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Raw Power! Building Strength and Muscle Naturally Paperback – December, 2000
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This is the world's only book on true natural body-building, weight-lifting, total fitness, and diet information that is specifically designed for building and maintaining muscle and strength. The author is the world's foremost authority on vegetarian body-building. He explains numerous techniques and strategies on how to gain strength and muscle mass built out of raw plant foods. Recipes, workouts, and photographs are included.
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Having no expectations about weightlifting, I'm not giving an opinion on that part. I'd say though -- from my own happy experience of being raw for years -- that with what happens to your mind is so positive that any good is possible.
I think it is worth buying.
There was honestly, very little in terms of how the body works in conjunction with the foods eaten, and looking at the author, I'm sorry to say, but he looks big but not at all like someone who lifts weights nor someone that looks like they even have alot of muscle under the fatty layers. He just looks big and smooth. You would think in forming a book of this nature, he would present his physique a little more appropriately and provide more substantial backing to his theories which are lacking. I've read many many books on raw dieting and this is one of the poorest written.
The book is just a big catalog of products and supplements that you can find on their website at Nature's First Law. Not worth the money, very little facts and alot of advertising and useless analogies. If you presented the content in this book to someone you were trying to convince to go raw, you may as well stand in a circuis and have everyone laught at you. You are better off buying a detailed raw cook book which provides background on tasty foods and cooking methods to help you in your quest for size and raw foodism....one such book I would personally recommend from an actual Raw Food Chef is: Living Cuisine by Renee Loux or The Raw Gourmet by Nomi Shannon which provides enough information on how to gain weight for the avid bodybuilder or athelete. I've learned more about nutrition in the beginning chapters of the two books mentioned above than I did with Raw Power 3rd Edition. They teach you about sprouting, details about the food categories, origins of, how to fuse the dishes together, talks about health and other vibrant factors that are detrimental to the way you nourish and build your body with solid backing and sound cultural research.
The book does contain some useful information, and the author's enthusiasm may be a turn-on for some (and a turn-off for others), but the same information is better stated in other sources and for me the writing style came across as more of an advertisement for the author's business than anything else. The claims are not well supported by biological explanations (a trend that is unfortunately quite common in books on raw food in general). However, I don't mean to imply that the author is wrong--simply that there could have been more background provided to substantiate the author's statements.
On the positive side, I happen to agree with the author on most of his judgements (for example, that many "scientific" studies are often directed by biased entities and must therefore be disregarded). I think he scores on the fresh, naturalistic, positive attitude that he obviously possesses himself and encourages in others. And from personal experience this attitude, and the corresponding health benefits, can be powerful stuff when one adheres to the raw foods diet. It's just that a better overall explanation of the whole can be found in other sources.
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I read this book a long time ago and I agree with positive thinking and eating raw foods in order to help build healthy muscles...Read more