Friday, February 6, 2009

Book Recommendation: Jonny Bowden's Shape Up!

"Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God." - Romans 12:2

I'm a big fan of Jonny Bowden. He is on the cutting edge of nutrition and isn't afraid to go against the nutritional dogma that many have been led to believe.

I also like that much of what he discusses about food and nutrition can be found in the bible. Although Jonny Bowden doesn't necessarily make references to God or the bible in his books and articles (although he mentions God and spirituality), the foods he recommends are based on the perfect creation that only God is capable of and knew about long before science or others discovered their benefits.

I first heard of Jonny Bowden from a recommendation by famous Olympic strength coach Charles Poliquin who recommended the book "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth." I ordered that book along with "The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy."

After reading the first several chapters of The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy, I was hooked on Jonny's writing style, and I quickly began ordering nearly all of the books that he's ever written!

One book that I recently finished reading is "Jonny Bowden's Shape Up: The 8-Week Program to Transform Your Body, Your Health, and Your Life." This is a book that I ordered several copies of for various family members and friends - it's that good! Now, let me tell you that the book was poorly edited. But if you can overlook that, you will find that this is one of the best books available to help you understand that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet and that what works for one person may not work for another.

Jonny Bowden's Shape Up isn't a diet plan. It's not a training plan. It's a YOU plan. It shows you how to take control of your own health and how to make the right choices when it comes to food, training and so much more.

This is truly a "life skills" book and not just a nutrition book (although you'll learn some really good stuff). For the first time, someone has explained the problem with diets and how we are all individuals and need to adjust things to fit our lifestyle, metabolism, genetics, etc.

If you are taking steps to improve your health and your life, then I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Jonny Bowden's Shape Up! It will change your life in many ways while improving your health, fitness and nutritional habits.

I also recommend getting a copy of "Jonny Bowden's Shape Up Workbook" - it's a good companion manual to go with the book with plenty of useful information to help jump start your life on the right path to health and fitness.

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