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The Metabolism Advantage: An 8-Week Program to Rev Up Your Body's Fat-Burning Machine---At Any Age Hardcover – September 5, 2006

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Age-related weight gain is whittled down to size in this guide to boosting metabolism. Berardi's (Scrawny to Brawny) formula is basic: diet, exercise and supplements to build muscle and burn calories. He relates a common scenario: with age come sedentary lifestyles, convenience foods and increased stress. While many people actually eat less as they age, Berardi says, at the end of their 20s they begin to lose five to 10 pounds of muscle each decade. The results: weight gain, free radical damage and greater risk for serious health conditions. He points out that eating fewer calories is self-defeating, while eating more of the right foods at the right time and targeted supplementation increase metabolism even for those genetically disposed to lower rates. Since muscle burns calories most efficiently, exercise is the core of the program. Berardi, who has trained professional athletes, is a congenial coach, but the five hours per week of strength training (weights) and cardio workouts may be an obstacle for those not already exercising regularly. Still, Berardi provides tools for keeping on point—meal plans, recipes, routines and options to customize—and his promise of never counting calories again just might motivate readers to invest in a gym membership. (Sept.)
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About the Author

JOHN BERARDI, PhD, CSCS, is founder and president of Science Link, Inc., an organization specializing in human performance and nutrition. A sought-after trainer, consultant, and lecturer on the optimal use of nutrition for athletic performance and body transformation, Berardi is coauthor of the book Scrawny to Brawny. He divides his time between Toronto, Ontario, and Austin, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594863237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863233
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Right up front, please do not take my mediocre rating of this book as a similar pan of John Berardi himself. Based on what I know of him from his articles on "testosterone.net" and elsewhere, I am sure that he knows and understands a hell of a lot more than he can pack into a book aimed at the diet-and-weight-loss demographic. This book is obviously his attempt to branch out from the hardcore muscle and fitness crowd and reach a broader audience.

Pros: The book has a lot of good basic info on the roles of nutrition, diet and exercise in achieving personal fat loss and figure shaping goals. If I had a friend who had no clue where to begin, this is one book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. And Berardi's writing style is encouraging and entertaining - he knows how to write for his audience without being dull, pedantic or overly self-important (always a plus).

Also a "pro" is the book's emphasis on interval training for cardio health and fat loss. Berardi makes a very good case for this relatively new protocol which may help many people stuck on treadmills for the last 20 years understand why they are still pudgy, and what to do about it. I couldn't write a better, more convincing and usuable cardio/aerobic routine if I'd had a month to write it.

Cons: The book's format and content has Rodale Press all over it. Rodale Press publishes "Men's Health" and "Prevention", 2 magazines that have been recycling a set of 30 articles each - supplemented with various "factoids","breaking news", and "helpful hints" boxouts - over and over for the last 25 years.
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John Berardi's "The Metabolism Advantage" is a home run. I speak from first hand experience of John's teachings through his published articles, website, DVDS and now this brand new book.

I have struggled with my metabolism, buying into the so called normal "Slowing down with age" process over the past 10 years. The concepts in this book have opened my eyes to new beliefs that shatter the old school thought process of "Everything goes to hell after age 40."

Utilizing the concepts detailed in this book I have dropped 37 lbs in the past 14 weeks and decreased my body fat% by 13 percentage points. I am well on my way to achieving my new lifetime weight goal of 190 lbs with a 10% body fat. This success is due to many factors that John explains in the book.

John is a scientist. A scientist who has the ability to coach a layperson what they need to do to achieve their nutritional and physiological goals. This book is a goldmine for those people who are committed to making positive change in their long term health.

I endorse this book wholeheartedly and I wish John great success.

Michael A. Howard

Worcester, MA
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As a personal trainer with over a decade of certified experience, I have been following Berardi's work for many years. Over the years, Berardi has proven to us in the professional fitness community that he is committed to changing lives.

This is not a book written by a trainer who happens to train a Hollywood celebrity, and therefore decides to "cash in" by writing a book for his/her ego.

No, with his book The Metabolism Advantage, the general public can begin to benefit from just the right combination of science and real life application from someone who has proven his dedication through years of similar work.

So how will you benefit by reading this book? For those of you struggling to lose weight, Berardi helps you understand how to build a better fat-burning "engine". Not only will you lose fat while training but you will also learn critical habits to keep that fat-burning furnace going while you are not exercising. For many looking to lose fat, this may be the "aha" moment that will change you body forever.

You will find detailed, step by step eating and exercise plans, plus plenty of recipes. I won't go in to more details about this part only to say that you have everything you need to succeed.

My advice to you is that by purchasing this book you are receiving a distillation of years of experience from someone who not only knows the science behind what he preaches, but also someone who genuinely cares about your success.
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Many books have been written on diets, exercise and various combinations. This book written by John Berardi, PhD, is organized and written so well that if you have the desire to improve your health, you cannot fail. However, this program is quite complex and will require a lot of discipline to succeed.

Being a physician who studied many aspects of diet and exercise, the program makes perfect sense. Dr. Berardi gives an introduction into the basic science of metabolism in a clear, concise method. He goes on to discuss the advantage of diet, supplements, and exercise to fight the battle of the bulge. Unlike "Body for Life" which engineers the dietary program to include supplements by EAS, this book utilizes real food with some supplementation. When to eat your meals in relation to exercise, whether your workout is in the morning, afternoon or evening is possible with the various plans outlined.

This book will show you the tools to carry out the methods and he will inspire you by his methods of teaching.

In this book you will learn the following:
The 90% Rule of following this plan.
The 7 Rules of nutrition.
Why dieting makes you fat.
How you can eat more, and weigh less.
Why calorie counting does not work.
The 5 essential nutritional supplements.
Metabolism boosting exercises.

Step by step, the author will outline how you will accomplish your goals. There is even a self assessment to determine how ready you are:
Are you ready to change?
Is your environment supportive of this change?
Is your social circle supportive of this change?

Recipes are included on how to prepare the healthiest meals. Schedules on how to time your meals according to your lifestyle are suggested.
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