By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS
There is an overwhelming amount of information on health, fitness, and nutrition on the internet. Millions of workout videos on Instagram and YouTube. Hundreds and thousands of ‘experts’ that aren’t really educated or experts in their fields at all.
So where do you start? Some people try fad diets like keto, Whole30, Isagenix, or some other meal replacement strategy to lose weight and reach their goals. But the problem with fad diets and extreme workout measures is that they are not maintainable. Will you most likely see progress? Yes. Will you continue to maintain that progress after you stop drinking whatever shake they’re selling you twice a day? No.
The key to your success is education. A strong educational foundation on at least the basics is the only way to create and maintain a lifestyle that works for both your mental and physical well-being.
That’s where Thinner, Leaner, Stronger By: Michale Matthews comes in. In this book, Matthews breaks down every corner of the health and wellness realm in a credible, science-backed, and easy-to-understand way—with no BS in sight. That’s why I will forever stand behind his work.
One of the many reasons why I love this book is that he encourages women to lift weights—and heavy weights, too. I am a HUGE advocate of this. Not only because it is scientifically proven that women can not get bulky because we don’t have enough testosterone to create that type of muscle—but also because it’s extremely empowering as a woman to be physically strong. I am so sick and tired of the myth some women have that they will get bulky if they lift weights, so the fact that he promotes lifting weights in order to get a strong, tight, and lean body really just sent me over the moon. His exercise regimens focus on full body strength and promoting hypertrophy using heavy weights, and stimulating muscle growth for the quickest (yet maintainable) results possible.
I will say, in full, promised transparency: this book does come with a plan to develop a lifestyle and program that works for you, but Matthews dances around it quite a bit. I love his writing style, but there were some points where I found myself thinking, “Just get to the point. Show me the plan.” The plan is there; you just might have to do some digging to put it all together.
Overall, Thinner, Leaner, Strongeris a book I believe every woman with a penchant for fitness should have in her arsenal. It is an AWESOME book to refer back to when you’re struggling to find what works best for you, or when you’re just revisiting the basics. It is also an incredible book for beginners who are looking for a lifestyle that works for their body that goes beyond fad dieting and extreme exercising trends.