I'm a 40-something woman--not the intended audience for this book--but I loved it. Complex physiological aging processes are explained in a clear and motivational way. So are exercise benefits. I loved the focus on health rather than appearance, and the straightforward, you-can-take-it-you're-a-grownup style. There was plenty of substance for me AND it was HILARIOUS. I find it easier now to do the things I know I should do (eat right, exercise regularly). If I can get my husband to listen to it, I'm sure he will like it.
Audience reactions added to my enjoyment of this recording, but mostly I appreciated Sweeney's wit. The parts about her mother were my favorite. I also enjoyed her reaction to the Bible.
Fitness buffs will appreciate this book. Kolata uncovers the scientific research (or lack thereof) behind such fitness standards as interval training, max heart rate = your age - 220, and certified physical trainers. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered a hard copy so I can find out what I missed from this abridged audio version. The reader for this book is excellent too.
This book surveys the latest scientific obesity research--it is not a motivational diet book. In fact, other diet books seem rather naively hopeful once you hear this one. I have much more sympathy for severely obese people now, and I am more skeptical of panicked news reports about the obesity epidemic. Kolata never mentions the National Weight Control Registry, and I wondered why. She does very clearly outline complex information about genetic and hormonal influences on body weight, and the research stories are fascinating. This book is read well, though I preferred the reader for Kolata's earlier book, Ultimate Fitness.
I highly recommend this book. Gullo offers very helpful advice for maintaining healthy eating habits--specific strategies that really work. AND he does this without talking too much about FOOD. Diet books that talk constantly about what food to eat just make me hungry!
Gullo presents strategies that anyone can use to feel satisfied, keep favorite foods in our lives, and still control weight. Some of his strategies I've seen elsewhere, but many were new, at least to me. For example, his suggestions for "thinspeak" and "boxing in/boxing out" foods were worth the price of the book all by themselves.
I even liked the NY accent that a previous reviewer mentioned--Gullo's way of speaking gave a "no nonsense" tone to the book. This is the first audiobook I've purchased that I've listened to several times.
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