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Stop battling your weight and slim down for life with this no-nonsense, insider’s plan from America’s health, wellness, and weight-loss guru: Jillian Michaels. She has helped millions lose weight and feel great, and now she can help you, too.   Bestselling author and Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels swore she’d never write another diet book. But she realized that wiStop battling your weight and slim down for life with this no-nonsense, insider’s plan from America’s health, wellness, and weight-loss guru: Jillian Michaels. She has helped millions lose weight and feel great, and now she can help you, too.   Bestselling author and Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels swore she’d never write another diet book. But she realized that with all of the conflicting, overly complicated information being thrown at you each day, what you need is a clear, simple plan that cuts through all the confusion to deliver amazing results, fast. This book distills all she’s learned about diet, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle to provide anyone seeking to be slim, strong, and healthy with an easier path to achieving dramatic body transformation.   You’ll learn to: * Utilize Jillian’s insider secrets for optimizing your fat-burning potential * Dispel myths and avoid diet trends that will damage your metabolism and make it harder for you to lose weight * Banish self-sabotage, build support, and cultivate lasting motivation * Navigate and circumvent every possible pitfall presented by any situation or circumstance you could come up against—from weight-loss plateaus to travel, budget, and time constraints * Eat, move, and live in manageable, and even enjoyable, ways that facilitate a slim, sexy physique * Supplement strategically, manage stress, and even purchase the proper home and beauty products—all to help ignite your metabolism No nonsense, no gimmicks, just actionable advice that gets incredible results fast!...

Title : Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss
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Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss Reviews

  • Tracy
    2019-03-15 12:35

    I am only starting chapter 2. So far I have to say this is the best book I have read to date of this topic. I do not believe in "Diets". In this book (so). She is talking about healthy eating about what really is in food. It is proving to be realistic and I am liking it a lot!!!!

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-03-16 13:00

    I know, I rarely review non fiction, but Jillian Michael's latest book Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss, is one I definitely wanted to read. I have struggled with my weight for many years - up and down, up and down. I've reached the point where I am making the commitment to yes, watch my weight, but more importantly to be healthy.There are soooo many diet, weight loss and health books on the market today and it's really difficult to know who or what information you can trust. And, I guess that's why I wanted to read Michaels' book - because in my eyes, she is trustworthy, she has a proven track record and although I don't know her and will never meet her, I just, well, like her. So I wanted to hear what she had to say."Bottom line, over the last several years, I've come to recognize that the more simple and straightforward I can make the information, the easier it is for you to cut through all the crap, apply the advice, and get the results you want."I've had this book for a few weeks now, but found it was easier to take a piece of information or an idea, try to apply it to my life and only then go back for more, rather than trying to do it all at once (and expecting results in seven days or less ;) ) And Michaels herself says you don't have to follow all the strategies - pick and choose what works for you. Each chapter ends with a checklist that you can use to decide what tips will work for you. It's also a great reminder.The first chapter was a great refresher on the basics.-Clean out the cupboards. If it's not there, you can't eat it.-Write down what you eat - it's there in black and white. Of course I've heard of this, but have I ever followed through before? This time - yes - accountability is hard to ignore. (and you won't have to do it 'forever'.-Don't eat chemicals "If it didn't come from the ground or the ocean of have a mother - don't eat it."-Sit down to eat. (and many, many more!)Chapter 2 - get moving! Again, short sweet and to the point. (And did you know that simply increasing the incline on your treadmill will result in a significant calorie burn without increasing your speed?) Chapter 3 - hitting the grocery store,additives, smart choices and more. I was surprised to find cleaning and personal care products discussed as well. Chapter 4 - parties, work, restaurants, travelling etc.Chapter 5 - Now here's the chapter I spent the most time on - reading and re reading. Because this is where I fall down. Staying motivated. This was one of the best chapters of the book for me. The last few chapters deal with hints, tips and more ideas. Scattered throughout the book are 'slim myth boxes' that dispel notions such as 'lifting weights will make you bulky'. There's also EZ calorie cut boxes scattered throughout suggesting alternatives that will save you calories.I'm glad I took time to read Slim for Life slowly and think about what changes I want to incorporate in my life. Slim for Life will be a resource that I refer back to for sure. I like the fact that Michaels does not dictate, instead she provides a wealth of suggestions for you to choose from and tailor to your life. Her no nonsense, straight shooter approach appeals to me. I would have liked to have seen some photos of the exercises she mentions though."I don't want this book to be a once-read, I want you to reread it and use it over and over as often as you need to for its information and or reassurance. With it you can keep the special combination that belongs only to you, one that cracks the code of how to get and stay slim for life."

