Book Review: Skinny Habits

May 5, 2015


Skinny Habits, The 6 Secrets of Skinny People
Bob Harper
192 pages
ARC from Netgalley

From the Publisher:
In Bob Harper’s #1 New York Times bestselling book The Skinny Rules, the trusted trainer and coach of NBC’s The Biggest Loser laid out the twenty nonnegotiable eating rules for getting thin.
In the process of helping countless men and women reach their weight loss goals, Harper has noticed six fundamental patterns in the lifestyle choices of those who succeed long-term—from the unique way they plan ahead to how they organize their environment and social calendars to even the way they dress. With his signature authority, colorful stories, and real-world solutions, Harper draws on the most up-to-date research related to habit formation, neuroplasticity, and cognitive behavioral psychology to show how feeding your brain—“the muscle between your ears”—can wield as much control over your weight as what you put in your mouth.
With anecdotes about his clients, guided steps for adopting your new practices, and tips for integrating them into your own daily routine, Skinny Habits has everything you need to shape your body and your life!

This is a new book by Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser that was released last week!  I have never read another book by Bob, but I have always really liked him on The Biggest Loser.  When I saw a copy of this book on Net Galley, I thought this would be a great book to check out.  This book discusses 6 different habits or thought processes (if you didn’t get that from the title). of “skinny” people.  They are:
– They plan,
– They push back,
– They re-engineer their environment,
– They challenge themselves
– They rest, and
– They dress for thinness.

I found interesting and inspiration in every chapter and also something that I could work on. But I didn’t feel like I was making horrible choices all the time at the same time either.  It gave  me something to work towards and think about without being super critical. I can’t stand diet or health books that make me feel horrible!

I do think after reading this book that I should go back and read Bob Haper’s other book, The Skinny Rules.  It seems like that would be a better place to start if you were starting reading these fresh.  I wasn’t crazy about the clothing chapter.  I believe you should dress your best, but I’m not sure I always need to wear tight clothes to be reminded that I need to lose weight either.  I believe you should wear clothes that fit you well, not too tight, not too loose.

Overall I think it was a good book.  Easy to read and understand.  Not critical.  If you are interested in health, wellness and dieting this might be a good book for you.  It doesn’t contain anything groundbreaking, but it might help you come up with some new ideas you can try and help you get motivated. 

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