I really enjoyed this book! Since I am all about exercising and eating right, this book was right up my alley!
I love the way Chantel Hobbs writes. She doesn't write as an expert who's learned everything there is to know about diet and exercise and talks down to the reader. She writes as one who's "been there and done that." She is humble and candid about her own personal difficulties about food and weight loss. To my delight, she writes as one who is in the trenches with the reader, teaching from what she has learned and is in the trenches with the reader to teach and encourage. In other words, imagine sitting at an intimate table, having coffee or tea with a friend and having a wonderful conversation. That is what her writing style is all about and I really like that!
One of my favorite quotes from the book is "...Living well, while loving food..." She makes the important point all throughout the book that it is not food that is wrong, but our perception of food that is the problem. In addition, the point is made that we should set realistic goals for ourselves and see ourselves as uniquely made by God. We shouldn't try to fit into a mold that God never meant for us to fit into. Another quote I loved is when she said "(I had to) choose to live a life of moderation in a world where excess is encouraged." This is so true! Anyone living in the United States of America can relate to this in some form or fashion, no matter what situation they're in.
I really like the fact that she makes complicated concepts regarding calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates, simple and easy to understand. Some authors go into great detail about these things, thereby making them sound very complicated. For me, that translates into "too much work," and not very important. Chantel keeps these concepts simple and easy to manage on a day-to-day basis.
The chapter I didn't agree with entirely is the chapter on fats. She has many important points about fats, but in my opinion, she leaves out one of the primary points about fats. She doesn't mention at all, the difference between long chain fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids are the ones we need to steer toward and long chains are the ones we need to steer away from, because of their cancer-causing effects, etc. I do wish she had made this point in her book; however, all the other information is very good, informative and important.
The truth is, so often, books about healthy eating leave out exercise entirely. I believe it is because many people think of exercise as a four letter word! But, not so in this book! Chantel talks much about the importance of regular exercise and how it should be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. This is so important! She also includes many exercises she has created. I really love the chapters on exercise and I encourage you to read them too.
Lastly, just like we need to keep God in the center of everything we do, she reminds us to keep God in the center of our healthy lifestyle change, no matter what! In order to succeed at anything, as Christians, nothing else is more important than keeping God the center of everything we do. I encourage anyone interested in developing a healthier lifestyle to read this book. It is full of encouragement from someone who overcame a weight issue and has maintained a healthy lifestyle ever since. After reading, you will feel encouraged and blessed!
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)
I just finished up this book and I really enjoyed it. I am a big fan of Chantel Hobbs. I read her first book Never Say Diet over a year ago and it totally changed the way I view losing weight. This book is no different. I have read tons of weight loss books and hers by far is my favorite. Her writing style is easy to read...like you are her best friend and she's merely giving you some weight loss advice. About 10 years ago, Chantel found herself at 350 lbs and at the end of her rope. She surrendered her battle to the Lord and He helped her to change her life one step at a time. She has kept the weight off all this time and is now using what she has learned throughout her journey to help others. She doesn't teach a lose-10 lbs-by-tomorrow sort of plan, but a lifestyle change through good old exercise and healthy eating. Her book contains information about calorie counting, recipes, body types, and even exercises (with pictures!) to help you as you start your own weight loss journey. This is a great read for anyone who is wanting to lose weight and live a healthier life. I found it so encouraging!
In addition to teaching readers about the physical aspects of weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle, Chantel also teaches the importance of inviting God into your journey. God created food for us to enjoy, so why should we feel guilty about enjoying our meals? Of course, we must use reason and self-control when eating so we don't self-sabotage our efforts to lose weight. Through this book, Chantel teaches us that we really can Love Food & Live Well!
If you would like to read Chapter 1 of Love Food & Live Well, click here!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Chantel Hobbs as well as an author is also a life coach and fitness expert, and she uses all these skills in this book to, Lose Weight, Get Fit and Taste Life at it's very best (cover).
