This page is a collection of various books, websites, and products that I think readers of this site will find useful.
This book is, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive discussion on the science of fat loss. With several hundred references, if there’s ever been a peer reviewed study on weight loss (that predates the book’s publication at least), chances are it’s cited herein. What’s more is that Colpo goes above and beyond and actually discusses many of these papers in great detail. The notable achievement of this book is the compilation of every single isocaloric mid/long term ward based metabolic study that’s ever been published in English since 1935. Read my full book review here.
By Yours Truly
(…of course I’d recommend my own book, right?)
Theoretical knowledge isn’t worth much without practical application, and this is a particularly major problem with fat loss: how do we apply the scientific truth of fat loss such that, one, we can *actually succeed* at it in real life, and two, we’re not wasting any time or energy in the process? In short, I wrote my book to answer that question. It’s everything on this blog compiled into an official straightforwardfatloss.com “how-to” manual. Learn more by reading the Amazon sales page here.
Most people will run into inexplicable problems with fat loss. The Fat Loss Troubleshoot is a comprehensive guide on where diets tend to go wrong, and how to “troubleshoot” those problems. It’s a great adjunct to the Straightforward Fat Loss Handbook, though it certainly stands well on it’s own. Read my full review here.
“Starvation mode” is one of the most controversy charged phrases in health and fitness. But is it real? The short answer is no – you can’t violate the laws of physics and gain mass when you don’t eat anything. The long answer, though, is… well, sort of. That is, excessive under eating and over training can lead to inexplicable weight loss stalls if you don’t understand what’s actually going on metabolically. People will often just train and diet harder, perhaps castigating themselves for being gluttonous and/or lazy, which can make things worse. This book demystifies the controversy that is “starvation mode,” and actually explains what can happen that will cause seemingly inexplicable weight loss stalls, and more importantly what you can do about it. Not just for your weight loss, but for your general health for that matter. Read my full review here.
Intermittent fasting is now a hot topic with, frankly, a lot of overblown hype surrounding it. But, it’s something I do believe in and do myself, mostly because it can make any diet much easier to adhere to. This book is the single best published work that discusses the applied science of intermittent fasting, and how it can potentially help with weight loss and general health. Read my full review here.
Willpower is the most touted and asked about virtue when it comes to weight loss, yet how does it actually work? Dr. McGonigal looked at all the available research and compiled this layman’s guide to the willpower “instinct” – and the truth might surprise you. It certainly surprised me when I read it. I always recommend this to everyone who asks me about weight loss, or self improvement in general. Read my full book review here.
Speed Trap is Francis’s memoir of coaching Ben Johnson, the famous Canadian sprinter who won Gold in the 100m at the 1988 Olympics, only to have it stripped 3 days later after failing a drug test. This book is the best honest commentary of the reality of elite sport that I’ve ever read. See my full book review here.
I have (regrettably) endured many nauseatingly trite, truistic, and insubstantial “how to succeed” books. Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, has written the only good book of this kind that I’ve read thus far, mostly because he’s actually honest and uniquely insightful. I haven’t reviewed this book yet but I probably will at some point.
AnthonyColpo.com – Author of The Fat Loss Bible, which is, in my opinion, the best complete book on the science of fat loss on the market (link to my review). His writing can be pretty brash, but also thought provoking.
AnymanFitness.com – Jason’s a fitness coach who gets good results for “normal” folk. He also keeps it pretty real on his blog, I think, which is pretty rare these days. Jason has also personally helped me, which I very much appreciate.
BayesianBodybuilding.com – Menno posts great science backed articles that set the record straight on various hot topics in the bodybuilding world. Definitely useful.
Examine.com – I don’t use the word “amazing” lightly, but Sol Orwell and his team have really done an incredible job of putting together an online resource that’s truly special. This is, in my opinion, the best and most complete source of scientifically objective information on all kinds of supplements and general health/fitness questions.
StrongerByScience.com – Though Greg’s work is more focused on maximum strength and powerlifting, I still read it because it’s really interesting and useful information, I think. Also, based on my limited interaction with him, I think he’s a really nice and genuine guy.
StephanGuyenet.com (previously Whole Health Source) – Stephan is a neuroscience researcher specializing in eating behavior and obesity. He breaks pertinent research into layman’s posts on his blog in a very useful way.
