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The Lean Muscle Diet by Lou Schuler
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it was amazing


That's right, the authors say. Your body does an excellent job of keeping you at the current weight (well, at least for most people, anyway.) So, it's not surprising that it's very difficult to lose weight and keep it off: "It's supposed to be ahrd. A mature human body is built for homeostasis. It wants to stay the same."

So, to change your weight, "you must find a way to create an imbalance between the calories you take in and the calories you expend." That's where most of the exercise and diet plans have it right--they have different ways of achieving the same thing--that delta between calories in and calories expended.

The authors have a bit of a funny twist on diet plans. They point out that staying on a diet is a key problem. So, pick the foods that you like to eat: "Honoring personal preference is the most overlooked and underutilized tool for long-term success in a weight loss plan...We have solid science to back it up." By that, the authors mean ADHERENCE. All the diets work pretty well; the difference is how well you adhere to them.

One funny part about the workout plans--they each have a "big boy" option. That means for those of you who find the workouts TOO EASY. Right.

There are also numerous case studies, with men of different body types/condition. Then, the authors present a diet and exercise plan for each case.

Interesting dating advice in the book: The authors point out that women judge men by a certain proportion (No, not THAT proportion!) Women look at the ratio of shoulder width to your waist. "You create that V shape primarily with pulling exercises, like chin-ups and rows." Most men are doing the wrong type of exercises--ones that are different than how our bodies are designed to move.

All in all, THE LEAN MUSCLE DIET is a very well researched, thorough book that covers how to get lean via solid workouts in conjunction with sustainable diet plans. There are EXTENSIVE charts showing numerous foods, with their nutritional value, grouped by their leanness--e.g., "very lean." There are also extensive end-notes and glossary.

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