The 7 Day Energy Surge Paperback – Mar 30 2010
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JIM KARAS, founder of Jim Karas Personal Training, LLC, is author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Business Plan for the Body.
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In summary, the book is a terrific combination of intelligence, practicality, science, and good sound advice. The exercise section is like having your own personal trainer, and the mental attitude parts are like having your own shrink on your nightstand! BUY THIS BOOK!!!
I didn't want to buy the book unless I knew it would work for me, so I got a copy from the library and followed the plan for 7 days. I read it with an open mind and followed the plan pretty carefully. After 7 days I have a lot more energy and lost 1.5. lbs., not a lot but I'm 5'3" and don't have a lot to lose. So I bought the book, not for the diet but for the lifestyle ideas. I'm heading into week 3 now.
This is not a diet book, it's just what the title says, a "7-Day Energy Surge". Yes, there's a diet plan, for 7 days only, which I followed very carefully. Was the plan easy to follow? Not always. Did I get hungry? Of course.
I've been on diets before and I know that at first just cutting down on food increases my energy level for a few days. With this book, my energy level has been up and down, generally higher than before I started the plan. I didn't realize how up it was till I found myself at 6:30 AM going for a 5-mile walk with my dog, something I haven't done in several years.
What I liked, and what worked for me, was not just the food plan but the integration of other activities - exercise, breathing, music, meditation, good sleep hygiene, Biehler's broth (weird but not bad-tasting, kind of like drinking lawn clippings), and even cold showers (Oh, my! Feel the energy surge with a cold shower at 5 AM).
I'll report back in a couple of months to say whether it's still working.
There was some new stuff. In the exercise section the author discounts cardio and says you only have to do strength training (except for walking). As someone who HATES cardio you think I would love this advice. But I have never noticed major and quick weight loss without cardio. Of course this book was more about having more energy. I do notice that cardio seems to make me more tired. But I would think then, one should just do cardio closer to the evening rather than not at all, since cardio relieves excess weight and weight also drains your energy.
Even if you disagree with the cardio advice though, there's some new stuff: how you should breathe in order to have more energy, more sex for more energy, mood/attitude's affect on energy, and music's affect on energy. Still I wouldn't say the info is revolutionary, just not usually what people think of when they think about more energy. It kinda goes like this: the deeper you breathe, the more sex you have, and the more positive your thoughts=more energy. Music is a little more involved of a section.
Worth getting if you're into this stuff or if you're from an old school way of thinking and having heard about how to breathe properly and attitude's effect on energy.