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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2015
This book was suggested to me by a fellow runner long distance runner.

For some time now I had been trying to penetrate the massive amount of health information out there that is constantly vying for our attention. Some of it is true. Some of it is false. Most of it you scratch your head and ask yourself where do you begin to challenge it?

This is a book about the journey that most middle aged athletic people want to make but don't have the time. This book explodes a lot of myths. But the troubling part is that the truth is really, really simple. If you want to be 'healthy' then you need to lift weights, do HIIT, eat fruits, vegetables and some meat.

The really, really troubling message this book leaves you with is that if you are in your forties, then you need to eat healthy, work out and learn to eat half the amount of food you currently eat.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2014
I am sure there will be many people that find it difficult to accept when he debunks magic processes and things to take. I found it refreshing.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2013
Dry, witty, informative???? Caulfield is a lawyer. He is not a biochemist, a scientist, or a doctor. His biggest concern is his weight, which puts a teenage spin on the whole dissertation. It's frightening to me that he believes what he thinks, that "obesity causes inactivity; inactivity does not cause obesity", (Really?) and that by choking back a bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills with no results, casts a grave shadow on alternative medicine. Where is the 'science' in this book? This is the contribution by the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy? Scary.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2013
Great book, well written, a lot of research was done, and it shows. He keeps things simple and straighforward. Would recommend.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a very interesting book if you are into fitness and healthy eatting but beware scientific research about exercise may shock your beliefs ! I am part of a non-profit weight loss group called TOPS (See TOPS.org), and have presented some of this book's finding and they were quite shocked to learn that exercise does not make you lose weight. However, it helps for maintenance and mostly for many health benefits. Bottom line; read it !
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
I can't recommend this book highly enough. So much useful information, and very well written. I use info I learned from the chapters on diet, food and exercise every day. A must-read for people who want the facts on health.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
This was a interesting examination of the hype surrounding basic health related recommendations and behaviours. The author included personal experience and a sound examination of the science behind healthy diet, exercise, genetics, alternative medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. The take home message is that there are simple health related behaviours that we should all follow (e.g., high intensity exercise, no junk food and lots of fruits and veg). He goes on to demonstrate that, although the message is simple, actually doing this is difficult. There is no magic or easy way to quickly and permanently lose weight. It takes hard and persistent work. Although this may not be what we want to hear, the simplicity of the message means we can ignore the mixed messages that tell us to do a certain program or use a particular supplement or weight loss 'cure'.

By taking a simple approach to healthy living based on sound scientific evidence, I now feel I can better ignore the hype around weight loss, exercise programs and so on. Instead, I can focus my time and efforts (and money) on actually doing the work of healthy living. The message that this is very hard work and most of us fail was difficult to take at first. However, I think that it has helped me come to the point of accepting I have to be persistent about diet and exercise and understand that there will be times that they are not the best. This is not a reason to give up.

Although this book is science based, the author has made it a good read for the average person by providing good explanations as well as his (often humorous) personal experience related to each section of the book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
There is no shortage of health based books that preach the mantra "exercise more, eat less". This book is no exception. What sets this book apart from all others is the blend of science with style and candour. Professor Caulfield takes on the health industry with a ruthlessly empirical approach. While keeping an open mind he puts theories to the test (using himself as a guinea pig) and reports the facts. No recommendation is made until the scientific evidence supports the conclusion. To convey his message, Professor Caulfield employs a self-effacing, intimate and humorous style. There are some surprising revelations, a hint of conspiracy and even a few cliff-hangers, making this book read more like a spy novel than a fitness manual. Professor Caulfield confirms what you likely already know: that there are no quick fixes. He makes it clear, though, that if you are broken, you can be fixed and you hold the key to the cure. A very worthy read, indeed.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
The book started out good, but then he lost me when he claims stretching is a waste of time, it has no purpose, and it can ultimately decrease your performance. He also claims there was a study that shows Olympians did not improve their performance/winning by stretching. However, he does not state how, where, and who did the study. He is pretty much telling you that the thousands of professional Athletes around the world are wasting their time when they are stretching before a big game.

The best one is when he claims he's been working out all his life and he's extremely conscientious about his health but wasn't aware that the muffin he was eating for two years contained over 500 calories. lol really?

Some information were good but there were no merit on a lot of things, no hard science to back anything up. He did not conduct any study himself, solely relied on other people's knowledge and I guess the internet. I give it a three star simply because he's Canadian but other then that I cannot praise this book. If anything it's extremely dangerous for a person without any experience to use his methods for training, you can outright really hurt yourself. Every athlete will tell you how important it is to stretch - lack of it can really cause major injuries, so please do your search before conducting any of his training methods.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
The book gives an excellent insight as well as information on diet. It is gifted with personality as well as fact.
While the above is true for the first half of the book, dealing as it does with an individual's efforts, the second
part falls into generalized discussion about what society needs, rather than one person's individual need.
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