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Body For Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

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Mention the name Bill Phillips to any of the people he's helped transform and you will see their faces light up with appreciation and respect. These people include:

Hundreds of thousands of men and women who read his magazine for guidance and straightforward information about exercise, nutrition, and living with strength.

Elite professional athletes, among them John Elway, K
Hardcover, First Edition, 201 pages
Published June 10th 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Feb 16, 2016 Yasmin rated it it was amazing
This book seems a bit diff from the other ones I have read on this subject. The only problem is, it is kinda complicated to apply the stuff that's written in it. Also, most of the food mentioned in it is "american style", and cant be found here, like oatmeal and such. But its amazing how it pushes you further.
It all starts when you "decide".
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jan 09, 2015 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it it was amazing
I read this back in 2009, and it got me going on a regular workout routine. I did find it to be fairly effective, especially for someone that had not worked out in about a decade. I've been working out regularly every since, because I feel so much better when I do.

I recently started P90X.
Apr 12, 2008 Shelley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone serious about a life change
Recommended to Shelley by: Tracy
Bill Phillips is a great guy. I only say that because this book changed me. Bill Phillips' insightful, friendly, informative style is welcoming. He sees beyond the need to "get thin" and identifies (correctly) how focusing so much on your weightloss can lead to self-absorbtion. His Journal even gives daily tips to do random acts of kindness to redirect your focus. Beyond this, the workouts are really quick, very challenging, and require planning. The meals are really good (mostly). He recommends ...more
Jan 16, 2008 Cameron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wellness
Finding this book while working at Waldenbooks was one of the tipping points of my life. After engaging with this text, I felt empowered and aware of a vastly different bodily concept than what I had grown into. This was the springboard book for my continuing exploration of my health.
Body for LIFE by Bill Phillips describes a 12-week diet and exercise program that can transform your life.

The recommended diet is not one of those fad diets that keep you hungry – quite the opposite. It’s all about providing nutritious fuel to your muscles every 3 hours, so you don’t get hungry. The book details exactly what nutrients your body needs, and which foods are the healthiest choices. The emphasis is not on counting calories, but on eating “portions”. A portion of protein is the size o
Jun 12, 2011 PATRICK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-notch
I did this program before I got sick in 2005. Not only were the changes in my body incredible, but after I got out of the hospital the doctor said that it might have saved my life. Having all that additional muscle kept my body from consuming my vital organs when things were at their worst.

Anyway, I've been suffering from some miserable body image issue (mostly work IS a looks-driven industry), and it's time to start again.

I'm beginning the 12 week program tomorrow, Monday June 13,
Dec 11, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
This is my favorite pop-culture diet book. Mostly I like what it did for 'fad diet' books. It is a good basic guide on living a healthy life, for the general population... HOWEVER.... realize this book is out to make money. Take the advice of eating 6 meals a day... mix up the workout. You don't have to follow his diet and his routine to have a fantastic body. The reality is, most of my clients who have read this book, believe you HAVE to follow it perfectly. If you are that motivated, and what ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Shannon rated it did not like it
I read this last week while I was stuck under a napping Sarah solely because it was on my parents' shelf near me. And I wouldn't recommend it. While I'm sure it's worked for many people, the advice on exercise seemed too constrained to something you have to do in a gym most of the time, and not something you can just go out and do with your family as a group activity. And the dietary advice was pretty poor - not nearly enough reliance on fruits & vegetables, and way too much reliance on supp ...more
Mia Sajbel
May 10, 2010 Mia Sajbel rated it did not like it
The more I learn about nutrition and fitness, the more disillusioned with this book I become. It was the first time I'd ever followed a health regime and I have to admit that I learned quite a bit from it. But the fact that the author pushes the supplements from his company so hard that some days the suggested daily meal plans had three protein shakes of the sludge -- well it made me feel like I was in an infomercial. There are far superior products available.
Oct 23, 2008 Katie rated it it was ok
I really liked the exercise program, but the diet just didn't work for was too strict for six days of the week and then a totally free day for the seventh...I didn't lose any weight that way. Much better to just use the exercise techniques and eat fewer calories.
May 25, 2008 Car rated it it was ok
I had a lot of trouble sticking to this! FOllowing the plan was easy, but my blood work went out of whack within 2 months of having too much protein. I know this isn`t everyone`s experience, but since I get bloodwork done monthly, my body let me know that it was too much. ...more
Alissa Thorne
Jun 21, 2014 Alissa Thorne rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Light on content, lots of hype. The audio version may have made the this stand out more--it sounded like an infomercial, complete with cheesy background music and frequent cuts to success stories. Lots of stuff high level stuff on the importance of things like goal setting, planning, and outcome envisioning which may be useful to some as a first introduction to such topics, but not so much for me. I kept skimming ahead to find the place where the infomercial ended and the real content began, but ...more
Scott Kleinpeter
What does bodily well being have to do with phenomenology? A LOT. I worked this program out (with probably substantial modifications) in the past, and had a ton of success. Of course, I was working 40 hour weeks on a farm in the summer, and perhaps eating less than I should have, but nevertheless, I give props to this book for it's reasoned work-out methodology and psyche-building encouragement.

