"The first question I get asked a lot is, why a 28 year old single guy loves working with moms. Well the answer to that question goes back many years to when my mom raised my 3 younger siblings and me, along with my dad. She was a stay-at-home mom and did so much for her 4 children. Looking back, I realized that she spent so much time taking care of her kids that she didn’t take time for herself. I also realized that she didn’t have a good support group of other mothers who were motivated to get in shape and lose the baby fat. I was very blessed to have a mom that was health conscious and cooked very healthy. I learned a lot from her as she taught me what it meant to eat well. I have also realized that when I can help a mom change the foods that she buys for her family and begins to exercise, her kids want to do what she is doing! So not only do I get to help the mother out, but I get to help out the kids and maybe the husband (once in awhile) out as well."Dustin is all about helping moms understand the realities of exercise and eating. After every chapter there are "Fit Moms for Life Transformations" that include a some of the women who really put to use that chapters main goals. These are real women, not paid actors, that have used his system to becoming a healthier version of themselves. I really liked this part and it drove home that his book really does work!
The first few chapters are all about mindset. He stresses the fact that you and and you are going to change how you look and feel. Some of his tips to get you in the right mindset are:
- Believe you're worth it.
- Put yourself first.(This one is the hardest for me!)
- Believe that change is possible.
- Practice positive thinking and speaking.
- Understand and overcome what's holding you back.
- Get rid of negative influences and limiting beliefs.
He goes into detail for each tip above and really gets down to the core of setting the right mindset! He also talks a lot about the importance of goal setting, both long and short term. The last part of this section is being real with yourself. Where are you truly at health wise? There is a fitness test(don't worry there are detailed instructions!) and a nutritional reality check. I found these all to be really helpful. I wasn't nearly as bad as I thought I was!
The next section of chapters are all about food. There is a lot of information here! But not in a way that is hard to understand. He goes into what exactly you should and shouldn't be eating. There is a few really helpful charts like: Rules to Eat By, The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, Healthy Carbs, Fats and Proteins to Include in You Eating Plan and Healthy Snacks Ideas. I loved that there was no complex formula to what you should be eating. Just basic facts that are easy to implement into your everyday life. This isn't a diet; it's more of a way of life.
The last two sections are about how to get fit and stay that way. He focuses on strength and burst training. It's not about running on the treadmill for hours but about shorter more intense exercises. There are details on what muscles to work on and how to do so. I have never even heard of burst training but it seems to make perfect sense! Plus it's not too overwhelming for newbies so you will be more inclined to workout! There is a whole section on putting together the perfect workout for you and instructions on a bunch of different exercises.
This is one of the best fittest books I have ever read! Mostly, it is because it is actually readable! You can easily pick it up and read a chapter or two and come back later on. It's an easy read, packed with valuable information. You can track your progress at the end of the book and he is a really great motivator.
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