Book Review: 'Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds – My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance'

Who on the planet can’t relate to issues with weight? Everywhere you look, there’s a constant bombardment of messages to “Eat this!” and “Don’t eat that!” It’s enough to make anybody crazy. 

Well-meaning people who really and truly wish to shed pounds and get healthier are left shaking their heads with confusion. Salad? Steak? Fast Food? What’s good for you and what’s bad for you is largely based upon who you talk to and who’s trying to sell you what. If you’re ready to push the mixed messages aside and learn a simple, new way of life, a highly personal, truly unique book is here to help you break through.      

More Inspiration than Perspiration

ABC News correspondent, Mara Schiavocampo, struggled with her weight since childhood. Her book, Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds – My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance, is a no-holds-barred, highly personalized story of how she seamlessly, easily and finally, conquered her life-long battle with the scale. More than an eat-carbs, don’t-eat-carbs, what-kind-of-carbs how-to book, “Thinspired” is a gem of common sense, peppered with Schiavocampo’s own experiences and no-holds-barred story-telling style.  

The popular news correspondent outlines an almost-accidental strategy, explaining her post-pregnancy catalyst and cheer leading us along a health-focused journey. With a strong emphasis on palatable life style changes able to promote self-caring and understanding, Schiavocampo explains how she ditched dangerous dieting, opting instead for baby-step changes that promoted her own sense of self and feelings of happiness.  She does not shy away from acknowledging the challenges making changes can bring, referencing the need to identify each reader’s specific food triggers and outlining her own. An exercise plan and easy-to-make, healthy recipes are included.

A Personal Perspective

Like many of us, Schiavocampo experienced childhood shaming about her weight from well-meaning relatives, particularly one aunt, who subjected the young girl to weekly weigh-ins and unending diatribes about being fat. Schiavocampo’s early relationship with food was largely colored by this experience. In “Thinspired” she explains how she finally got free of this less-than-fortunate abuse, and helps the reader face their own, early struggles.

At 230 pounds, Schiavocampo was hardly svelte. The book takes each reader through a powerful journey of weight loss and the acquisition of self-acceptance, serenity and joy. Schiavocampo lost 90 pounds in two years, after decades of struggle. She did it without gimmicks in a healthy way. Her new way of life is powerfully presented in easy-to-follow, inspirational steps, making success sustainable, as well as attainable.