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About the Author

Dr. Warren Willey is the Medical Director of The Fitness Medicine Clinic, a full-service preventative medical organization helping people to obtain optimal health and fitness through elite nutritional programs, diet strategies, and exercise programs. He is a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician, and completed his postgraduate training at The Mayo Clinic. He is a founding diplomat of the American Board of Holistic medicine and a diplomat with The American Board of Family Practice. He is an active bodybuilder and has designed a number of exercise modalities. Dr. Willey is an established author having written a medical textbook and What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked? Your Guide To Optimum Health, released in 2003. This book has helped thousands of people lose weight and obtain and then maintain optimal health. He also writes for a number periodicals. He has 20+ years experience with exercise development, personal training and nutritional intervention.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing; 1 edition (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425103391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425103392
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone (bodybuilder or not) who is interested in how do build lean mass and lose fat should have this book in their library. I am so tired of negative "reviews" that state the book has "nothing new" or its information can be found for "free on the Internet". Obviously the same can be said for almost any book-- almost anything can be found on the Internet (even copyrighted material!). However, that requires finding the material, filtering out all of the conflicting information and judging whether to trust the source of the information found on the Internet. The whole point of buying a book, any book, is that the material is edited, presented in a clear, logical fashion, is supported by citations or research, and is written by an authority. This book gets 5 stars in all those respects!
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The Kindle edition is missing charts, graphs, and pictures.

My trainer recommended this book and its interesting. He has the print edition and said that the charts/graphs are necessary for a general understanding of whats going on. I'm going to try and get a refund on the kindle version and purchase the print edition.
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The author's point seems to be that following the nutritional advice he gives without taking steroids is better than taking steroids while hardly paying attention to what you eat at all. My opinion on that is that he's possibly right.

Basically, what I think the reader should take from this book is that you can use calories FOR you--you have to eat all 3 macronutrients anyway to build muscle, so you might as well make the most of them. He discusses nutrient timing and what Arnold Schwarzenegger calls "creating demand". After you do a really hard workout, your muscles are in demand of protein, and they're also in need of carbohydrates to replace the carb stores in the muscles (glycogen).

It makes sense that if you eat quality protein shortly after a hard workout, and also an adequate amount of carbohydrates, a great deal of these calories are going to go to muscle anabolism and recovery, and NOT SO MUCH TO BE STORED AS BODY FAT. He doesn't advocate eating an excess of calories, though, as there are only so many your body can use for "productive" purposes.

Like any book, he makes a lot of points that I highly disagree with, but for me, ovrerall, this book was worth reading because of the helpful points he makes, and also because of the topics he discusses that further support and explain what modern experts and reliable/credible readings say about building muscle.

Lastly, I want to mention that specifically, what he says about insulin was very beneficial to me - it can be your best friend (assisting muscle-building) or your worst enemy (assisting the body's natural tendency to want to store calories as fat).

I highly recommend reading this book and determining what parts of it might be helpful to you.
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"Better Than Steroids" really unlocks the secrets to using FOOD as a drug. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to change their body, no matter what their goals may be. I have been using Dr. Willey's concepts with my personal training clients as well as myself for a few years. I have helped guide over 100+ people using the ideas and concepts in "Better Than Steroids" and have had nothing but success.

I am an accomplished amateur bodybuilder for 5 years now and Dr. Willey has guided my training and has taken eating to a whole new level. Drug free bodybuilding demands proper eating, whether you are bulking up or leaning down, and Dr. Willey has unmasked these secretes for the first time in any book.

Overall this is an easy read and touches on many subjects from water intake, different lifting programs as well as a vast variety of eating secrets that with a little dedication can change the body, mind and overall life of ANYONE.

I give it an A+.
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Does not have any of the graphs, charts, etc. I would give it a 3 if it had the graphs/charts since they are key to the understanding of several processes explained in the book.
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downloaded the Kindle version of this book, and it keeps referencing charts and graphics that are not included. It would be helpful in grasping these concepts if those were included
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This book works well for me, it is a straightforward book and Dr. Willey was great in replying when I emailed him with questions. Very satisfied.
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Have you ever read a book (i.e. South Beach Diet) that turns what should be a paragraph in an article into a chapter in a book? Or have you ever read a book that was written for a doctor with so much technical jargon you have to buy a medical dictionary to get through it? *Better than Steroids* is less than 200 pages. It is an easy read. I read it in a weekend. But it's not fluff to fill a chapter. The writing is so condensed, some of it is almost in outline form. And yet it doesn't use jargon. It is mostly a straight up how to manual with just enough theory to understand why something makes sense. It provides examples. But usually just one in a very abbreviated one or two lines. He displays enough humor to sound natural, but doesn't try to be humorous. This guy sounds like a friend of yours that may be a doctor. You ask him a question. He says, "Here's how it works," and launches into a five minute explanation that makes you wonder why he had to spend ten years in school to learn this. Of course, it's typical of those who really understand their subject matter to speak with confidence and be able to make it all sounds pretty simple in a brief amount of time. Excellent book!!!
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