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If you’re overweight or obese... If you’re constantly tired, bloated, constipated, achy, sluggish, depressed, or anxious... If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic... If your doctor keeps warning you about the risk of cancer, heart disease, or other lifestyle- reversible calamity... If you’re constantly worried about your blood pressure, weight, insomnia, eating habits... But If you’re overweight or obese... If you’re constantly tired, bloated, constipated, achy, sluggish, depressed, or anxious... If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic... If your doctor keeps warning you about the risk of cancer, heart disease, or other lifestyle- reversible calamity... If you’re constantly worried about your blood pressure, weight, insomnia, eating habits... But you still find it next to impossible to stick to a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle plan... 
 Then you might be going about things the wrong way. Let’s face it - despite a flood of information and advice, we’re getting sicker and fatter all the time. That’s because the vast majority of “conventional” advice is outdated, wrong-headed, and just plain ineffective. Within this storm of bad news and bad advice, there’s a growing tribe of outliers who have managed to lose hundreds of pounds, reverse “impossible to cure” diseases, and even - to their own shock and delight - become fit and high-performing athletes. Their stories don’t get a lot of media attention, because they aren’t selling anything. No pills, powders, or potions. No expensive workout gadgets. No late night informercial magic formulas. They simply rediscovered some basic, natural truths about the human animal. What we’re designed to eat. How we’re designed to move. And how we’re meant to think and feel. When we get away from our natural heritage, we suffer. When we return to it, we thrive. Read Sick To Fit to discover how Josh LaJaunie went from a 420-pound food addict to the cover of Runner’s World magazine, as well as live appearances on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Discover the simple secrets for a healthy life that have transformed dozens of members of the Missing Chins Run Club and clients of WellStart Health from sick and sad to fit and fulfilled. In Sick To Fit, you’ll learn: • the one food rule that banishes confusion, eliminates the need to count calories or restrict portion size, and makes you impervious to the marketing and clickbait BS perpetrated by the food industry • how to honor your culture and heritage without suffering from the diseases that are killing your people (coming from the Bayou of South Louisiana, Josh knows a thing or two about being a foodie) • how to use social and family pressure to get stronger and more committed • how to prevent self-sabotage after initial success • how to start exercising safely if you’re overweight (by 20 or 200 pounds) • the four-question FAST Assessment (the “Swiss Army Knife” of sustainable behavior change) • how to master life’s stressors so they don’t turn into binges • how to never “fall off the wagon” again - even if you’ve failed at dozens of diets before • and much more... Written with behavioral health expert Howard Jacobson, PhD, Sick To Fit combines Josh’s journey with cutting edge nutritional, exercise, neurological, and habit science. Sick To Fit is your roadmap to better health and a more joyful life. “Sick To Fit is a captivating, inspiring and practical story of an epic transformation. And don’t be deceived by how entertaining this page-turner of a book is. What you’re about to have fun reading is scientifically proven, and it just might change your life.” Ocean Robbins, Author, 31-Day Food Revolution CEO, Food Revolution Network http://foodrevolution.


