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Eat bacon, don't jog : get strong, get lean, no bullshit
Petersen, Grant, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Workman Publishing, [2014]
Physical Description:
xiv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Upends the last 30 years of conventional health wisdom to offer a ... path to weight loss and fitness. In more than 100 short ... directives, [the book] shows why we should drop the carbs, embrace fat, and hang up our running shoes, with the latest science to back up its claims"
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Includes index.
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RA781 .P485 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The evidence that low-fat diets lead to obesity is overwhelming, and yet the machine that propels the myth that low-fat and "healthy" carbs is the best way to eat appears to be unstoppable. Grant Petersen wants to throw a wrench into the works. In combining his studies, freelance counseling, personal lifestyle and passion, he has distilled the advice he has given for years into bite sized, one page directives. This book espouses aspects of the primal and paleo diets, but is more creative and a little less cave-man. In parts that explain Food Basics, Food Particulars, Exercise Basics, Medicine, Recipes, and Philosophy, Grant clearly and succinctly explains the rules for fitness. Discover why "All Corn is Candy Corn," and "Why Jogging is Bad," as well as "Six Foods to Never Eat," and "Ten Foods to Eat lots Of."
Just do what he says--some of it is easy and some of it is a real workout--and you will be healthier than you've ever been before.

Author Notes

Grant Petersen is the founder and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works. His writings and opinions have been featured in major outdoor magazines, including Outside and Men's Journal . He is the author of Just Ride -- an indie bestseller for seven weeks and " the bible for bicycle riders" according to Dave Eggars in the New York Times Book Review . He is stronger and fitter at 60 than he was at 30 by using the principles in this book.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Combining a low-carb diet, advice usually given to diabetics, and common sense, Peterson's low-cost approach to wellness offers well-worn concepts in an easily digestible form. Over the course of 100-plus mini-chapters, Peterson (Just Ride) shows readers how to take better control of their health by drastically reducing their carb intake while upping their protein intake, exercising (though not jogging), recalibrating their taste buds, and learning to manage their glucose levels-all to stave off diabetes and minimize weight (and fat) gain. Avid consumers of diet and exercise books, magazines, and TV shows will find few new ideas; many of Peterson's exercises-such as pull-ups, squat-thrusts, sit-ups, and kettlebell routines-are standard. Though tips such as cutting back on salt, eating oily fish, and avoiding sugars certainly won't do readers any harm, those looking for an innovative approach will likely leave wanting. Would-be gym rats with a low tolerance for reading-most chapters are barely a page-are the most likely to enjoy this breezy approach to fitness. Illus. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Conventional wisdom dictates that one should seek health advice from a trained professional. Although Petersen (owner, Rivendell Bicycle Works; Just Ride) is not a health care professional and even states this fact in a disclaimer his book challenges readers to evaluate their diet and exercise habits. Indeed, the title is sure to elicit its fair share of eye rolling, yet it appears that many of Petersen's claims have support from the health and fitness community. Sample drills, delicious recipes, and other attainable eating suggestions offer possible alternatives to fad diets and activities that have proven ineffective. Whether the author is discussing the correlation between carbohydrates and weight gain or more efficient ways to workout, he will enlighten some readers while frustrating others. Some readers might treat this volume like a handy instruction manual for well-being. Its concise chapters and compact size make it an easily transported reference tool. VERDICT When the usual diet and exercise routines have flopped, this unusual approach to healthy living might be worth investigating. Chad Clark, Lamar State Coll. Lib., Port Arthur, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.