(From what I heard, this book will soon be released in paperback. At it’s core, is a sensible low carb diet, cleverly integrated with weight training. My thinking on the book has evolved since my first read in Jan of 2008, but here’s my review from then. -LCC)
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not looking for another diet - I’m looking for more information on the diet I’m already on - low carb. Men’s Health has published a book about combining a low carb diet with weight training to build muscle and lose weight at the same time - and does so through carefully chosen exercises that require only 3- 30 minute workouts per week to achieve it.
What I like about this book is:
The book takes a practical approach in it expects that we’re pressed for time and need a program that we can shoehorn into a busy life
The science behind low carb is explained clearly and concisely
The science behind weight training as complementing a weight loss program is also explained clearly and concisely - this was a learning experience for me - I didn’t know this stuff, but again, I’m not big into exercise
It claims that you can have your cake and eat it too - it embraces carb cycling at predetermined times to help build muscle, and claims that you can have any carbs you like when following their formula without impacting your long-term health. While they recommend quality carb-laden foods, they do admit (with a wink) that you can have junk food as well
Their diet is based on clinical research - they tested this on real people as opposed to conjuring this up without testing
What I don’t like about this book are quibbles and annoyances, but I’ll note them:
Men’s Health is a men’s magazine that I’ve always found a bit patronizing. To me, it takes the formula for your typical woman’s magazine and applies it to men. In doing so, it goes too far at times - I once remember an article that told you how many calories you burn when carrying a case of beer. Go ahead - read some articles on their site and see if you pick up the stereotyping as well. The book reads like that.
It claims that it’s for women as well, but I’d bet the gals would feel a bit out of place the way it’s written - sort of like if they were the only woman tagging along with a bunch of guy on a ‘men’s night out’.
I question some of the fact-checking - they claim that ricotta cheese is high in carbs. If that’s true, then how can I eat it in induction and still be in ketosis? I checked my ricotta cheese label - 2 grams per serving. That’s low enough if you aren’t overdoing it.
The recipes are a bit…spartan. Perhaps it’s to not intimidate the guys who don’t cook - an example of the stereotyping I describe above? It’s not a show-stopper as I’m not at a loss for resources with plenty of low carb recipes.
Again - these are quibbles - it’s a good book, in my estimation. For more info on the book, one of the authors has a blog - you can find that here. There is also a forum to discuss the book hidden away on the site - you can find that here.
So…did I start the exercise? Am I pumped up yet?
I want to, and I have on my to do list to try this, but as I’ve revealed in in this post and this post, I’m not fond of exercise. Someone once said: “whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.”
I like that - but the fact is I sit on my ass most of the time and I feel it - I’m sore and I’m losing my flexibility. As I’m not just living a low carb lifestyle to lose weight, but to maintain my health, I feel I need to incorporate exercise into my life - and this book provides a formula for exercise that might just be sustainable for me - an exercise-hater.