In How The Rich Get Thin, Jana Klauer, M.D. tells us how she helps her Park Avenue, upper crust clientele lose weight. Actually, wer'e told via the subtitle that Dr. Klauer is going to reveal the “secrets” to losing weight and feeling great. In case you’ve missed the memo, there are no “secrets “ to losing weight and anyone who tells you differently is not being honest.
Most diet and exercise books follow the same basic outline and – for the most part – most of these books actually contain the same information.
What you find in these books – and what people pay for - are chapters that give you information that can be found for free in many other places, the Internet, magazines, library books, etc. For example, physiological/biological information is what it is. Think “text book stuff” or “glossary.” There’s very little “personalization” with regards to this info.
Once you get beyond the science of the body, other chapters in these books contain info that is more personal to the authors' program. Habits, techniques, exercise recommendations and recipes are all examples of the more “personal” elements.
Oh, and there are the anecdotal “success stories.” These stories are meant to “prove” the author’s point. They are the author’s way of saying, “See these people did it, so what I’m telling you is right and good and you should buy into it.”
There’s an old saying about excuses, and how they are like a certain orifice that everyone has. This saying applies to these “success stories.” In case you don’t know the saying, it ends with “…they all stink and everyone has one.” The huge problem is – when it comes to diet and exercise books - anecdotal evidence doesn’t count for too much.
After all of this information – most of which is available elsewhere for free – there are usually 15-20 pages, or a chapter or two, where an author really makes their case. These are the pages where the author tells us the true nature of their program, or why their program is different/better/more efficient than the rest.
From my perspective as a fitness professional/reviewer, this is where the gimmick lies.
You can measure the worth of How The Rich Get Thin by looking at the 15 pages that make up Chapter 3, entitled “Calcium – The Miracle Mineral.”