The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook: a Scientific Approach to Crash Dieting Review
I have been following the career of Lyle McDonald for almost twenty years. His writing is some of the best (if not the best) stuff you can find on the subject of fat loss and body transformation. Lyle’s take on rapid fat loss is a great addition to the body of work he has produced. Here’s my review:
In an ideal world, we’d all be willing to slowly but surely lose weight. But we are not in an ideal world, and “crash dieting” can have its place. There are several reasons one may want to lose weight fast:
*Limited time until an important event, such as a bodybuilding contest, athletic competition, high school reunion, wedding, etc. When you are up against a proverbial wall you may not be willing to do a more “balanced” approach to diet and fat loss.
*There’s a psychological advantage to seeing the numbers on the scale going down quickly–sometimes we are more likely to stay on the diet when we know it is extremely effective.
*Dieting isn’t fun, so some of us (yours truly included) would rather just do a “hard” diet and get it over with.
The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook was designed to help to help people do a “crash diet” safely and effectively. He answers some of the following questions:
What type of diet will help me lose fat while keeping most (or all) of my muscle mass? Remember—muscle loss is not what you want.
How can I use breaks/cheats to maximize the diet’s effectiveness?
How many calories should I eat for maximum fat loss?
How much exercise should I do while on this kind of diet? His answer may surprise you (hint: more is not always better).
How can I keep the fat off once I go back to a maintenance phase?
What supplements can help ensure I get the essential nutrients while crash dieting?
Lyle’s writing is thorough, but not overly technical. I also appreciate his understanding of the psychological aspects of dieting—something other authors overlook. Last but not least, the book has just enough humor to make you laugh every once in a while—a nice touch.
Now let me share who I think this diet/book is best suited for:
*People who are extremely focused on losing fat to the exclusion of all other goals. This is not a muscle-building program or lifestyle program–it is a crash diet.
*Those who are willing to stick to an extremely strict diet for the purpose of maximizing results. This is not going to be an easy diet–your food choices will be severely limited.
*People who desire to “kick-start” their weight loss for a few weeks before switching to a more moderate program. This may be a good strategy for men and women who want to start their body transformation with serious momentum.
*Athletes/competitors who need to quickly drop weight while preserving as much lean mass (muscle) as possible.
If any of these describe you then I think you’d find Lyle’s book to be a worthwhile investment. Just CLICK HERE to order or to learn more.
You can also check out my other recommended programs if you think something else would better suit your needs.