Review Of Jeff Anderson's Combat The Fat Program by Mike Westerdal of CriticalBench.com
If you've ever been in the military then Jeff Anderson's Combat the Fat (CTF) program will bring back memories of basic training. Even if you haven't been a member of the military, then you'll at least get a bit of insight into the fitness training style of the military and if you follow the program, you'll reap some of the same benefits.
Jeff presents CTF a way of life based on his experiences in the military. He presents it though in a way that makes it accessible and doable for anyone, regardless of their current fitness level-it's not just a program for experienced fitness buffs or ex-military guys. He relies heavily on the use of military strategies and tactics to keep you motivated and striving to hit your goals-and that's a good thing. There are too many "warm and fuzzy" (and useless) programs out there.
Jeff begins by asking you to read the entire book thoroughly before begging the program. Next, he reiterates the fact (that no one wants to believe) that there is no magic bullet for achieving fat loss. It takes structure, discipline and persistence to not just get rid of excess fat but to keep it off.
Next, he launches into the heart of the program. CTF is based on the premise that there are 8 metabolic factors involved in getting rid of excess fat. Ignore just one of them and you won't get the results you want. The 8 factors include:
Setting goals and creating your own personalized plan of attack to get rid of the fat is the heart of this factor. Without a detailed plan of where you want to be and how you're going to get there, you're doomed to failure;
In case you haven't figured it out by now, trendy diets don't work. This section talks about getting the proper balance of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats;
In this section Jeff talks about the importance of avoiding artificially-fortified and foods and vegetables treated with pesticides. Here, Jeff also talks about strategies for eliminating toxins from your diet, maintaining proper Ph and more;
Nutritional fire power:
CTF includes its own 46-page nutrition guide that provides a detailed plan for adopting healthy eating habits. This section is truly awesome and very well done;
In this section Jeff talks about ways to ramp up the body's own fat-burning hormones and keeping the endocrine system in tip-top shape;
This section covers boosting your body's metabolism to achieve greater fat loss. This section is particularly well done;
In this section Jeff talks about exercising the military way, providing practical, real-world ways of incorporating these strategies into your training routine; and
This last section covers how have and maintain the proper mindset to achieve your fitness goals.
Overall, I'd say that CTF looks like an excellent, no-nonsense program that can really help you to achieve the results you want. If you're looking for a warm fuzzy program that gently nudges you along with positive reinforcement though, you might want to look elsewhere. Jeff's got a no holds barred, in-your-face style that challenges you to achieve your fitness goals without mincing any words.
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