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The Best Fish Oil Money Can Buy

Why not all fish oil is created the same.

A while ago Stephen from 4 Hour Life posted Costco vs. The World Round 1: Fish Oil and the Search for the Ultimate Omega!. At the time I had not yet got my Feremented Cod Liver Oil so I could not comment on it directly but did link to this article about Why Feremented Cod Liver Oil.

Since then I have started taking FCLO and High VItamin Butter Oil regularly. I had such a hard time getting it shipped to Canada that I setup FCLO Canada, one of the reasons I have not been blogging much. There is another important article about fish oil that Chris Kresser wrote a while ago When it comes to fish oil, more is not better. In that article he references a number of studies that show long term negative affects of concentrated fish oil. He states that

  • Omega-3 fatty acids are highly vulnerable to oxidative damage.
  • Lowering omega-6 (from industrial seed oils found everywhere in everything) is much more benificial
  • There are dangers with studies that isolate a single nutrient
  • I view FCLO as primarily a source of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, K2 and E) – not EPA and DHA.
  • In the context of a nutrient-dense diet that excludes industrial seed oils and refined sugar, and is adequate in vitamin B6, biotin, calcium, magnesium and arachidonic acid, the risk of oxidative damage that may occur with 1g/d of cod liver oils is outweighed by the benefits of the fat-soluble vitamins.

FCLO combined with High Vitamin Butter Oil also has added benefits as described by Chris Masterjohn in On the Trail of the Elusive X-Factor: A Sixty-Two-Year-Old Mystery Finally Solved.  In that article he states Dr. Price “found the combination of cod liver oil and high-Activator X butter to be superior to that of cod liver oil alone.”

Tim also discuss using FCLO in the 4-Hour Body.  In the Tripling Testosteron chapter he recommends using it to boost testosterone levels.  I have searched around for any other scientific info on the mechanism here but couldn’t find anything, if you know of any please let me know.  Stephen at 4 Hour Life wrote about it here.

So what makes Fermented CLO different from other Cod Liver Oil.  Take a look at these two articles (1,2) by Dave Wenzel, the owner of Green Pastures, where he explains how the conventional process to make fish oil strips a lot of the nutrients.

New Blogs I am following

I have recently started following two other really good blogs.  The Bullet Proof Exec by Dave Asprey and Wellness Mama by Katie.

One thing you may have heard of is Bulletproof coffee which comes from Dave’s blog.  The recipe is 500 ml of coffee, 2 table spoons of grass fed butter and 30 grams of MCT oil.  I have been using coconut oil which is 60% MCT.  I have also switched to decaffeinated coffee (still made in a french press) to try to help get to sleep faster.   Dave also discusses removing mycotoxins from you diet, he advocates a Paleo diet as well and has a really good infographic on what kinda of food is good and bad.  Dave also discusses sleep a lot as well, which is my big interest because I still do not get to sleep quickly.

On the Wellness Mama site the thing I like the most is the healthy living section.  Here Katie talks about homemade ways for things like shaving cream, toothpaste, shampoo and baby care.  I have not yet made any of these but plan to soon.

I will try to keep my updates more frequent.  If there is anything specific you would like me write about please let me know.

My Results From The MI40 Transformation Contest

How Ripped Can You Get In 40 Days?

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I have not written for a while.  This is for a couple reasons, first life has been busy but more importantly second, I have been hitting the gym hard for the MI40 Transformation Contest.  Here are the pics, I will add my comments after.

MI40 Transformation Results Front

MI40 Transformation Challenge Results Front

MI40 Transformation Challenge Results Front
MI40 Transformation Challenge Results Front
Side

Side

Back

Back

 

This was a huge transformation, that I really can’t believe.  I didn’t think I was that bad to start with and it was going to be tough.  I don’t think I will win, there are probably some pretty high level bodybuilders that follow Ben’s program.  There were a couple things that prevented me from doing better.

First was a 10 day vacation at Disney world with my family.  Our hotel had an awesome gym but I only got 2 workouts in.  And trying to eat good when eating out every meal for 10 days is tough.  That on top of a couple nights of deserts.

Second thing was as much as I made this a priority, I still have a family and job and other things in life that are a much higher priority.  My sleep was good most of the time but could have been better.   My diet was almost perfect when we were home, mostly thanks to my awesome wife.

Last thing was the 2 gyms that I go to, neither of them have all the equipment that Ben puts in his program.  Most notably is a hack squat machine.  I usually replaced them with some sort of front squat usually in a smith machine, but you can’t over load the legs the same way.

