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Authors: Ashley Marriott and Marc L. Paulsen, MD
What a Seductive title for another diet book! If the authors did one thing right is to invent this hook. While their overall premise is sound, reaching size 2 is a trifle exaggerated. I can visualize loosing over 100 lbs with this diet and exercise formula, but a size 2 is a little unrealistic.
Co-author Ashley Marriott has been a dance and fitness program
specialist for over 10 years. She is the creator of Burn ‘N Firm, a
popular DVD fitness dance workout series. She is dedicated to using
her experience and energy to educate and encourage women. She has
trained thousands of people to reach their weight loss and fitness
goals. Her classes are very popular with working moms, celebrities,
active seniors and professionals who all share the desire to get fit,
have fun and lead healthier lives.
Ashley is a frequent guest on radio and television sharing her get fit strategies and she has written dozens of fitness and nutrition articles for publications worldwide. As well, she continues to teach packed classes throughout Los Angeles, bringing an infectious enthusiasm to all of her classes and training sessions. Ashley holds certifications in Personal Training, Group Fitness, Nutrition and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and is a member of I.D.E.A.
Marc L. Paulsen, M.D., is the other co-author of Size 2 for Life. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Stanford University Medical School. He received his training at University of California, Irvine Medical Center as well as course work in Epidemiology through The Division of Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His practice has included Emergency Medicine, Occupational Medicine and General Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Sports Medicine and a former Medical Director of the Exercise Science Lab at Orange Coast College in California. He has been featured as a guest on numerous radio and TV shows in the United States and Canada including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and KTLA/CW.
As you can see both authors are well qualified to advise weight loss.
They begin Size 2 for Life by listing all the “Celebrity” diets that don’t work. They warn us about the use of sugar and artificial sweeteners that can lead to a variety of health disorders like hair loss, dementia as well as increased hunger.
On page 15, Do’s and Don’ts advise a Food Plan is designed for shopping and eating the right foods. Design an Exercise Plan keeping in mind that the four important components of your workout program are: Frequency, Duration, intensity and type (mode). They show you as well how to measure your target heart rates.
I found the exercise program commencing on P. 34 and ending P. 104 clear with visual illustrations on how to use the gym machines and instruments, very helpful. I don’t stare at the mysterious machines anymore. I know how they work and how to use them!!
In the following chapter, the authors recap their advice and add stringent recipes to follow if we want to reach the elusive size 2 for Life!
Focus on fruit, eat your veggies, make half your grains whole, lower sodium and increase potassium, limit added sugars and list smart snacks. The authors have a number of tips for healthy fast foods and the “guilty” fast food joints.
Again, they write down a schedule of foods that we should eat to reach this Size 2 for Life.
The authors’ advice and plan are excellent and should be good to loose a high number of pounds, even if we cannot reach the seductive size 2, we will feel better and lighter.