- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1517350204
- ISBN-13: 978-1517350208
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cycle Diet: When, Why, and How to Use Refeeds and Cheat Days to Optimize Metabolism and Stay Lean Year-Round Paperback – September 9, 2015
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Another thing that struck me was that in his example meals, he suggests up to a full carton's worth of egg whites, and never any full eggs! Seems a very strange prejudice for someone so well up on nutrition. Not only are whites untasty (unless in meringue!) but they lack the inexpensive, extremely high-quality protein of the full egg, i.e. the yolk. Eggs are hardly high in calories, either. Anyone wishing to cut calories at breakfast or any other time should just have fewer eggs. But they are doing themselves no favours by tossing out the yolks.
Pros: This guy does know what he's talking about. Page after page delivers lived-through, tested, helpful and unusually straightforward talk about how to lose fat and keep fit. The book has a refreshingly friend-to-friend sense of confiding the truth about this reality -- and it's not fundamentally contradicted by anything I've known, lived, or read. On the other hand, why present the overfeed (or 'refeed', which I prefer as a term) as involving a dozen doughnuts at breakfast? Is that what eating as you like really consists of? You can't trust Abel to raise the tone or offer a gourmet's view: he won't.
An interesting and useful perspective, even if you have other plans for yourself. But he really ought to come out with a new edition: and READ it first, this time.
This makes much more sense to me than any of the popular strategies that tell you to avoid entire categories of foods, and it is much more in line with my own experience. The book has rough guidelines for initial guesses at how much you should be eating (kcal roughly 10-12 times your bodyweight in lbs), and some reasonable other guidelines here and there, but for the most part is extremely flexibile and predicated on the idea that you will be learning to read the signal from your body to stay in just enough of an energy deficit to keep your weight under control while getting enough protein and getting enough of either fats or carbs or both to spare the metabolism of that protein. You want to emphasize plant and animal sources rather than high reward processed foods, particularly because those distort your ability to judge your own satisfaction with food and your own hunger. I found that a welcome shot of sensible reasoning in a book market full of sensationalized accounts of magic foods and toxic foods. Once your body tells you that your relatively small routine deficit is accumulating beyond the mild and becoming an obsession with food and a distracting hunger, you use refeeds in a way that both serves your body and satisfies your hunger without becoming a "cheat" that potentially throws you into a negative spiral.
This strategy is simple and very general, but not easy, because it relies on very few rules but requires you to learn to manage your own appetite and learn to read your own internal signals better. If it were easy to manage our weight, there wouldn't be so much written about it and entire industries devoted to selling products and services for helping us. But this author at least leads us toward a useful approach based on learning over time and working with our biology in a very long term sustainable way rather than relying on panaceas for avoiding certain food groups or "toxic" foods or fighting ourselves with extreme short term strategies that are counter-productive in the long run.
Scott is one of the best and knowledge underrated guys who started credible knowledge before anyone.
I recommend this book highly to anyone wanting to get lean, maintain and stay there