Crunch Time by Michelle Bridges
A few months ago I read a review on a home schooling forum about Crunch Time by Michelle Bridges. Michelle Bridges is a personal trainer and works on The Biggest Loser TV series. I finally got to the top of the reserve list at the library for this book and picked it up on Saturday.
I really found the “Get Real” section helpful – where you work out why you’re fat and the emotional reasons behind it and set goals and take measurements, all that sort of stuff.
The next section is “Get Moving” I am all for having to exercise – not “you hardly know you’re exercising” type stuff. But the level that she says everyone should work out at is overwhelming. She recommends an hour a day of exercise until you almost vomit, four to five days a week, with another day or two of lighter exercise.
The final section “Get Cooking” is also a bit overwhelming. Actually I was doing ok with the food side of things until I realised how few calories she recommended to eat. Her recommendation is lower than most reputable organisations recommend and personally unfeasible.
I spoke to my Dr and while she agrees that weight loss is a priority for me, she wants me to take a gentler approach and not overdo it.
I did find this book helpful at first, but I feel like the expectations outlined in the book are inrealistic for most and will probably turn a lot of people off or overwhelm them to inaction.
I did find the book helpful, and beneficial. If I focus on a few changes I can make then I have the confidence that I can do this. If I focus on all the high expectations in the book, then I feel overwhelmed and miserable. Just my 2c.
This book is one of my 20 books to read in 2011. It is the seventh I have read so far.