The self-help book Fat Loser!, by Steve Siebold is a book for those who are serious about losing weight. Siebold spares no excuses and often uses some of his own struggles with weight issues as antidotes throughout. Although at times this book can be repetitive, if the reader chooses to read one of the hundred and one strategies per day, this can be a great reminder that the battle of losing weight is not an easy one, but one worth doing. Every reminder comes with a scenario followed by an argument for Siebold’s reasoning. Just when the reader feels that there is little to no compassion in his efforts, one will see the logic behind Siebold’s reasoning and a slight softening of rhetoric. Each challenge has an action plan. Some are very useful (Make a list of assets in regards to diet and make a list a liabilities to compare and track what you are eating every day and determine if you are eating healthy or not), and some are not (but this could depend on the individual).
Overall, Siebold’s tenacity will rub off on the reader if they are patient enough to get through the first few strategies. He has written several other books like How the Rich Think and 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class and is a renowned speaker around the world. He is unapologetic and does not have a research-based approach (he does his own books as research fodder, but no outside research), but he does have several valid arguments and statements throughout. If read as a whole, this will be a disappointment. There are one hundred and one strategies and no more than one should be read in a day (and possibly read twice a day to sink in). The reader should take one bite at a time (no pun intended) and let the information and guidance sink in.
Personally, I chose to review this book to help myself lose weight. This endeavor is long overdue and I thought that this book would be a great help guide. If I had quit early on because of the broken-record-like repetition, I would probably be no further along in losing weight. However, by being patient, I have learned some of the techniques to becoming mentally tough, which is more of the battle than physical toughness. Overall, the reward of finishing this book in the right portion of time, the reader can find ways to becoming mentally tough in preparation for the difficult road of losing weight. Because there is no one-size-fits-all program to losing weight, I cannot say that this book is for everyone, but if one feels mentally tough and ready to take on the challenge of weight loss, Fat Loser would be an excellent start.
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Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Serbin Media. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.