I have always felt genetically doomed to be fat and was ready to resign myself to chubbiness until I found this book. Where was it when I was in college? It's packed with sensible eating tips, no-nonsense facts on nutrition, and a reasonably clear explanation of how a combination of diet and exercise will lead to a better body.
I realize that this book might be simplistic for some people, but for most of us, it's just right. It lays it to you straight. If you want to get to 'C', you've got to go through 'A' and 'B'.
The best thing about this book is that the exercises, which were designed to be done in a small space, are actually effective. I have a niece who is in college right now and has been trying to lose weight for a long time. I bought her this book and she reported that she'd lost quite a few pounds within the first few weeks of starting the exercises.
The author isn't some guru (although her mom is a fitness expert and was the person who put together the training routine), she's just another college gal who's been through the frosh fifteen. It's refreshingly uncondescending in it's voice so you won't feel like a dummy.
However, I DO have a few bones to pick with the designers of the book: Hopefully, in the next edition the pictures will be in color so that you can better visualize the correct postures for the exercises from an awkward position, especially if they don't remedy the dinky text describing the exercises which is equally difficult to peruse from two feet away. Also, it would help if the book were spiral bound or accordian bound so that the pages would stay in place without me having to set a book on top of it to keep the pages from flipping.
Until another edition is released where these nitpicky issues are addressed, I highly recommend you buy this book.