Monday, March 22, 2010

Are You Ready by Bob Harper - Book Review

Are You Ready by Bob Harper

Bob Harper is my favorite personal trainer. Harper, a trainer on the ‘Biggest Loser’ TV show, shares his ‘Inner Compass’ theory of personal training with readers in the book ‘Are You Ready.’ In the book, Harper gives readers a list of questions to ask themselves before deciding to improve their lives through diet and exercise, including:

What are your fears, if any, about making such a big commitment to change?

Are you ready to stop blaming others for your problems?

Are you ready to take responsibility for your life?

Do you want to treat your body with respect, learn to cherish it and make it the vessel it was always meant to be?

Imagine reaching your goals; what will that feel like?

What diets have you followed? What worked and didn’t work?


I liked the advice Harper gave about keeping a food journal. I have kept a food journal to collect data on how many grams of carbohydrates, protein and fat are in my diet, but I never thought to write down how I was feeling when I ate each of the meals. This would be a revealing exercise for emotional eaters.

The book also offers workout advice and a long list of healthful foods.

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