Sarah Palin: "Our Family Is Writing a Fitness Book!"
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Forget drilling for oil and foreign policy, Sarah Palin's newest favorite issue is fitness, it seems. She was spotted grocery shopping in Los Angeles recently with a much more svelte physique, and some say she has gone too far with her weight loss. (The photo on the left is from 2010; the one on the right she posted to Facebook just a few days ago.)

Her daughter, Bristol, is in on the craze, too: She's been on Dancing with the Stars All-Stars and is also shedding some major pounds. (See her before and after pics below.)

If you want a Palin body, you're in luck: People is reporting that the former republican vice presidential candidate emailed the magazine on Tuesday, saying, "Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline, focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods!...We promise you what we do works and allows a fulfilling quality of life and sustenance anyone can enjoy." Sounds pretty winning to us!

But don't bank on reading the book just yet. According to People, there has been no report of a publication date or if she has a contract to write it.

I have to admit, probably the last person I think of running to when looking for some advice on how to shed a few pounds is Palin. What makes her think she is an expert? What makes anyone think they are an expert, for that matter? With so many weight loss blogs and advice out there these days on how to lose weight or even just maintain a healthy lifestyle, it's hard to sift through the noise to find real, expert advice that works. (Of course, you can always come to SHAPE for the latest tips that are proven to help you get the body you want!)

In that light, we want to know a few things from you: First of all, would you buy her book? And second, in your opinion, what makes someone a fitness and diet or weight loss expert?

Sarah Palin:

 

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