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The Big Book of Health and Fitness: A Practical Guide to Diet, Exercise, Healthy Aging, Illness Prevention, and Sexual Well-Being Paperback – Jan 4 2012

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (Jan. 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616083794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616083793
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
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Dr. Maffetone's system goes beyond dealing with symptoms; he looks at health and fitness as an integrated balance. He deals with the whole picture clearly and directly. Fascinating and illuminating... and I feel great! --James Taylor, singer and recording artist

About the Author

Dr. Philip Maffetone is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician, and author in the field of nutrition, exercise and sports medicine, stress management, and biofeedback. He was named “Coach of the Year” by Triathlete Magazine and honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top twenty most influential people in endurance sports worldwide. He is the author of more than a dozen books on sports, fitness, and health.

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this is a great book. I am a practicing physiotherapist and I find this book to be very relevant to my patients. I am glad the author makes the distinction between 'health' and 'fitness' because the two things are not at all the same thing!! Very well written and an easy but informative read!
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HASH(0x9ce2584c) out of 5 stars A Treasure Trove of Valuable Information Dec 14 2011
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Flying well below the best-selling radar of popular diet, weight loss, and get "healthy" overnight books that come and go with the changing seasons, is Dr. Phil Maffetone who has developed an intense and loyal following among recreational and elite athletes (runners, cyclists, triathetes) who have adopted his teachings and beliefs on all key aspects of health and fitness. The so called Maffetone Method is one that follows basic holistic principles: listen to your body, eat well, manage stress, avoid taking over-the-counter drugs for common aches and pains, exercise regularly, and avoid "no pain, no gain" mentality. In other words, by training aerobically, you can burn body fat and this in turn will lead to a lifetime of health and fitness. Now, in this new, wonderful, and packed-with-information BIG BOOK, Phil Maffetone has done all of us a great public service. This book will become your de facto reference guide on all matters of health and fitness. It's geared toward those who care about healthy aging. It's also directed toward those who don't want to be dependent on a flawed health care system.

Phil writes about self-health care. And that's what this book does. It teaches you how to be in control of your own health. Valuable chapters include those on how to control inflammation through diet, the right foods that will lead to better energy and fat-burning, why most dietary supplements are harmful, hidden dangers of stretching, why most conventional running and walking shoe are bad for your feet and legs, and so on.

I was also surprised to see a chapter on healthy sex. (I read that one first!).

This isn't the first book i own by Phil Maffetone-- he's written over a half-dozen. But this is one book that i will demand that all my aging and still-active baby boomer friends must have. Think of this book as a "wise friend for life."
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HASH(0x9ce258a0) out of 5 stars The book I've been wanting (but didn't know it) for 25 years... June 26 2014
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Oh, my FREAKING goodness! (kept that rated G). If you ever hated intense exercise, this is the book for you.
However, if you aren't serious about becoming healthy, reading this book won't help you too much until you decide to take care of yourself.

So, what did I learn?

1) I learned why sugar isn't bad, but insulin is (and unfortunately sugar can spike your insulin.
2) I learned why intense exercise is bad for you (comparatively) and you should slow down your workouts to comfortable levels.
3) I learned why body fat stays on your body, even when you work out a lot.
4) I learned why most people who train for a 5k or similar event actually do workouts that are detrimental to their goals.
5) I learned the difference between healthy foods and unhealthy ones, and why.

If you care even the slightest about your body health and how old you want to live, please just read this book. Even if it takes you a year or two to come around to living it, you need the knowledge first.
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HASH(0x9ce25b7c) out of 5 stars Maffetone is still the man! March 4 2013
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Reading Maffetone is such a pleasure because what he says is really mostly quite intuitive. The problem is, I guess I just never thought about many of these things. To be honest, his earlier book, In Fitness and in Health, changed my life. Maffetone is a ridiculously successful coach in the endurance sports and his ideas really went against the grain years ago when he was training the likes of Stu Mittleman. But the more you think about his techniques, the more they generally make sense. He is the antithesis of a drill sergeant or high school coach that preaches the "no pain, no gain" philosophy. And as a result, his disciples have run circles around others.

Since I started following Maffetone I have lost weight, have more energy than ever, and have been injury-free for more than 5 years after never going a year without a running injury. What more can I say about his training philosophy?
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HASH(0x9ce25a74) out of 5 stars Great nutrition advice! Aug. 14 2013
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Book was recommended to me by a friend that does high-endurance events (Ultras and triathalons). I'm Type II diabetic, and was mainly focused on the 2-week test and nutrition advice. Since following his guidelines for about 4 weeks, my daily blood glucose levels have dropped to nearly pre-diabetic levels, and an A1C test I took was the lowest it's been in 10 years. I don't know that everyone would have the same dramatic results I experienced, but I think there is some real benefit to anyone who follows Maffatone's nutrition principles... which is basically to get refined sugar and processed carbs like white flour out of our diet.
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HASH(0x9ce25c84) out of 5 stars Amazing Book All Should Read Sept. 26 2013
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This book is a great resource. I am constantly going back to it and rereading sections. The 2 week test is fabulous and has changed my life. I do it a few times a year to get myself back on track. If you have any aches and pains please try the 2 week test, I didnt do it for weight as I am fine but I was in pain depressed and tired. His running method is very different than what we are used to and I have changed my runs 2 years ago and have loved his method, it is a lot slower pace, feels like you are walking when you first change but give it a few months and you will get the hang of it. The nice thing is my runs now give me a lot of energy and I can run a lot more miles than before. I also noticed in races I can really sprint the last 200 meters and have the energy to finish well where before I drug my body in. So give it a try! I hope it makes a difference in your life. Thank You Dr Maffetone!