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Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Your Best Body Now!" by Ashley Marriott and Marc L. Paulsen, MD

"Your Best Body Now!" by Ashley Marriott and Marc L. Paulsen, MD is an innovative exercise / diet book aimed at women. As the back cover states, it focuses on how women have different bodies and shapes that alter how they should go about losing weight. There are four main body types that are based on overall shape (ruler, hourglass, pear, inverted triangle) and three based on where weight accumulates and how fast it does so (ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs). Included are also preliminary fitness tests and quizzes for the reader to identify where they are in their weight-loss journey. Several charts go into detail for how one should start based on their age and physical restrictions. When the book really gets into the exercise routines, they are akin to those of any regular exercise book (these have pictures included). The focus on body shapes is enforced in the beginning then slowly dies out towards the end. There are also recipes included and tips for how to stay on track for one's diet. Twenty-one days are planned out for the reader to follow specific exercises and meal plans. The overall tone of the book is one of tough-love that encourages readers to "grin and bear it," so to speak, if they want to see serious results.

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