  • Jennifer Rayment
    2019-02-27 06:46

    The Good Stuff OMG, I totally have a girl crush on her. She's my kind of women. A practical, no BS kinda women Self deprecating and funny Doesn't bore you with the science behind everything, but does give you a little background so you understand Very little self promotion and if you have read any of these types of books before you will know that is pretty rare Fabulous index (yes I think we all know by now, that this is important to me) and plenty of references to back up her information The fast fact asides are interesting and useful This is a must have for everyone - she is all about moderation (btw Jillian sweetie I have kids can we agree that it is okay to have 4-5 glasses of wine a week instead of two -- I know I know but hell if you meet my kids you will understand) Everything is practical and affordable She goes into living a more healthy lifestyle as well - not just being slim. Recommends some healthy home and beauty changes you can make to live a healthier and longer life The first lifestyle book that I didn't want to put down She's a firm believer in everything in moderation - and I truly believe that is the key to being happy Yes totally agree with her about reading nutrition labels properly. You won't believe some of the shit companies try to get away with. We noticed some of the Blue Label products were labeled fat-free but the amount of sodium was off the charts\ Great practical recipes for ways of spicing up meals without adding calories and salt (sorry my DH had a heart attack and we are extremely vigilant about added salt in products and recipes)The Not So Good Stuff Ok loved her so much I went out and purchased a couple of her workout tapes and OWWW! In all seriousness she gets results - I can even see the beginning of muscles already and I am more a go for a long walk and consider that exercise kinda girl Would have liked a few less mentions of slim and more uses of word healthy but hey lets face the facts most of us women want to be told we look slim I now feel slightly bad that I have never watched The Biggest Loser (sorry kids I am not much of a reality TV kinda gal)Favorite Quotes"If it didn't come from the ground or the ocean or have a mother - don't eat it. Think about it. Twinkies and Cheestos - what the hell are these? There's no Twinkie tree, and I'm pretty positive that nothing ever gave birth to a Cheeto.""Kids are kids; we are the adults. It's our job to protect them and make healthy decisions for the whole family.""The obvious way to lose weight, despite whatever load of crap the diet charlatans tell you, is to eat less and move more.'Who Should/Shouldn't Read There is something in this for everyone If you want to get healthier and lose weight, get thee to a bookstore and buy immediately (Also recommend Jillian Michaels for Beginners to get the exercise regime started)4.95 Dewey'sI received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

  • Tiff
    2019-03-13 11:56

    I did not think I would ever buy another weight loss book, and definitely didn't expect to learn anything from it. The first couple pages had me interested enough to buy it. I have gained weight over the years as many of us have, however, I have lost 40 lbs as recently as 2 yrs ago - unfortunately, I did not have an easy time keeping off the weight, as I slowly abandoned my healthy habits and routines. I gained more than half of that weight back. Jillian does one thing in this book that many other books could not - tell you the gritty truth you do not want to hear. She explains to you what you are (probably) doing wrong and how to fix it more like a close friend that has known you a long time, as opposed to some fitness expert you are paying to give you advice. This book is mostly tips and myth-busting facts. She has her own point system that you can choose to follow, but it is not like the point system that "big weight loss company" uses by any means - these are tips that are assigned a point value. There will be a hardcore tip, a medium difficulty tip and an easier tip. 3,2,1. If you follow all the 3's you're going to lose weight the fastest. If you want to take your time, make a combo of 2s and 1s and make the tips a part of your routine the best you can. This book is a quick read, including lots of easy tips you already know if you are in this dieting situation often ;), but many you haven't heard before. The book is good for inspiration. I have found that while I do not plan to use her point system, I will definitely re-read the tips when I am feeling off track. I have done phenomenally well at staying on track in my choices since completing this book :) PS: There is a fair share of medical research "mumbo-jumbo"... she usually will warn you when you're about to enter mumbo-jumbo land, but it was still irritating at times.