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If you’re overweight or obese... If you’re constantly tired, bloated, constipated, achy, sluggish, depressed, or anxious... If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic... If your doctor keeps warning you about the risk of cancer, heart disease, or other lifestyle- reversible calamity... If you’re constantly worried about your blood pressure, weight, insomnia, eating habits... But If you’re overweight or obese... If you’re constantly tired, bloated, constipated, achy, sluggish, depressed, or anxious... If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic... If your doctor keeps warning you about the risk of cancer, heart disease, or other lifestyle- reversible calamity... If you’re constantly worried about your blood pressure, weight, insomnia, eating habits... But you still find it next to impossible to stick to a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle plan... 
 Then you might be going about things the wrong way. Let’s face it - despite a flood of information and advice, we’re getting sicker and fatter all the time. That’s because the vast majority of “conventional” advice is outdated, wrong-headed, and just plain ineffective. Within this storm of bad news and bad advice, there’s a growing tribe of outliers who have managed to lose hundreds of pounds, reverse “impossible to cure” diseases, and even - to their own shock and delight - become fit and high-performing athletes. Their stories don’t get a lot of media attention, because they aren’t selling anything. No pills, powders, or potions. No expensive workout gadgets. No late night informercial magic formulas. They simply rediscovered some basic, natural truths about the human animal. What we’re designed to eat. How we’re designed to move. And how we’re meant to think and feel. When we get away from our natural heritage, we suffer. When we return to it, we thrive. Read Sick To Fit to discover how Josh LaJaunie went from a 420-pound food addict to the cover of Runner’s World magazine, as well as live appearances on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Discover the simple secrets for a healthy life that have transformed dozens of members of the Missing Chins Run Club and clients of WellStart Health from sick and sad to fit and fulfilled. In Sick To Fit, you’ll learn: • the one food rule that banishes confusion, eliminates the need to count calories or restrict portion size, and makes you impervious to the marketing and clickbait BS perpetrated by the food industry • how to honor your culture and heritage without suffering from the diseases that are killing your people (coming from the Bayou of South Louisiana, Josh knows a thing or two about being a foodie) • how to use social and family pressure to get stronger and more committed • how to prevent self-sabotage after initial success • how to start exercising safely if you’re overweight (by 20 or 200 pounds) • the four-question FAST Assessment (the “Swiss Army Knife” of sustainable behavior change) • how to master life’s stressors so they don’t turn into binges • how to never “fall off the wagon” again - even if you’ve failed at dozens of diets before • and much more... Written with behavioral health expert Howard Jacobson, PhD, Sick To Fit combines Josh’s journey with cutting edge nutritional, exercise, neurological, and habit science. Sick To Fit is your roadmap to better health and a more joyful life. “Sick To Fit is a captivating, inspiring and practical story of an epic transformation. And don’t be deceived by how entertaining this page-turner of a book is. What you’re about to have fun reading is scientifically proven, and it just might change your life.” Ocean Robbins, Author, 31-Day Food Revolution CEO, Food Revolution Network http://foodrevolution.

30 review for Sick to Fit: Three simple techniques that got me from 420 pounds to the cover of Runner’s World, Good Morning America, and the Today Show

  1. 5 out of 5

    DonnaJo Pallini

    Good information and easy to read format. I don’t have the same weight goals as others but this book is full of ideas to pick and choose from.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clara Young

    Another white middle-class dude is gonna tell us all about how he came up with a brilliant 'new' idea for how to lose weight. Guess what? He hasn't. Correlation doesn't equal causation and all that. There are mounds and decades of medical and scientific research that go against pretty much everything these dudes are talking about. One thing he says is true, weight loss is not sustainable. No buts. It is only sustainable if you work yourself into orthorexia or an eating disorder that then takes o Another white middle-class dude is gonna tell us all about how he came up with a brilliant 'new' idea for how to lose weight. Guess what? He hasn't. Correlation doesn't equal causation and all that. There are mounds and decades of medical and scientific research that go against pretty much everything these dudes are talking about. One thing he says is true, weight loss is not sustainable. No buts. It is only sustainable if you work yourself into orthorexia or an eating disorder that then takes over your life. The NAQ is hilarious. Apparently this guy would be happy with mass starvation in the world because 'technology' shouldn't be a part of our food! So glad this book was 'free'. I 'bought' it on a whim to see if it was another style of vegan/paleo/keto bs and it didn't disappoint. If you like facts instead of anecdotes, I don't recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This book hit me positively at several levels. The four biggest impacts for me may be (1) the realization that I can grow to become a person who eats and exercises in life-transforming ways by acknowledging that I will fail from time to time, but I can listen carefully to what is going on in my head and body at those times, re-imagine each “failure” step by step into how I could have turned it around to a positive event, and determine to make those changes next time. (2) Recognize that I don’t h This book hit me positively at several levels. The four biggest impacts for me may be (1) the realization that I can grow to become a person who eats and exercises in life-transforming ways by acknowledging that I will fail from time to time, but I can listen carefully to what is going on in my head and body at those times, re-imagine each “failure” step by step into how I could have turned it around to a positive event, and determine to make those changes next time. (2) Recognize that I don’t have to be comfortable all the time, but that growth usually comes along with discomfort, and I should actually seek some levels of discomfort that come along with the healthy changes I want to make. (3) It’s not really true that we can think our way to a self-identify as a person of discipline, or healthy eating, or whatever attributes we want to develop; it’s more effective to consistently practice those habits, even though we may feel very uncomfortable doing so, until we naturally think of ourselves as someone who is disciplined in those areas. (4) The discomfort we think we avoid by eating junk food now, tends to crop up later in life in the form of heart disease, cancer, dementia, and all of the other results of our unhealthy eating habits.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eliseo Morales

