I've been reading the book and find it fascinating. She talks a lot about hormone imbalances and how they affect your weight loss. There are suggested foods to help you fix problems.
I do like how there's lots of pictures of specific exercises for the power circuit section. She also gives lots of meal suggestions and recipes. They really do look like normal suggestions I can live with, instead of some weird soup concoction I eat for 21 days straight or recipes using ingredients that just don't match up to their counterparts in taste and satisfaction.
She also gives suggestions on the types of foods to choose at different types of restaurants, how to read labels, what to look for and more. I know a lot of these things (I know a lot about losing weight...it's just getting my bum in gear to actually DO them is the problem), but I did learn plenty of new tips.
One suggestion that I heard her say on a CNN interview about this book was to drink 3 liters of lemon water (just some juice squeezed in) daily. She says it helps to purify and detox your liver so you can metabolize fat better.
It sounds like a lot....but I looked it up and that's about 100 ounces. Many people drink that in soda daily, so if you think of it that way, 3 L isn't bad. I'll fill up my 20 ounce bottle 5 times and that's it. I have a bottle of lemon juice, so that's a start.
I also love what she said in a Fox News Interview:
It really is so true. I know how hard it is sometimes - I get cravings all the time! I love ethnic foods, so I start wanting a specific dish that perhaps isn't so easy or effective to make at home. Or I'll start thinking about how nice a Hostess Snowball pack would be fab.
"Everyone falls off the wagon. How do you get back on track if you slip up and eat badly?If I you cheat, realize it’s just one day and go with it. When it happens to me, I just allow myself to eat like a pig because I know there’s something in me that wants that food. So I just overeat to the point of where I’m so disgusted that I want to be good the next day. So I would say don’t have a little. Don’t just have waffles. Have waffles and ice cream and cookies."
I fester. I try to nibble on healthier options. I drink water. I eat more things. But sometimes I do go on a bender and eat way too much. You really do just have to think of it as one day and go on from then.
Overall, this is a great book for people who are trying to lose weight. I really would suggest reading it and working what she says into your life. I love that she includes cheat days. That's my usual failing with any specific diet - I get bored, angry, hungry, frustrated (you name it!) and go skidding off the tracks. With her system you automatically have days built in with more freedom.
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