Top 7 Tips from the Best Fitness Books of 2012

Learn which fitness books gave you the most bang for your buck in 2012. Plus, Get-Fit Guy has the top 7 fitness tips.

Ben Greenfield,
February 19, 2013
Episode #126

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I read a lot of books – an average of 3-5 per week. So during 2012, I finished dozens and dozens of books, picked through the fitness books that were good (and the ones that were a waste of time) and recorded a live video in which I revealed my top fitness and nutrition book recommendations for 2012.

In this episode, I’m going to delve in and reveal for you one helpful quick and dirty tip from the best 7 fitness books I read in 2012 – tips that you can implement right away. So let’s get started. And if you have other books you’d like to see added to this list, then join the conversation at Facebook.com/GetFitGuy.

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Book #1: Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney

From managing insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, to helping you burn fat faster, there are numerous benefits to carbohydrate restriction. This book delves into how to control your blood sugar without eating too many carbohydrates, turning your body into a fat burning machine during exercise and life – and doing it all without “hitting a wall” or running out of energy.

Best Tip: One interesting anecdote is the uncomfortable truth about endurance exercise, energy expenditure and weight loss, in which it was revealed that 4 separate research studies found significant reductions in metabolic rate (300-600 calories per day) when overweight subjects performed more than an hour of long, slow endurance exercise per day. In other words – chronic cardio isn’t the best way to lose weight. Instead you should combine high intensity intervals and weight training if you want to shed fat and get fit faster.

Book #2: Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by Ann Louise Gittleman

While this may not seem like a fitness book, it turns out that when you sit inside your office all day bombarded by cell phones, computers and electrical equipment, you can feel more run-down and be less likely to exercise by the end of the day – and this book shows you how electrical pollution works and why your body can feel like it’s been hit by a truck by the end of a day at the office!


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