I got this audiobook hoping for some inspiration and a different mindset towards the way I think about food. Unfortunately, every time I tried to listen to the book I would get incredibly bored and would notice 10 minutes later I hadn't listened to a word. I still have 3 hours left and am ready to move on to something else. I will say, the reiteration of the "calorie deficit" has stuck with me and I tend to think about it more when I am choosing my food. I think I read in some other reviews that the author didn't actually perform the reading - if that's the case I would hope the author would find someone else to read his other work.
A middle aged surfer dude who travels a lot, lives in SoCal and likes to read only good stuff.
I probably wouldn't listen to it again, I have the concept and the understanding I needed, and it will serve me for a lifetime. I am in good shape, I'm 52 and have always exercised regularly. I hear family and neighbors spout off about some 'certain' diet, bla bla bla, but have never heard an explanation like this, one that makes sense to me and will always be in vogue. Stop eating so much. That's it. Don't deny yourself anything, just keep it to a good portion. Start doing weight workouts (I do about 5-7/ week now). I never knew how important it was until I read this book. Without trying at all I dropped about ten pounds in two months and feel good all the time. I eat carbs, I eat cookies, I eat hamburgers, I drink beer. But not too much of any of it. It really changed my life.
I have NO time to read so Audible is perfect! I listen while commuting and even at the gym. My interests vary from month to month.
I couldn't listen a minute without thinking that I was being lectured by my high school science teacher or my annoying Uncle Ned. I had to remind myself every 5 minutes that I was getting advice from a fit youngish trainer to keep from shutting it off.
The first half of the book basically tells you to get your mind right, the second half gives you tips on eating and exercising. What he says is good and practical. Not alot of new information. But in all honesty. Science is the same and our body's are too. We can only be told the same story so many times before we just have to take it for what it is and just do it. I can definitely see how putting his ideas into application would get me to my goal.
I like to read non-fiction, self-help, and especially books about health.
This book was not kooky and it did not lean too heavily on one culprit as being the cause of obesity. The author went back to the basics.
Diet books always have a hook. They'll focus on one thing like: insulin control, mind control, eliminating certain food groups, or eating at specific times.This book contends that there is no new "magic bullet" for weight loss. It is by far the most reasonable diet/exercise book that I've read. Venuto reiterates simple ideas that dieters already know, but need to hear again.
I have fallen for diet plans that say carbs, sugar, emotions, the hormones insulin, ghrelin, and leptin, or wheat products are the sole contributors to weight gain. Many of these books were written by doctors. Tom Venuto believes that all of these things are a piece of the puzzle, and he prescribes calorie restriction and challenging workouts as an antidote. It's not new, exciting news, but the reader will know immediately that this guy got it right.
Listen to this book while working out--a great motivator.
One of the top 5. Appreciated that he took the time to read the Intro. The reader for the bulk of the book did well...nice tone and intonation.
Tom's no nonsense but encouraging introduction.
This is non-fiction. I especially like Tom's goal setting process.
Realistic fitness lifestyle changes for anyone, any age any shape.
Tom backs up his publications with a fitness community website that has helped hundreds/thousands of people get in better shape. He personally takes the time to answer questions and gets involved with members on the online forums. He likes to give kudos to those who succeed. (There are fitness contests throughout the year). I hope he writes a book geared more for those who have to lose 100 lbs or more. He has some sound goal setting strategies, but it would help even more if there was a strategy set out especially for the most struggling crowd.
Read Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle and it was much better than this one. Would probably not read another one from Tom Venuto because of the preechy style in this book.
The information provided about nutrition and exercise is true and accurate.
Useful information is only in two chapters. This could be a 1 hour listen instead of 10 hours.
This is truly a bodyfat solution! It not only addresses eating and exercise, but does a great job on entwining the psychological issues behind those bad habits that need to change and gives you the tools needed to do just that. All is broken down to a very comprehensive program to encourage a better lifestyle. This is NOT another diet book. This is a life guide!
This is a well rounded and practical approach to reducing body fat and and improving one's health. It is not gimmicky, and there is no quick fix or other fad diet nonsense. The nutrition plan is reasonable and suitable for the long term. Venuto also allows for human nature and the occasional deviation from the plan for special occasions and celebrations. The beginner workouts can be done by people of most fitness levels and there is a steady increase in difficulty as fitness improves. I found the narration to be very well done and professional. The overall tone of the book is motivating. I believe that following this plan can change one's life. I am 55 years old, fat and being treated for heart disease.In the past 4 weeks I've lost 12 lbs and 3% body fat. My strength and endurance are steadily improving as is my mood and attitude. This book may well be the best investment I've ever made.
I bought this book to listen to whilst driving and I will buy it again in hard copy, not because there is anything lacking in the audiobook (the PDF which comes with the audiobook is very comprehensive), more due to the fact that this is such a good health resource that I would like to come back and back. This is so much more comprehensive than most other fitness titles and I personally use this as the go-to resource despite owning and reading or listening to many titles in the same category. If you are ready for a change, don't miss this one! I am on my second listen and I rarely, rarely repeat.
Yes- I like the overall theme of the book, but the way the narrator pronounces some obvious words kind of makes me want to cringe. I don't know why!