Friday, March 4, 2011

Book Review: Love Food & Live Well

Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

The underlying message of Chantel Hobbs’ “Love Food & Live Well” is that you can love food and lose weight at the same time. You don’t have to deprive yourself of the foods you love; you just have to start looking at food in a whole new light. Changing your life begins with changing your mind. By doing this, you can learn to love a carrot as much as a piece of cake. You don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying the occasional brownie; it just can’t be a daily indulgence. Hobbs asserts that your eating has to be disciplined in order to fuel your body while losing weight, becoming fit, and getting strong; however, if you commit yourself to making good nutritional choices 80% of the time, you are free to celebrate 20% of the time. Hobbs covers many topics in this book, including the differences between carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and how each one fuels the body. She also includes recipes and exercises and weaves the story of her personal weight loss of 200 pounds throughout the narrative.

Truthfully, the majority of the ideas in this book are not new. It was nice, however, to hear them from someone who’s been there - someone who knows firsthand the pain and humiliation that can result from carrying around excess weight. The best message in Hobbs’ book is that in order to succeed in reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight, you need to give up all control over to God. Completely surrendering to God is the only real and lasting solution to food addiction, yo-yo dieting, a negative self-image, struggles with body image, and every other area of bondage. I was happy to see some Scripture sprinkled inside the book; however, I would have liked to have seen more. I was also disappointed that a more-detailed eating plan was not included. All things considered, “Love Food & Live Well” is a good resource for anyone needing a little encouragement and truth when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

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