Make your bed:Little Things That Can Change Your Life…..And Maybe the world by Admiral William H. McRaven
“Should be read by every leader in America… [MAKE YOUR BED] is a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can. It is a book to discuss with your executive leadership team as a spur to meeting shared goals. Most of all, it is a book that will leave you with tears in your eyes.”―Wall Street Journal
“Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault…McRaven’s lessons, like his commencement speech, extend far beyond his bed-making. He devotes the 10-chapter book to lessons about moving beyond failure, standing up to bullies and giving others hope.”―Washington Post
“McRaven…has taken the genesis of what he learned during SEAL training and his nearly four decades in Navy Special Operations into a thin, powerful book.”―USA Today
“Exquisitely simple…superb, smart, and succinct ideas.”―Forbes
‘Keep an open mind’
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2017
Carr does emphasize eating foods that are healthier for you and not eating (or eating less of) foods which are not good for you such as meat, dairy and refined sugars / carbohydrates. Those who are dismissing or simplifying the book down to “become a vegan” are missing the greater point that there are certain foods our bodies are designed to digest, and we should eat more of those foods, and less of foods that we are not designed to handle. I read the book in a few hours over this past weekend, and listened to the audio CD at the end. For the past week, I have been eating much better, and every time I see (or smell) some food which in the past would have been trouble (for me it was primarily sugar / candy) I come to the decision that I don’t want it. Reading the book has helped me want to eat better, and after a week I have, and I also feel tremendous.
Of course, with any type of weight loss system, or program long term results are most important, and time will tell if this continues to work for me. Still, I’d recommend the book and say it’s worth a shot if you can go into it with an open mind.
Coming back one month later to post an update. It’s still working, and I’m down about 35 lbs so far. My meat consumption has gone down significantly but I haven’t cut it out completely (now I eat 2-3 small portions per week.) . My non-fruit sugar consumption is also way down, almost completely cut out. And the best part is, I don’t really feel like I’m missing these things, I’m happy to eat fruit, vegetables and nuts, and feeling hungry before dinner has become a good thing!
Three Month Update – I am down almost 60 lbs, fairly close to my target weight. I just ran my first 5k, and started running regularly, not to lose weight, but because I am enjoying it. Try this book! https://amzn.to/2wfXBuZ
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2019
I read this book after it was recommended to me. Allen Carr suggests to read the book with an open mind, so I did, I actually read the whole book in one day. I have never looked back! I now only desire to eat fresh food from Mother Nature, I don’t even see manufactured food as food! I don’t have any cravings for these foods any more, I am free of my sugar addiction too. All I enjoy eating is fruit, veg, pulses, nuts, seeds etc etc. I never use to crave an apple! I do now 😄, fruit was at the bottom of my food pile, now it’s at the top. This book has changed my life, I am
Loosing weight naturally, I am never hungry and I really enjoy eating like I did before but now it’s natural foods. I have so much more energy as well. Life changing – read the book with an open mind and I hope it changes others lives like it has mine!
Just some dude
‘Reads like an outline for several future books’
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2017
This book is different from Allen Carr’s other motivational books, in both interesting and confusing ways. The goal of it is to get you to eat what you want, as much as you want, when you want, without any diets, and still lose weight. By following Nature’s Guide – a psuedo-vegan diet. Other reviewers point out the contradiction between those two sentences, but that is the clever way Allen Carr is trying to modify our eating choices. Eat what you want – but do you really want sugar and meat? As much as you want – but do you really need to eat that much?
While that is clever and interesting, overall this book is by far the most conventional in its advice of all the Carr books I have read. I have heard many of these same arguments from nutritionist and other diet experts. And that is also why I can’t write that I liked this book. It is way too scattershot and doesn’t linger on any particular aspect of diet for long enough for any of it to sink in. If he had just focused on stopping sugar consumption, that would have been a far better book, because he does have a lot of interesting things to say about that particular topic, and that would go along way to getting weight under control for many. Instead it leaps off into arguments targeting meat eating, the dangers of dairy products… and for a book that is supposed to be about losing weight, meat and dairy products can be consumed quite easily and safely while maintaining a healthy weight. So the overall effect is that it emulates the “sweeping change” strategy that makes so many people fail at dieting, while also condemning the idea of diets itself throughout the book. And he does allow for a “junk margin” that makes it so you can still eat all of these things he just made arguments against, so that also further muddles the focus.
Allen Carr often gets dinged in reviews for the repetition of his arguments, but I always thought that was a good counter-brainwashing tactic to emphasize how faulty the reader’s thinking is a topic and burn it into the brain that the answer is not an addiction. It worked, too – his quit smoking book has me without a cigarette for three years now. But in contrast, this book casts such a wide net in its stated goal that it doesn’t ever gain any steam on any one track, and ended up overwhelming me.
In short, I don’t think the Allen Carr method works to get you to change something, as much as it does to get you to stop something. Stopping something dangerous and stupid is very easy to do, but no one can stop eating. It might have worked in a more targeted and focused book against sugar, but as an all-encompassing diet change, it doesn’t work at all. I am three weeks in on his “Quit Drinking” book (which is great) and I am hoping that by quitting alcohol I will have solved most of my weight problems. This book, I gave it a try, but it just isn’t doing it for me.