LookGreatNaked.com – Brad’s website, which has a title that’s about as straight to the point as they come, has great “set the record straight” pieces on common questions in the weightlifting world. In many cases he and colleagues actually put together and run the studies which analyze these questions.
A link here does not imply my *unilateral* endorsement. I might not always agree with something that any of these people may say.
And, Regarding Outreach…
I’m open to emails from people who think their site/resource would be something I’d like and recommend. You don’t have to be the most credentialed expert on the planet – I’m not either – nor do you necessarily have to discuss health/fitness directly per say, but, if you’re genuine, you resonate with my philosophy, and you send me a sincere outreach email, I’ll give it consideration.
I’m always on the lookout for other great sites/blogs – they’re hard to find (seriously), so when one emails and introduces itself that’s always nice. I’m also apt to help people who are legitimately trying move the needle in a positive way, so send me an email (or contact me on social media) if you’d like to connect.
(hucksters who sell fat burning detox cleanser pills need not apply)
PS: Consider using an rss aggregator such as Feedly – it makes subscribing to and keeping track of various website much, much easier.
Here is a collection of at least somewhat relevant products that I recommend as they relate to various topics that I get asked about from time to time.
The Vitamix 5200 Blender – If there’s one fat loss gimmick that actually works, it’s smoothies. How? Well, if you swap a 650 calorie danish and juice with a 150 calorie pound-of-vegetable smoothie that keeps you full for hours, guess what? Boom: you’ve just created a 500 calorie/day deficit that translates to a losing a pound a week. The problem is most cheapo blenders will leave you more with a watery salad rather than a smooth and silky smoothie. I got my first Vitamix last year, and it is awesome. I use it every day. Totally worth the money. Honestly, once you start using a high end blender you will never go back.
EatSmart Kitchen Scale – A kitchen scale is an essential tool for those who are tracking portions/calories, and it can actually make the tracking process simpler and easier. You can get any decent kitchen scale on Amazon for 20 bucks or less. This is the one I currently use.
Coconut Oil – Great for tasty high heat cooking, great as a smoothie add in, and actually great as a skin moisturizer and hair glorifier (don’t use too much, wash out the extra with a shower)
PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter – I love peanut butter, but it’s unfortunately pretty high in calories. Not the greatest weight loss food at all. This stuff is an awesome alternative though – it’s essentially peanut butter powder with the fat mostly removed. You can mix it with water or other stuff to get that peanut butter taste without shooting your fat/calorie intake through the roof. Also, at 5g protein per ~50 calorie serving, it’s a great way to up your protein intake if you need to.
F.lux – This is a simple yet nifty little free program that will dim the harsh bright/blue light on your computer screen as the sun sets, based on your computer’s set timezone/clock. Unnatural “blue” light can actually disrupt circadian rhythm and make it harder to fall asleep, since it “tricks” your brain into still thinking the sun is still up. This program can help mitigate that, thereby helping you regulate your sleep cycle.
Cronometer – This is my food diary app of choice for calorie counting. Lightweight, easy to use, huge database of foods, and it’s free.
Feedly – Feedly is an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) aggregator. Essentially, it makes keeping up with blogs/websites much easier – you subscribe to all the sites you like and all the new posts will come to one place, as opposed to having to check every site you like to see if there is new content.
Adidas Powerlift 2 Weight Training Shoes – A good pair of weight lifting shoes are well worth the money. You want to weighttrain with a hard soled shoe with a stable heel, especially if you’re doing heavy barbell training. A lot of the higher end lifting shoes are really expensive, and so are the Crossfit branded shoes (they’re really good at making money), but these Adidas are available for under $100 and are perfectly good. I’ve had my pair for over 4 years and the heel/sole are still in pristine condition. I’d imagine they’d last me decades as long as I take care of them.
Harbinger Padded Classic Cotton Straps – I opt to use straps and the safest double overhand grip when deadlifting (you can read why here). I’ve tried a few straps, and these are my favorites – they’re nice and meaty so they don’t hurt your hands, and the rough cotton consistency keeps them solidly in place on the bar, even if you don’t fully tighten them, which I don’t. They’re less than ten bucks, and a pair of straps is a good item for every gym bag.
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