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CriticasThrough his body-for-life fitness program, best-selling author and fitness guru Bill Phillips encourages readers to think differently about their bodies. In a friendly, conversational tone, Phillips helps readers choose optimal fitness goals that they can achieve in 12 weeks. He provides testimonies of people who successfully changed their looks and lifestyles, along with their before-and-after photographs. Phillips then refutes widespread exercise and nutrition myths, such as the common misperception that weight training makes women muscular or that overeating indicates a weak will. He bases his program on weight training and a balanced diet of six small meals a day plus supplements. Philips explains such well-known basics as alternately exercising lower- and upper-body muscle groups and resting for one minute between sets. He also discusses nutrition, providing lists of recommended carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables. These chapters include charts and progress reports from the author's fitness diary, a day- by-day breakdown of the 12-week program, and summary boxes highlighting the most salient points. Phillips helps readers maintain momentum by concentrating on progress rather than perfection. The book concludes with five appendixes that feature a Q&A section, a glossary of fitness jargon, an exercise guide with photographs, progress reports that readers can photocopy, and real-life success stories. A New York Times best seller, this attractive manual is highly recommended for public libraries and bookstores.
—Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons, Manhattan Coll. Lib., Riverdale, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.