The No More Excuses Diet Book: Fatshaming or Tough-Love Motivation?


My personal theme for this year is Make It Happen. I haven’t done everything that I’ve wanted to do but I am making some changes and things are surely happening in my house. Of course, weight loss is on that list so when I was offered the chance to review The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang as part of the From Left to Write virtual book club, I did it right away. Like my wordplay there?

Maria Kang might be best known as the mom that people loved to hate last year because of her post on Facebook last year and what people perceived as her fat shaming of other moms or people with curvier bodies. If you don’t remember the controversy, I’m pretty sure you’ll at least remember this picture.


Yep, her. She has since apologized for what people perceived as her fatshaming them and posted on her own blog ,

While I speak strongly about making one’s health a priority, they very last thing I intended to express was any level of shame. No one should be ashamed of who they are, at the same time, in order to desire something greater, you have to – at some level – be uncomfortable with where you are at. When we normalize being unhealthy we create complacency to positively change.

Here’s my perspective. She’s right. I’m a plumper than I want to be mom and I feel that we have normalized being unhealthy. I know very clearly exactly what I’m doing wrong and how I got to where I am now. And it is not as healthy as I could be. I would argue that most people do but somehow along the way, things just happened and we looked up 20 pounds heavier. Heck, I came back from BeachesMoms five pounds heavier alone (and yes, it was worth everything I ate and drank.)

When I read her book, I realized that I do need to stop making excuses and she actually spurred me into action. It’s not been a long time but I’ve been going to the gym on a regular basis. I’ve been monitoring my eating and adding in exercise, even if it’s not running a 10:00 mile, is a good start for me. Overtime, I’ve came to understand that my lifestyle will always need movement in it but that’s not a bad thing, it’s just something I HAVE to make a priority.

What’s your perspective? Do you think she’s right to say we need to change our attitudes towards excess weight or do we need to embrace all body sizes, even if they’re not healthy? For the record, my husband is one of those overweight but healthy people. All his numbers suggest that he’s fit but he’s not, it just has been detected yet.

This post was inspired by The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang who shares her no excuses philosophy that motivated her to become more fit. Join From Left to Write on March 12th as we discuss The No More Excuses Diet. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


  1. says

    There are many good lessons and tips to be learned from the book and from others around us, the point is to take some of them and actually do them. We can read all the books in the world but unless we actually get out of that comfy chair and get motivated it’s just entertainment. Good luck to you!

    • KendraKendra says

      I love your point, “Unless we actually get out of that comfy chair and get motivated it’s just entertainment.” This is so true. I’m really thinking about my excuses. This isn’t the only thing around me saying “Make a Change!” I have so many signs that I’d have to be crazy not to listen to them.

  2. says

    Making excuses is so much easier than exercising or changing our eating habits! I made some changes about this time last year and surprisingly many of them stuck! While I’m not what my doctor consider a healthy weight, I’m definitely on my way there!

  3. says

    Her no excuses talk got to me too. I bet her message touches many women. I didn’t take offense from it, but then I never saw the original photo. The more I think about it though, I think her look is unrealistic for most of us. And don’t want women too hurt themselves trying to do so.

    • KendraKendra says

      I agree it is unrealistic but I think we have to find a balance of model shapes and I’m large and heavy. Even plus size models are only in the teens, not size 24+. It’s saying that “No, you aren’t healthy at size 24 and 5’2”.

  4. says

    I enjoyed her book and found it to be motivating as well. I find that I am always the best version of myself when I place myself at the top of my to-do list.

  5. says

    I think you actually can be overweight and be 100% healthy, and I’m not talking 5-10lbs, im talking 20lbs. I eat right 90% of the time, I work out 5-6 times a week, I take care of my body, but Im overweight, multiple doctors have told me that it is a vanity thing and not a health issue.

    I think people are so used to assuming skinny = healthy, when plenty of skinny people are actually incredibly unhealthy. I think that if people were to make healthier choices and eliminate things like fried food, fast food, etc… then we would see a different side of healthy.

  6. Raeisha Williams says

    This is a great post. Very encouraging and inspiring. I am happy that you have made the choice to feature this book in your review. Although I am not a mom, I did gained 15 college pounds, and life is a beast extra 20 in the past 4 years. I’m ready to shed them. Where can I find this book. I need a lil motivation and push to jump start my weight loss.


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