    Very good read. Among my list of health and fitness related books, both on my shelf and Amazon wishlist, I’m glad this book came into focus as I picked it up and started reading on Kindle. It’s as if these guys are speaking to you across the kitchen table over morning coffee. I feel like I know them as they talk about their journey. Now their experiences and knowledge is imparted on us as readers, not only to ingest the words and advice in this book but to actually, finish it, put it down and DO Very good read. Among my list of health and fitness related books, both on my shelf and Amazon wishlist, I’m glad this book came into focus as I picked it up and started reading on Kindle. It’s as if these guys are speaking to you across the kitchen table over morning coffee. I feel like I know them as they talk about their journey. Now their experiences and knowledge is imparted on us as readers, not only to ingest the words and advice in this book but to actually, finish it, put it down and DO it! Get moving. I have started my fitness journey just today, one day after my 54th birthday with patience and and self-compassion in wanting to lose 60 lbs and knowing it will take time to arrive at the Big Change, but I can’t wait until tomorrow and the next day. I see my future self one year from now when I will hope to say, I’m revived at 55 having embraced the suck and will be an ex-fat man. Lol! Thanks guys. Keep doing what you are doing. God bless.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Boyd Presley

    This book has left me with a can DO attitude This book is a life changer. After the first chapter I immediately went to Facebook to join the Sick to Fit group. The authors have me so much to think about while at the same time giving me tools to improve my health and lifestyle immediately. Quite coincidentally, around the same time I began this book, I also started a couch to 10k program. I have been able to use what I've learned from Josh and Howard to positively push myself when I otherwise woul This book has left me with a can DO attitude This book is a life changer. After the first chapter I immediately went to Facebook to join the Sick to Fit group. The authors have me so much to think about while at the same time giving me tools to improve my health and lifestyle immediately. Quite coincidentally, around the same time I began this book, I also started a couch to 10k program. I have been able to use what I've learned from Josh and Howard to positively push myself when I otherwise would have wanted to give up. I will be reading this book repeatedly in the future and using it as a bible of sorts.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ilja

    This is a great book that just tells you everything as it is. You need to work for it, just DO it, but it gives you some help to actually do it. I found this mindset awesome, especially the one about not avoiding fearful situations (i.e. avoiding the coffee room because they always have donuts). They help you to handle these situations instead of living in fear of these situations your entire life and I think that's the best advice someone can give. I recommend this to everyone that's a couch po This is a great book that just tells you everything as it is. You need to work for it, just DO it, but it gives you some help to actually do it. I found this mindset awesome, especially the one about not avoiding fearful situations (i.e. avoiding the coffee room because they always have donuts). They help you to handle these situations instead of living in fear of these situations your entire life and I think that's the best advice someone can give. I recommend this to everyone that's a couch potato and want to become healthy! This really, really helps you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    Ok here’s the thing, I’ve never been obese and that is clearly the person this book is targeted at however I have lost weight and I’m interested in personal change. It fascinates me to consider motivations for big change and I’m often left without precise answers when asked how to make changes. Josh however does a great job of making it simple and approachable. I’ve followed his journey for years since first hearing him on the Rich Roll podcast. Whether you are looking to make a change yourself Ok here’s the thing, I’ve never been obese and that is clearly the person this book is targeted at however I have lost weight and I’m interested in personal change. It fascinates me to consider motivations for big change and I’m often left without precise answers when asked how to make changes. Josh however does a great job of making it simple and approachable. I’ve followed his journey for years since first hearing him on the Rich Roll podcast. Whether you are looking to make a change yourself or interested in the topic the book is well worth the read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gisela Lesley Zipp

    Worth it just for the bonuses This book started a life-changing journey for me. It addresses the one part of weight loss that many books neglect, which is mindset. The bonus audio downloads were so useful for me, they really changed my perspective on what foods we should be eating and what quantities we should be eating them in. I've used the idea of naturally attainable quantities to explain a healthy diet and they got it, and have started to change their habits. Definitely worth a read, there a Worth it just for the bonuses This book started a life-changing journey for me. It addresses the one part of weight loss that many books neglect, which is mindset. The bonus audio downloads were so useful for me, they really changed my perspective on what foods we should be eating and what quantities we should be eating them in. I've used the idea of naturally attainable quantities to explain a healthy diet and they got it, and have started to change their habits. Definitely worth a read, there are so many worthwhile ideas in here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sagar Chamoli

