Ready to make a change for the better but not willing to make a huge commitment? Jenna Wolfe, the Today Show’s Lifestyle and Fitness Correspondent and NBC News National Correspondent, has written a book that just might help. Thinner in 30: Small Changes That Add Up to Big Weight Loss in Just 30 Days is just what the title says: a set of small changes that can lead to big results.
Since this is a self-help book, I feel I must review this from both the reader perspective and the perspective of someone trying to implement her changes. As a reader, Wolfe grabbed my attention right away. Her writing style is open, casual and humorous, and she got me excited about her program. Each small change is highlighted in its own chapter, starting with a quick summary up front for those who don't want to read an entire chapter to get the gist of it. Then she gets into some details as well as tips and tricks to make it work for you. I enjoyed her personality and tone, and the easy-to-read style of her writing.
Unfortunately, I completely failed at my implementation of her program. And of course, given the fact that I haven't managed to get beyond change #2, I have not lost any weight since I first got the book in January. I thought the small steps would work for me but honestly, 30 changes was too overwhelming. I immediately saw a few that I knew I'd never do, such as walking 10K steps every day and not having any complex carbs after 6PM (um, hello? wine and books anyone?). I thought I could just skip a few and move along, but I lost my motivation and that was that.
With all that said, I do actually think this is could be a great program for the right person. It's just not my thing. I tend to be better at counting calories, which I know doesn't work for a lot of people. But when I get motivated enough to do that, the weight comes off. I think having 30 changes (even though most were pretty small and easy) was too much for me. If you think it sounds like something that would work for you, definitely check it out!
This review was written based on a copy of Thinner in 30 that I received from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This post includes Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase something using my link, I will receive a very small commission but your price does not change.