Forget Dr Phil, the clothesline, and Atkins: this is an easy, fun, and effective guide for any lazy girl who needs to lose weight and get results that last. The Lazy Girl's Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Fit is a simple, step-by-step program that details the nuts and bolts of how A. J. lost weight. She has helped over 200 clients through her 5 Kilo Club at Fernbank Fitness Centre. There's no starvation, no low carb torture, and no weights and measures: A. J. focuses on achievable goals, having fun, and loving yourself while you make the biggest changes in your life.
©2005 A. J. Rochester; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
If you know the basics about dieting or nutrition this will leave you feeling frustrated, impatient and out of pocket. This book is suitable for the absolute novice, someone that has never heard of ?cardio? or ?aerobics? and thinks eating from a smaller plate and avoiding second helpings are revolutionary ideas. For anyone that has ever been on a diet the messages in this book will seem so basic as to be insulting: eat breakfast, control food portions, don?t overeat, do exercise, watch your fats and carbs, don?t eat empty calories and don?t splurge at the weekend. Duh! What annoyed me the most about this book is that I bought it because I wanted to know the ?lazy? way to lose weight (after all, that is the title of the book!). However, there is nothing lazy about the diet on offer - because yes, this is a diet, even though the author would have you think it was a way of life. I wanted to find out more about the mental side of weight loss and whilst this book included a chapter on the psychology of weight loss it was far too brief to be really helpful. Even worse, as the book progressed, the author started coming across more and more as a smug thin person, keen to remind the listener of how she managed to lose weight and run marathons and fit into skinny jeans, the implication being that if she managed to do it then there really is no excuse for you not to do the same. What the author fails to acknowledge is that she was ?lucky? enough to reach rock bottom which prompted her to start losing weight in the first place. In other words, she had a strong ?why?. Without a strong ?why? you have to rely on will power which can only take you so far. My suggestion: try Paul McKenna?s ?I can make you thin? or ?Psychocybernetics?? they will help to address the mental aspects of weight loss. The ?Lazy Girl?s Guide? is misleading and disappointing, give it a miss unless you really don?t know the first thing about weight loss.
I'm only a little way through the book, but i'm liking what i'm hearing. Would be great for people that really have no idea how to curb their unhealthy eating habits (as AJ did when first starting her weight loss).
I was relieved (and found it refreshing) that the narration was by an Australian, as sometimes I find heavily American accented books irritating. I'm Australian if you haven't guessed.
I look forward to meeting the new me as I take on board some of the suggestions from the book!
Yes, yes, I've heard it all before. All the tips are no secret, but the way she explained them that makes all the difference. The way she elaborated each tips makes it easier to accept and understand. It's important to understand losing weight because unless you do, you'd gained all of the weight back. This is also a very good audio to listen to if you fall off the bandwagon. What could be easier than to just listen to her motivations and tips in order to renew your resolution?
Do you enjoy having the dictionary read to you? Have you longed for an Audible book that will read the entire NY Metro phone book to you -- Yellow Pages and all? Perhaps the transcripts from the annual convention of toll-booth collectors are to your liking!
Well this book is for you. Ajay will read charts and menus to you -- mostly. There is some smart advice in here, but nothing I didn't already know and certainly didn't need someone to preach at me. And that's exactly the way it comes off, NOT personal, just preachy. Do it because SHE SAYS SO!
Sorry, but I am very disappointed because her first book was passionately personal and inspiring. I was hoping for more that that.
I kept getting the impression that she was reading SOMEONE else's work. Her first book was from the heart. This one could have come out of a fat & calorie guidelines book.
Sadly disappointing because she is talented; her first book proved that.
"If you have a lot to lose"
I liked this book but it was not really for me. I only have about 15 lbs to lose and this is more for the ladies with 50 plus lbs to lose and I think in those cases it would be a lot more helpful. I already do a lot of the things she suggest so...Not too helpful. But having said that I did lose about 30 lbs using those same techniques so it is worth a read.
This book has helped me so much on my own quest to get healthy. It is full of common sense advice about ways to set yourself up for success and to accept the bumps along the way. The author concentrates on nutrition, exercise and emotional health. Some of her story is included, and even though my eating has never been as disordered as hers was, I find her message of "I did it and so can you" to be always encouraging.
Non-Aussies are going to have to make the effort to translate some food names and traditions to your local versions (if you don't know what pluto pups, hot chips and jelly snakes are, just google 'em!), but the basic advice holds true.
My current favorite nugget: there is no "on track" or "off track" with a fitness/weight-loss journey. There is no track; there is only life and how you deal with it. The "track" is a mythical ideal of goodness and perfection that your diet-battered self does not need to be messing with. Amen.
"Distracting Narration of Common Sense"
Fine, sensible suggestions but no new super helpful tips. I couldn't finish listening because of the heavily (Australian) accented narration with exaggerated phrasing that is probably meant to elicit excitement and motivation but only left me feeling like a slightly dim witted fat camp drop out who needed things repeated s l o w l y and c l e a r l y .
Love it definitely worth reading
lots of helpful hints, recipe and real life advice...refer to it regularly
While AJ is fun to listen to, I really didn't find much here new or inspiring. She did a good job of making the story fun to listen to, but lots of the language is very Australia-centric. If you don't know what Veggie Mite is you'll be lost when she starts talking about actual food.
I did like what she had to say about working with a psychologist / psychiatrist to get to what caused her to over eat. She treated it with a sense of humor in a refreshing way and I wanted to hear more. If she teamed up with a professional psychologist to have a go at writing another book I think she could probably create something really inspiring that would motivate people to get to the bottom of what causes them to ignore reason and over eat. I didn't find that here, though.
"Full of Awesome info"
This book is so good. AND interesting. The author makes you want to succeed. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make healthier choices and wiser decisions in their eating habits. Not just for those who want to loose a lot of weight.
"same ol' thing"
I found the info in the book to be the same old, but true information. Eat healthy and exercise nothing "lazy" about it if you want it to work you have to do the work. I also found the reference to Pluto Pups and TimTams over and over slightly annoying
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