One can't help but feel like Bill Phillips is your older brother who invites you to work out with him
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I was never overweight until I hit my teens--then I struggled for decades with an increasing weight problem that got worse with every diet. I'd collect diets and diet books, Scarsdale, Rice Diet among others, all promising 20 pounds of weight loss within two weeks--and you know what, I succeeded in that. Problem was, that was a weight loss I couldn't sustain, not even long enough to get to goal weight and each time I'd fall away I'd get even fatter, until I was morbidly obese--over 250 pounds an ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Marshall rated it did not like it
Ugh. I'm always wary of books with chapters that have trademark symbols. This book reads like an infomercial. It spends more time making promises of amazing results than it does actually saying anything of substance. It hints of a complete transformation into a thin, muscle-bound new you within 12 weeks. It's lined with before-and-after photos, which hints at what's possible with the program, but he never actually claims that they were achieved in 12 weeks. In fact, nothing was specifically clai ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
This book literally changed my life. I read it in 2002 and went on to lose 77 lbs by completing three back to back challenges. It's really amazing. I even trained for a figure competition after getting down to 19% body fat.

Sadly, I am no longer following it strictly because of...well, life. But I still try to adhere to the fist-sized portions, protein and carbs, and resist eating junk except once a week so in a lot of ways, the BFL principles have stuck with me for life even after ten years.

Jun 23, 2013 Gregory rated it really liked it
this is a review of this book I wrote on Amazon in 1999:

I certainly get the feeling that some of the negative and positive comments are based on how some individuals feel about Bill Phillips, EAS, & Myoplex, etc.- not honest reviews of this book.
I have read the every word of Body-for-LIFE and can highly recommend it. Beyond the motivational success stories and "crossing the Abyss" sections, the main message of Body-for- LIFE is you can have a great body AND have a life too. It accomplishes t
Jul 14, 2013 Bekah rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Inspirational and thought provoking, and definitely motivational. I really enjoyed it. Bill Phillips has done a thorough job of trying to get us off the sofa! He has an easy to follow meal plan, an entirely doable workout schedule, and plenty of pep talks! His methods make sense and are highly motivational and challenging. What I really appreciated about this book is that he's not trying to sell you the latest greatest fat burning pill or weight loss fad diet. What he's offering here ...more
John G.
Jul 11, 2015 John G. rated it it was amazing
This is the best workout/fitness/getting in shape book I've ever read. It really does give you a program and all the tools you'll need. It also provides a very hopeful philosophy as a foundation to build on. I've lifted weights and exercised for a long time, there are a lot of myths and plain BS floating around out there and this book helps clarify what actually works and why. It's very structured, but yet not overwhelming at all. You should be able to pick it up cheap at a used bookstore or Sal ...more
Asya Fergiani
Nov 08, 2011 Asya Fergiani rated it really liked it
We have all read a smattering of self-help books over the years that have briefly inspired moderation of our behavior for hopefully a more positive life style. This book is one from that category in my library. Body for Life is about modifying diet, exercising, and lifting weights in order to slim down and sculpt your body in a 12 week program. It is filled with many testimonials and photos of successful people who changed their lives through this regime. I have held on to this book in hopes of ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Great eating and exercise plan. Initially when I started I lost 35 pounds and in the words of a co-worker I looked "svelte" (Woot for me!) It takes a bit to get in the groove, but of all the diets and work-outs I have read, none are as well supported medically, nutritionally, or by gyms as this one. Granted it's not wheat, milk, sugar and animal meat free; which I have read books stating why all those things are terrible. Additionally you can have one whole day to eat ANYTHING you want. So, as f ...more
Keri West
Jul 12, 2015 Keri West rated it it was amazing
Shelves: motivational
Great book. Solid health advice (and the rationale behind it) paired with a strong motivational voice. It's a lot easier to believe a pep talk when you can actually see that the process works. I lost a little weight and gained a ton of stamina. (I can run 5k with comfort!!!) The downside would be the diet. It was just too much food for me.
Aug 26, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Great exercise and eating plan. When I was following this plan, I could see a big difference in how I looked and felt. So far, every trainer I've talked to said that Bill Phillips has the best eating plan out there, and his meal supplements are the best (EAS brand)

