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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
  • Great story
  • Exercises w/ instructions & photos
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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. 

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Xerxes House Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615531679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615531670
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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144 of 167 people found the following review helpful By D. Font on August 16, 2012
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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.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Erika Delgado on June 16, 2012
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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?
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2012
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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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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John Hackbarth on March 2, 2013
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I had high hopes for this book and had heard good things about Mike Dolce being the best of the best for fighters obtaining optimal weight. His main theory is good, but the book seriously lacked any sort of material. Instead the entire first half consists of a hastily written biography of Mike, with the second half mostly recipes and filler.

I was hoping for actual examples, real life evidence and how to put the nutrition plan into action. Providing an example day's nutrition is nice, but lacks the real life situations athletes face. For example, when should they eat, how much more calories should be consumed after working out, how much protein vs carbs, etc.

My opinion: this is a cheap book and comes across as being written in a matter of hours. Not worth 10% of the purchase price. I would love to read something by Mike with more content, thoughtful writing and real life examples.
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