My weight only went down about 2-3 pounds, which is good.  I will be adding in some more carbs the next while to add some more mass.

One thing to note is I did this all without counting any calories or macronutrient ratios.  I did keep carbs really low at certain times but never counted.  I followed my normal paleo with leangains style intermittent fasting.  If you want my specific eating routine and workout schedule sign up to my email list I will be sending it out sometime soon.

As for the blog, I am going to keep writing, hopefully writing some more.  I am not going to be as detail and do as much research, it will probably be more opinion based stuff, or maybe just some copy/paste of posts I make on reddit and 4hbtalk.com.  If there is anything specific you want me to write about let me know in the comments.

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Occam’s Protocol VS Mi40 by Ben Pakulski

I have never been a fan of Occam’s Protocol workouts. I personally have never followed it because my goals always have a component of athleticism for the sports that I play and coach, and Occam’s would not help me with that goal. I did experiment with Joe Defranco’s a”Westside for Skinny Bastards” program for a month, I had some small gains but felt that my cardio suffered so I went back to the Crossfit Football WODs (Workout Of the Day).

I previously reviewed Mike Geary’s Truth About Six Pack Abs e-book.  I did like it and thought it might be useful for some people that want a more detailed guide to follow than what is in the 4 Hour Body.  In the e-book Mike refers to a program called “No Nonsense Muscle Building” by a guy named Vince Delmonte.  I did not buy that program (yet) but I did sign up for his newsletters because he has some great info for free.  A while ago Vince helped his coach Ben Pakulski create a program as well.  I some how was able to view a video on vimeo of Ben giving a talk at a conference that Vince put on last year.  This was a really good presentation.  Any bodybuilder will have a good grasp bio-mechanics and nutrition, but I was thoroughly impressed with Ben’s.  When someone says things like “humans were really only meant to consume meat and vegetables”  and “bicep full range of motion requires the triceps to be contracted at the bottom” I immediately take them a bit more seriously.  Ben also has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, a pretty good Canadian University.  His is also one of the top IFBB bodybuilders in the world.  He recently came in second at the 2012 Flex Pro, and just the other day came 4th in the Arnolds.  I have never been a huge fan of bodybuilding, but I have paid attention to it a little bit.   Ben has previously competed in the Mr. Olympia but this year qualifying is more difficult[1] and placing 4th in the Arnold’s left him one spot out of qualifying for this years Mr. Olympia.

I usually would not recommend following an elite level body builders program.  In my opinion this program is different that a workout that you would find in your latest issue of Muscular Development or something like that.

  1. Ben actually trains regular drug free clients as well.  He has experience as a trainer and trainee.
  2. I think Ben understand physiology very well and I really like this quote from his sales page “maximizing recovery, controlling inflammation and balancing hormones”
  3. Ben is not a genetic freak like other high level bodybuilders like Arnold or Dorian Yates or Jay Cutler.  This seems to be the consensus on what others say in the bodybuilding community as well.  Ben just works smarter and harder than the rest.

I bought the package and skimmed through it a few months ago.  I just recently took another serious look at it, specifically the nutrition section.  Now there are some really interesting explanations of endocrinology for building muscle while minimizing fat gain.  Specifically carbohydrate timing, which is one of the things I frequently criticize the 4 Hour Body for missing.  There is a catch 22 problem when timing carbs for muscle gains and fat loss.  Dietary carbs cause insulin release which is anti-catabolic for muscle, something I have talked about before.  But keeping carbs low pre workout will increase growth hormone release[2]  so how do we optimize growth hormone without being in a catabolic state which causes muscle mass?  Ben has a really good plan for carbohydrate timing specific for this outlined in his nutrition manual of the Mi40 package.

Ben, like Tim, talks about time under tension a lot, he likes to call it ‘intensions’.  He uses a common 4-0-1-0 tempo that is common in bodybuilding programs, but a bit different than the 5-0-5-0 tempo that Tim suggests.  I like how Ben explains tension and how to optimize it.  I really like this quote “Muscles do not know how much weight you are using.  They only know how much tension is actually going through them at any one moment.”  Never thought of it like that, and in a quest to get stronger have always lifted more than I probably should have.

There is also an extra that Ben adds on to his sets that he calls NOS which is short for Neurological Overload Sets.  This is pretty much a specifically calculated drop set that you do on your 5th set.  I have always been a huge fan of drop sets, they have always worked well for me and know there is some explanation as to why.  Ben has some video’s explaining NOS that I will embed below.

