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Here’s a the latest offering from John Berardi.
Now maybe I’m a sucker for a good sales pitch and I’ve always been a Berardi fan but I ordered mine this morning.
I thought the No Nonsense Nutrition DVD was a bit pricey but this seems like a reasonable deal.
I will have to let you know when I recieve my copy. Still it struck me a good value considering the No Nonsense DVD cost more on it’s own. And it’s the first product like this I’ve ever purchased over the internet.
BTW: If anyone clicks on the link above and then purchases that at some stage we will make a small commission. Full disclosure 🙂
This may just be a function of my body type but I have found that JB’s caloric requirements/suggestions were insanely large. So if you weren’t either ecto or pure meso you were going to get fat pretty quickly without scaling back his reccomendations.
Haven’t read his stuff in a while because of this and I also tried his P+C, P+F reccomendatios and found them to make little to no difference to how my body responded to dieting.
But again this is only my experience and I’d be interested to see how you go, what additional info is in the package though.
Arrived last week. Just watched half of the No Nonsense DVD.
The recipe book is pretty neat but haven’t had time to read through the folder yet.
My initial impression was that presentation could have been better but having said that it’s no worse some of the local offerings I’ve seen from the likes of Fitness network.
DVD was enjoyable to watch and certainly spells out and demonstrates how to prepare a simple low carb diet in about 30 mins a day.
Precision Nutrition could have been titled “Berardi for Dummies” if it weren’t a trademark violation. PN is designed to be a complete do-it-yourself manual that someone who knows next to nothing about nutrition and can barely boil water can use successfully to make positive changes in his/her health and body composition.
The text is written at a basic level designed not to overwhelm with a lot of detailed biochemical information. Readers are told, for example, that “fish oil supplements improve body composition…and protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.” But the reasons why are not explored. The emphasis is on changing habits, to help the reader achieve success, not educating him/her about the composition of foods or how they are metabolized. The book is for someone who wants/needs to make physical improvements, but doesn’t know where to start.
What’s inside the box:
1) A hard copy, soft cover, spiral bound version of Gourmet Nutrition, which should be handy for use in the kitchen, although the pages are printed on inexpensive stock that aren’t likely to hold up to extensive use. A backup CD copy could have – and should have – been a part of the package.
2) A white 1 1/2″ binder divided into 6 sections:
a) Diet Guide
This introductory section deals with the elements of the program and leads with an overview of the 10 habits – these should be familar terrain for anyone who’s read Berardi’s articles. Along with the overview are a couple of exercises to practice using the 10 habits to deconstruct a “typical” meal plan and choose more appropriate substitutes.
A list of 21 “superfoods” is provided – a fairly solid list and good additions to anyone’s diet.
This is followed by a “Two Strategies for Success” section. The first strategy is “Build Your Diet from the Precision Nutrition Recipes” and includes templates for workout and non-workout days. The instructions for each meal are simple: “Men – have 1 serving of the recipe you choose” and “Women – have 1/2 serving of the recipe you choose.” The morning, afternoon and evening workout meal templates are provided, to give the user a feel for how their workouts can be integrated into the meal plans.
The second strategy is to “Build Your Diet from the 21 Superfoods” – and provides guidelines and a checklist for incorporating them into your meal plan.
The next section is an overview of time saving tips for preparing meals. Prior preparation is a great time-saver, and most of the tips are solid – although the tip to “Chop veggies only twice per week” is, IMO, a less nutritious option than to use frozen veggies and fruit if you’re that pressed for time and energy.
The final section, “Sneaking Calories” is a good one, about how hidden (mostly fat) calories can derail a diet plan.
b) Quick Start – this is how to get your kitchen ready: what to toss and what to buy. A “grocery list” is even supplied. Basic cooking instructions are given: there are 2 pages of detailed instructions on how to make “Quinoa Chicken.” A few recipes (such as in the next section) are provided.
c) 5 Minute Meals – basic recipes in a format similar to those in “Gourmet Nutrition.” In fact, there is some overlap with GN here.
d) Super Shakes – 6 “whole meal” shakes using “Low Carb Grow” and “Greens+”
This section is primarily about goal setting, measurement, feedback, and troubleshooting. There is useful info here for beginners. The approach here is very structured – it’s basically a rubric to lead the user through the steps of measuring and evaluating their results.
This section is divided into a series of headings that represent each step of the rubric. Berardi’s paradigm here is the scientific method, and – while it’s an appropriate model to use – the parallels are emphasized perhaps a bit too strongly. On the other hand, explanations on how to assess progress are excellent: you’re given solid guidance on how to monitor compliance with the program, how to measure progress towards performance/health/body comp goals; and how to troubleshoot your implementation of the program.
Four pages of the “Individualization” section are devoted to making nutritional adjustments, and the instructions are more general than those given in Berardi’s articles. For example, in his article(s) on “Massive Eating – Reloaded” Berardi provides precise guidelines for when, how much, and what kind of increases to make. Conversely, in PN, the advice given for “Muscle Gain” suggests only increases of 250 kcal at a time – the what’s and when’s are left up to the user.
The best instructions in this section deal with the issue of carbohydrate tolerance. Good advice is given to those with “poor,” “moderate,” or “excellent” carbohydrate tolerance. More guidance, however, could have been provided to users on how to determine their status.
f) Audio and Video
The series comes with two video DVDs and two audio CDs. Videos 1 and 2 are Berardi presenting the highlights of his program via lecture and Powerpoint presentation. These are essentially inspirational lectures. He’s a good, enthusiastic speaker. If you’re a Berardi fan, you will enjoy this. The info here reinforces the main points in the text.
Audio CD 1 features lecture bits and Q & A’s – more of the “why’s” behind some of the text recommendations are presented here. Many of the topics in Berardi’s articles are touched on here. Audio 2 covers food prep tips – these are extended versions of the ones in Gourmet Nutrition. Good for novice cooks – a shame that a transcript or other written summary was not provided.
Miscellaneous: This is not a “bookstore” type product that can take a certain amount of abuse. Rather, it’s similar to what you’d receive if you enrolled in a two-day seminar or workshop on the topic of nutrition planning. Some care will be needed in handling the pages, as durability will almost certainly be an issue.
There is not much information about supplements here. While the option to register on the PN forum is offered to all purchasers – where supp info and questions can be discussed – this is not a feature of the program. At one point, Berardi even writes “So skip the multivitamin and, instead, eat an extra few servings of fruits and veggies each day.” While I understand why he did this (since all too many people use supps to compensate for diet deficiencies), the whys/why nots should have been covered more thoroughly.
To recap: this is a solid, readable program for someone just beginning their journey towards fitness, and is willing to commit to making major changes in his/her lifestyle. It’s a step-by-step “how to” that avoids information overload. Even some more knowledgeable and experienced trainers could pick up a tip or two, or be made aware of some less-than-optimal habits or mindsets. If you are familiar with Berardi’s articles, and/or have a working knowledge and background on nutrition and training, however, you would be better served by other, more advanced Berardi programs and articles.
@mr 32 wrote:
i might order it this week.
im looking for easy to understand.
Dr J what is recipe book like?
I do think that’s were this package comes into it’s own, especially for someone trying to get lean but the principles are the same for someone trying to bulk.
The recipe book is great are far as content is concerned, my only complaint would be with presentation but perhaps I’m being fussy.
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