Top positive review
Knowledgeable but sample plans are for more like weight maintenance
Reviewed in India on 24 May 2019
The book is very well written. The witty style of author with amusing Hinglish quotes will really make you stick to the book like glue. It is knowledge with fun and case studies mentioned are helpful in understanding what Author is trying to explain. So, in short, the book if funny, knowledgeable, interesting and easy to understand but as far as the application of the knowledge in terms of workout plan is concern, I have serious disagreement with her. What workout routine she has mentioned in the book is more like maintenance workout not lose weight workout.
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.