Last I checked, there were over 63,000 diet books and 97,000 exercise books indexed at Amazon.com. I don’t know about you, but that feels like way too many.
Here are some of my favourite books, websites, and resources to help you narrow things down. If you’re looking for more on the topics of exercise, nutrition, fitness, and self-experimentation, these provide a great starting point.
Precision Nutrition – This is my own company’s website. It’s a huge resource full of free exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle information. With over 500 free articles and a popular, friendly, supportive discussion community, it may be the only fitness and nutrition site you ever need to visit.
Stumptuous – The premier women’s weight-lifting site on the web, hosted by co-author Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon. This site is free of advertising and sponsorship and is devoted 100% to promoting and supporting no-nonsense exercise habits for women. In other words, no pink dumbbells allowed.
The Nate Green Experience – A cool lifestyle blog in which co-author Nate Green explores what it means to be a young guy trying to find his way around the gym – and around the world – all while becoming his own hero.
Resources referenced in the text
5-Day Fat Loss Course For Men (Free) and 5-Day Fat Loss Course For Women (Free) – These free 5-day video courses for men and women, respectively, cover the best practices of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle for improving your health and getting into great shape. Brief and concise, yet probably the best fat-loss quick-start guide you’ll ever find, complete with printable habits, recipes, and workout routines.
Act Your Nutritional Age – This article covers the topic of nutritional age, and why we recommend different starting points based on different nutritional ages.
Brad Pilon and Eat Stop Eat – Brad Pilon’s web site, home of his Eat Stop Eat intermittent fasting system. Brad recently updated the book, and it’s worth checking out if you’re interested in IF.
Intermittent Fasting Research Review – This is an excellent review (although it’s a few years old now) of what the scientific community knows about intermittent fasting.
Lean Eating Coaching for Men and Lean Eating Coaching for Women – The very successful men’s and women’s fat-loss coaching program we run each year. We provide expert coaches to small groups of motivated clients, and we guarantee their results. Plus, there’s $50,000 in prize money for the best transformations in the group.
Leangains – Mentioned in Chapter 6, this is Martin Berkhan’s web site, home of his Leangains intermittent fasting system, one of the protocols I did quite well on.
Results Fitness – Home of Alwyn Cosgrove’s gym (in Santa Clarita, California), voted one of the top 10 gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine. Alwyn is a good friend and often acts as one of my sounding boards for new nutrition and fitness ideas. Plus, his gym is a testing ground for many of our nutritional theories.
The Power of Less – An outstanding book describing author Leo Babauta’s analysis of his own growth and change. If you want to understand how change happens and how new habits are actually formed in the real world, there isn’t a better book than this one.
The Warrior Diet – Ori Hofmekler’s web site, home to his Warrior Diet intermittent fasting system.
The Get Shredded Diet – A more extreme, bodybuilding-style fat loss plan designed to be followed for short periods of time when trying to get very lean. It’s highly effective, but not suitable for everyone.
The Getting Unshredded Plan – When ending “The Get Shredded Diet,” it’s quite common to overeat and experience rebound weight gain. That’s why it’s best to use the strategies outlined in this article when ending an extreme bodybuilding-style diet.
Wikipedia: Alternate Day Fasting – Alternate Day Fasting is reviewed here on Wikipedia, complete with short reviews of both the animal and the human studies.
Self-Experimentation As A Source of New Ideas – Seth Roberts’ review, in the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, on the art of self-experimentation. Roberts reports on 10 different self-experiments he’s done and the surprising things he found.
The 4-Hour Body – Tim Ferriss’ song of praise for the art of self-experimentation. With hundreds of experiments, this book covers Ferriss’ research into fat loss, muscle gain, sleep quality, sexual prowess, muscle performance, and much more.
Quantified Self – A web site for people interested in self-tracking. Here you can gather with other self-trackers, share knowledge and experiences, and find tons of self-experimentation related resources. A great jumping-off point if you’re interested in doing more self-experiments.
Nutrition coaching resources
The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition – As an author of this book, I’m obviously biased. But I have to say it: If you work with clients in the area of exercise and nutrition, this is a book you need to read. Ryan Andrews and I produced this 500-page academic textbook because, frankly, nothing like it existed. There are over a dozen different fields of study involved in body transformation, from molecular biology, to food science, to behavioural psychology (to name just a few). I’ve spent most of my academic and professional careers trying to synthesize as many of those fields and ideas as possible. This text is the result, and it’s the text I wish I’d had when I started my own training.Prev
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