Top critical review
Helpful Information, Poor Organization, Difficult Plan to Follow
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2013
Recently, I ordered the book 7 Years Younger from the editors of Good Housekeeping. This was advertised as "The Revolutionary 7-Week Anti-Aging Plan" and endorsed by Dr. Oz. I was very excited to read through the information.
The book was broken down into seven categories, Skin Care, Beauty, Hair Care, Weight Loss, Exercise, Brain Fitness and De-Stressing. The categories were full of helpful hints on how to make improvements in each area. Unfortunately, the organization of information in the book was very difficult to follow. The authors offered suggestions of products that had their seal of approval but there was not enough information to understand how the product should be used and why one product was better than another except for the preference of people who followed the program.
The second-half of the book is the seven week plan, that is really an eight week plan. The first week is called Jump Start. It is designed to help you make changes in each of the seven areas gradually. On day one you start with following a prescribed meal plan, beginning a skin care regimen and adopting strategies for getting better sleep. As you go through each day in the Jump Start phase you add additional tasks to your daily routine. By the end of the week you are incorporating daily tasks for exercise, eating healthy, skin care, sleep-well strategies, makeup, meditation and deep breathing, hair care, and memory tricks. The rest of the plan builds on the Jump Start week and adds more activities to each of the seven areas that are designed to help you look and feel 7 Years Younger.
I love the concepts presented in this book. I think in systems, so breaking down how to take care of yourself into seven segments makes undertaking change more manageable. However, I found this book very difficult to read. Each day or week of the plan gave information on what to "add" to what you were already doing but they did not go back and recap everything at the end of the process. There was no final checklist or time and cost estimates of what it takes to implement this plan successfully.
In order to make a final decision about the book, I spent the time to create a spreadsheet with a checklist for each section . I also made a list of the products needed to follow the plan based on the recommendations in the book. The cost to do this plan was over $500 and the exercise portion alone, at the end of seven weeks, was about an hour and a half per day. This did not seem penny wise or sustainable for the average woman.
7 Years Younger has many good ideas, but overall, I would not recommend this book if you are looking for a step-by-step plan to help you make changes.