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Despite being a Precision Nutrition member for years, and reading Dr. John Berardi’s articles for years before that, I completely missed his 2006 book titled The Metabolism Advantage.

The book is apparently out of print today, but you can still get the ebook on Kindle for $9.32 or find a hardcover on Half.com for about $6 shipped.

Or, you could test your luck on the mainstream document sharing sites like Scribd.com, where I found a free copy I could download as a PDF or read right in my browser. It was basically the print copy scanned into a computer, so it wasn’t high quality, but for free, I can’t complain.

(I didn’t link to it since I’m not sure if it was uploaded intentionally or illegally!)

The good news is, either way, you can still obtain a copy somewhere. The better news is, this is a 387 page book written by JB, and he’s just plain awesome (as you can see in the linked Youtube video.)

The bad news is, this book was published by Rodale Press under the Men’s Health label, so you can imagine it’s packed full of basic cookie-cutter advice and filler content just like the magazine.

Let’s see whether the good or bad wins out…

What’s the point of the book?

We all know the metabolism slows down with age. The point of this book is to explain how your metabolism works and give you a diet and exercise program that will speed up your metabolism like crazy, no matter how old you are!

What’s in it?

There’s a lot of good info in here that covers the basics of exercise and nutrition, how to use them to achieve your fat loss goals, and a few quick biology lessons for good measure. So you should actually understand what your metabolism is! Not only that, JB includes the very important topics of motivation and goal setting, as well as the logistics of eating healthy (making the time for it, finding decent meals at restaurants, etc..)

The best part, in my opinion, is that a lot of the concepts here appear similar to the principles behind Precision Nutrition. So you’re not getting old, poor, or outdated info – you’re just getting less of what you’d get with JB’s newer teachings.

You’ll also glean a few good tips in there, like this one a lot of people could use: “Soak beans overnight with a small amount of baking soda before cooking them, and they won’t make you so gassy.”

Then you have page after page of recipes, meal plans, workout charts, printable shopping lists, etc. The book is perhaps 150 pages of reading, and 220 pages of references, checklists, print outs, etc.

Where the book is lacking is in the content you can tell was copy/pasted straight out of the pages of Men’s Health. The exercise demonstrations and instructions, for example. You’re not going to learn or understand the moves just by seeing these pictures.

Who should read the book?

The book is clearly aimed at the general diet and fitness crowd. If you don’t know what you’re doing, this book will get you off to a great start. (You don’t need to be a bodybuilder or elite athlete to make sense of it.)

Who should not read the book?

On the other hand, if you are a bodybuilder or elite athlete, and you already have a successful training plan or workout program figured out, don’t bother with this book. If you know what to eat and when to eat it, you’re all set.

More importantly, if you’re sick of Rodale Press books (you’ve probably received one as a free gift when you subscribed to Bicycling or Runner’s World,) definitely don’t get it!

My final verdict is…

If you cut out the crap and unnecessary filler, there’s some darn good information in this book. It’s very similar to the core concepts of Precision Nutrition. If you don’t know where to start with your diet and exercise plan, it’s worth the read.

That said, if you’re serious about your health and fitness, go straight for the real deal, JB’s up-to-date Precision Nutrition system. It’s much more informative, refined, useful, and personalized. (It’s the best of Dr. John Berardi and none of the Rodale Press crap!)

Official website: www.MetabolismAdvantage.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Rodale Press
Product: The Metabolism Advantage
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.7 out of 5
Date last updated: 2013-04-27
Obtained Product: Free digital download.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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