Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise

Narrated by: Michael Ormsbee
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (529 ratings)

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Should you avoid red meat and eat only carbs, or avoid carbs and focus on healthy fats? Will 500 crunches a day turn that belly fat into a “six pack”, or should you stick to cardio three times a week? Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise presents the latest scientific research about changing your body composition, along with diet and exercise recommendations in incremental steps that men and women of all ages and fitness levels can follow. From the macro to the molecular, this course takes a science-based view to debunk common weight-loss misconceptions and help you understand your own body better than you ever have.

Led by Professor Michael Ormsbee, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine, you will gain access to cutting-edge research that demonstrates what does - and doesn’t - work. The lessons presented in this course can change your life by helping you to feel better, perform better, and be healthier now and into your older years.

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Excellent !

A bit "dry" at moments but overall very informative. I liked the approach of small changes

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Lost 20 pounds

Never really understood nutrition until I listened to this lecture series. Has proven invaluable, and I will listen again!

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No hype!

A balanced course which gave the good and bad of various foods and diets. It also gave the good and bad of various exercises. The course was motivational.

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Good Content - Poor Narration

I know a lot about fitness, and nutrition and this course does a good job covering a lot of info. Yes, If you know a lot about this topic, then you are going to hear things you already know. Overall I did like the course organization. It was mostly review/reinforcement for me, but I did pick up a few things. I enjoyed the material. It was time well spent learning.

The narration was very difficult for me. The author of the course reads his course notes - almost written like a book. He reads very poorly. TGC should have chosen a professional narrator. He stumbles over his words, and misreads most sentences. Again, he just reads aloud very poorly.

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Tons of great information

Well organized presentation with lots of great information. Narrator seemed to be just reading his script so it was a bit stiff.

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Slow and Basic

Very basic info broken down into mindnumbingly simple terms for 12hrs. The narrator sounds like a unlucky grad student who lost a bet and had to present this.

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Basic Knowledge

I was expecting more up to date research analysis. Ideally it would have included a major overhaul of these elementary concepts in light of breakthroughs of the genetic factors influencing body composition. I can not recall a single reference to even solid genetic research now ten years old.

It did offer basic nutrition information, good discussion of special senior requirements and a now standard review of metabolic function.

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Not much new, posted supplements

scientific in the main, but strongly promotes dubious supplements based on tiny studies of short duration.
first part of the book explaining digestion and nutrient absorption is much better

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Inspiring easy way to get fit

This was a very easy to understand and implement guidelines course for better health. I am already seeing improvements with how I feel.

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great information. going to try some of the info.

I liked that it had a ton of info. it did seem be me of a book report in some sections. overall I learned new ideas to try.

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  • Bilberry
  • 07-23-20

Not sure about this, seems to not say much

Actually I did listen, and more than once. But he dosent give any concrete informations. And in the few instances he does, I simply do not trust what he says. Because it contradicts a lot of information from most of the other nutritionalists.

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1) he seems to suggest that a high protein diet is good. But that is not what ive heard elsewhere, most people say that a high protein diet is bad for you, causing more harm than good. And that we eat far too much protein in our diets already.
Also we know animal protein is causing a lot of problems in the world with regards land usage and emissions and obsesity.

2) He also said that you can eat throughout the day. But a lot of people are saying that it is better to fast for much of the day. Being hungry for long periods of time allows the body to repair. But he dosent talk about this very much at all.

3) You can eat at night, just before sleeping? - Well everyone knows this isnt true, even my 11 year old neice knows that you shouldnt eat late at night. This means that we cant trust the other things that were said either, because if someone says this then how can you trust them on their other assertions? So on this basis im writing a bad review.

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  • Craig N.
  • 01-21-20

Disapointing

I had expected more from a university level course; I have previously done some reading around the topic and to be honest; most of that was far more in depth than this. It feels very cluttered with GCSE Biology and low level information. It feels like it could have been broken into maybe 3 more in depth courses; one for beginners, another intermediate and another for more advanced interests, which was what I had been anticipating based upon previous courses. In summary; a lot of listening for a few useful nuggets of information.

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  • hetti
  • 07-16-19

100% on the button!..

Exceptionally educational clear no bias factual information .. Beautifully clear narrating. Great info for sports enthusiasts of all levels or just good eating advice.. Gill UK

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  • Matthew
  • 11-19-19

Factual & Enjoyable Series

This is a well structured, enjoyable series of lectures on basically everything you didn't know about how the body works with a heavy bias towards nutrition, health, fitness & weight loss.

