It’s that time of year again when everyone’s starting to think about getting back into shape. Personally, I more of a believer in lifestyle changes than the “do this and get quick results.” Those quick results never seem to last long, nor are they easy to stick to.
That’s part of the reason I was glad to hear about Scott Schmaltz’s new book Get Skinny: The 6 Week Body Challenge. It takes an honest approach, starting at the beginning. Let’s make some small changes to your life. I am fond of saying “you didn’t get fat overnight, you’re not going to lose it overnight.” Of course, that’s, uh, not always as motivating as I mean it to be! Heh. Get Skinny has the same approach.
The book is divided into 6 sections – one for each week. There’s also a 1-day sample menu. I don’t mind eating the same thing every day. Heck, I’ve gone through major stretches of my life where I’ve eaten the same thing practically every day for a year or more. Other people who are less of a creature of habit may find that a little limiting. I was also a little put-off by the fact that there was a recipe each week that you had to buy for $0.99. I mean, I’m already spending $18 on a book, now you want me to pay another buck for the recipe? I’d be much more interested in subscribing to a week’s worth of menu plans for $3 or $4.
One of the aspects of the meal plan that I did like was that Scott chose to use foods that are readily available to most people – Chobani yogurt, what thins, Applegate Farms, etc. No more guessing “are they using regular bread or those teeny tiny slices of bread?” Now you know! There’s also a men’s version and a women’s version!
I also appreciate the fact that the workouts build upon themselves. I think so many people jump in full-force and get totally burned out quickly. These workouts start slowly and build up. Do 10 reps this week. Do 2 sets of 10 next week, and so on. By week 6, you’re doing more strenuous exercises.
While there were a couple things I didn’t like – mainly the meal plans and the awkward “buy more from me” pleas, I felt that the book was earnest. I felt that, while reading Get Skinny, if I had questions, I could actually reach out and contact Scott.
Get Skinny: The 6-Week Body Challenge
Morgan James Publishers