    3.5 Stars A decent read. The author shares his transformation journey from being a 420-pound food addict to the cover of Runner's World magazine. The key takeaways to achieve this are- 1. Menu (proper food) 2. Movement (proper exercise) 3. Mindset (right attitude) Though the menu part was heavy for me, the rest two parts were well written & I specifically liked the mindset part. Another major take away for me was the references of other self help books that author has given in his book. 3.5 Stars A decent read. The author shares his transformation journey from being a 420-pound food addict to the cover of Runner's World magazine. The key takeaways to achieve this are- 1. Menu (proper food) 2. Movement (proper exercise) 3. Mindset (right attitude) Though the menu part was heavy for me, the rest two parts were well written & I specifically liked the mindset part. Another major take away for me was the references of other self help books that author has given in his book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Knause

    Succinct and to the point secrets of success Josh LaJaunie knows from what he speaks. I have followed several different programs and been paleo, been not paleo, counted macros and his example and continued success are to me what brought me to follow him into Big Change Program. As he says, ‘results dictate sufficiency’ and his results are still undeniable, steadfast and visible inside and out!

  11. 5 out of 5

    J

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Discovered Josh LaJaunie via the Rich Roll podcast and dug him immediately. A year later I found that he wrote this book. Read through it pretty quickly. Mostly I just like his genuine voice on the subject of going from fat to fit. Some good tips too on real change. Plenty of highlighting and bookmarked pages to review. "Jiggle Jogging." I appreciated him shedding some light on this topic. Growth mindset. Things of this nature. Discovered Josh LaJaunie via the Rich Roll podcast and dug him immediately. A year later I found that he wrote this book. Read through it pretty quickly. Mostly I just like his genuine voice on the subject of going from fat to fit. Some good tips too on real change. Plenty of highlighting and bookmarked pages to review. "Jiggle Jogging." I appreciated him shedding some light on this topic. Growth mindset. Things of this nature.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cyrus

    Pragmatic advice to take charge and really transform your life I thoroughly enjoyed Josh and Howard's simple techniques for taking back control of your life. Using the power of DOing to create new habits of Menu and Movement to lose weight and get into your best shape naturally. If you have tried diet and exercise to lose weights and failed, this book is for you. Pragmatic advice to take charge and really transform your life I thoroughly enjoyed Josh and Howard's simple techniques for taking back control of your life. Using the power of DOing to create new habits of Menu and Movement to lose weight and get into your best shape naturally. If you have tried diet and exercise to lose weights and failed, this book is for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette

    Very inspiring, motivational guide to taking control of one's health through lifestyle choices. Prompts us to look at food as fuel, and movement as caretaking. Autobiographical in that Howard & Josh detail their personal journeys from "sick to fit," showing that the wellness lifestyle is accessible to those willing to do the work. Very inspiring, motivational guide to taking control of one's health through lifestyle choices. Prompts us to look at food as fuel, and movement as caretaking. Autobiographical in that Howard & Josh detail their personal journeys from "sick to fit," showing that the wellness lifestyle is accessible to those willing to do the work.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. S. M. Appleby

    Makes sense At a low point in the month my go to activity is to bury myself in books This book makes sense and is full of reasons to change and how to become open to curiosity and change our lives A valuable book that I will dip into while I explore my own ability to change and move forwards

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Dailey

    I want to give this book 5 stars but there are a few items I just can’t get over in my head. Interesting story and definitely a compelling read, but a little too remedial, and the NAQ portion lost me. I agree wholeheartedly with his take on movement though which is why I’m giving it a 4 star rating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Layne

    Good book. Full of great advice and lots of motivational talk. Josh's story is amazing and I applaud him for all that he has accomplished. Eating whole food, plant based is definitely the way to go. I has changed my life. Howard's podcast is also very good. You should check it out. Good book. Full of great advice and lots of motivational talk. Josh's story is amazing and I applaud him for all that he has accomplished. Eating whole food, plant based is definitely the way to go. I has changed my life. Howard's podcast is also very good. You should check it out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lori Emery

