The Happy Body: The Simple Science of Nutrition, Exercise, and Relaxation (Black&White) 2nd Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Paperback : 308 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0982403822
- ISBN-10 : 0982403828
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Happy Body Press; 2nd Edition (July 15, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #98,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The actual information is excellent. However, I found the book’s organization very confusing. I expected to find one place in the book where it ties everything together and tells you how to do the program. Instead, the information is scattered throughout the book. I also found many of the titles confusing. For example, Chapter 6: “Counting Times and Pounds” is actually about determining your timeline for completing the program. Chapter 8: "Learning the Exercises" is a catch-all chapter that has a lot more than just learning the exercises. Week 7 in Chapter 8 has a lot of the baseline beginning measurements you need to make.
I reread the book a couple of times, and I was still wondering how I would actually do this program. I had to create my own steps for doing this program. So here’s what I figured out you need to do.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE PROGRAM:
1) Measure The Happy Body 6 standards of youthfulness. The THB standards are described in Chapter 2, titled “Measuring the Happy Body”. Record these baseline measurements in Table 8.10. (Actually, you will need to change Table 8.10 to add a new first row for your baseline measurement.) For determining body fat % for the Leanness measure, see Chapter 6.
2) Take baseline front, side, and back pictures in a bikini or brief bathing suit. Also take a frontal face close-up. Instructions for taking pictures is in the Chapter 8 Week 7 section titled “Reviewing Your Progress in Pictures”.
3) Determine your timeline for how much time it will take you to achieve your happy body. This is discussed in Chapter 6, titled “Counting Time and Pounds.” The Ideal Body Weight is from Table 2.1. Record your baseline body fat percentage and body, muscle, and fat weights in Table 8.6. Start the graphical representation in Table 8.7.
4) Determine what and when you will eat, and then buy the first few days of food. Make a copy of Table 7.4 (weekly) or 7 copies of Table 7.3 (daily). See Chapter 7: Designing Your Eating Program. This is kind of confusing, so here are the rules: There are 2 meals (lunch and dinner), and 3 snacks (breakfast is a snack). Snacks have a set number of calories depending on your Ideal Body Weight. Meals have a set weight of protein and vegetables. My take: My meals called for 125 grams of a protein food per meal. I googled “grams of protein in 125 grams of chicken.” Answer: 34 grams. That was about my protein target. I often use blended salads and protein powder to speed up the eating process. (This kind of goes against the zen of the program, but this is about making it work for me.)
5) Review the first week of exercises. This is Sequence 1 in Chapter 8. Create an exercise log.
FIRST WEEK OF THE PROGRAM:
1) Each day, eat the 3 snacks and 2 meals. Record this in your food log.
2) Each day, perform the exercises and record in the exercise log.
3) Review the exercises for Week 2. This is Sequence 2 in Chapter 8. Update your exercise log.
SECOND - SIXTH WEEKS OF THE PROGRAM:
Follow the Week 2 through Week 6 information in Chapter 8. In addition, at the end of Week 2, review the exercises for Week 3. This is Sequence 3 in Chapter 8. Update your exercise log. Continue recording in your food and exercise logs.
AFTER EVERY SIX WEEKS: RE-ASSESS
1) Update THB standards of youthfulness in Table 8.10.
2) If you’ve lost 6% or more of body fat, take pictures.
3) Update Tables 8.6 and 8.7 to measure the progress of your body weight proportion measurements. Note that you will need to increase your food intake when you've reached your Ideal Body Weight.
I hope this helps! My thanks to the authors for sharing their knowledge and wisdom.
Headline: It actually works the way they say it is going to work, if you follow the program. Main benefits for me: (Can't say what it might do for you.) Much less tension and stiffness and pain in my back, shoulders and neck. It is all gone essentially. Much better overall balance and leg strength. Better posture all around.
I am 57 years old and have always been active. Kayaking, skiing, bike riding, gym five days per week etc. I also like to eat a lot and really like red wine..a lot. In my 50's it seemed to all be catching up with me. I have begun feeling stiff, tight, tired and doing work arounds in regards to stiff hips, neck and back. I spend too much time on the computer, sitting in meetings and on airplanes. The track I was on was not good. I have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on chiropractors and massage. Don't think I need it much any more. Most frustrating was that all the work on the stair climber, elliptical, stationary bike and treadmill seem to be wearing me out where it used to make me feel good in decades past. Seemed so unfair!
