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“If you are serious about building muscle and melting off body fat, the information contained in this book will provide you with the perfect game plan—the tactical approach you need to turn fitness dreams and desires into concrete reality.”
—Marty Gallagher, Olympic lifting and powerlifting champion; coach of national and world championship teams; and author of The Purposeful Primitive

“Ori Hofmekler's Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat gets into the nitty gritty of the biological concepts that aid muscle gain and fat loss.”
—Beauty, Health, Wellbeing Blog

About the Author

Ori Hofmekler is a well-known political artist and health expert. The founder, editor, and publisher of the national health and fitness magazine Mind and Muscle Power, he is the author of The Anti-Estrogenic Diet and The Warrior Diet.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556436890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556436895
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Maximum Muscle-Minimum Fat" went into the scientific details of why Ori's dietary approach works. "The Warrior Diet" was easier to understand and is a great book. "Maximum Muscle-Minimum Fat" seems geared to people who want to understand the tiny details. Buying "The Warrior Diet" is an excellent choice. Buying "Maximum Muscle-Minimum Fat" is fine as long as you just want to learn more about why "The Warrior Diet" works.
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Hmmm... I was initially very happy with the scientific information contained in this book, about the interplay of hormones within our bodies and how those hormones affected the building of muscle and the use of body fat for energy.

I was looking for natural technics in which to manipulate those hormonal cycles to more efficiently enhance muscle growth, while minimising body fat accumulation, but was sadly disappointed by this book. In theory the book's information sounded great, but in practice it didn't work for me.

I have for the last year and half meticulously tracked my body's weight, body fat %, water %, muscle %, as well as calorie intake each day, whereby I have gained a solid understanding of the hormonal cycles within my body in terms of peaks and troughs affecting those metrics, based upon the effects of diet, weights, cardio exercise and sleep.

Despite the book advocating an eating strategy which flys in the face of established body building and/or cutting technics, especially around ideas for boosting one's metabolism for fat loss, I decide to give it a go and reserve judgement till later. Basically my body metrics were disastrous in terms of the effect of eating 4-5 very small calorie meals, with a very large calorie meal each day. Without changing any of the other factors in my program (weights, cardio and sleep), what I notice was a slowing of my body's metabolism, an increase in body fat and a loss of lean muscle.

In my opinion, the author, if he really believes his strategy works, needs to give his readers a sample framework, a specific eating plan, based upon grams per pound/kg of body weight, etc. Otherwise the readers have no really reference point for properly implementing his proposed strategy.
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By Shawn on November 20, 2003
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Turn off the home shopping channel and put down your new low carb diet book. In a sea of crash diets and fitness fads Ori Hofmekler offers an intelligent well researched and functional blueprint for healthy living. In his new book "Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat" Ori's passion for the beauty and complexity of the human body comes through on every page.
Those of you familiar with "The Warrior Diet" will find new information and further depth in Ori's latest offering. For readers new to Ori's research you will find a detailed exploration into how we can fuel and train our bodies to reach our full potential. A far cry from the usual diet/fitness books that line bookstore shelves, Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat offers an unprecedented exploration into the science human performance and in doing so sets a new standard.
Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat is not an easy read. This book is for people who aren't merely satisfied with diet and training tips but rather this is for people with the drive and capacity to ask why and how things work. Ori takes great care in laying out the science behind training the human body and it is his attention to detail that sets his work apart from the masses. This extremely well written book is packed with technical information along with carefully crafted summaries that help turn the science of training into the art of personal excellence.
Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat goes beyond training for the sake of vanity and explores the science behind functional strength. With this work Ori invites his readers to get off the sofa and go to the extreme in their training.
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This is an excellent reference to the science behind and beyond THE WARRIOR DIET, not that you have to have that book to read this one, but it is more of a clear application guide to the concepts in this book. This book can be a great resource to the serious athlete but because it gives no specific plan to use the information in it, it is not for the weekend health recreationalist. Be warned it is a very complex book, the information is all there, but the average reader will likely have trouble understanding much of the information without some background or previous interest in the technical functions of chemicals and hormones in the body. A lot of scientific talk here. Excellent book, but be ready to do more research to get a full understanding of all the knowledge in here.
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I'm no scientist or nutritionist nor have I consulted one so take this for what it is worth.

I'm a 26 year old active father who needed to lose between 10 and 15 lbs (210lbs. to 200 or so). 4 weeks into the diet I have lost 11 lbs. I feel much healthier and much more alive than before not to mention the energy increase. I don't understand the science behind anything - could care less. I know from experience that so far this diet works for fat loss and more importntly feeling healthy and well. Which is something I had been missing for about 2 years. THIS FEELS GREAT.

Also, I have tried cutting calories, 6 meals a day, Abs Diet, Body for LIfe, and the like throughout my life. They all work I'm sure - but none of them like this one. This is more than just Fat Loss!

About the supplements -they are all reccomended not required. I take a multi-vitamin and a mineral and thats all. He's not trying to break you although I'm sure he would appreciate it if you purchased his supplaments. I have not.
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