Published by Harmony on February 7th 2017
The 411 Junkie Rundown:
Widerstrom takes a different approach to dieting. She focuses on the fact that personality plays an important role in all things, including dieting. With her education and experience, she explains and demonstrates her approach to living a healthy lifestyle that is custom made for you.
The possibility of finding a healthy-lifestyle plan that might just work.
So, as mentioned in my currently reading post, I’m not looking for any particular diet. I’m always up for eating healthy and living healthy, but I’m not actively looking for a program to join, you know? I picked up this book purely on curiosity and really, what can you expect for an information junkie?
I gave this book four stars for a few reasons, here’s why.
- It’s a sound theory. There’s a reason why I prefer to stay home and read than having a night on the town. There’s a reason why I dress more conservatively, enjoy schoolwork, love the autumn. And that’s personality. Everyone’s got one. We’re all uniquely different. So one diet regiment may not work for another. Widerstrom’s approach makes sense to this INTPer.
- Easy to read. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that non-fictional reads are slowly becoming more approachable to the general public, but let’s face it, some of the still read dry. Widerstrom makes sure to keep it simple. What she says is concise and there aren’t too many sidebars, which can be a distraction.
- Well presented. Widerstrom not only delivers her theory and backs it up with evidence, she presents it in an efficient and concise way. She starts with her experience, which makes the content more relatable. Right away she introduces her theory, dieting according to four main personality types, and she explains it well enough to follow her train of thought. She follows that up with her experience. I liked that she gave examples of why certain things didn’t work for her. Next, she gets down to applying her theory by doing a short, 20-question, multiple choice assessment that shows your dieting personality, more or less. Then she breaks down her dieting plan per personality. Somewhere in there, she has general guidelines that apply to all of the personality. A good part of the book has recipes and workouts, but it supplements the material, not overruns it.
- The assessment hit its mark. I have to say, I’m surprised at how close the assessment was. I fall into the REBEL personality with a recessive SWINGER personality. Widerstrom’s personality assessment of the REBEL hits pretty close to how I am. I’m an INTP and we value autonomy and independence. We’re pretty stubborn. So, her assessment that the REBEL “dislikes routine and complexity” was a bullet point that rang true. Along with others like, non-committal, live for the moment, inconsistent. Yep, that’s a pretty good description. Now, keep in mind we are dealing with personalities and there are different blends of the dominant personality. Widerstrom acknowledges this. And I seem to have a lot more to say on this subject, which I decided should be its own post, so I’ll stop here. For me, it was on point.
Overall, I think this book did its job and I also finished it. I didn’t read every page, mind you since there are at least two personality types that didn’t apply to me, but everything else I did. Because it accomplished what non-fictional books should, I gave it 4-stars. The only reason it’s not a five is that I haven’t tested her theory.
But, I’m seriously considering it so stay tuned.