  • Alana
    2019-03-04 09:04

    I would like to smash this book over the heads of every girl ( and guy!) who diets, has liquid meals, or does a 'detox' by eating practically nothing. Toxins are stored in fat, so if you lose fat, SURPRISE! You DETOX. And, to become a HEALTHY person, you cant buy into fad diets,( Jill explains the hormonal effects in this book and her other book : Master your Metabolism)you have to eat clean and move your body! OBVS!Well most of us knew this already but this book is still amazing. Its totally the ultimate 'trick' book of how to stay on track when you feel like veering off. Its simple, easy to follow little tips that just make being a healthy person a little bit easier in today's world. She also utterly destroys fad diets which makes me happy because I know from first hand experience that weight-loss and being healthy (if you aren't already) have to happen the hard way.I recommend reading all Jill's books. Theyre funny, realistic, and really helpful. This ones great to buy (although normally I would say to go your library or buy 2nd hand!)because it comes with a free week subscription to her website and a discount on her dvd's which are amazing!

  • Alexia
    2019-03-06 05:48

    I really enjoyed listening/reading this book. I usually wouldn't waste my time reading a diet book. I've actually never have read one before ecept Thin Within, which I still follow and agree with. I read Jillian's book because she is an advocate for clean eating. If I am (which I currently am) to totally change my ways of eating and exercising, it will be following a lifestyle of 80% clean eating and 20% non-clean eating or special things. Pretty much. Please read this book if you want legit information and help on permanently lasting weight loss without all the ridiculous advice on only specific things to eat etc. She si intense because eating right and exercise are pretty much her life, which I don't agree with (reason for 4 stars). Jesus always comes before anything else including eating and exercise. I don't have time to obsess with ahving a perfect, healthy lifestyle. However, I totally agree with clean eating. Read the book! You won't regret it!

  • Josh
    2019-03-05 07:43

    From the Introduction - "Bottom line, over the last several years, I've come to recognize that the more simple and straightforward I can make the information, the easier it is for you to cut through all the crap, apply the advice, and get the results you want. So this is Slim for Life - a simplier, easier path."Now that she's told us how easy it will be, she spends the next 3 pages explaining how to use the book. WTF?Then in Chapter 1 she cuts right through all the crap and jumps into calculating your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). I don't know what my BMR is and don't care. Why would you tell someone the diet is easy and then launch into mathematics? I almost closed up the book at this point.Speaking of points, for the next 230 odd pages you need to keep track of how many 'points' you earn through her ingenious system of good things to do (3 points) and mediocre things to do (1 point). At the end of the book, you add up all your points and see where you stand. She breaks down the point totals and gives you some advice. I love this system, it's sooo easy!Anyway, I did pick out a few pieces of decent advice. P6 Clear out the kitchen cabinets. ...dump out the fattening junk foods. You can't eat what's not there.P10 Myth: High-protein/low carb diets are healthyP12 Chemicals in our food disrupt the body's biochemistry and throw off metabolic function. They literally incite a war in the body, activating it to make more fat cells, store more fat, and create cancer, heart disease, autoimmune problems, and a host of other issues of which we are just starting to become aware.P47 You can't spot reduce fat.P73 Fasting is a sure-fire way to destroy your metabolism. Fasting thows your body into starvation mode. Your body responds by releasing hormones to slow metabolism, cannabalize muscle, and store fat. Fat is needed for survival, while muscle is not.P102 It's ironic that people pay hundreds of dollars on beauty products loaded with chemicals that will age them, disrupt their metabolic function, and possibly induce disease in their bodies.P106 About 70 percent of people in the US are overweight, and in a cruel catch-22, many of the drugs used to treat obesity-linked conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression can themselves cause weight gain.P139 setting goals: set your goals in the form of a pyramid with your ultimate goal at the top and each successive monthly, weekly, daily step below.www.veggierunner.com

  • Emily
    2019-03-08 10:03

    After watching The Biggest Loser (semi-regularly, for the first time!) this past season and loving Danni and cheering for her the whole way, I picked up Jillian Michaels's book for fun. This is probably the last time I will ever read a "diet" book.Jillian does have some good tips, and debunk myths that I was surprised to learn were untrue. I like her 80-20 rule (eat well 80% of the time, and let yourself indulge for the remaining 20%, within reason), or its variant, eat 5 meals well and allow yourself a little leeway on the sixth meal of that cycle. Apparently it's totally false that eating many small meals over the course of the day aids weight loss. Who knew?The rest (read: the majority) of this book is utter crap, though. Jillian's writing is TERRIBLE. Nearly every other sentence is "CUT THE CRAP" or "IF YOU DO THIS YOUR BODY WILL BE INSANE." What does that even mean? Furthermore, some of her tips are just plain idiotic. This woman recommends that you FREEZE YOUR CREDIT CARDS IN A BOWL OF WATER so you will not be tempted to overspend. She also advises that you SPILL SHAMPOO, SALT, OR SODA all over caloric food items (like cookies) so you're not tempted to eat them. Additionally, she suggests doing tricep dips and bicep curls in your seat on a long flight, as well as pushups against the wall next to the bathroom in back of the plane. She is crazy.The woman also claims that drinking chocolate milk after a workout is NOT good for you. She is probably the devil.

