Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: Eat Like a Woman by Staness Jonekos, Marjorie Jenkins


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
FINALLY A DIET DESIGNED FOR YOU
Based on the latest research showing that men and women metabolize food and lose weight differently, Eat Like a Woman (And Never Diet Again) is a groundbreaking three-step program tailored specifically to the needs of the female body. Staness Jonekos, author of The Menopause Makeover, and leading women's health expert Dr. Marjorie Jenkins show you how to lose weight without deprivation, look younger and feel better than ever. Eat Like a Woman will revolutionize the way you think about food. You'll learn to understand the relationship between stress and your health, interpret the messages your body is sending you, and how to eat to support hormone balance and emotional health. Begin to eat like a woman and in just three weeks you can
•Drop those stubborn pounds
•Effortlessly maintain a healthy weight
•Change your relationship with food
•Reduce your risk of disease
•Slow the aging process
•Exercise smarter
Includes favorite recipes from Sheryl Crow, Padma Lakshmi, Florence Henderson, Dolly Parton, Nancy Cartwright, Devin Alexander, Cristina Ferrare, and other popular chefs and celebrities.

MY TAKE:
This book had a lot of good tips but I'm not too sure about the presentation.

In Eat Like a Woman, readers are shown the logic and scientific data behind the diet and guided through the steps of the Eat Like a Woman diet. Bonus recipes are also included so people can have a starting point.

In theory, this is an excellent book. There's information about the female body, hormones, etc. There are exercises, formulas for calculating body fat percentage and lean body mass, how to tell what your frame is, food plans, and contributor recipes.There are even tips on the best items to order at fast food restaurants, as well as helpful websites.

The recipes look delicious, although I have yet to try them out since I don't have all the ingredients at hand for the recipes I like. The food plan and fat calculation stuff are really helpful too.

The reason I'm not super gung ho about the book is because of the tone and writing style used, especially in the first part of the book, the one that contains the scientific data, research and all the information about the female body. I'm not sure if I found it boring because I know a lot of the stuff already or if it was because it reminded me of reading my old medical school textbooks.

As a nonfiction book, I get that it's important to have the details included in the book. However, I also think that if some of the details or data were edited out or the tone was more lively, like say a self-help book, more women would be inclined to read every word of the book, instead of skipping ahead to the practical parts.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Nonfiction for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The diet looks doable.
  2. The science looks solid.
  3. The bonus materials are useful and abundant. 

THE BAD:

  1. Some women may get bored with the parts that are more text- and science-heavy. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Eat slowly and drink water with your meals. Lemon in your water or tea helps speed up your metabolism. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to lose weight but have trouble finding a diet that works for you.
  2. You like your diet-and-exercise books to be as complete and detailed as possible.
  3. You like reading the science behind a particular diet plan. 

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