Book Review: Slim for Life

Rating: 3 out of 5 (Nice Effort! Still enjoyed it despite negatives)

Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels, the tough no-nonsense trainer from the Biggest Loser, is the latest addition to her vast collection of health “how-to” books.  I have watched The Biggest Loser for a few years and always enjoyed watching Michaels approach to weight loss with the contestants.  She’s a tough chick and I like that type of motivation while working out. I have one of her workout DVD’s which always leaves me crippled for days after so I am definitely a fan of hers. I saw this book on my library’s new non-fiction display and checked it out immediately.

The Skinny

Michaels uses a simple and full proof approach to changing your lifestyle discussing exercise regiments, eating on a budget, eating on the go, and how to tackle and overcome the common excuses made for unhealthy lifestyles.  Since Michaels is a new mom, she includes more information on time management  exercising with kids, and how to juggle commitments.  This book sheds light on myths of weight loss, fad dieting, and why you should eat carbs.  Each tip and guideline ranks 1-3.  A 3 ranking is something that Michaels finds the most crucial for you to follow to get results, 2 is useful but not essential, and 1 is optional.  At the end of each chapter you calculate the tips that you could feasibly add into your daily life.  At the end of the book there is an overall score taken from all seven chapters with an explanation your score.

My Thoughts: The Good & Confusing

I finished this book in a few hours.  It is a quick read, easy to understand, and allows you to skip sections if it doesn’t apply to you.  The book contains information that I already knew; however, includes tons of new things that people should know when starting or currently practicing a healthy lifestyle.  My favorite part of the book is chapter 4 where she discusses eating on the go.  She talks about how to survive parties, restaurants, work, and travel and provides great tips and advice on how to navigate being away from your home kitchen.  For example, when you order your meal ask the waiter to box up half of the meal before it comes out you.  This is an easy way to avoid temptation and tackle the large portions that restaurants serve.

The only part I found challenging for a wide audience to follow was chapter 2 dealing with exercise.  If you are just starting your journey and have no prior knowledge, this chapter is slightly confusing.  A beginner will not know what a “curtsy lunge into a lateral raise” means.  I don’t know what that is either!  So while this section is hard to navigate for a beginner, it still provides a great plan for exercise and information about intensity, interval training, and outdoor exercise.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to change or tweak their current lifestyle.  I gained some crucial knowledge and learned different ways to optimize my health without having to go overboard.  This book is great for people on the go, parents, and the average person looking to jump-start to their health.  If you like Michaels’ personality then you will enjoy her writing style and no-nonsense approach.  Check it out at your local library today!