When it comes to losing weight, there is definitely no magic bullet or one-size-fits all solution that will work for everyone. Perhaps the most effective approach is to gradually make small changes that add up to big improvements over time. This is the concept behind Frumpy to Fabulous: One Change a Week to a Healthier You! The author, Josette Puig, drew on her experience as both a fitness professional and as a formerly overweight person to create 52 weekly changes that people can make to lose weight. This approach has often proven effective, particularly since few people who make drastic changes are able to stick with them over the long haul.
Puig’s recommendations cover a wide range of areas, such as choosing whole wheat over white breads, avoiding alcohol and artificial sweeteners, and grocery shopping with a list in hand. While none of these recommendations are particularly revolutionary, that doesn't mean they can’t be effective. Puig also advocates strength training three days a week, drinking plenty of water and keeping a food journal. Other recommendations, however, are a little more questionable, such as switching from chips to whole-grain crackers (which often offer little nutrition), setting your alarm to go off 20 minutes earlier (research suggests getting enough sleep might be one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself) and ways women can lose fat during the week before their periods.
In many ways, this 62-page volume reflects the sound-bite, 140-character nature of our world—each entry is brief and bulleted, offering tips, but few real recommendations on how to actually incorporate them on a daily basis. Telling people what to do doesn’t really solve the common problems that keep people from sticking to their healthy goals—lack of time, lack of motivation and lack of support. Readers looking to be inspired with simple tips will enjoy Puig’s book; however, those who want a little more education with their inspiration will want to look elsewhere.
What we liked:
· Easy-to-digest tips that can be incorporated over time.
· Does not advocate making drastic changes to lose weight
What we didn’t like:
· Lack of research or evidence to support some of the more radical recommendations, such as avoiding cheese and how to lose fat during certain times of the menstrual cycle
· Brief nature of each entry will leave some readers wanting more information and support for making the recommended changes