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Very technical read, not enough practical applications
on 13 December 2013
I did enjoy reading this book, although at times I wished the author had skipped some of the very in depth explanations around hormonal reasons behind weight loss and muscle gain. It does become at times a very dense reading, where unless a medicine student or professional, it can be easy getting lost or confused.
Sadly there are no real examples of how to apply the science to the every day life of an athlete. Yes the author talks (briefly and with little detail) about type of workouts to do during under eating phases, yet it is not detailed enough. Same when it comes to the diet itself. For all the detailed explanations on insulin-resistance and insulin-sensitivity, there is not one example of how to go about creating an effective diet plan for an athlete, so the reader is left to their own devices to come up with practical applications of the theory explained on the book.
Last point, at all times the author keeps repeating that the theory described in the book on combining phases of under eating with strength exercises "may" result in fat loss and muscle gain. For a book that has numerous pages of what it looks like medical and scientific references, and claims to develop a revolutionary new way of approaching body transformation, it all seems that in the end the author does not want to assume full responsibility of what he seems to claim.
In summary, I have enjoyed reading the book, yet it lacks some fundamental practicalities most readers would have appreciated.