    Good advice. Easy to follow I've read (and loved) MANY of the whole food plant based books and I have heard it all. I thought it was impossible to read a new twist on it. This book is new, refreshing and easy. Great read Good advice. Easy to follow I've read (and loved) MANY of the whole food plant based books and I have heard it all. I thought it was impossible to read a new twist on it. This book is new, refreshing and easy. Great read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Du

    3.5 Stars. I like that there was a lot of information her about weight loss and plant based eating, but it wasn't in a forced or unrealistic manner, not was it overly snootty. Just plain, simple facts. 3.5 Stars. I like that there was a lot of information her about weight loss and plant based eating, but it wasn't in a forced or unrealistic manner, not was it overly snootty. Just plain, simple facts.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Hatfield

    If you are serious about losing weight then this book is to read. This book explains the mental aspects of why you are sick. It is very encouraging to you. There is no rightway.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andreea Barbu

    Good to get your motivation started Just on the edge of wanting some additional surprising info. Otherwise a good, grounded book, very practical for anyone who wants to do something good for their body

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy Fly

    Great book for starting your “Big Change!” I learned so much about how to eat healthy,turn set backs into learning opportunities and how to get moving while a having self compassion along the way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Howard Elj

    Motivating The book is excellent in that it teaches people to develop positive attitudes towards weight loss and mindset as powerful tools.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keith Sherwood

    Inspiration and Information Heard Josh on the Rich Roll podcast. Inspired by his story I read this book. Now motivated to go and Do! A great read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Great information. Stuff most of us know, but talk ourselves out of. Perfect reminder for a kick start.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Inspirational An easy read with understandable, useful insights. Rather than a plan, it’s a concept that you can incorporate into your day to day life for the long term.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mizloo

    Very readable, but not much I could use. The difference in age between author and reader was too big a gap to close.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Kasser Creech

    Must read if you think you're fat and there's nothing you can do about it. Life is out there waiting for you and Josh is lighting the path for us! Must read if you think you're fat and there's nothing you can do about it. Life is out there waiting for you and Josh is lighting the path for us!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lillian

    Awesome program This program with Josh and Howard put my life back into health mode in my 60’s. 70 pounds down and off my blood pressure meds. I have my life and health back. While it may not be for everyone I suggest highly that you give it a chance. It changed my future.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tinab48

    This is an okay book. It does emphasise plant-based, but the methodology within can be ised with any restrictive form of eating (paleo, keto, ketoflex, etc) Overall, great fundamentals about changing your mindset and sticking with your positive habit changes. The way the book was written honesty was rather annoying. I'm not sure if it was the constant bayou speak or the "wrote like he spoke" came out, but I wanted to put this book down by chapter 4 and find one that resonated with me more and was This is an okay book. It does emphasise plant-based, but the methodology within can be ised with any restrictive form of eating (paleo, keto, ketoflex, etc) Overall, great fundamentals about changing your mindset and sticking with your positive habit changes. The way the book was written honesty was rather annoying. I'm not sure if it was the constant bayou speak or the "wrote like he spoke" came out, but I wanted to put this book down by chapter 4 and find one that resonated with me more and was easier with reading while simultaneously liking to read the material within. I understand not everyone is a natural writer, and the book isn't that bad. My end feeling about the book is it could be exactly what someone else might need, but it is not for me and not something I will read again. To each their own. It was free, so I am thankful I did not pay for this in the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Read This If You Want This Time To Be The TIME! This book is not a recipe book. It’s not a book that will tell you how to get a beach body. What it is is a lifesaving book that will tell you how to win the mind game when it comes to getting healthy and staying that way. If you are absolutely fed up and tired of following programs that help you loose a few pounds and then when you stop eating their way(because you will because it’s not sustainable) you gain all the weight back and more. This is th Read This If You Want This Time To Be The TIME! This book is not a recipe book. It’s not a book that will tell you how to get a beach body. What it is is a lifesaving book that will tell you how to win the mind game when it comes to getting healthy and staying that way. If you are absolutely fed up and tired of following programs that help you loose a few pounds and then when you stop eating their way(because you will because it’s not sustainable) you gain all the weight back and more. This is the book for you. These are two authors who have been there. They do not pull any punches and face it, that’s what most of us need, the honest truth that is completely raw and not candy coated. If you’re ready get this book and read it. Then read it again. I’ve both read and listened to the Audible versions several times. It’s like having a friend you can go back and talk to when times get hard. I highly recommend it.

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