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Underground Bodyopus: Militant Weight Loss & Recomposition Paperback – March, 1996
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I've used this book for about 8 weeks so far, and the results are incredible. I've been into bodybuilding for a little over ten years. I started as a teenager and have since been able to gain about 80 lbs of mostly lean muscle without any drugs. I can gain weight fairly easy for a natural guy, but going through a dieting phase would always result in more muscle loss than I wanted. There are several reasons natural bodybuilders experience this (discussed in the book) with the traditional methods like we have all been taught reading "Muscle and Fitness" magazines. Dan's approach is very thoroughly explained, which makes it far more than just a cook book. So, as long as you are patient enough to extract the information from the book (keep notes as you read, you'll need them), you will walk away with a diet that really works well.
Earlier I stated that I've done the diet for about 8 weeks so far. Actually, I've done it for about 12, but four weeks of that was based on Lyle McDonald's book "Ultimate Diet 2.0", which is an update to Body Opus with his own tweaks. That is a great book as well, but I noticed that I couldn't maintain his full body workout approach for too many weeks without overtraining and loosing a bit of muscle size, strength, and overall shape. In all fairness, Lyle does recommend that you take a break from his approach about every 6-8 weeks. What I noticed on his routine may have actually been the result of being on the Body Opus diet for several weeks prior to his.Read more ›
1) Very well written, informative, and motivating. He doesn't waste a whole lot of time talking to the general public. He gets right down to what serious athletes want to know.
2) I found that the ketogenic phase during the week suited my appetite very well. I guess I'm a born carnivore.
3)It's fun to see your depleted muscles swell up with an enormous pump on the weekends as you eat lots of carbs.
Negatives: (Why I didn't stick with it)
1) The ketogenic phase can make your brain very sluggish as you convert from glucose to ketone brain-fuel. This happens mid-week, and I was tired of difficult Wednesdays.
2) I plateaued at 7% bodyfat.
3) Dan Duchaine himself said that you could get the same results with a simpler diet (I actually thought this was a pretty simple diet, but I liked Dan's integrity and wanted to state that he didn't think, after studying the results, that Body Opus was the end-all be-all for athletic diets)
Although I did fine, a friend of mine became extremely constipated on this diet. Make sure you drink lots of water and keep your fiber up during the ketogenic phase.
Another book you may want to check out is "Natural Hormone Enhancement" by Rob Faigin. This is a well written book that follows similar principles but seems to avoid some of the discomforts of sluggish ketosis that Body Opus subjected me to. Faigin, however, doesn't speak to the successful athlete. He keeps trying to explain that it's the high carb/low fat eating that we've been convinced to follow that causes all our problems.Read more ›
One thing I liked about Dan is that he doesn't pull any punches and doesn't play the PC game. For people looking for maximum gains (or loss) he tells you to use steroids, insulin and anything else you can get your hands on, in order to improve performance.
I would recommend this book for anyone entering the realm of weight loss, weightlifting or improving his/her diet.
He has the best explanation that I've ever heard as to why the ketogenic diet is not harmful. He uses the Eskimos' eating habits as an example of a people whose staple food source is all fat and protein and yet they're all okay. This is because they burn ketones because they keep moving. That's the secret to preventing negative health effects of ketosis.
I actually didn't bother to eat normally on the weekends because I didn't like the ups & downs so I maintained the ketogenic diet and took fiber pills (a must!). I'm female, average build, and I lost 12lbs in 4 weeks AND increased my strength, so I'm assuming that I gained muscle and lost fat at the same time. I dropped 2 sizes. I weightlifted 3days a week, cardio twice/week. There were also 2 intense mountain biking outings during the 4 weeks that I'm sure helped.
I never felt fatigued. But that's just my experience. Everyone seems to be affected differently by the ketogenic diet.
If nothing else, this book is very interesting reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The information might be out of date, and the author's name might not be a YouTube sensation, but this book has contributed more to my knowledge than most others. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.C. London
Not for the faint hearted!
For the lean who wants to get leaner, yes.
If you're 200lbs woman, forget this. Not your kind of book. Read more
The last great work from Dan Duchaine. Still most"experts" are quoting him or using his methods.Published 7 months ago by Rob Kulesh
True this book was written in year 2000 and didn't get to enjoy all the new information that came about as a result of the internet - however -
it is also UNBELIEVABLE... Read more
Dan was ahead of his time. The ONLY reason why his stuff isnt the "standard" for today is the discipline it takes to follow. Enjoy!Published on January 8, 2014 by Nick