Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way.
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The book consists of a short intro followed by 64 food rules. The author calls them "policies" more than rules - guidelines you can follow when you decide what to eat, not hard-and-fast prescriptions (or proscriptions) of behavior. It's really just an expansion of his seven-word advice from his previous books - "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
The rules are easy to remember, and often overlap. Ones like "Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce" and Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry" and a few others all advise you against processed foods. Ones about limiting meat consumption vs. plant consumption abound as well, often overlapping. This isn't by mistake - the idea is that a few of the rules will "stick" so they throw a bunch of them at you so you don't miss the redundantly explained message.
There is almost nothing in the way of scientific discussion. No citations. Very few nutritional terms (protein, fats, carbs, etc.) and the ones that are there are accompanied by some plain-language arguments for the food rules in question. It's just a short series of rules, some requiring no explanation to understand and follow, that you can use to base your eating around.
The book is really excellent stuff. It's short and punchy. The advice is spot-on for eating for health. The one caveat I'd add to the whole thing is that if you're looking to eat as an athlete, with excess calories for weight gain and optimal protein consumption and other things like that . . . this isn't the only book you'll want to read. This is a generic set of rules for eating healthy food in moderation for everyday life. You won't find a way to maximize your muscle gain or fat loss. But if you're at a basic loss on how to eat and what to buy, this will get you going in the right direction.
Content: 5 out of 5. Concise and incisive and right on target for healthy eating.
Presentation: 5 out of 5. Well written and laid out of ease of use.
Overall: Read it. Borrow it or pick up a copy. Leave it around where your friends with diet issues will see it and browse through it. It's not and end-all be-all book on eating, nor on eating for strength, but it's enough to help change someone's diet for the better.
I am a professional personal trainer. I train clients at CR Fitness in Wyckoff, NJ.
I am a Certified Personal Trainer from the NSCA.
I am also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified nutrition coach.
I am also an athlete myself - I formerly fought amateur MMA and submission wrestling, and I train twice a week in MMA.
I also train under a strength coach - Mike Guadango at Freak Strength. I am skilled at training others, but I thrive best when I have a knowledgeable coach to direct my own training.
About Strength Basics
This blog is a collection of various advice and information about basic strength training. I'm interested in strength and conditioning. The "frequently asked questions" in this area are VERY frequently asked.
This is my attempt to pull together the stuff I keep saying over and over. It's also a place for to put links related to strength and conditioning, and to muse on strength training in general. Further, writing this blog tests what I know. You never really know something until you can demonstrate an ability to explain it to someone else. As I write, I learn what I know and I don't know. In the process, I hope to pass on knowledge to you.
I hope this material is useful to you. Please consider it a springboard to future study. Although I endeavor to be complete and accurate, this is not meant to be the final answer to any subject addressed within the blog. Strength Basics may teach you something, but more than that I hope it makes you curious to learn more!
Always remember to check with your doctor before you begin any kind of strength or exercise program. I'm a professional personal trainer, but I'm not your personal trainer. Use this information at your own risk and with the understanding that not all exercise advice is appropriate for all trainees.