And he wears vibram five fingers, got my respect from that alone.

Here are some links to so free info you can get from Ben.

Just to be thorough in my review, here are some of the things I don’t like about the program. First the info is a bit scattered, because there are 8 different PDFs it is hard to quickly skim through and get the necessary info. Also the writing in the program still feels like I am trying to be sold something, I am not sure why but a lot of it feels like filler. I would rather it be shorter and more concise. The upsells I did not buy so I am not sure how good or bad they are. Also the price is a bit high, there is a sale on right now because of the Arnold’s but it will be over in a few hours.

So I do recommend this to ANYONE that lifts weights, not just those trying to bulk up. Why? Because the nutrition info included is for optimizing muscle gain and fat loss, what most people are trying to do. I would NOT recommend this program for someone that has a lot of fat to lose, that is a slightly different physiological approach in my opinion and The Dark Side of Fat Loss would be my recommendation. Ben’s scientific approach makes sense to me and is backed up by all the other reading that I have done, add in his practical guide to follow and you’re set. I am going to put in some serious effort into this and report back after I complete the 40 days. Check out some video’s below.

Ben Explaning Intentions

Ben Explaning NOS (Neurologica Overload Set)

  1. http://www.musculardevelopment.com/news/breaking-news/3629-new-olympia-qualifying-rules-for-mens-bodybuilding.html
  2. http://anthonycolpo.com/?p=244

Science to back up Sir Branson’s famous productivity tip “Work out”

When I first read the 4 Hour Body I was consumed with trying to work as much as possible so I could not work as much when my wife ended her maternity leave.  The quote from the book that resonated with me the most at the time was Richard Branson’s “Billionaire Productivity Secret”

“How do you become more productive?”

“Work out.”

For the next 7 months after that I got up early to workout most days, short 10-30 minute workouts and that helped me drop 35lbs and go from fat to ripped in about 100 days.  I now workout at lunch most of the time at a gym close to my office.

I always noticed on days that I did not workout I was not as productive at work.  When I started working out at lunch I noticed I was not as productive at work before my worked out.  This made sense to me but I never understood why.

A friend of mine sent me an article from todays New York Times Well section title How Exercise Fuels the Brain.  This article explains some recent research that was done regarding exercise and the brain, and could be an explanation of how exercise improves cognitive function.

Glycogen, the main source of fuel for the body, has small stores in the brain.  The study[1] found that after a single treadmill session, followed by food and rest their brain glycogen levels increased about 60%, but then went back to normal.  But it also studied rats that exercised regularly for 4 week and found the following.

In those rats that ran for four weeks, the “supercompensation” became the new normal, with their baseline levels of glycogen showing substantial increases compared with the sedentary animals. 

So if you were like me and always put off exercise because you were too busy with work, think about Branson’s quote and this recent science to back it up.

Let us know what you experience is with exercise and productivity.


1. J Physiol. 2011 Jul 1;589(Pt 13):3383-93. Epub 2011 Apr 26. Brain glycogen decreases during prolonged exercise. Matsui TSoya SOkamoto MIchitani YKawanaka KSoya H.

 

 

The Big Fat Missing Chapter

Condtradictions of the lipid hypothesis in The 4-Hour Body

Great read for more info on this topic

Great read for more info on this topic



In the book that states “Everything Popular is Wrong” you would think there would some strong points against the conventional thoughts on fat (specifically saturated fat) and the lipid hypothesis.  What the heck is the lipid hypothesis?  Here is a good summary from wikipedia:

The lipid hypothesis was one of two hypotheses (the other being the chronic endothelial injury hypothesis) developed in the 1850s to explain the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. It proposes a connection between plasma cholesterol level and the development of coronary heart disease.

Note: The connection between dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol is also strongly related to this hypothesis, but is a separate and distinct hypothesis.

The science that was used to ‘prove’ the lipid hypothesis has been proven to be faulty[1][2][3].  Rabbits were fed cholesterol from animal products, which, is not part of a normal diet for rabbits.  The results were not the same using dogs and rats.  There also is many studys that show low cholesterol is actually associated to a higher overall morbidity rate [4].  And that most people admitted to hospital for heart attacks don’t have high cholesterol [5].  The immediate assumption from doctors is then, ‘…  the current guidelines may not be low enough …’ which to me is illogical and short sighted. Not only is cholesterol show to be not a good marker but calculating the so called bad (LDL) cholesterol is a estimated calculation not a measured test [6].  It is also important to understand what cholesterol is, what it is used for, and why it is a ‘good’ thing to have in the right context.

