Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Wake Up!" by Michelle Pearl

"Wake Up!--You're Probably Never Going to Look Like That; How to be Happier, Healthier, and Imperfectly Fit" by Michelle Pearl is a collection of thoughts from a fitness instructor. She starts off the book by bashing Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser for promoting "incorrect" weight loss tips that exploit the obese. While these claims may or may not be true, the comments are unnaturally harsh. The book talks about weight loss, surgery, pills, fast food, infomercials, eating disorders, machines, and more. There is some mathematical talk of calories but not that much. There are no designated exercise programs listed. Rather, Pearl encourages readers to find what is best for them--perhaps with her site that provides videos directly to home computers for people to emulate. This book definitely is interesting as it includes much information and even personal stories from people. However, as it stands alone, this book is not a weight-loss program book. The book merely points out what Pearl thinks it wrong with popular fitness programs.

*In the revised edition of this book, Pearl has toned down the comments about Michaels. She has also added to the notion of healthy eating that does not include starving oneself. There is more of an emphasis on easy-to-view eating charts and tables. While most of the book has the same content, the revised edition is more reader-friendly.

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