New Review- Believe It, Be It

Title: Believe It, Be It

Author: Ali Vincent

Publisher: Rodale Books

Pages: 192

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-help

I must admit that I am usually skeptical of self-help and personal-empowerment books. They are usually either filled with common sense that everyone should already know or psycho-babble that means nothing. But sometimes you need to see something put into writing for it to make an impact on you. Ali Vincent’s Believe It, Be It struck a chord with me, not just because I am a fan of The Biggest Loser, but also because I have weight issues myself. For those of you not familiar with The Biggest Loser universe, Ali was the first female to win the Biggest Loser, winning the season five contest.

The first part of the book contains lots of inside information about the process of becoming a TBL contestant and life on the ranch. This is followed by a section on what Ali’s life has been like in the time since the show’s finale. In the final chapters, Ali provides practical advice, both on losing weight and, more importantly, on the mental and emotional changes that go along with the weight loss.

Ali is plain-spoken and presents the details of her journey without being preachy or resorting to trite platitudes. Instead, she shares her personal truths in a conversational style. For example, she writes, “In order to have any chance of success, I’ve learned that you have to accept yourself and let go of past failures or weaknesses that have been holding you back… Once you know what you want your life to look like, you can figure out how to make it happen.”

More than once, Ali speaks of the importance of setting goals and working to achieve them. She mentions her goal of creating a Believe It, Be It Foundation, geared towards educating children, especially girls, about exercise, nutrition, and the basics of good health. In the meantime, she is a public speaker, sharing her story with women across the country.

I found this book an interesting, light read with a positive message and a few motivational concepts. I personally was inspired by the two lists that Ali mentions toward the end of the book. When she first arrived at the ranch, Jillian Michaels had the contestants make two lists- Why I Am Here and What I Want. Making my own version of these lists helped me realize some things about myself that I had never known before. If you are a Biggest Loser fan, or are looking for some weight-loss inspiration, pick up Believe It, Be It. I think you’ll find it helpful and entertaining.

Note: I received an electronic galley of this book from the publisher to be reviewed. It was published on 10/12/2010.

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