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“I’m Gonna Take This Itty Bitty World by Storm/and I’m Just Gettin’ Warm…”

–LL Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out

Check it. Originally, this entry was going to be about Alicia Silverstone’s lifestyle guide The Kind Diet:A Simple Guide To Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it. Instead, I found something better: LL Cool J’s Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle: A Full-Circle Guide to Developing Your Mind, Body and Soul. Yessir, Mr. Kangol is officially a rapper/actor (NCIS: LA)/lifestyle guru. Like most celebrity novels, it’s easy to laugh. But his advice actually isn’t bad, although a little clichéd.

Platinum 360 starts off with typical motivational speaker-esq quips, like, believe in yourself, you can be anything you want to be if you just visualize it, etc. It’s not condescending, but you do get the feeling you may have heard this advice before, just not from LL Cool J’s point of view. The pages contain a sidebar of top five lists, such as “My Top Five Influential People.” (If you’re curious: (5) Silver Fox of The Fantasy 3 (4) Rick Rubin (3) Russell Simmons (2) Quincy Jones (1) Diddy.)

Section two, the workout section, offers an impressive weight lifting routine. There  isn’t anything new, but he does offer different combinations as well as photos of him and a pretty blonde demonstrating some of the routines.

Section three, the diet section, is probably the best. His food combinations sound really delicious. For example, he recommends a Mediterranean scramble for breakfast, which includes olive oil, feta cheese, eggs and spinach served with a slice of toast. I would eat that in a second. What I like the most, however, is that he doesn’t treat his readers as if they have the body of Jillian Michaels or Gilad Janklowicz already. He divides his ingredient list into  different weight ranges  so you can get the right portions for your body without sending it into starvation mode, which is something I really appreciate.

All in all, Platinum 360 is great. Although there are some points you may feel that someone wanted to write this book and slapped LL’s face on it just to move sales, it’s really positive, and anybody can do what he suggests, it’s not limited to those who are already fit, and there’s no hidden commercials, like, “Buy LL Cool J water! It’ll knock you out, just like mama told me to!” This one’s a keeper.

Next time: We get to know the man behind (inside?) Big Bird in Caroll Spinney’s The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar The Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers.

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