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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Xerxes House Press (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615531679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615531670
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. R. Radley on 1 July 2013
Format: Paperback
Cutting straight to the chase, all the negative reviews of this book on here are pretty much spot on.

If you want to eat a quality diet and have good workouts but have zero idea of how to go about it this book will be helpful.

All the exercises and recipes are quality information but it's also readily available on the internet for free.

The shopping list costs about £60-£70 (most which will only last few days in your fridge) not including coconut oils, hemp oils, almond/cashew butter, flax seed etc that you will have to buy from health/fitness stores and websites.

If you are even the slightest but interested in the information I'd highly recommend just listening to Mike Dolce's FREE podcast as he regularly spouts info straight out of the books.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 6 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
I am so disappointed with this book. 173 pages, the first 80 of which are devoted to Mike telling us how great he is. The 'advice' (such as it is) consists of a few well meaning, but ultimately common sense snippets. Eat wholegrains (yes we know Mike) Eat fruit and veg (I've heard that one before Mike).

Moving on there are some recipes which the Author probably likes. A few for breakfast, a few for lunch and a few for dinner. These really are pitiful. One of them, and this is no word of a lie is a recipe for an avocado and I quote verbatim.

'Cut the avocado in half, take out the pit and spoon it out like a pudding. Pair with an orange or two for a great snack'. That nugget of wonderous wisdom was deemed important enough for a full page on the Kindle version. Gee thanks for that Mike, what next? 2 pages on how to eat a banana? A diagram of the best way to wash some celery?

Before you buy this book take note of the introduction....

'I'm not going to waste your time with hundreds of pages dedicated to terminology and definitions in an attempt to prove validity while hiding behind science. It's not necessary'. Yes it is Mike - I've just paid £7 for a digital copy of a book that tells me nothing and I suspect has been written to cash in a few dollars. I'm really not interested in what Mike and his wife like to eat for dinner, I'm interested in the human body, what, how and why things work.

At least read the free sample before you buy this book and see if you agree before parting with your hard earned cash and putting a few dollars more into Mr Dolce's avocado fund.

Mike - if you read this, you should be ashamed of yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jacopo on 20 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
I have been quite disappointed by this book.
After reading reviews and hearing talking and interviews about this book I really expected something amazing that would revolutionize the way I eat and approach training.

I expected a structured METHOD.
This is not what you will get from the book.

First 20 pages is all about how great Mike is, how much he overachieved over the years and how everything he does is the best.

Next bit is Nutrition: basically he tells you to eat clean food, organic, chemical free stuff. Make totale sense. Great.
Then a list of complex recipes, everyone of them has 15 20 different ingredients and elements, so good luck buying everything you need. Definitely not keeping it simple.

and that's it really... no diet plan, no numbers, no advices on how much and how often eat.

Workout part. Some short programs, which might be interesting, some images showing how to perform techniques. But again too general and not really useful in my opinion.

Trying to address two massive topics in 100 pages couldnt lead elsewhere than to a book that is VERY generic, with literally 3 4 good advices, everything else you can find it online for free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 24 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
I've been listening to the Mike Dolce Show podcast for a while now. It's pretty thin on content at times but good for motivation and sometimes has good stories about the UFC fighters that Mike trains. He rarely goes into much detail about recipes though, instead just talking about the principles of his lifestyle. So I figured the book would really go into detail.

It doesn't. At all. There's a lot of Mike's usual self-promotion about how big he was, how lean he is now, how fit all his athletes are and how easy their weight cuts are. That's all been said before a million times and we know that stuff inside out now. Boom, this is how we do it, living lean, earth-grown nutrients, no potions/pills/powders (apart from anything Onnit sell).

There's a shopping list of ingredients (although no quantities) and then a number of recipes that rarely take up more than a third of the page and lack a lot of detail. For one, there's no real cooking instructions. He'll tell you to saute an ingredient which is fine but if you don't know what that means, you'll be scuppered. He could use some of that empty space also to tell you the benefits of that meal or the individual ingredients in it. Is it good for recovery? Or energy? Or both? Does it work better in conjuction with another ingredient in there? A little bit of info would be nice.

Take this example;

Toast
(A, H, G, V)
Spread Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, peanut butter, honey or bananas on your favorite toasted bread.

That takes up a whole page and tells you basically nothing. Anyone coming to this from another diet would be asking how bread is okay or why it's okay to have chocolate hazelnut butter.
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