  • Heather Fryling
    2019-02-27 11:35

    This book could have earned 4 stars from me if Jillian had used different language. I'm not complaining about her informality or her punchiness--that's her style. But IMO the tone of this book crosses the line from health promoting to fat phobic. Jillian's cringing toward even tiny amounts of weight gain could trigger an eating disorder in a vulnerable person.As a naturopathic physician, I would like to comment on her tips on herbs. She stated that dandelion tea was good for the liver and kidneys. While that's true, it's important to know that the mineral-rich leaves of dandelion are diuretic for the kidneys, while the bitter root stimulates cholecystokinin from the liver. Her section on "Siberian ginseng" is very confusing. She switches back and forth between "Siberian ginseng" and "ginseng," and I can't tell which one she's talking about. They are completely different plants. Because they are completely different plants, the FDA no longer allows the word "Siberian ginseng" on packaging. It's now called eleuthero. Both eleuthero and ginseng have blood sugar lowering and energy improving properties, but I thought it was important to mention that they are different plants. Ginseng is a bit stronger and more expensive. Eleuthero gives more general endurance than an energy boost, and it's cheaper.

  • Heather McCrocklin
    2019-02-28 07:52

    As someone who has tried pretty much everything, I didn't find anything in here that I didn't already know (which may be why I'm slightly disappointed?) However, Jillian is an excellent motivator and emphasizes clean, healthy eating rather than fads or crash diets. Her exercise tips are also helpful, as sometimes I think we all need a reminder that the quality of our workouts is definitely more effective than half-assing it on the treadmill for hours on end. I was a little disappointed that there were several plugs for products she's paid to endorse, so it did get a little infomercial-like for my taste.I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get healthy and gain a basic knowledge of good food and exercise regimens, but take the self-promoting product advertisements with a grain of salt :)

  • Marianne
    2019-03-11 10:59

    I give her credit for focusing on sustainable strategies for living a healthy lifestyle as opposed to an extreme restrictive diet, but I didn't like the format of the book. After telling us she wanted to keep it simple and not get into science lessons, she includes in every tip the scientific reason we should do it and cites a study that supports it. You can find a study to support or contradict just about any weight loss principle. There are also so many tips that I found it hard to even remember what she'd referenced in the previous chapter. It was just okay.

  • hellothisisbarbara
    2019-03-19 06:35

    I really enjoyed this book, but I will say that if you aren't into the facts of weight loss (the numbers of the process), you may get a little frustrated with the formulas provided. But luckily there is link to a website that will do the calculations for you.All of the information is direct and to the point. I would recommend this to people that do better work as a lone wolf. This is an excellent guide for self-starters.

  • Sherri
    2019-03-07 11:44

    there were a lot of good tips in this book but i dont like the fact that she says organic or nothing, most people are on a budget and cannot afford everything organic.at one point she mentions that people think they cannot afford organic but its only an extra 20 bucks a week, that is not true and i found it quite insulting.

  • Stacey
    2019-03-13 07:40

    Started off good, but then she got way to complicated for the average person. She says in the beginning that she wants to keep it simple for everyone, but then she gets way too technical and expects too much of the average person. Some of what she says is really good, but nothing I haven't heard before. I prefer Bob Harper or Chris Powell for tips.

  • Ajla
    2019-02-20 07:03

    Jillian truly is the health and fitness queen! This book blew my mind and I'm planning to go back to it many times in the future. It's not a book just about weight loss, but a book jam-packed with information on healthy living and improving your life, tackling numerous topics. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  • Shelly
    2019-03-03 05:46

    One of the best "diet" books I've read, it's not about a particular food or exercise plan, instead it's full of practical tips designed to help you live a healthier life.

  • Ree
    2019-02-28 11:38

    I love her no BS attitude.

  • Trish
    2019-02-26 14:00

    Great book. I listened to it and I am planning to purchase it for my library. Although I'm not horribly out of shape it was great to get a book about lifestyle changes and just diets.

