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Body By Science

on Thursday, 21 February 2013. Posted in Books, Reviews

A Researched-Based Program For Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week

Body By Science

I just recently finished with Body By Science.  This is my latest research into high intensity interval training (HIIT) routines as that is where I am headed mostly in my workout regime right now. I wanted to find a little more science behind why it works and why I should do this compared to the typical weight or resistance training.

The book was recommended by Nora Gedguadas in her book Primal Body Primal Mind.  I read the reviews on Amazon and apparently mostly meat heads were giving it lower ratings due to the fact that it doesn't just give simple instructions on routines.  I do agree that the subtitle is a bit misleading in that it states "A Research based program for strength training, body building, and complete fitness in 12 minutes a week".  However, what it does offer is a much more in-depth study of HIIT, the research behind it, and why it works.

Well Fed

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in Books, Reviews

Well Fed

Unlike most of the Paleo Cookbooks out there, Well Fed is written by someone who has spent a lot of time in a commercial kitchen.  Most of the Paleo Cookbooks on offer currently are written by homemakers or someone that has experimented quite a bit with their meals to adapt to a Paleo lifestyle.  I am not saying the other cookbooks don't have good food, because they do, but this one gives you more of the basic building blocks to create a lot of combinations for meals.  Consider it similar to Food Legos for the hidden chef in you.

When I first picked up this book I was a little confused with it.  I don't think it is so much the presentation as it expects a little more out of you in the kitchen instead of just handing you a list and directions.  There are some recipes that hand-hold along the way but it is much more free-form and relies on you to spice things up a bit more.  At the same time one recipe can be changed up quite easily with the addition of other spices or varied slightly and the instructions are there for doing so.

It Starts With Food

on Sunday, 06 January 2013. Posted in Books, Reviews

It Starts With Food

This is another book that I have gifted quite a bit to get some friends and family started on a better diet. It Starts with Food is based on the Whole30 protocol from the Whole9 website. The guidelines are very strict if following the Whole30 program but it is useful in given you a good basis for how to eat more so than exactly what to eat. It's also less of a recipe book although there are some base recipes in the back to help things along but they're fairly free form cooking in that you're given base ingredients and it's up to you to spice as needed.

Practical Paleo

on Sunday, 06 January 2013. Posted in Books, Reviews

Practical Paleo

This book is highly recommended when approaching the Paleo diet. It's less of a recipe book and more of a dynamic instruction manual for eating and maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. The first half is loaded with information regarding how to get started with things and some of the reasoning behind Paleo. It goes over what you should eat, what you should avoid, and why. This is an all encompassing book/manual/guide and well worth the money even if you're not pursuing the Paleo diet.

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