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The Testosterone Advantage Plan (Rodale): Lose Weight, Gain Muscle ("Men's Health") Paperback – 3 Jan 2003
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"A revolutionary new book, aimed at firming up your man's wobbly bits ... designed solely for men." -- Zest magazine
"Build muscle and lose flab. Sample menus, exercise diagrams and case-studies make it an informative health and fitness guide." -- Independent on Sunday
"The Testosterone Advantage Plan turns tired, chubby middle-aged men into lean muscular bedroom athletes - in nine weeks." -- The Sunday Times Style magazine
About the Author
Lou Schuler is Fitness Director, Men's Health (USA); Simon Geller is Editor, Men's Health (UK) and is currently on the plan himself (with very positive results).
Top customer reviews
The book's success is down to the fact that the exercise and nutrition is spelt out for you so there's little danger of slipping, combined with the reduced calorie diet. However, the fact that you can consume less calories but eat more food is presumably down to the magic of Testosterone!
It's not perfect and not easy. You need some commitment to stick to the food plan, although this becomes easier, and the plan's dietary figures didn't agree with my local Sainsbury's but this is mere detail. Stick broadly to the food plan, do the exercise and you really will change the look of your body.
Now I just need to keep it up!
I can honestly say I have never eaten so much, and I was supposedly on a diet. My aim was to lose the inches around my middle, but to retain my weight, something I never believed would happen. After 3 months I have gone from verging on a 36inch waist to a comfortable 32inch.
I am not a great gym goer, so the majority of the excercises I did at home, and the food I was eating didn't have a lengthy preperation time.
In short there are 3 diets you can follow, Fat loss only, Fat loss, and muscle gain, or muscle gain only. There are easy to follow step by step guides, and diet plans. I am sure, I like most men did not realise the complexity of Testosterone, and that men SHOULD eat fat, and protein to sustain a healthy lifestyle. An excellent book.
This is therefore a very easy to follow book.
I failed on the diet, mainly due to my own failure so I cannot attack the diet. I would have liked him to give a vegetarian meal plan, but he decided to ignore his own research that some vegetarian protein sources were almost as good as meet (Soya for example).
Also, saying that running is bad seems a bit drastic. He seems to imply that it is good for a person to not be fit enough to run a mile. I am not an expert, but I am sure that an exercise routing that included a reasonable balance between aerobic and non-aerobic exercise would be better.
Over all I think the guy is trying too much to prove he is the perfect man. He may have a bit too much testosterone running though his body. Having said that, he seems to know his stuff and his conclusions are sound. If he was a bit more open minded and impartial it would have been a better book, but as it is it is okay
This book even says pro-hormones don't work.
Well they've worked for me in the past.
The only reason I stopped them is they were giving me side effects.
I'm all natural now.
The volume in this book is too high, and the intensity is too low.