I had a painful and scary back injury last year that required a complete discectomy. Pretty serious operation. A few months later, with the blessing of my surgeon, I started this program for the first time, very gingerly and with really light weights; like five pound dumbbells. My friend who is 73 and in much better shape than me recommended it. He has been doing it for ten years. Within a month I was feeling like I did in my late 40's as far as flexibility. Now after three plus months of five or six days per week I feel like I am getting younger body-fitness and lightness-wise. it is kind of weird actually. The exercise sessions go by really quickly. It is more like tai chi or some other martial art. Everyday is interesting because you try to get just a tiny bit better at each of the movements---just a little smother, a little more finesse, a little deeper squat, a little deeper stretch of the hamstrings...I am talking about a 16th of an inch of progress, maybe, per day. But each week it is a little better. If you get excited about long term, satisfying incremental improvements (not everybody does) this is a cool program. Each day you get to do it again and see if you can be just a tiny bit better than the day before. I am a beginner but I can see where it is going and I like it. I am very slowly moving up in the weights. The eating program is seeming less weird and more normal. Weight is dropping very, very slowly but steadily. (I track it with the True Weight app™--highly recommended.)
On getting going: Read the book cover to cover. Takes one Saturday afternoon. That is a good grounding so you know where you are going. It is a good mix of how-to and the philosophy. My wife mounted the poster on cardboard so it is always in front of us while exercising. Flipping pages in the book to see what exercises are next is a pain. The poster tells you what to do next, like following the bouncing ball. It is worth getting. Finally, the book, the poster and the tapes don't match up exactly which is fine. (Tiny differences in foot position etc. Nothing big but a bit confusing if you are focused on the details.) The tapes are the key so you can watch the movements very slowly, repeatedly, and note the really, really important subtleties that do not come across in the book or the poster. Lastly, if you can afford it---and not everyone can---hire the authors to do skype distance trainings to straighten you out every couple of months. (They are in California and I live in Montana.) Mistakes are easy to make. One hour with them by computer is helpful. Think of learning a martial art from a book, poster or tapes with no live trainer in a dojo...tricky. So, if you are dedicated, a few live video sessions with them can work really well and are worth the money if you decide to really commit to this thing.
My recommendation before you think too hard about it is just buy the book (very cheap) and the poster, do all the movements six days a week for a month while you push the pause button on absolutely everything else exercise-wise so you can do a good quality controlled experiment and see what you think. My guess is you will be pretty surprised and will then elect to go for the tapes and maybe even spring for the live sessions. Good luck.
The most astounding thing to me is that you can pretty much drop everything else, meaning all the running, yoga and aerobics. Shocking I know. I did not buy the premise for awhile but I do now.
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As with alot of people I'm sure we were prompted to purchase this based on Jerzy's interview on the Tim Ferris podcast. The podcast itself was frustrating with Jerzy often going off topic and telling long stories without any content relevant to the question. His passion for exercise was clear though and I was really interested in the fitness and flexibility elements of what he was describing.
After listening I looked on his website and then bought the book.
The book rather resembles the podcast. Alot of talking and not alot of actionable content. It is nearly 300 pages long but almost 10% of that is dedicated to testimonials that are randomly dropped in. Why these needed to be included I don't know. I've already bought the thing, I don't need anymore convincing.
The main reason most people will buy is for the exercise regime but it was just too confusing. The illustrations for the exercise are great (though another $25 to get access to videos) but figuring out what and when to do it is really not easy. There are three sequences, with 6 exercise but it is really not simple to work out when to do these.
For £18 it is a serious amount of book and they've clearly put alot of effort into but if they had just made the core messages and principles alot more simple and got to the point quicker I think it could have been half as long and half the price as well as being alot more usable.
I'm just filled in a return form and will be seeing it back tonight as just cannot see myself using the program.
I own both, a paper copy and a digital copy.
WIth regards to comments about Kindle version, I have no problems with it at all. I use it on different devices; Kindle, Ipad mini and Surface pad. Never had any problems on neither.