7 Years Younger: The Revolutionary 7-Week Anti-Aging Plan Hardcover – Jan 1 2013
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· "An extensively researched, easy-to-follow 7-day jumpstart and 7-week plan to living younger that has been tested as only Good Housekeeping can. Follow this plan-it works!"
--Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor and Vice-chair of Surgery, NYP-Columbia Medical Center, and Host of The Dr. Oz Show
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The book was broken down into seven categories, Skin Care, Beauty, Hair Care, Weight Loss, Exercise, Brain Fitness and De-Stressing. The categories were full of helpful hints on how to make improvements in each area. Unfortunately, the organization of information in the book was very difficult to follow. The authors offered suggestions of products that had their seal of approval but there was not enough information to understand how the product should be used and why one product was better than another except for the preference of people who followed the program.
The second-half of the book is the seven week plan, that is really an eight week plan. The first week is called Jump Start. It is designed to help you make changes in each of the seven areas gradually. On day one you start with following a prescribed meal plan, beginning a skin care regimen and adopting strategies for getting better sleep. As you go through each day in the Jump Start phase you add additional tasks to your daily routine. By the end of the week you are incorporating daily tasks for exercise, eating healthy, skin care, sleep-well strategies, makeup, meditation and deep breathing, hair care, and memory tricks. The rest of the plan builds on the Jump Start week and adds more activities to each of the seven areas that are designed to help you look and feel 7 Years Younger.
I love the concepts presented in this book. I think in systems, so breaking down how to take care of yourself into seven segments makes undertaking change more manageable. However, I found this book very difficult to read. Each day or week of the plan gave information on what to "add" to what you were already doing but they did not go back and recap everything at the end of the process. There was no final checklist or time and cost estimates of what it takes to implement this plan successfully.
In order to make a final decision about the book, I spent the time to create a spreadsheet with a checklist for each section . I also made a list of the products needed to follow the plan based on the recommendations in the book. The cost to do this plan was over $500 and the exercise portion alone, at the end of seven weeks, was about an hour and a half per day. This did not seem penny wise or sustainable for the average woman.
7 Years Younger has many good ideas, but overall, I would not recommend this book if you are looking for a step-by-step plan to help you make changes.
This 390-page guide was put together by a squad of experts, including Good Housekeeping's Birnur K. Aral, Ph.D. In addition, regular women--not models--tried out the plan. These ladies are featured in colored before-and-after photographs along with their candid comments about what worked for them.
Each week of the plan covers one area for looking and feeling younger, so that we're not bombarded with total change all at once.
In the first week, we reclaim beautiful skin. This chapter covers such topics as:
* Are serums a waste of money?
* How to reduce dark spots, white spots, and red blotches.
* Eliminate adult acne.
* Is Botox worth a shot?
* Charts for various skin types, including products that tested best and why.
The week of Makeup Makeover is a revelation. What?! I shouldn't match my foundation to my skin? The editors explain why this old rule doesn't hold up; and how to select a shade that won't leave the complexion looking pasty, blotchy, or ashy.
The next week is all about healthy hair: how to recapture gloss, bounce and body. It also contains professional tips for getting perfect at-home color for those who want to save money.
No beauty book would be complete without including a section on diet and exercise. Good, common-sense, no diet-product solicitations. Even if you already have a good knowledge of healthy eating, you'll find this segment inspiring. My favorite part in this section is "Binge Busters: 16 Delicious Ways to Satisfy Your Cravings."
Last is Brain Boosters, because keeping our brain functioning is essential to enjoying life to the end of our days. The latest scientific studies offer lots of hope. "Brain researchers used to believe that everyone lost up to 30 percent of their neurons as they aged, but now it looks as if you not only hold on to most of those neurons, but can make new, `smarter' ones if you try. It's never too late to start engaging your brain," says Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center of Aging (p. 214). Included are seven top moves to train your brain younger.
Additionally, the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, ongoing since 1959, has determined that disease is not a part of aging.
I found this book to be enlightening, encouraging, and motivating. With this plan, we are empowered to take charge of how we look and feel, rather than be victims of Father Time. Highly recommended for women, age 35-and up.
There has been quite a strong campaign behind this book, so I felt compelled to review it b/c to me it underdelivers on many levels. First, (of course) the campaign really touted the weight loss people will experience with this plan. But then you see the real case studies in the book and really only 1 or 2 lost a notable amount of weight (12 lbs was the most lost in 7 weeks, most lost 1-4 lbs). To me that's not a "successful" weight loss plan so the book should not be positioned that way. While my goals were not weight loss in purchasing this, I do feel its misleading for the many readers who likely are buying it for this reason.
Among the 7 sections is Skin care, hair care, make-up, fitness. some comments on each follow.
Skin care section. Lots of common sense here people! wash your face (don't sleep in your makeup!), exfoliate, wear sunscreen, moisturize, use anti-aging treatments.
Hair care - seriously? I really hope there aren't people out there who don't know they should use special shampoo/conditioner for their color treated hair and that everyone benefits from an occasional deep conditioning mask (yes, they make those!). Brush it once in a while too - you will be getting NON-STOP COMPLIMENTS!
Make-up section - an extensive section on make-up application and tips to make you look younger. As a woman, if you are still clueless about makeup and its application by the time you are old enough to care about looking older, you are probably not someone who would actually care much about looking older, and therefore would not be buying this book! My point is, it's not a stretch to think the vast majority of readers have likely been wearing makeup (and logically staying current on it) for years by now and will benefit very little from the "Makeup 101" provided here.
The fitness/exercise section - ohhh, now I understand why no one was losing weight! These very basic exercises are an introduction for someone who is A) brand new to fitness and/or B) leading a very sedentary lifestyle.
In conclusion, this book is written as if a woman just woke up at mid-30 or later and suddenly decided she needs to take care of herself (and learn how!). Therefore the 7-week plan is focused around showing someone who is new to all these things how to get started. This theory is flawed because in my estimation the audience for this book is probably well versed in the 7 categories outlined and will glean very little new advice, maybe some new products to try.
Needless to say my copy got sent back. I realize some of my comments may be considered flip/sarcastic, but I do hope some find my feedback useful!