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This review is from: The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer (Paperback)
Although interesting areas are covered, much of the `ground breaking scientific discoveries' are contradicted throughout the book.
One significant point which really let this book down, in my opinion, was the fat vs carbs issue. Rather than address the paleo diet for example, the author simply states that high fat diets are unhealthy, solely addressing unhealthy fats--which is stating the obvious.
Fat based diets are not about frying your food and drinking a gallon of vegetable oil a day. It's about good fats, such as avocados, nuts etc. These diets (minimising carbs) have been effectively demonstrated as a good thing for the last few years (i.e. Primal & Dr Peter Attia) so given this book completely missed this, it makes me question just how much research was carried out in other areas.
Overall, I can summarise this book in one sentence. Being active is better than not being active. That's essentially it. Save your money.
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2014 06:47:24 BDT
I completely disagree with this review, especially the last line. The book is about much, much more than keeping active, and the fat v carbs thing constitutes a minor section. As someone who has always had an interest in health and fitness I was very grateful for the author's examination into the science behind the claims and long-held 'truths' on the subject, and it has helped me to re-think my own approach.
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