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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Swiss-army-knife book for health., December 7, 2004
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Well illustrated, detailed without being overly technical. Explanations are generally nice & clear. Goes into lots of detail on the basics of eating, digestion, and exercise. Contains little tests to check out various elements of your state of being such as metabolic type, flexibility, conditioning level, etcetera, then prescribes various program elements to fit your needs. Large colorful layout makes it seem less intimidating, less textbook-like.

I'm sure some will dislike it because it doesn't dig deeply enough into some topics. I like that he doesn't use ten pages to hammer a point when one will do. The result is that the text moves along, and you'll spend your time learning useful principles. Though it does have the most detailed and interesting chapter on, well, pooping (his word!), that I've ever seen. If you are squeamish about this subject, you won't be after you finish the chapter, complete with illustrative poop cartoons.

Chek is seen shirtless, looking quite buff in a number of photos. There are two issues I have with this: One is that, as other reviewers have noted, he did not get to looking like that via just the exercises in this book, putting in a couple of hours a week at the gym. The other is that he is at 8% body fat in the pics, and I seriously question the wisdom of advocating that as a healthy goal. 8% looks really cool, but some people feel that actually ends up being hard on the body (and the brain inside). I'd like to hear him speak to this.

The other very minor thing I dislike about it is the conspicuous presence of the CHEK Institute throughout the book. The testimonials scattered throughout are interesting, but they are either by professional pretty people like actors, or CHEK practitioners, people who have certification on the Paul Chek philosophy. I guess that is testimony itself, that these people apparently thought so highly of Chek's work that they decided to become certified themselves, but it does give a sort of promotional, cultish ambiance to the book. I'm not saying the testimonials aren't real examples of what can be accomplished; it just would have been nice to see more average Joe testimonials.

If some skeptical short-attention-spanned friend invites me to give them ONE book to introduce them to the possibility of improving their health, this would probably be the book.
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Initial post: Aug 24, 2008 11:03:24 PM PDT
is there much in the way of menu plans in this book?

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 12:23:02 PM PDT
Klyde says:
Thanks for a helpful review. I would be that skeptical short-attention-spanned friend, so I appreciate the advice. I like knowing the book uses one page instead of 10 to make a point. Hard to find these days!

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 11:47:09 AM PDT
Caleb K says:
Whether or not 8% body fat is healthy for a certain individual depends on a number of things, namely genetics, previous type and levels of activity, etc. There plenty of people out there able to sustain this level of body fat and remain extremely healthy (I'm talking 90th + percentile of the population), while at the same time not adhering to a rigorous, restrictive diet (albeit a rigorous physical fitness regimen). You don't have to eliminate 0-nutritional-value foods from your diet, just minimize them. Same for alcohol (minimize being once a week, two if you're really feeling crazy). Variety of foods, as well as moderation of processed foods and meaningless carbs, along with a diets high in fruits and vegetables is key; an adequate amt of high quality protein is also vital. Couple that with a balanced ratio of cardio to dynamic movement resistance exercises, and there you have it. 8% body fat. Also, GET IN THE POOL. Swimming is total body, and if you push yourself, will shred fat, build endurance, improve VO2 max, and regulate your core temperature at the same time (so if you work out outdoors in the Southeast US during the summer, you're less likely to keel over from a heat stroke). Swim a mile in 40 min and you're well on your way.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 1:05:08 PM PST
wozinaname says:
no. the book gives you a basic understanding of foods (fats, proteins, carbs), and what proportions you should eat them in so you can make your own menu.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 10:03:49 AM PDT
Camping Bee says:
So basically what Caleb K said and you don't have to buy this book :).
People, there is no silver bullet just persistence and discipline even when no one is looking. Stop calling junk foods a 'treat' and you are 1/2 way into having a good diet so 40% of 'fitness' work is done.

Stay healthy & active and good luck to you all.
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