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Wake Up

Wake Up

Strive for an imperfectly but perfect body with this honest weight loss story.

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Wake Up! You’re Probably Never Going to Look Like that: How to Be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit (second edition) is a honest, humorous and scientifically-backed look at how fitness guru, Michelle Pearl lost more than 100 pounds twice in her life and has now managed to keep those pounds off the second time around.

In the second edition, Pearl introduces you to The Pearl Principle, ten steps that anyone who has suffered an ongoing weight problem can follow to lose weight and become healthier and more fit. She also tackles the mass media myths that encourage us to strive to achieve the perfect body and dissects the weight loss myths that are continually perpetuated by the media.

In addition, Kai Hibbard, the Biggest Loser’s third season runner up wrote the foreword to the second edition release of Wake Up.

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  • Features a very relatable and realistic weight loss success journey
  • Includes an endorsement from a former Biggest Loser runner-up contestant
  • Encourages being healthy rather than being a size 2
  • Promotes the notion that being healthy and fit can take on different shapes and forms
  • Offers the reader realistic and practical tips and strategies for making long-term changes to their health
  • Does not offer a clear, step-by-step plan to follow
  • Some fitness and health advocates may disagree with Pearl’s idea of health

Pearl takes on the diet industry debunks many popular myths about fat, dairy and BMI's.

Overall, her eating plan can be broken down into a few basic rules:

  • Eat often.
  • Con your cravings by choosing smart and healthy alternatives for sugar or salt cravings.
  • Change your diet through baby steps.
  • Avoid temptation altogether by not having trigger foods around.
  • Repeat eating healthy meals over and over again
  • Avoid unnecessary fat and instead, rely on fat naturally found in certain foods, like nuts.

Pearl provides her own tips and strategies for eating healthy. Some of her favorite things to eat are:

  • Frozen blueberries sprinkled with Splenda
  • Sugar-free hot cocoa
  • Whole grain toast with sugar-free jelly
  • An afternoon salad with low to no calorie veggies and a bit of protein.

Recommendations are also given for fast-food or chain restaurant meals.


While strongly encouraging exercising, Wake Up debunks the myth that you have to look a certain way to be fit. Instead she simply encourages you to be active in order to lose weight and feel better about yourself.

Wake Up recommends that you find a cardio workout you enjoy doing and do it. You are also encouraged to adopt a strength-training program to build up lean muscle mass.

Pearl herself is an accomplished and decorated certified personal trainer, holding credentials from ACE, CPT and GFI. She is also the owner of Imperfect Fitness which offers exercise videos that are customized to the client’s fitness and health level.


Pearl’s primary message is that “You are not weak, losing weight has nothing to do with willpower. You don’t have to be perfect to be fit.”

If you wrestle with having a perfect size 2 body or a six-pack of abs like you see on tv, have a reality check with Michelle Pearl’s Wake Up! You’re Probably Never Going to Look Like That.

While her comments and ideas may receive criticism from some fitness and health advocates, Pearl deserves credit for creating awareness that the super thin or ultra chiseled images promoted in the mass media are the reality for a very small handful of individuals. While she doesn’t want to burst anyone’s bubble of having a dream body, she does offers practical and realistic tips and strategies for living a healthy life and a have an imperfectly-perfect body.

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