10 January 2011
Book 1: Game On! Diet
Author: Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson
Publisher/Year: Harper Collins/ 2009
Date Finished: 8 January 2011
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
Challenges: This may be the first book I've read in over a year that didn't count for some challenge or another.
The Short and Sweet of It
This is not your typical diet book. 1) It sets up healthy living as a competition. 2) The authors are real people instead of doctors. 3) The word fuck is peppered throughout. Even if you don't want to lose weight or get healthy, you should read this because it's so freaking funny.
A Bit of a Ramble
First, a bothersome note. I hate Grey's Anatomy. McDreamy isn't dreamy, McSteamy isn't steamy, and the lead female character bothers me something fierce. Why do I mention this in a review of a diet book you might ask? Because the primary author, Krista, is the lead writer on that annoying program. While I may not like Grey's Anatomy, I really love the writing in this book. Krista writes from a very personal, very honest, and very funny point of view.
The diet works on a points system with certain actions gaining points for participants (like eating well, exercising often, and sleeping regularly) and other actions detracting points (like snacking and drinking alcohol). The idea is to set up two teams and see who gets the most points. At first the system seems a bit complicated, but once you've read the book and printed the worksheets, it's clear that this is a plan people can follow. I am not saying it's going to be easy, but it's definitely doable.
I do have two tiny issues though. First and foremost, what's up with me not being able to drink Diet Coke?!?!?!?!?! I have been addicted to Coca-Cola for like six years, and finally, finally I manage to switch it up to Diet Coke, like one month ago, and now I'm going to start a diet which requires me to give even that up! You have got to be kidding! Second, and not quite so earth shattering, eating five times a day is going to be a problem, but just on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those are the days I teach three back-to-back classes with like no time in between. I have yet to figure out how exactly I am going to finagle some food time in there. I typically don't eat until 3:30 in the afternoon. I know, I know, that's seriously unhealthy, especially since I then proceed to eat until I go to bed. :)
Overall, I think this is a manageable, healthy choice for me at this point. Again though, informative awesome weight loss healthy living stuff aside, the book itself is worth a read just for the excellently hilarious writing.
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