Many people lose weight; some of them write books. But losing weight is easy - it's keeping it off for life that's hard for most people. So many writers are serial dieters (serial failures). If they are `celebrities', they sell books and videos in vast numbers and, because they are `celebrities', gullible people buy them. Jimmy Moore is quite different. He has become a celebrity now by being successful.
In his early 30s, Jimmy Moore weighed 410 pounds. In 2004 he managed to lose 180 of them in a year and since that time he has maintained a normal weight. And it has not been difficult because Jimmy Moore eats a low-carb, high-fat diet. That diet has been around for nearly a century and a half (it's the way I lost weight 50 years ago and have maintained a normal weight ever since). This way of eating came back into fashion in the 1990s with Dr Robert Atkins' books.
The experience had a dramatic effect on Jimmy. He had to tell people; he started to blog about his experiences - and is now a prolific blogger. As time passed, Jimmy learned more and more valuable lessons from his own experiences and from those of correspondents on his blog and from scientists. Those lessons are detailed in '21 Life Lessons'.
Many morbidly obese people are in deep denial about their weight problem. There was even a movement in the UK which made a virtue out of being overweight, because, I think, they thought it better to accept being overweight and living with it was preferable to the constant stress and hunger of `dieting'. 21 Life Lessons shows that, no matter how much you weigh, or how bad your health is, it is never too late to get better. Nor need it be difficult.
The last lesson in the book is particularly poignant. It is about the death of Jimmy's older brother, Kevin. Also weighing over 400 pounds, Kevin couldn't or wouldn't accept what he must clearly have seen in his brother's new health. He died, aged just 41, in 2008. I know well the lesson Jimmy learned with Kevin - that a 'prophet in his own country' is not listened to. I understand seeing loved ones getting sick and being unable to help them as they will not listen; I have experienced the same thing with family and friends.
Jimmy's book, like his blogs, should serve as an inspiration to anyone who doesn't want to spend the major part of their lives in sickness and pain, and who wants to learn what can be done.
The only thing 21 Life Lessons doesn't contain is suitable recipes. But there are plenty available online or in other low-carb books, so that doesn't detract from this book.
21 Life Lessons is certainly different from any other 'diet' book I've ever read. As an inspirational, motivational book, it couldn't have a better subject or be better written. I loved it.
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