It is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes and is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition, cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of bile acidssteroid hormones, and vitamin D.

Why is the lipid hypothesis still thought to be true in North America?  Well 1) Politicians with no scientific background wrote dietary guidelines based off Ancel Keys bad science in 1977[7] 2)Pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money selling cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) that work in the sense they lower your cholesterol, but don’t work because lowering cholesterol does not solve the actual cause of poor health.

The hypothesis that has more logic and science being the chronic endothelial injury hypothesis.  The idea is that inflammation is the primary cause of CHD and cholesterol (LDL) oxidation occurs after there is inflammation, as a defence mechanism.  The research points to this as a more correct answer to the cause and effect of CHD.  A good talk on this topic was given by Chris Masterjohn at the Ancestral Health Symposium

Tim addresses the lipid hypothesis in his book, but this is hidden at the end of the chapter “Sex machine I: Adventures in Tripling Testosterone”

But isn’t cholesterol bad for you?

This belief is based on the Lipid Hypothesis of cardiac health (cholesterol = bad), which I disagree with based on the sum of total available evidence.  Between 2006 and 2009, I had obsessed over lower my total cholesterol.  The outcome?  Lower testosterone and fatigue.

I’ll take my egg yolks, thank you very much.[8]

It is great that Tim addresses cholesterol and the Lipid Hypothesis, but I think he could have done a better job.  I think this should have been addressed in the Subtracting Fat chapter with a complete page.  Cholesterol is big deal these day with all the marketing companies put into the “Heart Healthy” scam and the money they pay to the American Heart Association.  And also the whole ‘low fat’ myth that is highly associated to the Lipid Hypothesis.  Tim provides a page of science for other issues but this one is simplified to “… I disagree with… ”  That and the fact he seems to contradict himself a big.  Early in the book the chapter  “Rules That Change The Rules” he states:

I had gained 34 pounds of muscle, lost 4 pound of fat, and decreased my total cholesterol from 222 to 147, all in 28 days, without the use of any anabolics or statins like Lipitor.[9]

Then later in “Slow Carb Diet Part I” chapter.

Egg whites with 1-2 whole eggs for flavour (or, if organic 4-5 whole eggs, including yolks)[11]

And then again in that chapter

Scrambled Eggology® pourable egg whites with one whole egg[10]

Also in this chapter Tim measures his cholesterol with the “fructose experiment” at the end of the chapter.  In it he states that after 7 days of 14 oz of pulp free orange juice upon waking and before bed his total cholesterol went from 203 to 243 and his LDL went from 127 to 165[11] (which we now know is just a calculation using total cholesterol).

These have me confused and seem like contradictions to me.  My first guess is that they were written at different time periods and the stats about lower cholesterol were during 2006 to 2009 when he was “obsessed with lowering his cholesterol”.  It would have been nice if he mentioned that some where though.

In regards to differentiating between organic egg yolks and commercially farmed eggs.  I must agree that the yolk of commercial egg vs an organic (or omega 3) egg is completely different in look and nutrition.  The organic version most likely being much more nutritionally dense.  I was unable to find any numbers or nutritional comparison of the two.  In my opinion there is nothing that bad in the yolk of a commercially produced egg and no reason to avoid it.  As Tim also says, “pay the six pack tax” and get better quality eggs.

The lipid hypothesis also seems to be closely related to many of the vegetarian arguments and reasons for people to think animal fat is bad.  Stay tuned for next weeks post, which will most likely be on veganism and vegetarianism, and check out this talk from the Ancestral Health Symposium by Denis Minger “How to Win an Argument With a Vegetarian

