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Ideally, being healthy isn't just about being a certain weight: It's about having all the systems of your body performing at optimum levels for as long a time as possible. Mackie Shilstone, in his role as medical advisor to professional athletes, presents a complex plan in The Fat-Burning Bible that incorporates supplements, sleep and stress management alongside the standards of diet and exercise.

The first section of the book helps you establish your honest starting point--it's easy to be at an acceptable weight but have unacceptably high fat percentages, cholesterol or blood sugar. Establishing this point involves a fair amount of measuring and math, and includes checklists that will help you identity potential concerns like Syndrome X or thyroid problems.

Diet and nutrition follow; the section encompasses fairly complex suggestions on intake percentages as well as simple meal plans and recipes. Portion control figures highly--it's back to the old 'four ounces of skinless chicken breast' as a basic building block. A short section on supplements refers in a general way to recent research, but is more of an introduction than complete system. More time is devoted to the exercise program, but this could be more complex than a typical dieter feels ready for. Clear photos show off specific exercises, but they require regular trips to the gym or a set of dumbbells at home. The last section, which Shilstone suggests photocopying, is a day-to-day journal that allows you to check off goals and note areas for further work. It's a helpful tool, but also requires a fair amount of dedication.

Ultimately, this book seems designed for those who are already fairly fit, but are hoping to achieve a more ideal version of good health. It could be especially helpful for amateur athletes--if you're prepping for a marathon or other big event, this might be just the tool you need. Jill Lightner

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* This four-week plan is based on boosting the metabolic rate. Although Shilstone identifies various foods as being able to ""burn fat,"" a misleading concept, still the diet, recipes, and exercise plans are reasonable and not dangerous in any way. The author of Lose Your Love Handles and Maximum Energy for Life, Shilstone has worked with heavyweight champions Michael Spinks and Roy Jones Jr. This guide, although it includes a diet for women, will appeal primarily to men. (from the Diet/Fitness roundup by Susan Hagloch) (Library Journal, January 15, 2005)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471655295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471655299
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed the information that was given in this book.
Donald J. Allan
This is definitely not a something for nothing plan, but if fat loss and getting in better shape is a priority, you can find a way to do it.
Stephen Tobey
I'm a believer and have been recommending the book to my friends.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rob C on August 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after seeing a few bad reviews along with all the good ones. Some critics where fair, there is a lot of things in this book that have been said before, but honestly, when was there a big revolution in getting healthy? The only new things in this category are fad diets and we all know they don't work. This book is very well written and it is not only written for the grossly overweight who have tried everything, but it is also written for people who are trying to help health issues such as high cholesterol and diabetes. Mr. Shilstone does a very good job explaining why things do and do not work rather than just saying it. All of the food recipes work well and he makes sure to make the point of not leaving large groups of foods off your diet, also everything he suggests is very satisfying food that tastes good too.

The supplements can be a bit overwhelming if you aren't used to taking lots of pills every day. As for the "9 foods that burn fat" that another reviewer pointed out don't exist, the actual title of that chapter is "foods that burn fat", the chapter number is 9, so that is just a misunderstanding. This book is more about fixing your matabolism so that you can lose fat and not lean muscle mass, if that is not your goal, or you are not willing to invest an hour a day to exercise, you will not fully benefit from this book. With that said, do not be scared by the full hour, this is not a "gym rat" type of workout, it is not designed to become a bodybuilder, it is set up to get your muscles into shape to burn excess calories.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Loaiza on March 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm sick of fad diets and books that deliver what they promise but only on the short run, and leave you hanging after the initial weight loss. Mackie Shilstone knows his stuff. There are no gimmicks in this plan. He promises you'll lose up to 3% body fat and go down up to 2 dress sizes (if you're a woman) in 28 days and he delivers. I lost 15 lbs in a month and went from a size 12 to an 8 in a month! But this is no 8-minute miracle plan that will force you to forego carbs. This is the old tried and true approach: you WILL have to work out hard, and you WILL have to eat less calories than you burn. The food is much more approachable than those mad low-carb diets (you can have sausage, cheese, pita bread, etc.), and it doesn't require that you use weird, untested supplements. After the first 28 days, I've moved on to the intermediate phase and I'm still losing weight with the help of menus and detailed workout plans that Shilstone provides. I highly recommend this book. My energy level has shot up tremendously, and now that I'm in the intermediate level I can look forward to relaxing a little on the time I spend at the gym because losing fat and gaining muscle means I'm burning fat more efficiently. If you're sick of going from program to program, try this. You won't regret it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Beth B on May 6, 2005
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I'm not sure why Susan Hogloch would write in the review included in the book description that this approach would appeal mostly to men. I urge you other women reading this out there to disregard that comment. The chapter on supplements which boost metabolism alone is worth the price of this book. I can say that because, to date, that's the only part of the book I've had time to put into practice. Just with the addition of the supplements over the span of about 2 months, I lost 14 pounds. That weight came off in exactly the places he writes about (reverse fat gain syndrome) that often indicates a messed-up metabolism. I can only imagine what will happen once I adjust my exercise regime to his plan and start following the nutritional guidelines. I'm a believer and have been recommending the book to my friends.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Tobey on March 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While Lose Your Love Handles, one of Shilstone's previous efforts, was a solid work, I wanted to see more specific guidance on how to work the rest of the body and incorporate his core training into a complete program.

A few years later, Shilstone delivers.

The program is extremely well-rounded, with a mix of cardio, weights, core training and intervals, plus balanced meal plans. If you're loooking for 5-minute workouts, forget it. You won't have to live in the gym (he also has a home strength training workout you can use), but you will have to invest about an hour a day, six days a week to exercise. This is definitely not a something for nothing plan, but if fat loss and getting in better shape is a priority, you can find a way to do it.

The meal plans are good. I didn't see much that appealed to my taste buds, but with a little creativity you could probably come up with some good "Mackie Meals" on your own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Peil on March 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have stopped considering the number on the scale as the determinant of what should be driving my need to improve my health. I turn 45 next week and am more than 50 pounds overweight. I have had 4 kids (a set of twins in there,) I am insulin-resistant and take Glucophage for what my MD calls "Pre-Diabetes." I am also postmenopausal and on hormone therapy (having had a hysterectomy a few years back.) All of these factors change the playing field for me. Losing weight and toning up is not going to be as easy as it was when I was in my 20s or 30s. I have tried everything from Weight Watchers to Nutrisystem...and oh, the money I have spent. Mr. Shilstone writes in plain, common sense language and gets to the core of what everyone should be doing to get healthy and fit and stay that way for life. No fancy diet foods. No yucky shakes. No crazy 4-hour workouts. No equipment to buy at home. This is truly a bible as the title indicates...something you read, mark in, fully digest and go back to. You must own a copy so that you can refer back to it again and again.
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