The-Thin-in-10-Weight-Loss-Plan-Smith-Jessica-9781934716359Reviewed by Poppy Johnson 

The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan is for anyone interested in starting an exercise plan with only 10 minutes to spare. The authors are convinced that the plan works and they offer ideas for busy people who have the best intentions but don’t know where to start. Jessica Smith is a certified personal trainer and Liz Neporent was a mother looking to lose excess pounds after having a baby. They both came to the same conclusion that weight loss needs to be fitted into a person’s routine and has to be an everyday part of our lives – not as a chore to scratch at daily. They developed a program that allows one to start exercising with just 10 minutes a day using focused exercise and if the plan is kept up, it can produce real weight loss.

The authors have it right that weight loss needs to be attempted with a committed character and an idea that it will work this time (it will work and don’t give up if no results are seen immediately when beginning a new routine). The program focuses on exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes. Each section of the book features photos of exercise routines and recommendations for losing weight. The book comes with a free DVD which adds more choices for people interested in developing serious programs for weight loss.

The plan starts with a quiz to determine your basic exercise level. It then offers guidance for the readers starting the program and shows what quick exercises can be done daily to get great results. The reader will work to develop new exercise skills every 4-6 weeks, which is calculated to improve endurance and enhance fitness goals. Readers are encouraged to use the book’s SMART goal system which stands for: specific goals set, measurable assessments to track weight loss, attainable goals with planning stages and steps, realistic ideas of weight loss and time frames developed for accomplishing weight loss goals. This system can develop confidence along the way and make those stubborn pounds disappear.

The exercise routines in the book are split up for timed intervals and include low and high intensity training. I decided to try them, since I very much wanted to exercise but don’t necessarily have more than a few minutes during the day. The plan is a bit complicated: if a person truly wants to exercise and fit these 10 minute exercises into the day, it is possible to do it, but there are different exercises which should be done on different and alternating days, so the reader will need to reference the book each time (it may help to copy the pages in order to keep them flat and post then on a wall for referring to during exercise blocks).

The book also comes with dietary advice, recipes and information for 10 minute based exercises using chiefly your own body (no expensive equipment is needed, but anyone can supplement exercises with weights etc. if necessary to create a challenge). The various areas of the body are featured, such as the core, the abs etc. and it is possible to either focus on trouble spots or alternate working out various areas. I’d recommend The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan for anyone interested in a new way to jump start weight loss. However, I’d recommend consulting your doctor first as some exercises may cause strain for muscles not used to being worked so intensely.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sunrise River Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.