS JUST NOT THAT EASY!

That being said, the more advanced dieter (or the chronic one, should I say) would probably find great value in it as it is quite an informative and amusing read indeed. And if you’re ready and willing to make a lifestyle change, and are capable of following the authors' advice without ever faulting, then by all means, go ahead and follow the meal plans and exercise suggestions in the book. Undoubtedly, you will lose weight and keep it off for good. Plus, there are lots of good tips on how to get yourself started off if you’re not the get-up-and-go type, but you just have to be in that mindset for this information to be relevant to you. 

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Book Review:

Thinner This Year

 

To me, Thinner This Year was interesting and quite amusing to read. But to be completely honest, the all or nothing approach to changing your habits, simply did not resonate with me. I would recommend it though if you’re ready and willing to follow a certain direction for the rest of your life - which in my opinion, is not overly realistic for the average person with day-to-day responsibilities and time constraints. So the verdict?

Up to you, but for me this book is not one I will read again anytime soon.