I read Lyle McDonald’s Stubborn Fat Solution years ago. Here’s my review (with some updated ordering information):
As some of my regular readers know, I’ve been a “fan” of Lyle’s for over a decade now (since I read The Ketogenic Diet back in the 90’s). I knew this would be a good read.
Lyle explains the way fat functions–the way our body stores it and uses it. He then explains the issue of stubborn fat (usually the hips/thighs in women and “love handles” in men). There are specific issues which cause stubborn fat to be . . . well . . . stubborn (circulation, hormones, etc).
There is some surprising information here. Lyle noted, for example, that female fitness models used to tell him their upper bodies were getting leaner while their lower bodies seemed to be getting fatter. At first he dismissed this, but his research led him to believe there may be something to this claim.
Lyle proceeds to give a solution to the problem: a specific exercise/supplement protocol designed to first mobilize, then oxidize stubborn fat. What he says makes perfect sense, and he backs up his statements with research.
Now, let me explain something: this is not a book for those who have significant weight to lose (you may want to check out his Rapid Fat Loss Handbook/Guide to Flexible Dieting package if you have a lot to lose). It is a resource for those who are already fairly lean and need some help getting rid of the before-mentioned problem areas. If that describes you then I think you’ll find The Stubborn Fat Solution to be the only thing short of plastic surgery that works.
Lyle is now offering two more books as a part of this package: The Ultimate Diet 2.0. This is a complete manual of diet, training, and supplements for those who want to get lean while preserving as much muscle mass (and strength) as possible. I know of some professional bodybuilders who have used this diet to prepare for competitions.
This package also includes The Ultimate Diet 2.0 Addendum. This book addresses what you should to to prepare for the diet and what to do when you take breaks from the diet.