This book, the latest in the series from the producers of TV’s The Biggest Loser, presents a common sense approach to getting starting on a fitness and nutrition program. The goal is for a sedentary person to work toward establishing a commitment to improving their fitness and health over a 30-day period.
Happily, the extremely high-intensity exercises that are so often performed by the morbidly obese contestants on the show are absent from this book. Instead, it offers commonly accepted guidelines for eating right—five small meals a day, drink lots of water—and provides a fitness program designed for beginners. The workouts begin with 20 minutes of cardio, which can be split into 10-minute routines, and 10 minutes of mobility and bodyweight training. Over the first seven days, the exerciser adds another 10 minutes of cardio training. By the end of the month-long program, weights and circuit training are introduced.
What we liked:
- The author does a good job of offering workout options using minimal equipment for use at home and when on the road.
- Some of the motivational tips and workout ideas from the show’s contestants are great. For example, eat out less often, but spend the money you save to buy higher-quality foods at the grocery store.
- This author does a great job of keeping the focus off the scale by teaching newcomers to exercise to look at the big picture and enjoy the small successes.
What we didn’t like:
- The 1500 calories a day provided are probably too few for most of this book’s audience, especially since they are starting a new exercise program. The book does say that the calorie count can be adjusted a bit if needed, but it doesn’t offer any guidelines for how to do so.
October 9, 2009