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Here's the thing. I'm a huge Craig Beck fan. Listening to his book, "Alcohol Lied to Me" is the single most important step I took to stop drinking. I've also listened to "Swallow The Happy Pill." and for the most part, I liked it, but I felt it was fundamentally flawed in it's approach to theology. (You can read my review of it on Audible.)
Fat Guy Friday is another effort from Beck that draws HEAVILY upon the writing he has done in earlier books, which means there is only a little new additional material here. With that said, much of that additional information is pure gold for anyone who wants to lose weight.
Unfortunately, there's not nearly enough of it. For example, he talks about getting a scale and a body fat meter, but he does not talk about how to graph your results or how to interpret them. He does not talk about plateaus or the problems one might encounter. And he only glosses over the truth of weight loss: that it takes months or years and a total commitment to a change in your habits and lifestyle.
Plus he only spends a few minutes talking about what he eats on his "diet." He talks about how important it is important to reprogram your subconscious to stay away from wheat and other simple carbohydrates, yet there are no hypnosis tracks on this recording to help you do that (He instead tells you to buy his book, "Subattraction Weight Loss," which contains 39 minutes of content, only nine of which is hypnosis tracks — one would think Craig could have just added those tracks to this book, but instead we have to spend more money.)
He also suggests we buy his other books throughout this book. Especially "Alcohol Lied To Me." The result is Beck jumping back and forth between trying to convince you to stop eating wheat, to trying to convince you to stop drinking, to the dangers of smoking and so on. If I were Beck, I would write a whole new book for people who are fat drunks who smoke and leave all of that stuff out of a book for people who just want to lose some weight.
Speaking of spending money, Craig also says that in order to make this program work he recommends that you sign up for his Fat Guy Friday club online which costs $29.97 for the first month and $19,97 a month after that. I don't have a problem with Craig Beck getting rich while I get thin, but the whole thing does sort of smack of hucksterism. I expected more, especially after the success I had with "Alcohol Lied To Me."
For someone who really wants to lose weight, here is my suggestion. First, buy this book. Listen to it. Then buy the book "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes. Listen to that. And then listen to "Wheatbelly" by William Davis. By now you should have a really good understanding of what you need to do to lose weight. If you are rich, by all means spend money on Craig's online club. If you are not, find a friend who also needs to lose weight and do it together. Support one another. Better yet, do it with a spouse or significant other and the benefits will be even greater. Good luck.
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
I love how funny and informative craig can be but does he have to say the same things over and over again. I was like following a comedian on tour, no new material.
Now I blame myself, I really enjoyed Control Alcohol so I bought this right after. Listening to two in a row was hard to take when the content was practically identical.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
The book started well and I was sure Craig Beck was going to tell me how to lose weight. I managed to ignore him telling me I should never drink another drop of alcohol again, and avoid the temptation to pay lots of money to subscribe to his website, but the last straw was his description of his typical days eating. Sorry Craig, but a glass of wine sometimes will probably do me less harm than your fast food diet!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful