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
I enjoyed the information that was given in this book. Tried some rescipies and they we grate. Always Good to read Mackies booksPublished 19 months ago by Donald J. Allan
I think all healthcare professionals should read it. The information presented is just great. By far the best nutrition guide I have ever seen.Published 23 months ago by Ikram Chaudhry
Anything Mackie Shilstone says I take as the word. I have seen him in person. He is very dedicated to the well being of others. Any of his books are great.Published on December 21, 2012 by Diana Kltoz
This is a good book. It is well written. It does take some work. You will not just be able to jump in and be able to do the workouts, they are simple exercises but putting them... Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Nathan Beale
This is such a doable program. The food suggestions are excellent-affordable-easy to prepare. The workout program is fun and offers variety for the bored exerciser. Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by Dantepewter
I am a licensed Chiropractor and studied Biochemistry as an undergraduate. Much of what was detailed in this book was a helpful review for me, as well as providing some new... Read morePublished on June 1, 2007 by J. Lin