2 out of 4 stars
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Like many people all over the world, I have spent a good portion of my life watching what I eat, trying to get into a good exercise routine, and of course, that dreaded word: dieting. When I think of how much time I’ve spent on diet and making myself miserable, it's quite pitiful. In his book Why Live Fat, Carlton Adams discusses a different technique to shed unwanted weight. In a nutshell, the method he recommends entails simply eating less. This might seem like a fairly straightforward concept, but there are intricacies that he considers that will help the reader on their path to a smaller, healthier self.
I am somewhat knowledgeable about different diets and plans that people use to lose weight. I have tried numerous fads and most of the time, failed miserably. When I picked up Why Live Fat, I was looking forward to reading what Mr. Adams had to offer. My first impression was that the notion of eating less is too simple an idea to be effective. However, I was immediately captured by his belief that ‘this is not a diet, but a way of life.’ That is a game changer, and for me – I love that he is not trying to sell a get-thin-quick scheme.
One of the main themes in the book is ‘don’t live to eat, eat to live.’ This concept is meant to guide the reader into a mindset where it is not necessary to overindulge. I think everyone has had that feeling of being too full after eating a meal, and, over time, this is what causes our stomachs to stretch. By eating less, we are effectively helping to shrink our stomachs to smaller sizes, and food again becomes something necessary only for survival. This underlying information makes the concepts much easier to grasp and, ultimately, put into practice.
Something that this book is sorely lacking in is structure. There are clearly outlined chapters and sections, but the problem is the repetition. The main themes of the book are repeated persistently throughout. Adams does mention that he will be repeating himself in order to drive his point home, but it makes for a lack in direction. Every chapter has the same bulk, and it makes the segments coalesce. There needs to be more of a definite design for each segment instead of falling back onto what has been repeated previously. I don’t mind a small amount of repetition – but this was too much.
Unfortunately, the editing is also not up to scratch. Nothing that a good proofread can’t fix, though. There are also six pages of definitions toward the end of the book that I would consider shortening. The definitions of words like food, sleep, and family are not necessary for people that are reading at this level.
Because of the elements that I felt were lacking in this guide and because the editing was a bit sloppy, I have come to a final rating of two out of four stars. The idea of eating less in order to lose weight is a truly useful one, and it is something that I will be putting into practice in my life. With some fine-tuning and a solid proofread, this will be a top-notch handbook. People that are looking for healthy ways to lose weight should have a look at what Why Live Fat has to offer.
Why Live Fat
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