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This review is from: The Secrets of Skinny Chicks: How to Feel Great In Your Favorite Jeans -- When It Doesn't Come Naturally (Paperback)
Despite the somewhat obnoxious title, I enjoyed reading this book and think it has a lot of interesting ideas packed into its 273 pages. It profiles the typical daily diet and weekly exercise routines of 21 so-called `Skinny Chicks' ranging from US dress size 2 to 8 (the UK equivalent of size 6 to 12). After this, the author describes the 50 `secrets' of these women, going into more detail about how they keep slim and fit.
As expected, the advice given is pretty much standard healthy eating stuff. Count calories. Bulk out meals with vegetables and salad. Drink lots of water. Learn positive self talk. Although I suppose I have been doing some of these things already (I've lost over a stone and have one more to go), it was still useful to read the ideas in print and pick up a few extra tips along the way.
It was actually the exercise information that I found most refreshing. Making excercise a key part of my life has been the driving force behind my weight loss. I've found a real passion for working out at the gym - in this regard I agree with the author that developing a 'healthy addiction' for exercise is an excellent way to lose weight, and it doesn't seem like a chore because you're getting so much out of it.
Overall, the book is a good read for anybody with an interest in health and fitness, but I would still caution people not to take the advice to the extreme. The book does go on about calories a lot, and at one point I had to put it aside because I was becoming obsessed with counting calories. Also, I have a bit of a problem with the term 'Skinny Chick' being held up as the ideal in the first place. I do not want to be 'skinny' (a word which brings to mind skin and bone). I want to be fit, healthy and reasonably toned. Make sure you feel confident about your body and where you're heading before you read this book, so you don't fall into the trap of always striving to be thinner.