  • Terri
    2019-03-02 09:42

    This book lays it all out. Simple, easy to follow steps to get to where you want to be. Highly recommended for those who want to lose and are willing to do what it takes to get there!!

  • Dawn
    2019-02-16 10:39

    I listened to the audio book. Jillian Michaels is hilarious. I love how real she is.This is a great book. It is one that I should buy a copy of because it is one to read every six months and to get a plan for new habits to add to healthy living. This book is full of great ideas. I like that she doesn't expect you to wipe out any food groups or take any weird pills or starve. Bonus!

  • Tokuni
    2019-02-20 10:39

    This is an amazing book. FULL of great ideas on how to be healthy, stay healthy, live healthy. Lots of information that I had never even heard about, how to buy, whats worth it to spend $$ on for food and what not too. I can not recommend this book enough!

  • Madlyn
    2019-02-25 05:58

    This book was a very good read.

  • Misti
    2019-03-03 09:58

    I'm a Jillian fan.She knows her stuff.

  • Amy Winkelman
    2019-02-24 05:55

    There are so many doable tips and suggestions in this book! It's realistic and you won't kill yourself trying to get a healthier body.

  • Ann
    2019-03-05 13:42

    I've been a fan of Jillian Michaels exercise videos for a few years, but I did not expect very much from this book. I've skimmed through a couple of her older ones ("Making the Cut" and "Unlimited") and wasn't very impressed. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by the solid and clearly presented information about health and weight management in this book.The book starts off with very basic information — figuring out your basal and active metabolic rates — that serve as the foundation for the rest of the book. She goes into her tips about healthy eating, which seem to have changed quite a bit in the past few years as she recommends a "clean diet" with no artificial sweeteners or fake food. Hooray! She offers tons of tips and strategies for eating within your calorie range and enjoying it. She goes on to lay out information for exercise, then to tackle all kind of roadblocks that often come up in dieting situations (eating out, parties, too busy for working out, etc.)I've read a lot of diet and health books, but I must say this is one of the clearest and most comprehensive. The book is designed around an idea that you choose which tips you adopt then add up "points" for each one to assess your level of health at the end. I wasn't really crazy about that, but the information is really solid. Well done, Jillian Michaels. My respect for you has increased.notesBMRWomen: BMR = 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)Men: BMR = 66 = (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x heigh in inches) - (6.8 x age in years)for AMRSedentary: multiply BMR by 1.1Mildly active: multiply BMR by 1.2. (People on their feet most of the day but not heavy exertion.)Active: multiply BMR by 1.3. (Trainers, electricians, plumbers.)Very active: multiply BMR by 1.4. (Construction workers, professional athletes.)Free foodsbell peppersbroccolibrussels sproutscabbagecauliflowercelerycucumbersgreen beansjicamakaleleafy greenslettucemushroomssnap peaszucchini

  • Laurel
    2019-03-01 11:55

    I have very conflicted feelings about jillian michaels. In the one hand, she mostly has very sane and scientific thoughts about efficient exercise regimens to lose weight and get in shape, and I have enjoyed and recommend her workout videos. Likewise, she is not one of those diet fad-peddlers you encounter who advocates cutting out entire food groups or starving yourself (although her insistence on calling food additives "obesogens" and saying that they all make you fat without providing any scientific citations to support these claims... is troubling). Overall, I think that Jillian Michaels has good and sane and effective advice for eating and exercising to better health.However, I just can't shake this feeling that jillian personally hates fat bodies and is entirely appearance-focused in her own motivations. Therefore it can be pretty irritating to encounter constant fat-shaming if your own focus is on overall health and well being. Just the title "slim for life" gives you a taste of this. Is slim really the best descriptor for what we're trying to achieve through a healthy diet and exercise? How about health and energy? But no, it's always with the references to becoming slim, losing the gut, etc etc. it's pretty tiresome, honestly, unless your fitness goals begin and end with being "slim," whatever that even means.If your primary motivator for eating well and exercising is to look a particular way, then I really do believe that jillian michaels is for you. If your motivations are more along the lines of living longer and managing chronic illnesses like diabetes but you don't mind constant references to "getting slim" then I also recommend this book - it has a lot of good advice that will get you into better health. But if you find fat-phobic rhetoric irritating, I'd try a different book / trainer instead.

