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The Theory of Fat Loss: A New Paradigm for Exercise Paperback – December 10, 2010
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About the Author
Timothy Ward is never satisfied with simply knowing that something works. He needs to know why things work the way they do. For the longest time, he was confused as to the reason why the same exercise program performed by many different people could yield such varied results. After years of training people in the trenches and studying the works of other renowned fitness professionals, he had one of those "aha!" moments. Out of this, The Theory of Fat Loss was born. Tim graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the age of 20 after just 3 years of study. He received his personal training certification from the NSCA at the age of 18 and has been working with people ever since. Tim is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist, and an IYCA Youth Speed and Agility Specialist. Tim is currently the Vice President of Operations for Fitness Consulting Group, an organization that does fitness business coaching for fitness professionals. Visit Timothy Ward's official blog at http://thetheoryoffatloss.blogspot.com
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I bought the theory of fat loss because I was fed up of not knowing what I was doing. The reason this is the ONLY fat loss book you'll ever need is because it explains the why before the how. Instead of being shown a 12 step program(which you wouldn't follow anyway) Tim explains why people fail at fat loss and why the people that have success didn't.
It makes for a captivating read of invaluable material, it is presented in bite size chunks of interesting facts and often followed by real life examples so we as a reader can relate.
If your like me and struggle with body fat, I invite you too buy Tims book and understand why. Once you can understand why, the how will be within YOUR grasp and not some personal trainers wanting 100$ a session!
There you don't need to read the book. The rest of it is just filler.
As for downsides, I do wish the author included a bit more nutrition information, but then again, this is not "The Theory of Nutrition." Though I am still developing as a fitness enthusiast, I am glad that this book does away with the cookie-cutter program, instead giving me the tools I can use to design my own programs using some tried and true principles. I'd recommend this without reservation for anyone interested in programming or training clients and I'd recommend it highly for those ready to learn how to cut the fat for life, not just for two or three months.
Book strengths. This book is based on the concept of absolute intensity, which is basically saying that the harder that one is able to train the easier fat loss will be for that person. This seems like a very logical concept, but it is not generally considered in the formation of most fat loss programming. Personally I like the idea of increasing ones work capacity to improve the ease of reaching their goals. I also like the recommendations for training that Timothy lays out in the books. He covers very comprehensively different ways to assess your abilities in relation to training. He also explains in great detail ways to improve efficacy of training. He also lays out some good basic guidelines for nutrition. I don't necessarily agree with all of the guidelines listed, but I do agree that they are a good place to start, and can be adjusted.
Another strength is that he suggests using professionals in designing training programs. This is rare in fat loss books. Most will offer a general program and claim it to be the best program to follow for its given goal. Timothy suggests that there is not a general program that will work for everybody and that designing a program based on your own strengths, weaknesses, and functionality is much better than a cookie cutter program.
Book Weaknesses. There are not many weaknesses that I can find in this book. The only one that I can think of is that I don't necessarily agree with all of the nutritional recommendations that are given in the book.
Overall. This book is a great read for anybody who finds losing fat to be difficult and confusing. It lays out in great detail the reason behind some people's ease of fat loss and other people's difficulty. The Theory of Fat Loss is an easy read, and it can familiarize new trainees to some more advanced concepts without being too overwhelming. I would recommend this book to anybody who is trying to lose fat and to anybody who helps others lose fat.