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The Metabolism Advantage: An 8-Week Program to Rev Up Your Body's Fat-Burning Machine---At Any Age Hardcover – September 5, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1594863233 ISBN-10: 1594863237

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594863237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863233
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Age-related weight gain is whittled down to size in this guide to boosting metabolism. Berardi's (Scrawny to Brawny) formula is basic: diet, exercise and supplements to build muscle and burn calories. He relates a common scenario: with age come sedentary lifestyles, convenience foods and increased stress. While many people actually eat less as they age, Berardi says, at the end of their 20s they begin to lose five to 10 pounds of muscle each decade. The results: weight gain, free radical damage and greater risk for serious health conditions. He points out that eating fewer calories is self-defeating, while eating more of the right foods at the right time and targeted supplementation increase metabolism even for those genetically disposed to lower rates. Since muscle burns calories most efficiently, exercise is the core of the program. Berardi, who has trained professional athletes, is a congenial coach, but the five hours per week of strength training (weights) and cardio workouts may be an obstacle for those not already exercising regularly. Still, Berardi provides tools for keeping on point—meal plans, recipes, routines and options to customize—and his promise of never counting calories again just might motivate readers to invest in a gym membership. (Sept.)
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About the Author

JOHN BERARDI, PhD, CSCS, is founder and president of Science Link, Inc., an organization specializing in human performance and nutrition. A sought-after trainer, consultant, and lecturer on the optimal use of nutrition for athletic performance and body transformation, Berardi is coauthor of the book Scrawny to Brawny. He divides his time between Toronto, Ontario, and Austin, Texas.

Customer Reviews

This book is extremely informative and has some great recipes.
R. Groves
The only thing I wasn't too crazy about was that I felt some of the exercises weren't a good fit for me as a woman, unless I had someone spot me.
Beverly Parker
I speak from first hand experience of John's teachings through his published articles, website, DVDS and now this brand new book.
Michael A. Howard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

135 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Lemon Magic on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Right up front, please do not take my mediocre rating of this book as a similar pan of John Berardi himself. Based on what I know of him from his articles on "" and elsewhere, I am sure that he knows and understands a hell of a lot more than he can pack into a book aimed at the diet-and-weight-loss demographic. This book is obviously his attempt to branch out from the hardcore muscle and fitness crowd and reach a broader audience.

Pros: The book has a lot of good basic info on the roles of nutrition, diet and exercise in achieving personal fat loss and figure shaping goals. If I had a friend who had no clue where to begin, this is one book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. And Berardi's writing style is encouraging and entertaining - he knows how to write for his audience without being dull, pedantic or overly self-important (always a plus).

Also a "pro" is the book's emphasis on interval training for cardio health and fat loss. Berardi makes a very good case for this relatively new protocol which may help many people stuck on treadmills for the last 20 years understand why they are still pudgy, and what to do about it. I couldn't write a better, more convincing and usuable cardio/aerobic routine if I'd had a month to write it.

Cons: The book's format and content has Rodale Press all over it. Rodale Press publishes "Men's Health" and "Prevention", 2 magazines that have been recycling a set of 30 articles each - supplemented with various "factoids","breaking news", and "helpful hints" boxouts - over and over for the last 25 years.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Howard on September 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
John Berardi's "The Metabolism Advantage" is a home run. I speak from first hand experience of John's teachings through his published articles, website, DVDS and now this brand new book.

I have struggled with my metabolism, buying into the so called normal "Slowing down with age" process over the past 10 years. The concepts in this book have opened my eyes to new beliefs that shatter the old school thought process of "Everything goes to hell after age 40."

Utilizing the concepts detailed in this book I have dropped 37 lbs in the past 14 weeks and decreased my body fat% by 13 percentage points. I am well on my way to achieving my new lifetime weight goal of 190 lbs with a 10% body fat. This success is due to many factors that John explains in the book.

John is a scientist. A scientist who has the ability to coach a layperson what they need to do to achieve their nutritional and physiological goals. This book is a goldmine for those people who are committed to making positive change in their long term health.

I endorse this book wholeheartedly and I wish John great success.

Michael A. Howard

Worcester, MA
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L. Cooper on October 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a personal trainer with over a decade of certified experience, I have been following Berardi's work for many years. Over the years, Berardi has proven to us in the professional fitness community that he is committed to changing lives.

This is not a book written by a trainer who happens to train a Hollywood celebrity, and therefore decides to "cash in" by writing a book for his/her ego.

No, with his book The Metabolism Advantage, the general public can begin to benefit from just the right combination of science and real life application from someone who has proven his dedication through years of similar work.

So how will you benefit by reading this book? For those of you struggling to lose weight, Berardi helps you understand how to build a better fat-burning "engine". Not only will you lose fat while training but you will also learn critical habits to keep that fat-burning furnace going while you are not exercising. For many looking to lose fat, this may be the "aha" moment that will change you body forever.

You will find detailed, step by step eating and exercise plans, plus plenty of recipes. I won't go in to more details about this part only to say that you have everything you need to succeed.

My advice to you is that by purchasing this book you are receiving a distillation of years of experience from someone who not only knows the science behind what he preaches, but also someone who genuinely cares about your success.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. DeVos on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
i have been using this book for a month and a half now. I love it! I love the recipes (I like to cook). The workouts are streamlined. I am used to going to the gym, but I have cut back on time and lost weight. I considered myself healthy, I am not skinny, but a healthy weight. However, I was looking for more definition and less belly/butt-fat. I have gained muscle and lost fat. I have lost a total of 5 pounds. (oh, and it would be more...but I allow myself 2 evenings to have alcohol and limited portion, but anything goes dinner once a week) It's not a ton, but like I said, I was pretty healthy before and I have allowed myself limited freedom so I never binge-eat. I have noticed an increase in my energy. The thing I love most about this diet is the recipes (this book is not for someone who does not have time too cook). I have learned how to incorporate healthy ingredients into every meal. I am never hungry. Since this book is designed for men, I have found that I take most 2-serving meals and turn it into 3-serving meals. That way I get dinner for my husband and I plus lunch the next day. I am no skinny-mini, but I weigh less than I have in years and I can see myself using these priciples forever!
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More About the Author

John Berardi, PhD, CSCS is a founder of Precision Nutrition and is an advisor to Apple, Equinox, Nike, Titleist and more.

He has columns on and The Huffington And was recently selected as one of the 20 smartest fitness professionals in the world.

In the last 5 years, Dr. Berardi and his Precision Nutrition team have personally helped over 30,000 people improve their eating, lose weight, and boost their health through their renowned online coaching program.

Also, every year, Dr. Berardi's team mentors small groups of fitness professionals through the renowned Precision Nutrition: Level 1 and Level 2 Certification programs.