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5.0 out of 5 stars Throw out your Fat clothes!, June 9, 2000
This review is from: Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength (Hardcover)
This book is a comprehensive, step by step, structured program for achieving a positive body transformation in a specific amount of time. And that was exactly what I was looking for. Afterall, what is less than 3 months to finally get back into shape? But make no mistake, there is loads of discipline and hard work involved with this if you intend to go the distance. So, who said losing fat was easy?
This book sets up a program for the reader to follow, day by day for 12 weeks; including food and exercise routines. Every 7th day is a day off, both diet and exercise. All routines are trademarked by Bill Phillips and he suggests that you must follow the program "to a T". All meals (and there are 6 a day) are precisely combined protein and carbohydrate based on portion sizes and he advocates using his company's liquid meal replacement for 3 of those "meals", which I did not do. You cannot eat all you want at one meal. There is a heavy reliance on animal based products for protein of course, and he categorizes vegetables as it's own food group. However, all that seems trivial considering the results you'll get if you follow this method.
There are no exercise videos to buy or follow other than QuickTime demos for exercises available on the website, so this may seem awkward to anyone with an aversion to learning exercises quietly through text. (The old fashioned way). The weight exercises are simple and dull, and most can be performed at home if you have a good range of weights and a bench, but you must follow the rep routine as outlined in the book. "Aerobics" are short, intense 20 minute sessions 3 times a week. Believe me after doing at least 4 hours of cardio per week previously, this was a big selling feature! Also, you exercise, preferably, in a "fasting" state, ie. first thing in the morning, to burn fat. This definitely was a new way to do things for me and took some adjusting to, but the weight training component alone was worth the trouble.
Overall, I consider this an excellent program to follow for anyone who wants to get back on track with fitness and eating and to find muscle you never knew you had. Also, the Free Day every 7th day is the most fun of all! What other diet and exercise program gives you that? But I would suggest to anyone reading this that you may not get the Championship results advertised in the "before and afters" with this book program alone especially if you don't use the liquid supplementation or if you binge on 10,000 extra calories every Free Day. But, you will get fit and get leaner and you will be able to throw out your "fat" clothes.
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