on May 11, 2014
Look, I'll be honest. Berardi is a knowledgeable author and his company gives decent blog info but The Precision Nutrition system is nothing new. One of the main ideas of the PN system is to follow a few simple (but nothing new) rules to eating like "eat protein with each meal," "eat veggies at each meal," "stop eating when you're 80% full," "eat mainly whole foods." The way that Berardi and his staff write the book, you would like to think that these are new ideas that no one has ever taught but the same ideas in just another book. I do like how he stays away from counting calories as I agree with that mentality.
Again, nothing personal to the PN team but it's really comical how "self righteous" this company comes off in their writing, whether it be books or websites. From what I've read, they act like their God's gift to nutrition and everything they do is so "cool" and if you join them, you will be "cool" too. What's worse, if you disagree and give a negative review, the PN cult makes personal jabs at you and bullies you. Just like they did at the last negative reviewer giving his honest opinion.
I really think they get this attitude from their experience in the bodybuilding scene but it comes off as super cheesy.
Honestly besides the recipe book, the rest of book really is no use and is sitting in a box in the basement as it gave me nothing that was new. Perhaps if you lived in cave the past 20 years, you might learn something new. But if you lived in a cave, you'd probably be eating Paleo :)
Originally it was way over priced at $99. I do think the book system has decreased price but still probably not worth it besides the recipe guide.
on April 17, 2010
On the PN website a lot of hype is made about how great this book is to help vegetarians/vegans set up a solid meal plan to build muscle and/or lose fat. I bought the book expecting it to live up to the hype and unfortunately it doesn't. Most of the book and recipes are geared towards meat eaters, we vegetarians are left to our own devices. In setting up your meal plan you're told that lean protein should be consumed at every feeding, and that carbs should be kept to 25% if your goal is fat loss. No guidelines are really given if you are a vegetarian because we're told that beans and legumes are a good source of protein, yet they are quite high in carbs.
To improve this book I'd like to see that they add more vegetarian anytime meals, not just omelets, and give more guidelines for helping vegetarians to set up a meal plan for fat loss.