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Ultimate You: A 4-Phase Total Body Makeover for Women Who Want Maximum Results Hardcover – May 11, 2010

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“Joe and Dr. Brooke have crafted a comprehensive and intensive program for personal fitness,backed by years of experience. If you’re serious about achieving optimal performance,Ultimate You is the ultimate guide.”—Leo Galland, MD, author of The Fat Resistance Diet“You will find real and sustainable results by following this insightful game plan tailored for women.”—Mark Verstegen, author of Core Performance Women“Joe Dowdell’s success as one of the world’s best trainers speaks for itself. In Ultimate You, Joe haspacked his extremely effective training fundamentals into a very user-friendly, easy to implementprogram. The total body makeover you have always wanted is right at your fingertips.”—Robert dos Remedios, MA, CSCS, author of Men’s Health Power Training and Cardio Strength Training“I have worked closely with Joe and Dr. Brooke for years to keep my eating on track and my bodylocked and loaded. There are no gimmicks or quick fixes—only intelligent guidelines to get the resultsyou desire. This book should be your body bible.”—Carmindy, featured on TLC’s What Not to Wear and author of The 5-Minute Face and Get Positively Beautiful“Joe Dowdell and Dr. Brooke Kalanick have done a masterful job informing the reader about the ‘bigpicture’ of maintaining optimal body composition and achieving success in a weight-lossand wellness program. The premise of ‘metabolic disturbance’ presented in the book addresses themost efficient, productive way to exercise and is right on target with the emerging research.This book will be required reading for my students and interns, as well as my patients.”—David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, author of Dr. Brady’s Healthy Revolution”In a sea of fitness and diet books, “Ultimate You” is a breath of fresh air. The exercise program is great, and the information on metabolism and hormones is spot on! You can’t go wrong using this program!”—Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of “Living Low Carb: Controlled Carbohydrate Eating for Long Term Weight Loss” and “The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer”

About the Author

Joe Dowdell, CSCS, is a New York City-based trainer who owns and operates Peak Performance, a fitness center that serves elite clientele. He lives in New York.

Brooke Kalanick, ND, MS, is a naturopathic physician specializing in metabolic nutrition, fat loss, women's health, and natural skincare. She lives in New York.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605296279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605296272
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ultimate You" is typically the kind of diet book that turns me off. Any book that is hyped according to doctors or trainers living in glamorous cities usually is a glaring "do not buy" sign for me. Couple that with naturopathic remedies (ie. expensive supplements) and I am usually out the door and on to the next thing. However, I heard an interesting podcast interview with both of the authors online (In the Trenches - Mike Robertson) and my curiosity was piqued.

This book was not what I expected. Inside the covers of this book you will find some of the most cutting edge exercise and nutritional science out there - calibrated specifically for female fat loss - including stubborn fat. I can see three groups of people who would benefit from this book. 1) Trainers who would like to help their clients lose fat as quickly as possible, as well as troubleshoot stubborn cases, and eliminate stubborn fat deposits that otherwise will not budge on otherwise lean women. 2) Any woman who is proactive and action oriented regarding her own fitness and health. This book has everything you need to lose fat the right way. 3) Any peri-menopausal, menopausal, and post menopausal struggling to adjust to the changes in her body. This book has scientific and fact based answers to your problems that you will not find in other books. Everything is simple and easy, and most solutions are exercise, nutrition or lifestyle based.

Are supplements hyped? A little but not in a high pressure or exaggerated way. I think you get the clear sense from the authors that they are using a logical system of elimination. Most people will lose fat following the diet and exercise suggestions alone. Those who need extra help get additional tools to help them.
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I am finishing the second week of Phase 2 of this nutrition and exercise program and the results are surprising and dramatic. I'm 58 and don't have access to a well equipmed gym or a trainer. After six weeks I have lost inches everywhere. It takes some commitment, but is easy to follow and makes sense because it combines nutrition and exercise that is in every way targeted to help women. It's both understandable and motivating. Nothing about it is a fad. It is challenging, but doable and not boring! It also doesn't require a huge time commitment. I am already stronger, leaner, healthier and happier. This program is exactly what I needed.
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The book provides a different perspective on weight loss strategies, specifically highlighting how hormones play an important in weight gain and maintenance. I appreciated the meal approach to balancing the hormonal impact, while feeling satisfied after each meal.
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Fantastic book! As personal trainer I highly recommend it and have, not only to my clients, but also to my family, friends, and other trainers.

Among all the fat loss books and exercise programs out there this book is a stand out.
It can change your life in regards to the way you approach fat loss, nutrition, and exercise.

The book is a well written, comprehensive, and easy to understand. No fads, no gimmicks, just solidly researched, fact based information that really works.

The nutrition and hormone information is excellent and the workout plan is well designed, safe, and progressive. It will give you the real results you desire and the knowledge that will empower you to maintain the gains you have made.

One of the other things I love about this book is that not only does it contain a treasure trove of great information, but it also helps dispel the counterproductive misinformation that is constantly being put out there in regards to training, nutrition, and fat loss, information that is more often than not counterproductive and at times even harmful.

If all of my clients would read this book, especially the female fat loss clients, my job
would be much easier.

Even if you are currently working with a trainer, and especially if you are not, do yourself a favor and buy this book.

Knowledge is power.
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Coming out of a car accident that left me sedentary four 6 months, and added arthritis to my scoliosis, I decided to try this book. I had gone to my Dr. and he had officially classified me as obese. I was 5'10" and 210lbs. I had basically lost all of my core stregth and had been seeing a chiropractor, spine specialist, physical therapist, and a massage therapist for the last 8 months to help me heal and get back to moving.
In comes 'Ultimate You', I went gung ho and bought all the supplements and followed eating guidelines and exercise as strictly as I could. By the third week I had dropped a pant size and inches everywhere, not to mention sleeping better, increased energy (crazy good energy) and gaining strength everywhere. By the fourth month I had dropped over 30lbs (back into 9/10 pants from 18), was the strongest I had ever been, had abounding energy; I could move!!! My spinal specialist was very impressed with my gained mobility, and regular Dr. was happy that my BMI was at a great level. I can't promote this book enough. The lessons and science about food and hormones have stayed with me, and I feel I have a greater knowledge of how to eat correctly. I honestly feel, if it weren't for this book teaching me and guiding me, I would still be suffering.
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