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"Truly the finest book on diet and fitness I've ever read... has the potential to be a watershed publication for the diet and fitness industry..."
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About the Author

Dean Lorey is a Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include co-executive producer of the cult TV hit Arrested Development. He was inspired to write Nightmare Academy, his first series for young readers, by his personal enthusiasm for imagined worlds and video games. The first book in the trilogy, monster hunters, received the Southern California Booksellers' Award for Best Children's Novel of the Year. Dean Lorey lives in Calabasas, California, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Chris (first reader for the Nightmare Academy trilogy) and Alex (then too young to read).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (June 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939337925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939337924
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How do I possibly review a book like this? It has to stand out in a sea of "diet" books and "fitness" books. I believe it does just that. In fact, the advice on what to do is simple, and Vinnie will tell you what it is for free on his podcast three times a week. There's no secret knowledge, no product to pimp, no "revolutionary system." Heck, the whole idea has been reduced to a twitter hashtag #NSNG.

So why bother with the book?

I recommend the book for the same reasons I recommend the podcast that preceded it: personality, trust, and story.

I do indeed get new information about details of the NSNG lifestyle in each podcast, but I tune in for the overall conversation. When they finally decide to hang it up, whenever that day comes, I am going to miss a friend, like my favorite TV show went off the air. I trust Vinnie's simple advice because I've gotten to know him as well as I can know a person that I, honestly, don't really personally know. This book is a profile in a personality, who on first glance may look like he "has it made" with a jet-setting lifestyle among the Hollywood rich and famous. Heck, Vinnie has so much going on, that being on Oprah didn't even make it into the book! And no mention of living with a Bond girl either. Maybe we're saving that for volume two?

But beyond the Hollywood shine, the ultra-athletic achievements, Vinnie is a real guy. This is his story. He has had his challenges, some far beyond what many of us can imagine. When you read his story, as he tells it, you know intuitively that this is a no-BS guy whom you can trust. And that's what taking "diet" advice is about for many of us: who are you and why can I trust you?
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was given this book (pre-release) as a gift from Vinnie Tortorich and Dean Lorey. I had just come out of open-heart-surgery... maybe they thought I would take their secrets to the grave.

This book is inspirational, informational and a really great read too. Fitness Confidential is simply unlike anything I have read before (and I'm a reader). It did present me with a challenge... The book made we want to get up and run, bike, swim and just be better at everything I do. So... what was the challenge? I was going out of my mind with the limitations of cardiac recovery. I had never had the desire to get up and run before! Talk about motivation to recover.

Vinnie explains how he helps Hollywood's finest get camera ready and shares the secrets he has learned along the way. Open your mind, check the sugar at the door and get ready to change your body.

I already have the e-book on my Kindle and just ordered three copies to share with my friends! This book gets my dollar vote too! Dean and Vinnie hit a home run with this one.
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I was turned on to Vinnie Tortorich and his co-host Anna Vocino as an assignment from my triathlon coach. I was hooked immediately. Maybe it's because we are both Italian, but his no nonsense, often blunt manner resonated with me .... reminding me of how my family might talk to me.

I had been waiting for this book ever since and I was not disappointed, reading it in half a day. This is what the fitness and diet community needs, someone speaking the truth, not because they are paid to push bogus diet plans and products, but because they care about us being lied to and are committed to fixing it. I hope that this books gets his message out there. It reads like his podcast are, a stream of consciousness and "Vinnie-isms" as only he can deliver it. Because I do listen to his podcast I can clearly hear his voice in my head as he attacks Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers and calls them out for what they are ... a food company. And I am one of those triathletes that he talks about in the beginning, finishing but not understanding why I was still fat. Now I know.

I will promote his wisdom continually. I hope .... deeply hope ... that his fan base expands with the book and the message gets out there. I will continue to promote his ideals at my blog ([...] If I could I would buy a copy for everyone I know. It's an important book. Get it. Read it. Now!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book could not have come at a better time for me. After 4 months of working out an hour a day, 4 days a week, I have only lost 2.5 pounds. To say I am frustrated is an understatement. I suspect that my problem is the food I am eating, but I wasn't really sure what I needed to change and how far to take it. So I was hoping that Fitness Confidential would give me some much needed direction, since failure just isn't an option for me anymore. Let me point out that I love to read. My Kindle is my very best friend. However I have never read any self help or fitness books before. So I really had no idea what to expect from Vinnie's book.

I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. As I made my way reading through Fitness Confidential, I found myself laughing. A lot. I am fairly certain that the man next to me on the plane did not appreciate my constant giggling. This book was great because it wasn't just telling me what I needed to do in the typical boring fashion. This was a story. A story about where Vinnie Tortorich started and how he ended up where he is today. It's real and it's funny and because of that it was easy to relate to. I don't want to read a fitness book with a clinical tone that goes down through the steps of why I need to change my eating habits and puts me to sleep. I want a real story that happened to a real person. A story that shows how that diet and fitness routine worked in real life. And that is exactly what this book delivered. Of course he does go into what you should and shouldn't be eating (no I'm not going to tell you, you'll have to read the book). Keep in mind that this isn't a get thin quick scheme or one of those ridiculous fad diets. No, this is so much better than that because it is a lifestyle change. A permanent one.
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