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135 of 150 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2009
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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2011
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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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2007
"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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2008
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2009
Great Book. He explains the actions of the body and what type of foods should be eaten to help maximize what the body is already trying to do. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to people who don't get at least SOME excercise because the whole point of leaning up or building muscle requires that you do your fair share too. Its not a get thin or big quick book, its a tool to use the right foods to maximize your actions to meet your goals. A+
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2011
I love this book because it covers the key to a great body, nutrition.
It concentrates more on nutrition than it does on weight training and cardio. I love that.

The only reason I gave this book a 4/5 is because the actual plans were a bit confusing.
Dr.Warren Willey gives you an exact blueprint to attacking your goal, whatever it may be.

Want to lose fat and maintain muscle? He's got a plan for that.
Want to build muscle and maintain fat? He's got a plan for that
Want to build muscle and even lose a bit of fat in the process? It's in there too.

It just takes a bit of work to construct your plan and figure out exactly what you
need to do, day to day. I think it could have been layed out and worded better.
But that doesn't take away from the great information that is in this book. It's wonderful
and I recommend anyone who wants to learn how to eat picks up a copy.

Remember... Eating is the most important piece to the fitness puzzle. Learn how to eat to achieve
the results you want.
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45 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2012
I read all the favorable reviews and thought this book would provide some real insights. I was very disappointed. There are two problems with it:
1) it's not really a book, it's more of a pamphlet. I mean, come on, almost $30 for 160 odd pages of large font text and lots of open space? Also more than a few pages are devoted to the author's discussion of his other book (available of course also on Amazon for another $24). Author appears to be more concerned with squeezing every penny he can get from his reader than he is with providing value-added content.

2) Agree also with some of the other reviews that there are few insights provided in this book that you can't find easily, and for free, on YouTube and any number of other websites.

Book would be worth a mass market price of $2.99 or $4.99, that's it.

Signed, a reader who feels ripped off.
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