References

  1. Anitschkow NN, Chatalov S (1913). “Über experimentelle Cholesterinsteatose und ihre Bedeutung für die Entstehung einiger pathologischer Prozesse”. Zentralbl Allg Pathol 24: 1–9.
  2. Anitschkow NN (1913). “Über die Veränderungen der Kaninchenaorta bei experimenteller Cholesterinsteatose”. Beitr Pathol Anat 56: 379–404.
  3. Duff GL, McMillian GC (1951). “Pathology of atherosclerosis”. Am J Med 11 (1): 92–108.doi:10.1016/0002-9343(51)90011-3PMID 14837929.
  4. Jacobs, D (1992). Report of the Conference on Low Blood Cholesterol: Mortality Associations American Heart Association
  5. Champeau, Rachel (2009). “Most heart attack patients’ cholesterol levels did not indicate cardiac risk” UCLA Newsroom
  6. Guyenet, Stephan (2009). “When Friedewald Attacks”
  7. Enright, Louisa (2010).  “Mainely Tipping Points 13: The Failure of the Low-Fat, High-Carbohydrate American Diet”
  8. Ferriss, Tim (2010).  “The 4-Hour Body” pg 264
  9. Ferriss, Tim (2010).  “The 4-Hour Body” pg 35
  10. Ferriss, Tim (2010).  “The 4-Hour Body” pg 90
  11. Ferriss, Tim (2010).  “The 4-Hour Body” pg 89

Why CrossFit Gets a Bad Rep

I recently ran across a tweet that Martin Berkhan made with a link to the video below.  Try to watch the video without getting upset, it will be hard.

So and explanation of what this is.  This is not a standard clean and jerk, this is called a continental clean and jerk with an axel, not a standard barbell.  This is commonly used in strongman competition.  The real question is WHY ARE YOU TEACHING THIS TO BEGINNERS?  Sorry for the caps had to get that out of my system.

Here is what a continental clean actually does look like

Now I am a big advocate of learning advanced lifts like the clean and jerk, (hang clean, power clean etc) but these are very complicated lifts and need to be learned in stages and at least one session with a decent coach.

Do you do any olympic lifts in your routine? or are you still using machines?

Good article by Vince Delmonte on how to Screw Up in the Gym

Review: The Truth About Six Pack Abs

Update: There is a trial offer for $5 which makes this very affordable ebook.  You will be billed the remainder in 21 days but you do get a lot of good info.

Previously I have done reviews for a couple other books related to The 4-Hour Body, Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes, and The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.  Robb and Gary also had had guest posts on Tim’s 4HWW Blog.  From the 4HWW blog I have recently learned about a new diet and fitness book, but this book is not a “real” book it is an ebook called “The Truth About Six Pack Abs”

The author Mike Geary is just personal trainer, but he does have many years of real experience helping people.  I was hoping for a really simple easy to follow program that laid everything out for you, but after reading the whole book it is much more than that.

The book reads like a really long blog post, it is pretty informal.  I am not sure if I like or dislike that but it is pretty easy to read.  It would be tough to read the whole thing at once it is 152 pages long.  It is broken down into sections, so that is how I will review it, but there is no table of contents which is kinda odd to me.

Preface

In the preface he tries to answer some common questions and get them taken care of right away.  He states his methods are unconventional (similar to Tim and the 4HB), but to trust him that they work which he proves by using the thousands of people that he has helped.  He also emphasizes the book is meant to be read start to finish, unlike the “Choose your own adventure” that The 4HB is.  For any women reading it he acknowledges there is little difference between the program for men vs women.  The program is made for people with or without a gym.  There are some ads for adjustable dumbbells and stability balls for people that want to workout at home and do more than just bodyweight exercises.

1.0 The Intro

Not much covered here, just some basic stats and some other generic info.

2.0 RELATIVE LEANNESS OR BODY FAT % 

He discuss that ab exercises won’t get you a six pack unless you have a low body fat percentage.  No news here for us that read The 4HB.

3.0 THE STARTING POINT 

Here he gets into some motivation.  This is probably the most overlooked part of any diet and fitness book.  You could make the assumption that because people already bought the book they are some what motivated.  But staying motivated, that is that hard part.  I think he has done a good job here, but it is hard to rival the motivation that Tim provides in the 4HB and The 4HWW.

4.0 DIET 

Here he continues to discuss how much more important diet is than exercise.  We already know that to be the case.  One thing that is missing is how important sleep is, he hides that at the end under “Additional Tips”

4.1 Carbs, and GI of Foods 

This section is an obvious overlap with the Slow Carb diet from the 4HB.  He does a really good job of explaining the good and bad of insulin, carbs et al.  I really like how he emphasizes how bad grains are, and he even mentions “Paleo”.

4.2 Fad Diets 

I really like this section and how he emphasizes food quality and not macronutrient break down.  That being said, some people may have faster results if they keep their carbs down initially, but we know long term that food quality is much more important.

4.3 Fats 

Another good section full of things that took me a many months of books, websites and podcasts to learn.  The importance of dietary fat, and what is good and bad fat.  He includes some links to US Wellness Meats, which I have not yet purchase from but will soon.  There are some discussion of omega-3 and omega-6 ratio.  He seems to prefer krill oil, but I still like the more natural fermented cod liver oil.

