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He's lovin' livin' la vida low-carb
Jonathan Pait
October 15, 2005

This review must be prefaced with a disclosure.  Jimmy Moore is a friend of mine.  I have known him virtually for a number of years now.  He was the first consistent contributor to The Common Voice.  He is now the editor of LowCarbNewsLine.com, a “theme site” in The Common Voice family of sites.

I can vouch for the fact that Jimmy was a BIG man.  When you read his book, you will read how excited he is to now weigh 230 pounds.  That still sounds big, but understand that Jimmy is also TALL and with a big frame.  230 pounds suit him just fine.

Another disclosure:  I have never been on a diet – or weight management lifestyle -- in my life.  At 6’ 2” and 170 pounds, I have never been the brunt of “fat jokes” (skinny jokes, yes).  I eat whatever I want to eat, but I will say that I have never had a great desire for sweets and have always eaten moderate portions.  Finally, I have also lived a pretty active life that has brought me good health.

So, why did I take the time to read Jimmy’s book?  It wasn’t because I am interested in the low-carb life style.  It wasn’t because Jimmy asked me.  As a matter of fact, I think he is scared of what I might write.

I read Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb out of respect for what Jimmy has accomplished and because I wanted to see inside his mind what allowed him to do it.  I got what I wanted and then again, I didn’t.  In the end, I have to say, “Good job, Jimmy.”

My anticipation was for a story that followed a chronological progression of Jimmy’s experience.  I realized I wasn’t going to get that by the time I was halfway through the introduction.  He covered the bases of the timeline before he ever reached the first chapter.

Oh no, what was I getting myself into?  I’m not into all the details of dieting plans – carbohydrates, sugar alcohols and all the mathematics of counting grams and such.  If I was in for a “how-to” book, I wasn’t so sure I would be able to finish it.

What did I get?  Well, if you listen to preachers very often, you will know there are various styles of preachers.  Some are more like dry history professors.  They go through the text in a monotone and leave you doing your best to work for a blessing.  Then there are those who just get up and throw the text out the window.  It is a lot of fun, kind of like stand up comedy, but you don’t get much substance.

Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb is like the middle-ground preacher.  This preacher gives you the text and just when your mind is getting ready to overload with deep stuff he hits you with a great illustration that makes the point.  Jimmy gives the detail but then throws in a personal illustration that keeps even a non-dieting person interested.

Is this book a great literary work?  No.  Jimmy will be the first person to tell you that.  The publisher could have done a better job checking some typos and Jimmy’s style can lead to a little bit of repetition and long paragraphs (In the last chapter, Jimmy’s wife Christine’s paragraph structure was great!).  However, no one can doubt the energy and passion behind the words.

Of course, readers here at The Common Voice know that Jimmy is opinionated.  He was opinionated when he was writing about politics, and he is just as opinionated when he writes about low-carb and low-fat.  I don’t know enough about the two to judge, but if you are a low-fat proponent, this isn’t a book you will enjoy!

Good job, Jimmy, and I hope you get enough sales to see your next dream become a reality.  You really do deserve it.

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