One of the first people we sent our book to, even before it was polished, was Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb. We were pleased to find out he wanted to read it and even more pleased at what he had to say about it afterward:
“Get your motor running, head out on the highway, looking for adventure, and whatever comes my way! I feel the need, the need for S.P.E.E.D.! It’s not everyday you have the opportunity to get wild and enthusiastic about something like weight loss, but this book from nutrition and fitness experts Jeff Thiboutot and Matt Schoeneberger does just that. Unlike so many other diet books that are out there, this one takes into account a myriad of reasons why weight can go up and down including the biological, psychological and social issues involved. It’s a short book by design and these guys have really done their homework.
With key references from science backing up each chapter of the book, Thiboutot and Schoeneberger methodically go through what they believe are the most essential elements of attaining the weight loss goals you desire. Obvious areas like exercise and diet come into play along with adequate sleep, an environment conducive for producing weight loss, and all the mental aspects of this process that are too often ignored. And for those people who like to have things broken down for them, there’s a convenient “Do this…” section at the beginning of each chapter that outlines exactly what you need to do to implement this strategy into your life in just a few short bullet points.
My primary area of interest is on diet since I was able to shed 180 pounds in 2004 on a nutritional approach that is outside the mainstream of conventional thought, but yet it was incredibly effective for producing weight loss and outstanding health for me. Not surprisingly, I flipped over to Chapter 6 to see what the authors had to say about this and was thrilled by what I saw. They recommend eating real food that is low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat about 2-4 times daily or even every other day with an intermittent fasting strategy to get the weight down. The authors are fully convinced of the science behind low-carb diets and of their long-term safety based on the evidence they have seen in research studies as well as their own clients. I especially enjoyed them taking on the “high-protein” and ketosis concerns that are bantered about by the so-called health “experts” and in media reports about low-carb.
For all you lovers of conventional wisdom, be sure to check out the “Common Weight Loss Myths” chapter where Thiboutot and Schoeneberger take on some of the most embraced concepts about shedding that pounds…that are DEAD WRONG! Topics like a slow metabolism, eating lots of small meals throughout the day, eating late makes you gain weight, doing lots of cardio to lose weight, and so much more. There’s a lot of junk information floating around out there in the minds of people because they’ve been fed this garbage for many years. This book hopes to debunk much of that misinformation.
Although this book is called S.P.E.E.D., don’t think that the authors are promoting a super-duper fast weight loss plan that will shed something crazy like 30 pounds in 30 days off of your body. However, unlike the common notion that weight loss must be slow, they realize that’s not true either. Shedding 3-6 pounds a week is entirely possible on a plan like this and I saw that in my own experience when I weighed over 400 pounds. The weight will come off quickly and then slow down appropriately as your body weight drops. And that’s a beautiful thing! Don’t believe the hype of shows like “The Biggest Loser” which make you think you need to lose double-digits every single week. It’s not realistic to expect that to happen.
A full checklist of things to do is provided for you in this book, including a week’s worth of sample menus, tips, reminders, and workouts. I truly believe if you read this short and concise book (it’ll only take you a couple of hours) and implement the strategies Thiboutot and Schoeneberger share, then you will be well on your way to becoming the healthy and fit person you have always dreamed of being. Their intense focus on evidence-based solutions and not just scientific propaganda is one of the most refreshing things I’ve seen in a long time.”
– Jimmy Moore Sept 25, 2009
Please check out Jimmy’s site blog at www.livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog