I thought this was a great book and am now listening to it for a second time. I have a read a great many "diet" books and food health books and I like the thoughtful manner in which the material is presented in this extrememly wholistic view of "dieting". I put diet in quotes because it is not a traditional diet book. It is more of a philosophical book about health, nutrition and exercise and is a LIFE PLAN, not a short term help to let you lose a few pounds. It presents obstacles to weight loss and health and presents very sound principles for success. Well worth the download. (one caveat: I didn't love the reader...and he mispronounced a couple things. It happens.)
This is not a diet book. This is not an exercise book. This book is different and better. Tom Venuto takes a multifaceted look at how the average person can achieve the body they want in a realistic way. I'm a hypnotherapist and an Ironman triathlete and I still learned a lot from this book! The narrator is upbeat and engaging. I liked this book so much I bought the paper version to have as a reference. Highly recommended!
I have lost weight in the past with extreme lowcarb, which works like crazy, but also left me with thinned hair. So that left me concerned about this approach. However, the foods eaten on this plan are not very limited. You really don't need to count carbs, but be conscious of the total calories, and get your calories from nutrient dense food.
So going into the plan, this is what I discovered: When you start eating fibrous, nutrient dense foods, you end up with little room in your diet for empty calories, and little desire for them as well, which is very helpful. If in my day I eat a big apple, a carrot, a salad, some lean chicken, a little oatmeal, a slice of cheese and whole wheat crackers, black bean soup...you end the day quite satisfied.
and you do lose weight. I'm down 17 pounds so far.
Some parts of the audio were more interesting than others, which is the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5. I docked the performance stars for pronunciation mistakes, especially inconsistent ones.
It's a very worthwhile book, and if you are ready to give up empty foods or have already done so, this can extend your knowledge of how to eat, and maybe more importantly, how not to eat. Eat to fuel your body and life, and not for comfort, to fill emotional voids, etc.
Tom talks sense. It is good to see a person with no affiliation to muti-billion $ supplementary company coming up with a solution. It is a good reminder to all of us to do the work and expect results- there are no quick fixes
If you've never spent much time thinking about nutrition, exercise, life, the people in your life, and how they're all interrelated, you might enjoy this book. If you're an active person, reasonably knowledgeable about nutrition and exercise and somewhat introspective, you'll be bored to tears. If you already know the 'shoulds' and you're searching for a way to get control of one or two demons, keep searching. The reader didn't help. I couldn't wait for the book to end, I was so tired of his 'preachy' style. I did rather enjoy the interview with the author at the very end, so I suspect that if he'd read it himself, it might have had a more positive impact.
Say something about yourself!
I've done all the diets over the past 20 years of my life and can appreciate how this author looks at all of them (briefly) and realistically. At the end of the day, as we all know but dont want to know is - less calories, more exercise = weight loss. Period.
I am one of those people that needs a little more hand holding than that though, and I appreciated this books common sense, no magic pill, realistic approach. Having done many diets in the 90's and also done different exercise programs I think the info here is sold and very good advice.
If you are looking for "do this one thing and you will be skinny in 3 weeks!" rah rah books, this isn't for you. If you want honest and down to earth info that works (if you do!) then this is a good buy for you.
I had no problems with the narrator at all. Found it an easy listen, broken up over a couple days.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
Wow. This really works. I've lost 20 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of muscle using Tom Venuto's ideas. I'm doing it in my own sweet time (one year now) but that's better than the old weight creeping up like it used to do before using this common sense approach
I found this book to be not just motivational but educational. It took me 1/2 of the book to get use to the narrator's nasally voice but narrator aside, i found this book to be excellent! I would recommend it to anyone not just to lose weight but with motivation in general.
Excellent book with a tremendous amount of quotes, tips, and techniques to battle the age old question concerning fat loss. For me, the book had so many great tips and quotes that I purchased a used copy of the physical book on Amazon to reference quickly in my study.
My only complaint is when the reader is going through the exercise types, they become a little 'boring'. I am not sure which way would be better to read this information but without the physical copy, this list was tough to follow.
I know that a lot of reviewers said that this book contains nothing new, but I think the most important part of the book is explaining the difference between nutritional and exercise science and the latest fad meant to sell diet/weight loss books. This is not a book that will tell you what to do for the next 12 weeks to slim down so you can go back to the way you currently take care of your body at week 13. It's about making permanent changes in your life. For me, I would agree that there was no new information but I am a very active person who adheres to a very nutritional diet. For a lot of people that I know who suffer from confusion due to the newest diet craze or marketing buzzwords I think this is an excellent book. I am definately going to recommend it the next time someone asks me a question about diet, nutrition or exercise.