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- Print Length: 239 pages
- Publisher: Westland (24 February 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HQXUT28
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- Customer Reviews: 833 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DON’T LOSE OUT, WORK OUT Kindle Edition
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I may not be an expert on theory of subject matter with knowledge on fancy terms and jargons, but I have had lost 23 kgs couple of years ago and now am doing my second transformation which makes me eligible to share some experience specially on weight loss.
Systematically step by step what author is trying to do by this book is convincing people to go to gym, have a trainer appointed because normally for cardio no trainer is needed so she is insisting that weight training is better than anything else when it comes to weight loss, ask the trainer to give you tax receipt so the competition also goes down among trainers. Don’t bother about calories burning while working out because that will create more confusion and need for trainer.
Now in order to convince people to go to gym she is saying don’t do cardio more than once a week, take 2-3 rest days, do strength workout also less than 60 mins and that too only for 2 days in a week. The plan sounds too easy that it will motivate all lazy asses to move to gym. She also insists on eating regular food like Daal, roti, rice etc. But trust me if weight loss is that easy then almost everybody would be walking the road with 10% body fat and lean muscles.
I have read few other reviews where all sorts of people have mentioned that they gained weight after following her plan and I have no doubt that they have not gained weight after completing this book. Even coincidentally I myself did only strength training for a month and did not loose even 100 grams. Then I did HIT and cross fit followed by cardio and results are amazing in 2 weeks only.
I agree with her on the knowledge and I respect her on what she has shared on energy system, post workout meal, focus on muscle fibres, rest need etc. But with this kind of workout an individual may be able to lose 4-5 kgs in 3 months and that’s too low for anyone. Specially if you want a physical appearance change and want other to notice that you have lost weight. The output will be very less and ultimately you will end up quitting. Also, some of the FAQs mentioned in the book are not correct i.e. for cardio like running or cycling it is much better to do it outside instead of on treadmill as the impact of running on ground and pushing your body weight against gravity is comparatively much different then merely jumping on treadmill belt which is moving by a motor. But author says there is no difference.
However aggressive workout will show you faster results but you will loose precious vitamins, minerals, will be short temper, will have frequent mood swings but after 2-3 months when you will look at yourself in mirror or people will start complementing you on your achievement you will have a paradigm shift in your life and confidence. Glow on face, positive energy will always come back once you move to maintenance mode workout and then you can surely follow the simple and easy routine mentioned by author in the book.
So, my takeaway from this book is:
Have a workout routine with combination of strength and cardio.
1. 1 planned Rest week.
2. Use post workout meal in 2 categories as right after workout in 45 mins and then in next 4 hours.
3. Vitamins and minerals listing for post workout has really helped me choose a multivitamin without referring to fancy advertisements & fake reviews.
4. Warm up using light weight for same muscle and not running or rope skipping etc.
5. Fuel concept of aerobic and anaerobic type workouts.
6. East 7-8 times in small portions with balance diet of 40,40,20 of carbs, protein and fat respectively.
The book is really knowledgeable, author has put lot of effort and I really liked her writing style with amusing quotes and references so 4 out of 5 ratings to the book, but you need to be cautious and pick relevant information and use it wisely as the plan mention by her is more like a weight maintenance plan not weight loss plan.
The initial chapter of the book chapter 1 is good and kind of makes your understanding about the body better. And also gives you scientific answers "why I am not loosing weight" question. However Chapter 2 onwards which is on strength training I guess the book becomes a brochure about gym and gym equipment and how you won't achieve anything without them. The cardio chapter 3 also makes the same point. I am yet to read the other chapters however I have lost most of my interest due to the heavy marketing of gym.
Coming to the writing style, it is more like a conversation with hindglish coming in between. Also, I don’t like the way how the author criticizes every other person. Nonetheless, it has good content.
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Dislikes: The language used sounds very rowdy and sarcastic remarks for other professionals doesn’t sound very professional too. Because of these reasons, I didn’t enjoy reading the book as much.
Book is recommended though because it sheds light on the basics of exercise physiology.
Having said the above, and being a marathoner myself, I have to say I disagree on the author's criticism of the new breed of aspiring Indian runners running a marathon in what she thinks to be a longish 5 hours. Running a marathon by working professionals like us itself Is a big win for us. We do not aspire to run a marathon in 2.5 hours like elite runners as we do not go through the kind of training they do. However the book on the whole is engaging and a very good read. Go ahead and read it!