Book review: Fat Chance

Book cover for Fat Chance by Nick Spalding

The overwhelming majority of my recreational reading is science fiction. I like the way it portends the future and expands my imagination of what’s possible. However, every once in a while I like to explore a title that’s outside of my comfort zone. Such was the case recently with Fat Chance by Nick Spalding.

To say Fat Chance was out of my comfort zone is a serious understatement. It’s about as far from science fiction as one can get.

The story revolves around a middle-aged couple, Zoe and Greg, who have lost the zest of their youth. In the process of losing their vitality, they’ve added a bit of weight between the two of them. In an attempt to regain their old figures (and vigor), they enter a weight loss competition sponsored by the local radio station where Zoe works. Each chapter alternates between Zoe and Greg’s diary, which is a first person account of their weight loss experiences. There are humorous accounts of trying to stick to diets, torturing one’s self with various pieces of exercise equipment, being abused by personal trainers, and getting called out during a trip to IKEA.

Spalding pretty much lampoons everything about the weight loss and fitness industry in the book, which is generally well done. I would by no means call it a health book, but it is interesting how he brings both Zoe and Greg back to the basics when it comes to fitness and weight loss. It’s not about chasing the latest fad or weight loss gimmick. It’s about watching what you eat, exercising regularly, burning more calories than you consume, and changing your lifestyle so the weight you work so hard to lose stays off.

Fat Chance is an easy read. It’s light, cute, and entertaining. While I may not recommend it, it doesn’t mean the book is bad or poorly written. It just isn’t my cup of tea. So if you’re looking for a book that’s light, fun, and humorous to pass the time, then Fat Chance is worth the read.