Just finished reading this (and the Muscle & Strength - Training) books and can say they are absolutely excellent!! You see, I'm in a little different position than many people starting out - I'm mid-50s, coming from 16 years of sitting on my ass in front of a computer (engineering position) that I allowed to wreck my posture and conditioning, and am working to reverse the damage I allowed. In short, if I was going to reverse all this crap I let happen I was going to need help in 2 areas, Strength and Nutrition.
Let's talk about the Nutrition (you can read my Training review under that product).
I love eating!!!! And thankfully I love cooking too...because boy do I love eating!! I think you get that picture ;)
I actually don't eat too bad. I'm not a junk fooder (yeah, I made that word up) and mostly good quality food. Actual food, not processed crap simply referred to as food at the stores. 90+% of the time it's home made meals from raw ingredients and rarely go out to eat at restaurants where there are days worth of sodium, sugar, and/or fat in one simple meal. But for a couple decades now, I slowly gained body fat to an unnecessary level (~25% at my worst a couple years ago). At 5'11" I got up to about 200lbs with weak muscles, you might think "not bad" but I'm active and that only served to hold me back from being as active as I like to be.
Through strength training I got myself down to about 185lbs with about 21% BF. Yes, I suspect I lost a little muscle mass but here's where the information I got from Andy's site (RippedBody.com) comes in. I wasn't eating nearly enough protein for the approach I was taking to fix myself. Remember, I love food! But I thought I needed more veggies and fruits and oatmeal, and yogurt and..Bah...I was eating more than enough of that daily already, in fact, I was eating way too much of them! I neglected protein in favor of all the yummy stuff, carbs and fat!
I knew from Andy's site that this book (ebook only up until a couple weeks ago) would have more detail, and it sure does. The additional information I got from this, just like the Training book, is just what I need to end the constant doubting if I was doing this right.
I am all of 5'11" 166lbs at about 17.3%BF (Navy measure). I know I've lost additional muscle mass but I can see I was dieting a little too aggressively. Thanks to the way the additional info is conveyed in this book, I'm thankful to end that and get back to eating more before I wrecked myself going too far.
Daily tracking (weighing myself and macro/calorie documenting), weekly averaging, combined with monthly measurements are showing my body is responding positively just the way Eric, Andy, and Andrea's information contained in these 2 books are supposed to. I now have the understanding to calm my impatience to "get this over with fast" and progress efficiently. I'm still impatient but knowledge is now keeping me from acting on it!
I'm paraphrasing but the comment for people like me (non-competitor) questioning "...why we'd subject ourselves to a dieting extreme if we weren't preparing for a competition..." was gold! Just what I needed to hear!
The bottom line with this book: It won't disappoint!
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (24 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1090912188
- ISBN-13: 978-1090912183
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 789 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)