Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review! 2 Weeks to Health: Kick Start Your Weight Loss and Live a Healthier Life

Recently Scott Van Hoy from 2 Weeks to Health approached me about reading his book "2 Weeks to Health: Kick Start Weight Loss and Live a Healthier Life" and reviewing it on Amazon. Full Disclaimer is that what I got out of it was a free copy of the book, which was honestly really cool considering how much I enjoy the book. The reason I'm doing a review here is simply because I enjoyed the book and because whenever I read anything I analyze it and write about what I learn from it, so I figured why not just write my thoughts out here so that others can gain from it as well, or grab the book if it seems to fit their needs.

I'm going to start out by saying that my overall philosophy on Fitness is that it's a marathon, not a sprint so when I saw the title I was both worried and intrigued. So to dispel any worry, it's not a get thin quick scheme or any type of immediate results type of book. My too lazy didn't read summary of the book is "I can teach you everything you need to know to change your life for the better, to create better habits, and to be reasonably healthy in the span of two weeks" which the book accomplishes incredibly well. I've always been about the necessity of creating life change, habits, and sustainable change because getting fit and staying that ways is 100% based on whether or not you can accomplish that.

The book is setup in 15 chapters that are meant to be read one per day over the course of two weeks, and one being day 0 which briefly lets you know what you are setting yourself up for. Each day teaches you a new lesson, building upon the day before, that gives you a piece of the puzzle that you need to be successful in your fitness endeavors. It also has resources to help you along the way, and what feels like an article, aimed on motivational quotes.

It teaches you very important lessons that are necessary for success:

  • Mental Preparation
  • Just do something!
  • Check your diet
  • How to monitor your diet
  • How to keep track of your workouts
  • The importance of taking time to rest
  • That you can get in activity daily that isn't a workout (I find this to be incredibly important)
  • How to improve your diet
  • Quick guides of how to set up your diet
  • Supplements
  • Motivation
  • How to create a workout plan for yourself!
  • That getting fit requires a permanent life change, not temporary fixes.
I'm not going to go really in depth on those lessons, because I don't intend to rob value from the book by telling you everything it tells you, but what I can say is that each lesson is taught to you in a way that is very accessible and practical. 

When working with clients I try very hard to make sure that what I teach is in a way that is applicable and practical, meaning that you can immediately apply it and use it. With that in mind, I read it in the format that was intended and tried to take it from the perspective that it is applied to. 

Here's what I learned/liked for myself:
  • If you've ever heard the quote "Failing to plan is planning to fail." then you understand what being information overloaded can be like. Sometimes it's better (in fitness this is largely true, as long as you have physician approval) to jump in and start working on something, even if you don't have a plan. This is explained well.
  • You hear about whether or not carbs are good or bad, but this is another instance that once again, nobody has ever said something disparaging about protein when it comes to body composition.
  • It gave me a very good format for teaching new clients the important things they need to know so that they can create permanent change, which is a trainer's number one goal.
  • I've never really stopped to internalize the SMART principle when goal setting, and this book nails it, and that is helpful for me personally because one of the first things you do when working with a client is learn about their goals.
  • There are plenty of resources included, none of which are there to make the author money, they are there to help you be successful in your journey. This is important because for all of the great things in the fitness industry, most of the time, even a book meant to help someone often involves the author selling you on something else needed to be successful or otherwise just selling you things and I've never agreed with that. If you're going to write a book aimed at helping people definitely make money off of it, but the book should stand on its own merit not on all of the add-ons.
  • It's easy to overload people in the beginning, which I find is something us trainers tend to do, where we throw the kitchen sink at someone and then wonder why they don't internalize what we're trying to get across. This is akin to giving someone 105 different cues for the squat and then wondering why it doesn't look natural. I'm reminded that it's important to learn something and internalize it before moving on to the next topic. 

There were a few things I didn't necessarily like about the book:
  • It's pretty short, and if you wanted you could clear it over the span of a day. Not that this is important, the goal of this book isn't to weigh people down with information, it's to help you get out and going!
  • It takes some topics and oversimplifies them, namely weight training, which is a simple and incredibly complicated topic. (The website you are on is Big Lifts Fitness, what do you expect?)
Overall the book accomplishes the goal: getting you outfitted to change your life for the better, whether it's weight loss of just improving your health in general. It also has application for people in the industry who are supposed to outfit people with the skills and ability to change their lives because it's a great resource for helping you teach.

So before I let you go, I'd like to once again give a shout out to Scott for writing a very helpful (and frankly, inexpensive) book on helping people get started on their journey.

If you'd like to learn more about Scott and his website 2 Weeks to Health you can find it here: 2 Weeks to Health

If you'd like to buy his book (I want to once again state that I gain nothing from you doing so!) you can buy it Here on Amazon

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook if you'd like.


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