Take It Off, Keep It Off4stars



Tried and True Weight Loss Program

By Paul “PJ” James

Da Capo Lifelong Books, 18.99, 224 pages

Take It Off, Keep It Off hooks readers right away. Who wouldn’t want to read more about a personal trainer and former underwear model that purposely gained 90 pounds just to prove a point?!  According to Paul James, 68% of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. James feels he is uniquely positioned to understand, and ultimately help overweight clients because he was one of them. He argues that he underestimated how difficult it was to break the vicious mind, food, and body cycle of someone who is overweight. He documents his psychological struggle and junk food addiction that made returning to his original weight so difficult.

“Healthy eating + weights + cardio + self-belief = body and mind transformation.”

James’ experiment of gaining and losing weight gave him the unique perspective he needed to truly understand what his clients struggled with. His KO-90 is a three month plan focused on six fundamental concepts. He spends a great deal of time in the book focused on food-menus, cooking methods, shopping techniques, and label reading. He believes food is the number one factor when trying to make a change to your body. The next part of the book is focused on weight training with 77 pages of the book devoted to weight training moves with pictures. The book ends with client stories in their own words.  There are also pages for the reader to document their personal goals and measurements.

What is most interesting with James’ philosophy is how little cardio he requires. He believes that food and lifting weights make the difference and he has numerous client testimonials to prove it. This book is a must read if you are truly ready to commit to his rigorous three month program.

Reviewed By Seniye Groff

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