Chantel's acknowledgement page gives you an insight to her personal reasons why she wrote this book. She brings the reader into her personal life introducing them to her whole family and explains why they are important to her. She also gives testimony to her faith in God and her Savior and how they are an intricate part of her life as well.
"Admitting that your not in control and living like you really believe it are huge! If you learn this well, it will change your life," Chantel (pg8). Hobbs cautions the reader to consult their personal physician before starting any diet program. She has worked closely with experts in medicine,nutrition and physiology to bring this program to you. Another great tool in your arsenal she says is having a positive attitude. Chantel also states that a good relationship with God is another positive step in reaching your goals. With God in your corner any fight whether its weight or self-esteem is winnable.
After letting God back into her life (she calls it her Lazarus moment), she shed 200 lbs and authored four books, all because God became her partner in her weight-loss and workout life.
From the time you open this book the inspiration starts flowing from every page, from the battle over blue jeans to brownies, birthdays,cruises,celebrations, inspiration both physical and spiritual oozes over your eyes and mind. One of the more inspirational quotes from the book comes from her chapter called, God offers you the deal of a lifetime, "...two deal points brought me back to God. Or perhaps the deal points introduced me to God in a way I never known him before. The first is that we must grasp the extent and power of God's love for us.The second is that it's futile to try to do life on our own.We will fail every time" (pg 53).
Hobbs also educates you on the nutrition of the foods you eat, from the good and bad carbs all the way to, "does that snicker really satisfy?" In her interval traning she gives you an exercise regiment that helps guarantee your success and breaks down all the particulars like metabolism and heart rate.
Chantel Hobbs sums up this book (and her life) best by saying, "After writing four books and producing a learning system fr weight loss and fitness, I can see that God continues to use me as a voice of real-life experience. A big part of my message is this: let me help you stop sabotaging yourself and your life. I know from hard experience, how to overcome self-defeat."
Chantel Hobbs has accomplished many things with this book. She will inspire you, help you make the right weight loss deal and give you the fitness plan to accomplish all of it. Most of all she will tell you, you don't have do this alone, for God is with you every step of the way.
I received this book for free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
It would be hard to call Love Food & Live Well a diet book, but that is the underlying theme. She addresses many of the things we have been told about dieting and how to diet. For the first time I read a clear explanation about carbs, protein and fat in the foods I eat and their function in my diet. For that alone, I recommend this book.
But let's not stop there. Chantel tells about her weight struggle and the things that she learned when it came to losing weight. She encourages the reader to look at why they eat, what they eat and how they can make changes while still enjoying that chocolate. Yes, you can love food and lose those extra pounds. Exercise and its importance are talked about, but Chantel doesn't stop there. She shows exercises that we all can do using a stability ball.
She introduces us to the 80:20 rule. Choose foods with calories that have solid nutritional value 80% of the time. The other 20% is for those special foods that you really like, but couldn't enjoy of many of the diets that are out there. If you know you are going to a party at the end of the week, then you eat out of the 80% for the first part of the week.
A book well worth reading if you are having trouble losing weight, need to lose some or maybe just want to help someone else with a weight problem. Not a typical diet book, Love Food & Live Well is a book of help and encouragement without overloading the reader with a lifestyle that many cannot follow.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
First it's the New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get into shape, then it's time to get in shape for bikini season, then it's time to look our best for the Holiday season. These are just a few times during the year that we are hit full force with diets and losing weight. In Chantel's new book, Love Food and Live Well, you will find a realistic approach to what the body is designed to do and you get a better grasp on "balanced" nutrition and lifestyle changes to help you lose weight or to help you make better food and lifestyle choices.
Chantel shares a lot of personal stories about her weight loss journey, and she provides lots of motivation, encouragement, and instruction to help the reader meet their weight loss goals as well as total emotional, and physical health. I admit, I "love" food! Everyday is a battle of mind over matter and making the right, healthy food choices. Here in Texas, it's already time to start working on that tan for the summer so bikini season is now! So remember. . .food is not the enemy, loving food is not a sin, and we are not bad people because we sometimes make bad food choices!
"Living well and loving food is entirely possible." Chantel Hobbs