#bookreview: Get Skinny Again! by Sarah Dussault

by Melissa on April 21, 2014

Hey guys! I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things! Redesigned the blog (you like?), cleaned up a few social media accounts, and a few other things. Today, though, I wanted to share a book review with you!

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Sarah Dussault – who many of you know as Sarah Fit from YouTube – has published a book Get Skinny Again!, and I have to say it’s refreshing to read a book that doesn’t promise crazy results in an insanely short amount of time. Not only that, but I find Sarah’s personality bubbly and real, even after gaining a 170+ subscriber fan base. While I was a bit taken aback by the title – I’m not a fan of the term “skinny” and I was certainly never “skinny” even once – I can understand how the term would definitely catch the eye of most women out there right now. I can get a little soapbox-y and fight the use of words like “skinny”…but honestly, I know…who here hasn’t wanted to be or loved being referred to as “skinny”?

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As for the book, though, I’m a fan.

Let’s talk about the fitness aspect of the book first.

What I love about this book is how Sarah provides several different “plans”. I admit it…despite everything I know about fitness and nutrition, my biggest fallback is being a complete chaotic mess if I don’t plan. Sarah gives you a general plan (what days you should do strength training, what days you should take on cardio), but she also dives deeper into the details. What if you’re working out at home? There’s a plan for that. What if you’re working out at the gym? There’s a plan for that, too.

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Even better is the fact that Sarah focuses on very important, very functional movements. There are no odd, “sophisticated”, wild movements you need to learn. And the cardio? There’s a plan based on interval training, which is huge for those who dislike running. For you runners out there, if you need to work in some cross-training, these cardio workouts are focused on functional movement using body weight. Then there are a few running interval workouts to choose from, which are great for both race season and off-season runs.

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Then there’s the nutrition part of Sarah’s book. I like her. Most of us know a healthy body composition doesn’t come from just working out. You need to be eating a healthy diet. Sarah, thank you…thank you for covering the basic calculations that people should know in order to get an idea of how many calories they need. It’s way too often that people underestimate the number of calories they need to eat, therefore pushing their bodies into starvation mode. Not good.

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The nutrition plan Sarah suggests? 3 meals, 1-2 snacks, and good ol’ clean eating. Honestly, everyone, I wish there was a way we could erase all the “diets” we see flooding our lives and get back to basics. Eradicate all the unhealthy, chemical-laden processed foods and just eat from the earth. I love the Sarah doesn’t label her diet. She doesn’t skip carbs. She doesn’t get all fancy, shmancy, trendy on us. Simple: eat clean, healthful foods.

So much love for her for that!

Other pros included in her book: ways to stay healthy in social settings, recipes for you to try, and how to fit in workouts when you’ve only got 10 minutes. (Hey, 10 minutes a few times a day? It adds up!!)

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The verdict? I love it. If I had come across the book in the store, I probably would have ignored it thanks to my soapbox. But, I suppose it means I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s title? ;) Great job, Sarah! Big fan!

QOTD: Do you ever avoid buying a book because of its title?

*This book was given to me by Fitfluential and Sarah Dussault for review, but all opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.

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Sam @ The Second Lunch April 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Looking forward to reading it – the truth about publishing is that the majority of authors don’t get final say on the title of the book! Love Sarah’s general philosophy – put in the hard work, and get results!
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Melissa April 21, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I never knew that about authors not necessarily getting the final say! I can understand publishers know how to create eye-catching titles, but at the same time should absolutely be the author’s decision!

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Polly @ Tasty Food Project April 27, 2014 at 12:29 am

I bought Sarah’s book when it was first released and really like how it’s such an easy and fast read. The title of the book doesn’t bother me! I’ve been watching her YouTube videos for a couple years now and I love how she’s fun and down to earth. Great review!
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