I really liked the workout section because it showed you exactly how to do the exercises, when to do them and how often to do them!! Great for someone like me who knew nothing about an exercise plan. I made copies of the exercises in t
Oct 14, 2012 Aaron rated it liked it
I am happy to read a book where the author is trying to stay with reality as much as possible. I felt he addressed quite a few nagging topics for the average person in a very up front and positive manner.

I had participated in Phillips' exercise routine before but had not read the book. I spoke with my lifting partner I had then and apologized that I wasn't the partner he deserved or what I should have been. I for sure should have read the book and committed to following through with it instead o
Stefan Garcia
Mar 02, 2015 Stefan Garcia rated it it was ok
I think a lot of the dietary information has dated badly, as has some of the excercise. I will follow the exercise programme though, but the diet no. Maybe I will do the follow eating cutting out most sugar and saturated fat, and a Sunday cheat day. But no info for vegetarians like myself.
Apr 12, 2012 Travis rated it liked it
The first time I read this book I was preparing to put Bill Phillip's precepts to the test. In twelve weeks I lost just over 35 lbs. I went on to lose another 20 lbs. over the course of a year continuing his plan. The book itself is filled with testimonials that lengthen the book. I can see why others may have been turned off by this part of the book. I could have lived without this info, but it was there to read so I read it. If there is a knock on the book, that would be it. Needless to say, t ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela by:
This book was not at all what I had expected. I read it on the recommendation of the Winn Brothers, and was impressed with the motivational exercises and positive psychology in the first half of the book. I found the philosophies about tackling "feared things first" and seeking out "the right amount of positive pressure" very refreshing. The second half was all about balancing weight training with aerobic exercise, and eating 6 small, high quality meals every day. I have heart problems and need ...more
Jan 26, 2008 Marla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that wants to feel better about themselves
Recommended to Marla by: Cameron
Bill came into my life right when I needed him. I was going through a seperation and needed to feel good about myself. My son brought the book to my attention - something he wanted to do. I told him let me read it when you are finished so I will know how to help you. After a day of reading I told him - I want to do this with you! We worked the book steadily for over 4 months. It was a truning point in both of our lives. It gave me the physical strength I needed. I lost 25 pounds in 3 months and ...more
Musaed Alhaqqan
Dec 16, 2014 Musaed Alhaqqan rated it it was amazing
Itis very good book I have tried it , very easy to read book straight forward I like it

Its change my bad thoughts about heathy lifestyle

i have lose with it more than 15 kilos
Dec 30, 2007 Amelia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: flabby, fat people
One summer I exercised doing cardio for an hour every day for three months, ate right, probably starved myself and I lost about 10 lbs, but I didn't look any different still flabby and soft in the middle. It didn't even get me into the shape I wanted to be in for my hike down Havasupai canyon. The next January, I read Body for Life and it changed my perspective on losing weight and it transformed my body into something that looked guuuuud. I have never been in better shape in my life. The Body f ...more
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