Century City Publishing was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this eGalley, through NetGalley, for the purposes of reading and reviewing it. Although it was provided at no cost to me, I am under no obligation to give a positive review.
My first thought when I saw the cover to this book: This is going to be a 300-plus page infomercial. And it was.
I agreed to review this book because as a martial arts instructor I have a vested interest in the health and well-being of myself and others. I was curious to see what Davis had to offer compared to what I had previously read.
The author spends the first 80% of the book talking about why he’s right. Yes, he does offer up research to support his claims, covering all the bases you would expect: farm meats are bad, farm fish are bad, carbonated (sugared or diet) drinks are bad, poor heart health is bad, excess free radicals are bad, stress is bad, fast food is bad, meditation and relaxation are good, etc.
He manages to cover all the reasons why things can go wrong with your health, tackling a few urban legends along the way, but mostly sticking with tried and true things most of us already know. So in that, I didn’t find much new. And I’m not sure that someone who wasn’t familiar with the fitness industry like I am would have learned too much either. Sure, they would have research and facts and studies to support them. But it’s all things most people know.
Keeping along with the infomercial feel, Davis made reference enough times to Chapter 18 as being where he would discuss his four-to-two method, I was tempted to skip ahead to that chapter just to get to the point. He also repeatedly, including on the cover of the book, talks about how you can achieve the fitness goals you want without having to exert yourself too much with running, aerobics, etc. Again, this has the feel of an infomercial, making it sound like you can have all this and not have to work hard at it. It sounds and feels like a shortcut.
Now, granted, Davis does make it clear you have to be dedicated to your fitness, You can’t get into peak physical condition without working for it. But it still felt like he was selling shortcuts.
So, what is his four-to-two method? I’m not telling you. Like it or not, Davis does have a right to make a buck, so I won’t reveal the contents of Chapter 18. But it’s a really simple concept, honestly, and one he will admit isn’t even a new or revolutionary idea. It appears he’s taken a somewhat familiar concept and repackaged it under a different name, then padded it with lots of stats and facts and warnings.
Overall, I wasn’t horribly impressed. Starting with the cover, it feels like he’s marketing to people who want the quick solution, but don’t have the dedication to stick with it, or they wouldn’t be looking for quick solutions in the first place. But hey, a man’s got the right to make a buck.
Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)