4.4 Balanced Healthy Eating 

Just more discussion on eating REAL food.

4.5 Infrequent Overfeeding 

This is an interesting way of describing a cheat day or a refeed.  He discuss leptin and starvation mode.  Not sure on his science here but a re-feed is an important concept.  I always suggest keeping cheat days gluten free.

4.6 Meal Frequency

This part, unfortunately, he is just flat wrong.  This has been proven multiple times in clinical trials, as well as by many people that follow Martin Berkhan’s protocol on http://leangains.com.

4.7 Two Hidden Evils in our Food Supply 

Some interesting discussion on high fructose corn syrup and trans fat.  Nothing new really but still very important information.

4.8 Calcium 

This is an investing topic that is new to me.  I have not read much on the relationship between calcium and body fat.  I am not sure if this is just a correlation thing or if there is any biochemistry that supports this.  I do like that he emphasizes raw milk and its benefits, unfortunately I live in Canada where it is outlawed.  I do wish that he emphasized other sources of calcium more instead of just a small note at the end.  He also misses some important things like absorption and vitamin D, as well as acid base balance and how it affects calcium.

4.9 Tea

No secret here for us 4HB folk and those of use that have had great success with PAGG.

4.10 Another Metabolism Boosting Food 

This one was new to me, and I am going to purposely leave this out of my review, don’t want to give all his secrets away.

4.11 Estrogenic Compound

Our good friend soy.  And to think that I used to believe the BS that soy was good for you.  Another great chapter that reveals some seriously wrong myths in today’s health food industry.

4.12 Summary

This is a good summary of what to do if you want to skip all the why, but I recommend agains that.

4.13 Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Ideas/Examples 

Here is a pretty big list of meal ideas with full macronutrient breakdowns.  Really useful and makes it really easy.

5.0 ABDOMINAL DEVELOPMENT 

I am not going to discuss each section of this topic, as I agree with Mike that exercises, especially ab exercises, are pretty useless.  He starts with some anatomy which is good.  Then describes the optimal position to be in, some over lap here with The 4HB six minute ab chapter.  Then he recommends some exercises and has some pictures of him doing them, with detail explanations of how to perform them.  Next he lays out a full program at different difficulty levels.

6.0 – 11 Exercise

Again I am grouping a bunch of sections together, because we know that exercise is not as important.  Mike begins by discussing Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), which is better know to us as Basal Metabolic Rate.   More lean mass the higher your RMR.  He discusses the differences between isolation exercises and multi-joint movements.  One thing that he does mention, but does not discuss is testosterone and the endocrinology involved in full body exercises.  He has a good discussion on rest and training frequency.  Although he suggests 45-60 minute workouts which use 4HB people know is not necessary.  There is a long discussion on cardio and HIIT, and I am a big fan of HIIT.

12.0 ADDITIONAL TIPS 

These tips are all very good, so good that I would have give them more emphasis.  I have discussed previously  how big of an impact cortisol can have on fat loss, and I think for some people this is the single biggest factor.

13.0 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Here he lists the same content from the entire book into a question and answer form.

My Thoughts

From what I have learned getting to single digit body fat, I have no doubts that if you follow Mike’s guide you will be able to have a size pack.  I was surprised at the amount of good science that he has in his ebook that contradicts conventional health and fitness (although there are a couple minor things missing and wrong).  Although it is not the same type of book as The 4-Hour Body, I think that its format makes it much easier to follow, and is easy to adapt to each fitness level.  I do recommend it but I do think the price is pretty steep, unless you choose the $5 trial offer.

If I were to write a book like this I would:

  • Include references for the “sciencey” stuff
  • Include more strategies for motivation
  • Recommend methods for tracking progress
  • Have a plan for transitioning to lower carbs
  • Not recommend counting calories
  • Emphasize sleep and cortisol control
  • Have a workout program that is only HIIT circuits that are 15-30 minutes
  • Include some mobility workouts to help with more general fitness

If you have read “The Truth About Six Pack Abs” what did you think?  Did you have success following it?

Mike also has a lot of good free info on his blog take a look at some of these articles.

The TRUTH About Egg Yokes

1 Trick to flatten your stomach while driving   (Similar to Cat Vommit Exercise)

Are you buying “toxic fish” at the grocery store?

 

7 “fatty” foods for a flat stomach