The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang


Don’t let excuses stop you from having a body and a life that you love!   

We all know that we should exercise and eat right, so why is it so hard to follow through? We make excuses for why we aren't taking better care of ourselves, saying things like, "I'm too tired," "I don't have time," or "I'm just not built to look that way." But Maria Kang, the mother of three behind the viral "What's Your Excuse?" mom photos, is here to say that the excuses stop now.

The No More Excuses Diet combines short term goals with healthy habit-forming behaviors to create permanent lifestyle changes. Using a specially designed transformation calendar, readers set clear, personal goals and make an easy-to-follow plan for each day.  The program uses a balanced diet of 30% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fats, and includes a 10% flexible portion that can be customized depending on your goals— whether it’s extra protein for building muscles, or a sugary treat at the end of the day. The No More Excuses Diet also provides a completely customizable workout guide, with over 50 illustrated exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and to shed fat. The program also includes 7 weeks of worth of exercise programs that can be done at home with no extra equipment. Packed with meal plans, grocery lists, lots of encouragement and a clear plan of action, The No More Excuses Diet is a must-read book for anyone who is ready to bust through the excuses the hold them back and take their health and fitness to the next level.


I have read many diet and exercise books in the past. I am not sure what motivated me to agree to review The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang, except that I have been feeling blah about how I look and I know that I need to lose weight. I was hoping to find some formula that I hadn't tried before....What I found was a great pep talk, and most information that I have already heard at one time or another. 

Kang breaks her book into 3 sections- SPEED, STRIVE, and SCORE. Each section is a detailed plan to meet your goals and offers advice and encouragement along the way. Maria argues that to lose weight and to keep weight off you must incorporate diet and exercise. She argues that an optimal diet is one of 30 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, 30 percent fats and 10 percent that you can choose to have be more protein, carbs or a sweet treat. It all depends on what YOUR goals are and what YOU want to achieve. She also argues that you must exercise and that even the busiest mom has the power and time to make the changes needed. She offers illustrated exercises that are easy to follow and which need minimal equipment. 

I will say that I loved her enthusiasm. I love how Kang made me question my motivation and made me question why I have a hard time keeping to a healthy diet and an exercise regimen. I will say that I was focused when I was reading, but I haven't necessarily kept it up. So if you are committed and beginning your quest to lose weight and eat healthier and you need a cheerleader in your corner, then this book is for you. If you have been dieting for years, then you might want to get a different resource. 

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book free from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. Okay so the 1/2 a box of froot loops I ate last night was probably not a good thing? Dang...

    1. LOL Probably not the best idea....however, after you see what I ate last week, the diet starts NOW!

  2. I've been eating salad all week. No bread. No cookies. No pasta. Lost 1 pound. It's a start. I need to get more exercise in. I started using my mini elliptical stepper a couple of times a week. I have to up that and add weights. I need to drop 5 pounds in two weeks. That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm a small person and 5 pounds for me is like 10 or 15 to a larger person. The only trainer that ever motivated me was Tony Horton (P90X). My husband and I did that program in 2010 plus we ran 3 times a week. We got in great shape, but didn't stay that way unfortunately. Keeping weight off is actually harder than losing it. Whatever you do to lose the weight, you have to continue forever to some degree or else it will come right back.

    1. Good luck with your weight loss quest. We just got back from vacation and I am starting over.....sigh....I really need to add in exercise too.....


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