Sunday, January 30, 2011

Book Review: The Real Skinny on Losing It

Diet and nutrition books intrigue me.  I've never actually gone on a diet, but having two babies does cause one to pause and consider the state of her body.  So this book, written by a "hilarious" author, caught my attention.

Michelle McKinney Hammond is a speaker, author and former co-host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Aspiring Women.  (I've never heard of it, but that's beside the point.)  In The Real Skinny on Losing It she address woman's battle with weight from the inside out.  The main point?  No diet plan will ever work for you until you come to grips with the motivation behind your issues and until you make peace with the One who created you to be how you are.  This book has plenty of encouragement and a few recipes and tips for people struggling with losing weight and keeping it off.

This book was 209 pages.  I think it should have been 30.  Or maybe 50.  She spent the first two-thirds of the book saying the same thing over and over and over.  In fact, I was constantly checking to make sure I was actually making progress and not just reading the same page over again.  It wasn't me.  In fact, I found the most helpful chapter to be the last one, when she summarizes everything in neat, easy to understand nuggets.  Also, I didn't care for her writing style, but I know that is truly a personal preference.  While she must be a kick to listen to, reading "can I get an amen?" and "sistah" in print was a bit indulgent.

If you're looking for a good book on how to help you with your weight, this is probably not it.  If you are just looking for someone who understands, then check it out.  Seek your medical and nutritional advice elsewhere.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger book review program.

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