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Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin
In her book, The Metabolism Solution, Lisa Lynn compiles her extensive knowledge on the topic of weight loss to create a user friendly manual for anyone who needs to lose a lot or a little. Writing from her own personal experience, she shares her story of being overweight and what she did to move past it.
Knowing that weight loss can be a tricky topic for many people, Lisa addresses a wide variety of factors that affect whether one is ultimately successful. Initially she discusses supplements that boost metabolism and why they work. Specifically, she endorses her own personal LynFit brand and why she believes they are more effective than many other brands. She moves on to a specific way of eating that promotes radical weight loss and includes a wide variety of recipes to promote thermogenic eating. Pairing diet with exercise, she discusses the best workouts for weight loss with pictures for every step. Understanding that people are not just physical, she talks about the importance of one’s relationship with God and the impact that can have on one’s health.
Overall, I liked that Lisa addresses many factors that contribute to weight loss. If weight loss is your ultimate goal, this book would likely suit you. However, I found that in her effort to achieve this one goal, she advocated conflicting advice. On the one hand, eating sugar is detrimental to weight loss, and one should eat a lot of vegetables (preferably organic), but if one does have a dessert occasionally, a sugar substitute is preferable to the real thing. In her case, she says she drinks a Diet Coke and feels better about that than using sugar. Additionally, she heavily advocates supplements and specifically her LynFit brand. She dedicates 50 pages in this book to the topic and over half of that reads like an infomercial for her brand. She seems to have an odd relationship with food. According to her plan, some nutritious foods have too many calories, so she advocates taking the stripped down supplement form rather than getting the nutrition from its source. In the end, I found that her perspective lacked balance. She was willing to make dietary concessions as long as they led to weight loss. Nonetheless, I found that she did offer a lot of helpful advice and each person will ultimately need to decide which parts of her program they are comfortable implementing.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lisa Lynn. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.