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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

I have read a lot of book on nutrition for athlets.
Tomaso Veneroso
I found it to be very helpful with the chart in the back about different foods and their nutritional value.
Skyller Stickfort
I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone interested in knowing how the body works.
Andrew Peters

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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
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 As to the comment that the information on the macronutrients and micronutrients being outdated and nothing new, I must respond by replying that I do not often encounter persons who have a working knowledge of what nutrients are responsible for certain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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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful 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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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1998
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on February 16, 2007
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dorie on March 17, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skyller Stickfort on October 4, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. Stagmer on May 14, 2007
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The best part I took away from this book is the knowledge gained from a body builder who has already tested a lot of the food theories on his own body so he can write from experience. It only tops it off that Franco went on to get his PHD in nutrition. This book is easy reading and gives you a good background and basis to work from when discovering your own nutritional needs for your body.
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