Eh - not horrible, but I wouldn't recommend anyone invest the time. A whole lot of navel-gazing without much insight. Or, more accurately, without insight beyond alternating self-flagellation and criticism of his father. And Nuland violates the rule that no book should use "sui generis" and "hegemony" more than three times each.
What a waste! First of all, the first 45 minutes of this 3 1/2 hr audio book is spent talking about how great the program works without providing any details. I know all self-help books have some upfront portion of selling, but the percentage of this book devoted to the pre-sell is ridiculous. The nutrition guidelines are fine, but they're nothing special and nothing you haven't heard from any responsible nutritionist or Oprah for God's sake. The biggest flaw in the book is the exercise portion of the program. Lebrada's approach to exercise is founded on weight training, with 30 mins cardio thrown in every third day. With so much focus on weight training, you'd think the audio book would describe actual exercises. No. This abridged version abridged out every single description of the actual exercises. Instead, he refers to the supplemental materials, where the reader can learn about what actual exercises (that he's been touting for almost 3 hours at that point) to do. Such a waste of time. To top it all off, the book ends with an exortation to become a Lean Body Promise "evangelist," recruiting your fat friends and relatives to join up. Give me a break. And give me my money back.
The story of Nick's (or DR Nick as he absurdly refers to himself at restaurants and on his t-shirts - big deal, he's a doctor) liquid diet weight loss was interesting. The majority of the book is filled with bland and not that motivational advice for losing weight. Nick is obviously a bit of a narcissist. I lost count of the number of times he talked about how media and fat people everywhere are interested in interviewing/emailing with/being inspired by him. At one point, he asked whether he might be addicted to the attention. You think? His advice is often overly simple and not particularly useful. To the question of how can you afford to work out 1-2 hours, 7 days a week, he offers "How can you not afford to do it?" To the question of how one can decide not to leave your job and focus on weight loss, he offers, again, "How can you not afford to do it?" His more specific advice isn't very new or innovative: cut down calories, limit carbs, work out, etc. In the end, this book is about Dr. Nick, and the advice part is really just window dressing.
If you are obsessed with poker and know all the lingo, this might be interesting. It's not enough to know what a full house is versus a flush. This book talks in a vocabulary where most card combos have their own name and the author does not explain.
This book contains a lot of very interesting ideas, but they are not woven together into a compelling story line. The end in particular left me feeling annoyed at having spent hours waiting for the book to develop on its early promise. With a good editor, this book could have been exceptional.
I started reading this book and thought it was beautifully written. When I bought the audio version, I was looking forward to finishing the story. But 3 minutes into listening, I was clawing at my headphones to stop the terrible narration from scarring my brain. Just thinking about it now causes physical discomfort. Trust me, even if you think the short sample clip is bearable, hours of it is FAR worse. What a waste.
This book is mildly interesting at best, painfully tedious at its worst. Any half-perceptive reader will see the twists coming from miles away, and believe me, there are MILES to travel. At severl points, I startled my dog by saying "Come on! It's so obvious! Figure it out so we can move on!" out loud. And for some reaon, the narrator seems to think that all Spaniards have debilitating lisps. I honestly cannot remember a less suspenseful suspense novel.
This program contains some good ideas, but much of the 3 hours is spent on filler. For example, there is more talk about how the program will fix your life than there is talk about what you should actually do to change your life. In addition, this audio program contains only the first 4 days of a 30-day program. The remaining days are not available on audio.
Same advice (often word for word) from Keep the Connection. Not worth the money if you have already read the Connection books.
Some good ideas (insulin resistance, for example) buried under weak logic (Eat meat because it is more nutrient dense. You'd have to eat 20 heads of lettuce to get the same amt of protein.) and crazy recommendations (Don't use sunscreen. Sunbathe every day.) Other suggestions include elminating dairy, all grains, all beans, and all alcohol (under the most restrictive version), or just all corn and wheat under the least restrictive version.
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