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Mike Dolce's LIVING LEAN does a spectacular job creating an emotional backdrop to the science behind his famed principles used by UFC athletes worldwide. Now it's here for us regular folks!
Fantastic cardio & strength workouts
Easy, delicious recipes
Exercises w/ instructions & photos
-MMA Diet Reviews
This nutrition plan works, plain and simple, whether you're an athlete or a father that just throws a baseball around with your kids. After interviewing (UFC fighter) John Alessio, I ordered Living Lean. After starting at 236 lbs., I finished the first week at 221 lbs. This book has changed my lifestyle. -ProMMAnow.com
ESPN: LIVING LEAN A TOP READ
By now you know that Mike Dolce has helped fighters like Thiago Alves make weight, but the thing that's been under-stressed is that Dolce is a lifestyle changer. (Living Lean) will help those of you who wonder at his secrets, and it's full of recipes and workout tips to get you into a leaner, healthier figure.
I purchased the Kindle version of this book based on Dolce's experience with MMA fighters with the expectation to pick up a few nutrition tricks to add to the arsenal. I was woefully disappointed, as this book is filled with useless fluff and only the most basic nutrition information and sample workouts. The first 37% of the book is filled with useless anecdotes about how Dolce worked his way onto high school and collegiate wrestling teams and provide no detail as to the specific techniques he used to drop weight. Indeed, one chapter is simply an advertisement for his "3 weeks to shredded" e-book which sells for $40 on his website, which I imagine might contain the true secrets of "getting shredded" for an MMA or competition weigh-in. Based on the scant information in this book and the fact that Dolce makes his living advising MMA competitors on weight-loss, I doubt it truly contains his secrets or specific techniques and he certainly didn't share any specific tips in that regard. The second third of the book contains a sample meal plan along with a few recipes, but very little information on the principles behind his approach or how a person would apply his approach when not using the specific recipes or when training for specific goals. The remaining third of the book is a haphazardly thrown together compendium of a few sample workouts and two-picture demonstrations of various exercises. Overall, an underwhelming book that does not deliver.
Being a huge MMA fan I have been hearing about Mike Dolce's work with fighters for years. I always assumed that it was some extreme diet that could only be followed in a strict fight camp with direct supervision from a personal trainer. It wasn't until late last year that I began to hear about Living Lean (and 3 Weeks to Shredded) from "ordinary" people around me, and the results they were experiencing.
Now, I'm no MMA fighter. I'm a U.S. Army Soldier for 10 years, husband, and father of two. Fitness has always been important to me with a healthy diet coming in a VERY distant second. My weekly diet consisted of pizza, burgers, fried chicken, followed up with some ice cream and brownies. The weekends were always filled with wings and beer. This was my lifestyle for about 12 years. I never thought twice about it until I reached the tender age of 30 last year. Just like clockwork; the gut started to protrude, love handles started to form, double chin was making an appearance, and the workouts got shorter and shorter. Before I knew it, I had gained 20 pounds in 6 months. Something had to change...and NOW!
I decided to download Living Lean on iBooks the last week of January this year. I read it cover to cover in 1 day (it's an easy read), and immediately took action. Off to the grocery store I went armed with the sample grocery list, and recipes fired up on my iPad. I was surprised to find that most of the products on the list could be found at any local grocery store. I was even more surprised to find that, contrary to popular belief, buying healthy foods (whole, raw, non processed) was no more expensive than the junk I was used to buying. The first thing I made was the Champion Chili. This was an immediate hit with the family. How could something this good be this healthy?Read more ›
Bought this book when I weighed 275 pounds, and after losing 15 pounds in 3 weeks, I was hooked. I eventually ended up at 240, but my goal is to make 225 (in the next 2 months, Dolce will teach you to set a time limit.)
What you will get: 1. A short to-the-point biography of Mike Dolce's life that led him to be a "longevity advocate" who helps fighters lose weight naturally 2. A concise list of meal plans (that includes allergy and vegan accomodations) 3. A step by step visual description of different cardio and weight training programs.
What I love: 1. He gives cardio workouts that will be easy enough for a couch potato all the way up to workouts that will challenge a seasoned athlete. 2. He gives weight training workouts that can be beneficial to everyone regardless of how many days you can spend in a gym. 3. His meal suggestions can be adapted to fit the whole family, even if some have allergies or choose to be vegan. 4. He teaches you to read the ingredients rather than count the calories.
What to expect: 1. If you make the recipes he gives you on a regular basis, you will be amazed at how you feel. After going back to some junk food, you will regret it. 2. The cardio workouts can be challenging, but you will love to take on the next level as you get in shape. 3. If you follow the plan, people will begin to notice. 4. You will learn what it means to "make calories count." You would be amazed at how hungry you can feel after a big junk food meal of empty calories.
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I had been wanting to read Mike Dolces diet book for a long time. I saw the things he did for fighters like Rampage Jackson, Thiago Alves and Mike Pyle. I not only seen that they looked in phenomenal shape (sometimes the best shape of their careers) but they looked rejuvenated, positive, and full of life. I am a fight fan and love to watch fighters push their bodies to crazy fitness levels and test themselves. I had always known the fighters knew a lot about nutrition, overall fitness, and cutting pounds. Yet, I had always heard about people cutting weight the wrong way with severe dehydration and bad diets. I hate diet fads because typically people gain all the weight back within a few weeks. I wanted a diet that would teach me and my family how to live. Everytime I have seen Mike Dolce on tv he would always hold people responsible for themselves no matter who he was talking to. Every interview I have seen his methods were to be accountable for yourself and eat quality food. But he didn't say limit your calories or count them. I finally decided to buy the book for my Kindle the other day and couldn't put it down. I say finally because I should have bought it when i wanted to months ago. It's written very well and in a way that makes sense to people who have never dieted or really exercised. He has pictures of all of the exercises and how to structure a workout. He has included some recipes that I cannot wait to try and even provided a shopping list. He has even included vegan recipes and simple swaps to turn a meal into a vegan dish. I am going to have my family read the book as well so they can read Mikes story of how he got where he is and the knowledge he has gained and shared along the way. With a little work my family can be conscious of the things they eat and workout to get results.
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