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Most bodybuilders realize the vital role nutrition plays in their progress, and the savvy seek enlightened assistance on understanding their body's use of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. But those looking for more than rudimentary guidance will have difficulty finding it amidst Columbo's jumble of personal reminiscences, warmed-over textbook-ishness, meal plans, and pro forma warnings on steroids and other harmful substances. Woman bodybuilders will also be frustrated by the scant attention paid to their special nutritional needs. Columbo is a two-time Mr. Olympia, and former training partner of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who became a doctor of chiropractics and nutrition. Photos not seen by PW. October
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Dr. Franco Columbu, well-known expert on nutrition and kinesiology, not to mention two-time Mr. Olympia, presents the most successful strategies and diet plans for achieving a superior physique.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 22, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809254573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809254576
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 3, 1999
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As a natural healthcare practitioner, I often refer to several textbooks to update and review for the benefit of my patients. I have come to rely on Dr. Columbu's knowledge as it applies to athletes. Yet, there is a point to which all persons can benefit from just a little of his principles. Seldom will you find a book recommending that the specific enzyme-containing foods required for proper breakdown and assimilation of other vital substances. As to the comment that the information on the macronutrients and micronutrients being outdated and nothing new, I must respond by replying that I do not often encounter persons who have a working knowledge of what nutrients are responsible for certain functions and the consequences of deficiencies. And the information he provides is just as useful today as it was in the book's first printing. We could all use a bit of a refresher course from time to time on basic nutrition. Glad to see Dr. Columbu reiterating the value of such information.
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By A Customer on February 18, 2004
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I used this book to bulk up while losing over 50 lbs (from 225 to 165 lbs), and I maintained my strength. I did not follow the nutritional supplement advice, but did follow what to eat religiously. This is the best sports nutrition book, period.

An Update (6 months after my original review above): OK, I stopped following his advice (high value protein) so religiously, and I gained back 12 pounds. That's how effective this book is. Cause and effect. Follow the book, lose weight and gain strength. Don't follow the advice, gain weight and lose strength.
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This book by Franco Columbu, who is a retired world class bodybuilder, really isn't about nutrition for bodybuilders only. I found it to be a general nutrition book. I have numerous nutrition textbooks and they are basically summed up in this book. It is a quick guide to getting proper nutrition to help you make strong gains in muscle building. I found it to be very helpful with the chart in the back about different foods and their nutritional value. This book is a great guide to those who don't know much about nutrition. If you already have books on nutrition, there really isn't anything new here so save your money.
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Dr. Columbu trained Hollywood stars including Sylvester Stallone. He knows what he's doing. I knew him personally and found him to be bright and thoughtful. His advice is quite valuable--and not at all gimmicky.
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If you have ever seen Pumping Iron with Arnold Schwarzenegger then you will remember the scene with the Sicilian guy lifting a car out from its parking place. This is that guy, Arnold's training pal, who also competed along side Arnold, winning many titles for his weight category and would later go on to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Before we begin we should affirm that yes we know they both took steroids, and yes this book contains images of drug users, and yes times have changed (since this book is dated 1985 it covers some things on steroid). The big question is why would you want a book that is over 20 years old? The answer is obvious in that it is the name that sells it. However this guide is far from just another quick cash-in as the author gives you almost 164 pages of solid data.

The problem is the book title does not reveal much about what this book is really about. If you know that this book is less about how to cook up bodybuilding meals and more about Vitamins (most of the book) and has 7 or 8 pages on common things you can cook up, then you will less disappointed, many even getting exactly what you are looking. In fact I haven't seen anything quite like this in the field in bodybuilding literature.

The Bodybuilders Nutrition Book is basically about selling you the idea that you should take your vitamins. While that might considered a bit of an oversell to publish a whole book on it, the fact is important in order to get all the other things Bodybuilders do and supplement with to work right. The point though is elaborated on by breaking down each vitamin into what it can do for you and how much to take. This is about the science of vitamins and nutrition and how it applies to bodybuilding. It is not a beginner's book but anyone interested in learning more about the breakdown of foods and the role vitamins play will find this book quite authoritative although a bit dated.
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By A Customer on November 3, 1998
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This is the one book I found that helped me to understand the confusing world of nutrition and bodybuilding. I use this book as a reference and have read it cover to cover at least 6 times since I purchased it. This year I plan to make this book a gift to all my friends and family interested in the sport. Thank you Franco for your help and direction.
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This is a great guide for those individuals who seek to bodybuild via real food and not via some of these synthetic powder drinks, for instance. Its a great nutritional assistant that provides lists of "do" and "don'ts" when comes to all the food groups and also explains how vitamins and supplements benefit our body. Its also a great source of some digestive concepts and information. Nutrition tables are also given for over 300 sources/items.
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This is a must read for anyone that is serious about bodybuilding. We hear it day after day, "80% of what results we get is related to diet". Well wouldn't you go to an authority on the subject of diet and nutrition that is geared specifically for bodybuilding? Of course you would! And at this price there is no reason not to pick one up. Dr. Columbu breaks down what could be a complicated subject into completely understandable terms and methods. He is going to give you not only why you need this addition in your diet but he will tell you how to get it either through supplementation or by actual foods that you should eat to achieve this goal. I've been lifting and successfully building for 30 years now. Over this time I have learned pretty much on my own that what Dr. Columbu is telling you in this book is 100% accurate. I wish I had read this at the start of my lifting career though as I would have had major GAINS much earlier in the game.
Combine this book with The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Bible of lifting) and you are on your way to an epic olympic physique.
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