The only bad thing I can say is the repetitive health guidance warnings at the end of each chapter are annoying. Hit the 30 sec fast forward for those.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-13-19

Insightful, educational and unbiased

Unlike most books in the same field, this one took a neutral position towards things like different types of diets.. Etc. Its focusing on the science of nutrition and exercise and backed with research data it provides information and practical advise for the general audience. It's very hard to choose the right way based on your own goals given the variations today, what I liked about this book is that it explains the whys and the hows to help choosing what works for me and what not. Highly recommended.

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  • Connor
  • 10-21-19

Excellent

Very good course to give you a great overview of body composition through diet and exercise.

Would recommend

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  • Tom_Mulliner_artist
  • 10-14-19

Re-enforcing the fundamentals in depth.

There are a few new and useful facts that I learnt from these lectures. Plus, the lectures re-enforce the common knowledge of eating healthily and exercising regularly but in great depth.

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  • Mark M
  • 04-18-19

Good advice in each chapter

Relatable narrator who keeps a tip at the end of each chapter to help the listener implement the advice given. Nicely referenced research findings and narrator's professional experience from the lab and own studies very helpful.

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  • Dalia
  • 07-24-20

good choice to start

good choice for anyone who wants to start a healthy lifestyle, here where you get basic information and knowledge about body and healthy choices

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  • Tenjiso
  • 07-16-20

Still relevant in 2020

Good science-based coverage of methods to re-tune body composition. I can't say I learned a great deal of new information, since I've picked up a lot from other sources. However, I trust this course to present the information in a far less biased format. The presenter never gave me the impression that he had a particular axe to grind, nor a hidden agenda to sell me particular products or services. In 2020 the information is still relevant even though the science around the subject matter seem to be in a constant state of flux. If I had any criticism, it would be the current price is quite high (I picked it up during my audible trial, so this wasn't an issue for me). I've completed the course and will listen to it again as I gradually implement changes to my training and nutrition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-19

Don’t let your first step be a misstep.

For anyone that is looking to understand your body, and how the foods you eat and the way you exercise affect how you look and feel, this book is simply fantastic, and will assist in guiding you to make correct decisions for your health.

Personally, this year, I’ve made great improvements in my body composition by reducing excess fat and adding some lean muscle mass, but it had come at the cost of my overall energy and satisfaction/happiness. At first, I thought, ‘the longer I do this, the more my body will adjust, and the better I look, the happier I’ll feel’. This is a dangerous approach to new diets and exercise plans that most people go through; it’s ineffective and causes these plans to be temporary, and as a result, pointless. Ormsbee demonstrates that you can make great improvements in your health and fitness goals, while feeling progressively better from day 1. He attacks all areas of health from nutrition and exercise, with detailed scientific research to guide you towards the most efficient lifestyle changes you should make, in order to achieve your goals.

Understanding is the best motivation. Making permanent changes for your health is hard work, but you’ll never be able to take those proper steps if you don’t understand what you’re doing.

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  • ESI
  • 03-03-19

takes the marketing and hysteria out of nutrition

As a physician I would highly recommend this course. Took me through a nice refresher of physiology to start then built on that to explain energy utilisation under different physiological conditions. Although the recommendations may seem simple, it makes me more motivated and confident to chose the right strategy for me and implement them.

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  • Justin
  • 02-01-19

Learning based on science and research.

This is what anyone starting a weight loss (body fat loss) journey should listen to for accurate information based on evidence and research. I learnt an incredible amount while listening and it helped me fine tune my goals, both nutritionally and through exercise.

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  • KA
  • 08-29-19

Expected more from Great Courses

Information was nothing more than findable on a Google search. I feel if you already have a little more than a basic knowledge of the topic in question, you may find yourself underwelmed by the text

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-19

science based, to the point and easy to follow

consistency is king when loosing weight, changes in diet and exercise can be minor but produce excellent results over a period of time. This book gives all the tools you'll need to get started and stay on track. No BS or bro science

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  • Ellen L
  • 03-25-19

Sensible and we'll researched

As another reviewer said before me I honestly learnt so much from this. No gimmicks just research and a balanced opinion. You don't have to follow it but I'm willing to try

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-20

Reader stutters

The speaker stutters pretty often it’s pretty distracting, he also repeats words and says a lot of uh and filler words. Often says the wrong word and then corrects himself. Annoying to listen to.

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  • Binula
  • 10-15-19

Excellent review of current scientific evidence on nutrition and exercise

An invaluable evidence based view on nutrition and exercise. The book reviews current empirical facts while debunking common myths and misconceptions on the topic. The book is also well structured and easy to read. Extremely useful and recommended for anyone looking to make science-based, lasting positive changes to their health and well-being.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

Good Science based

Fairly non-partisan science based nutrition information. In depth enough to allow further research by listener and quantifies and qualifies information where required. Wholeheartedly recommend.