Ideally, being healthy is not just about reaching a certain weight, but keeping all of your body's systems at the optimal levels possible. Mackie Shilstone serves as a medical advisor for The FatBurning Bible's professional athletes, presenting complex plans that include dietary supplements, sleep and stress management, as well as dietary and exercise standards. .. The first section of the book will help you establish your honest starting point. It's easy to get an acceptable weight, but you have unacceptably high levels of fat, cholesterol, or blood sugar. Determining this point requires a lot of measurements and calculations and includes a checklist to help identify potential concerns such as Syndrome X and thyroid problems. Follow your diet and nutrition. This section contains fairly complex recommended intake rates and simple diet plans and recipes. Potion control is a priority and reverts to the old "4 oz skinless chicken breast" as a basic component. A brief section on dietary supplements is generally related to recent research, but is an introduction rather than a complete system. More time is spent on exercise programs, which can be more complicated than a typical dieter feels ready to do. The crisp photos show certain exercises, but you should visit the gym or your dumbbells at home on a regular basis. In the final section proposed by Silstone, the copy is a diary, where you can check your goals and write down areas for further work. This is a useful tool, but it also requires some dedication. Ultimately, this book seems to be for people who are already reasonably healthy, but want to achieve a more ideal version of health. This can be especially useful for amateur athletes preparing for marathons and other big events. This may be just the tool you need. Jill Leitner "