Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review: Skinny is overrated

Skinny is Overrated: The Real Woman's Guide to Health and Happiness at Any Size by Dr. Danielle Milano

(For review from Phenix Publicity)


Skinny Is Overrated is a guide to health and happiness for women of any size who are tired of dieting. Writing in a conversational and often humorous style, and backed by scientific research, Dr. Danielle Milano teaches us to make healthier food choices. She emphasizes the importance of exercise, assuring the reader that it isn't necessary to be a size two! With helpful, easy recipes and common sense advice, Dr. Milano's guidelines for simple lifestyle changes will help you lose weight, gain energy, and become a healthier, more confident you-as you were meant to be.


I really liked this book a lot. Let's face it, most women are not a size 2! This book is about getting healthy and being happy and if you loose weight in the process, OK, but it's not the main focus. Dr. Milano has filled this book with lots of information about what the reader needs to do to get healthy. I've tried all kinds of diets and this book is not about that, it's more about small life style changes that you can incorporate into your life on a daily basis.

One of my biggest problems is figuring out what I need to eat. When I think about dieting I just get overwhelmed with all the things that it's necessary to do to loose weight. In this book it gives examples of changes you can make a little at a time so that you don't get upset and quit. One of the first things Dr. Milano suggests is cutting the soda out of your diet. Even diet soda is just empty calories. But, she doesn't stop there, she gives alternatives to drinking soda and helps you figure out what you can drink, that doesn't have a ton of calories.

As far as exercising goes, I'm always trying to figure out what exercises I can do with a tight schedule, two kids, two dogs and lots of things to do around the house. Milano suggests starting out with a little exercise at a time. Even if you can only walk for 10 minutes a day, you need to get moving. It's better to do it with a friend or family member, because it will keep you motivated. The girls and I have started walking our dogs everyday and that helps us get healthy as well.

These are just a few of the great suggestions in this book. If you aren't a size 2 and you want to feel comfortable in your own skin, without being overwhelmed. This book is for you!

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Skinny is overrated is available now from your favorite bookseller!

Here is some more information about Dr. Milano.

Danielle Milano, M.D. is a practicing physician in New York City. After graduating from New York University School of Medicine in 1987, and completing her residency in 1990, Dr. Milano starting working in the field of HIV. Although Dr. Milano continues to care for a large number of HIV-infected patients, the largest part of her practice is general internal medicine. At the Boriken Neighborhood Health Center (a federally-funded community health center located in East Harlem) where she practices, the main health issue is obesity and it's associated diseases. Although Dr. Milano does not believe everyone needs to be thin to be healthy, there are simple lifestyle changes people can make to improve their quality of life and their longevity. No fad diets...No starvation diets...Just lifestyle changes in order to live a longer healthier life.


fredamans said...

I am a size 6, which is still considered small by Canadian standards, but couldn't imagine being a size 2 and being happy unless I was 4ft nothing.

Great review!

Llehn said...

It's good to see a book putting the size issue into perspective.