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The Men's Health Diet: 27 Days to Sculpted Abs, Maximum Muscle & Superhuman Sex! Hardcover – December 20, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605291366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605291369
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Perrine is an editor-at-large of Men’s Health and the former Editor-in-Chief of Best Life. He has appeared on numerous national television shows, such as CBS’s The Early Show, the 700 Club, and Extra!

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Easy to read.
Anthony Wills
If you can find one, I recommend a 40 or 45 second sand timer--you turn it over and have 10-15 seconds to get into position for the next exercise during the circuit.
C. Madden
Any fool knows not to eat junk food when dieting, and that is the only point that this book makes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Madden on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: This book is basically a manual for a permanent lifestyle change that will improve your excising, way of eating, what you eat, and how you sleep. If done properly, you will add a little muscle, lose weight, and overall feel much better. If you are wanting to achieve these goals, then I highly recommend this, as I personally had the best results in my life by following this book.

Cons: Alright, let's get my one complaint out of the way--the title. First of all, I don't see what's special about 27 days, it seems very arbitrary and frankly makes this book seem like a quick crash diet. Actually, it's the opposite--it's a very sensible change in when, how, and what you eat that you use for the rest of your life. You will lose weight in 27 days, but by all means you will continue to lose weight beyond those 27 days too. Also, I know MH loves to give into "sculpted abs" hyperbole, but promising that (especially in 27 days) seems silly. The average guy reading this book is probably 40 pounds overweight, so let's just worry about weight loss for the first 27 days, alright. However, I won't knock a star off of my review because what the book offers inside more than deserves five stars.

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Food: This book will teach what is good to eat, when the best times are to eat, and how to eat (portion control, things like that). However, it is not an over-the-top calorie-counting system like other programs. When you first start out, you will need to read the calorie counts of the things you eat so that you have a general idea of what you are intaking, but you won't find yourself entering spreadsheet data every time you eat an apple or worrying how many points are in your bagel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book does a good job explaining the fundamentals of getting lean, healthy, and vital.

The Good:

It will show you how to change what you eat, not how much you eat, and lose weight and feel better.

It will show you what types of food to include in your diet and how they help you, and what foods to avoid and why they harm you.

It will show you how to gauge your current fitness level so you can follow the program and then re-test to see how you're doing.

It will show you some a simple workout program that will help you get on the road to being lean, muscular, and strong.

It will give you some good supplement advice on what inexpensive dietary supplements you can take to significantly improve your performance and health.

The Whatever:

A few chapters were kind of "meh," such as the Magyver's Fridge one, the sex chapter, and the recipes. But there was plenty of helpful information throughout to offset this.

Summary:

If you want to get a good education on the fundamentals of getting shredded, then I recommend this book. It fell a bit short in terms of workout programs and calculating an actual diet (it says you don't have to, but this will only work to a point). If you want to know how to work out and eat for maximum muscle gains and fat loss, then I recommend Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Lean Muscle Series)--ESPECIALLY if you're new to training or short on time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NYC Oracle on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I dropped 8 pounds and a few inches in a month by following a few simple rules that were easy to fit into my lifestyle. Stephen Perrine understands how to speak to and motivate the male mind. Face it: Exercise is an essential part of adult life.
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By Jose on April 15, 2014
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Great information on nutrition, meals and workout routine. Keeps everything simple and doesn't have to be a dramatic change. It gives a slow process and doesn't require to run to organic right away.
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By Anthony Wills on September 25, 2013
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Great info. Easy to read. Lots of good life healthy tips. Just absorb the knowledge and apply and it works!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book does a good job of making the fitness lifestyle change easy to start and easy to upgrade.

It gives you enough information to make good baseline dietary choices and then tweak that later when you're ready to get more serious. The exercise plan is simple enough to understand, but I already have a regimen. I would say that I don't agree 100% with them on exercise machines, but that any exercise can harm you if done improperly or with too much weight.

As someone who'd previously purchased The Abs Diet book, I'm glad I purchased this one and like it better over all. In a sense, it's an updated and simplified version of the Abs Diet (unlike The New Abs Diet which is pretty much the same as the old one).

The main point of this book is that it's better to do something than nothing, but the more you do things in the right direction without stressing out over getting it right, the better you will look and feel.

Oh, and expect results in 27 days, not sculpted abs...I mean seriously...
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By zobeta101 on March 20, 2013
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I really like this book. I am only about 20-30lbs overweight so I was looking for fun and easy solutions to lose those last few pounds. There are some great ideas in this book that easy to understand and don't involve a complete life change.
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