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Book Review: This is Why You’re Fat

June 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

So, what is making you fat?!
Yikes…such a blunt, negative start to a book, but, on the whole offers solid principles to go by. Mainly in the areas of sugar consumption for all of us. How many of you crave that after dinner sweet treat? Add sugar to your coffee? Love frozen alcoholic drinks like frozen margaritas??? According to Jackie, we are sugar addicts! Me included. In her book, This is Why You’re Fat- she blames the majority of obesity on sugar consumption, deprivation (not eating for hours and then eating too much) and in the consumption of non-organic foods!

How should we fix it?

Add in oatmeal, eggs, low-glycemic fruits and vegetables, herbal teas and limit alcohol and caffeine.

Her exercise program?

Intensity!! The “long slow distance” programs of the past are things of the past. You know longer need this to get results. Go hard for a shorter period of time and you will burn more calories for the rest of the day!

Can you cheat?

Yes! You get to pick two meals per week that are your indulgence meals where you can eat whatever you like.

Would I be able to follow it?

No, not now- being the Cross Fit and Zone dieter that I am, however, it’s a great place to start for someone new to fitness and exercise and nutrition. My thoughts on the food- is that it is still not very much food (only 2 eggs for breakfast), I eat 6 egg whites plus veggies, fat and a fruit and the exercises are fairly common. One good thing about the exercise program is that she strongly recommends going HEAVY with the weights. This is something that I still struggle with- “can I lift that much?!” and the answer is yes, YOU CAN. Results won’t come lifting sissy barbells ladies!

It’s definitely worth a read particularly on all the evils of sugar consumption!

P.S. This book was given to me for purposes of review. I was not paid for this post and the opinions here are my own.

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  • 1 Kyle // Jun 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    So, in your opinion (and jackie’s!) what does “Heavy” consist of? how heavy are we talking? I don’t lift little 3 pound dumbbells, but I’m not lifting 20 pounders either :\
    What *should* I be lifting?

  • 2 Fit Mommy // Jun 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    As heavy as possible! For example, if it’s 3 sets of 15, the last 5 of each set should be a struggle. Work towards something you think you can’t lift- like 25 pound dumbbells for the push-up/row exercise.

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