After the gluttony of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought this book review might be appropriate.
I’m sure that many people (like myself) are always on the lookout for an “easy” diet that will make losing weight easy and magical. I’ve come to accept that there isn’t such a diet. So despite the book’s trumpeting the “Fit to the Finish Weight Loss Plan,” readers should know going in that there is no magic bullet in this book. Like all good books about losing weight, Ms. Carbonell is proposing the same basic things as everyone else and there is no real mystery to it: you need to exercise and watch what you eat.
Her specific plan has three components:
- Watching the percentage of fat you eat (she recommends keeping it to 30% of the calories you eat and provides a formula for calculating this number)
- Watching portion size
As you can see, there is nothing new or controversial here. It is good old-fashioned “watching what you eat and exercising.” However, what does make this book useful and better than some of the others I’ve come across is how she shares her personal experiences in losing and keeping off a tremendous amount of weight. Her advice on topics such as dealing with plateaus (that horrible time in every diet when you stop losing weight despite not being at your goal weight) was extremely helpful and provides a host of advice for dealing with and circumventing this common weight loss obstacle.
She also addresses and deals with the emotional aspects of losing weight and eating—which is a critical but often overlooked part of the weight loss equation. She has been in that place where food was serving a purpose other than nourishment or providing fuel for the body. She has experienced the emotional distress and comfort that comes from food. By sharing her personal story (and many photos), Ms. Carbonell makes her weight loss journey relatable and feel achievable. You truly do feel that if she can do it, you can too.
The book includes many “Your Turn” worksheets, where readers can to write their answers to various weight loss questions and concerns. I think this is a critical part of the weight loss journey, and readers who take the time to complete these sections and really use this book as a companion to their weight loss journey are likely to find success.
The book does include some recipes and exercises, as well as charts to help with calculating fat percentage and figuring out your BMI and so forth. As helpful as that is, the main reason to read this book is to get the real-world, practical advice from someone who has successfully lost weight and kept it off. This kind of insight and help is invaluable and is the single best reason to buy this book.