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The book I wish I'd had when I started
on 26 September 2015
What makes this book different from so many others is the sheer detail it goes into (particularly on the diet side of things). It's a lot of reading, but I find that very necessary in order to understand the WHY of what I'm doing. I'd previously relied on books such as 'sports nutrition', and 'strength training' by Anita Bean, and although good concise books, they simply don't make you appreciate the importance of precision in diet planning, nor provide friendly motivational words (perhaps a bit cheesy, but makes for a pleasanter read than other more sterile books).
The authors seems to have taken an objective look at all the diet and weight training studies, and presented what is probably the nearest thing to the current consensus we'll get on the optimum diet and training routines. There are no fad diets advised in this book, I could see nothing diet-related that contradicted advice you would get from the NHS patientline website - which is policed by doctors, and is not trying to sell anything.
I had a look at some of the 1 star reviews before buying, and after reading the book can say that they fall in two categories:
1. People saying they knew all the stuff in this book already, and that it's for 'beginners' - well, for a start this book doesn't claim not to be for beginners (there is sequel for more advanced lifters anyway), and also, if you've been getting your diet wrong for years, you still are 'a beginner'.
2. Proponents of low-carb diets, unhappy that it doesn't endorse their preferred diet. The fact is for the majority of people the ketogenic approach is bad in multiple ways, and I really think it's a passing fad (there was a lab-controlled study last month that conclusively proved low-fat diets more effective than low-carb, and also the BBC Horizon Fat vs Sugar documentary with identical twins which also proved the low-carb diet to be nonsense).
I do have two criticisms though:
1. Inconsistent use of imperial and metric measurements - would be better if there were US and non-US versions, using all imperial and metric respectively. 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight? come on.
2. Repetitive language, the number of times it said things like 'research has shown', was very noticeable and quite irritating.