  • Angel
    2019-03-01 06:56

    I love Jillian Michaels. I attended her Maximize Your Life tour a couple of weeks ago, and listening to her really makes me feel like I could make the changes she suggests and live the life I want to live or should live. Sounds silly, I know, but the woman is convincing, and she really seems to know what she's talking about. So after I saw her, I checked out this book from the library, to see if it was something I wanted to buy.I wasn't all that impressed with this book. She doesn't say anything she hasn't said before - and she sort of says that up front. This is supposed to be the streamlined version of what she's been saying for years. Just the basics. I believe if someone were to follow everything she says in this book, they'd be in great shape. But truth is, I'm not going to do most of this. Other than the whole consume less calories, burn more calories, which is info we all already know, I'm not going to make any of these other big lifestyle changes. I'm not saying she isn't right. I'm just admitting that it's more work than I'm going to do.I think I got this book hoping there were some secret tricks, some brand new information that was going to convince me to start living a healthier life. And there isn't. Also, I think this book might be more useful if you have a hard copy of it and can actually write in it, take notes. There are lots of checklists and such. Reading this on my Kindle, I didn't feel the motivation to get out a pencil and paper and make notes.

  • Jacqui Allen
    2019-02-19 13:03

    I actually like the premise of this book - that it is the culmination of lots of good habits/practices in all areas of life that help you get and maintain a healthy, slim body but as I am already on a weight loss journey I found I was not given enough credit for things I was doing well already. Other criticisms are that it is largely targeted at gym bunnies that like weights (in the exercise department - I run 5 times a week and didn't get much credit for this) and the BIG criticism is when Michaels criticises vegetarianism on page 22 stating that the key to a healthy diet is eating meat and not cutting out any food groups. Whilst I acknowledge that there are unhealthy vegetarians/vegans who eat a lot of junk food this would equally apply to meat eaters (eating meat does not guarantee your diet is healthy at all). I also found this highly offensive as many people are vegetarian for religious/ethical reasons and cut meat products for reasons "bigger than ourselves". As a vegetarian for over 22 years I find it unhelpful to simply state I need to start eating meat to have a healthy diet - 1950s "meat and 3 veg" advice. Particularly when there are countless studies (and the World Health Organisation) advocating the health benefits of vegetarianism.But, these criticisms aside there is some very interesting and useful stuff in here and I have passed it on to my husband to read. So, it is a mixed review but useful for its nuggets of wisdom (page 22 aside).

  • Theresa
    2019-03-01 09:41

    I gave this book 3 stars...but here's the catch- if you've read ANYTHING by Jillian, this is nothing new. It feels like all of her other books and self-help info rolled into ONE book. I basically skimmed this book in an hour or so due to this fact of duplication. The other catch is that if you are *already* slim, there is really nothing here that will be news to you or help you, I feel anyway. So again, for me since I am healthy weight and very active, I didn't really get a single new fact or helpful tip out of this book. Not one. However, I still gave it 3 stars, because I realize MOST people picking up this book do probably need the help to slim down and maybe don't know some of the info in here that (I may find basic) may be helpful. I feel like it's a great book if you want to begin a healthy lifestyle change, because pretty much everything you need, step by step, is in here. And very simple and straightforward as well! If you have read other books by Jillian though (OR Bob Harper), this may be a lot of repeat info.Overall I'm glad I got this from the library, and I would definitely recommend the info in the book to friends if they wanted to lose weight and didn't know where to start. But, I'd really love to see her come out with a book that would have more tips or tricks for just maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.

  • Kate
    2019-03-15 07:47

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Jillian Michaels is such an inspiration to me and I love her no-nonesense, let's get real approach to giving advice. She is honest, smart, and witty. The advice in this book is all truth! The truth of the advice is that it's not easy to follow. I have found in life that what is worth having is not always easy and this definitely applies to getting fit and taking care of yourself. I follow a lot of the tips she gives already and I love how I feel when I treat my body right. I really think the points system that Jillian draws up and offers in this book is fantastic. It's real and you can certainly apply it to your life easily. Whether you want it easiest (1), easier (2), or tougher (3), the approach will most-likely make you better for it! She offers a lot of great ideas, simple recipes, and products that are organic and healthy that you can get at your local grocery store. She gives you nitty gritty on calorie counting, BMR (basal metabolic rate), and even introduces her free app, Slim Down with Jillian Michaels, which is great!! For me, getting real with portion sizes, calorie counting, and figuring out my own BMR and how much I burn is what helped me with the jump start to getting healthier and seeing weight come off! Fantastic read, a definite must-buy and keep for referring to when you need realistic advice! Awesome!