The book “Bigger Stronger Leaner” by Michael Matthews is fairly well-known in the fitness world, particularly among bodybuilders and people that lift weights. If you were to describe this book in a single sentence it might be: a complete book of fitness, nutrition and getting your body into its best possible form.

To be clear, this isn’t a “weight loss” guide or diet book. It’s a no-nonsense, complete breakdown of what it takes to become fit and get in the best shape of your life, with a focus on building strength.

And to be clear, this isn’t Michael Matthews’ first rodeo. He’s written several best selling books, been featured on several TV shows and is a world renown trainer. He also has some lofty goals:

  1. Help a million people get fit and healthy
  2. Put an end to the misinformation taught in the mainstream about health and fitness
  3. Reform the sports supplements industry

The information he provides in Bigger Stronger Leaner has definitely helped him get closer to all three of those goals. But enough about Michael, let’s get into why you should read this book.

What’s Inside Bigger Stronger Leaner

The book is broken down into seven key sections that cover the full spectrum of health and fitness:

  1. The fundamentals
  2. Inner Game
  3. Nutrition and diet
  4. Training
  5. Supplements
  6. The Beginning
  7. Q&A

In addition to all the educational resources, the book also includes a 12-month workout plan to help you reach your goals—Year One Challenge: Bigger, Leaner, and Stronger Than Ever in 12 Months.

The book isn’t just a bunch of generic information that you can find anywhere online. Michael gives science-backed information about how to actually get healthy. It goes beyond “eat healthy and exercise”, and he breaks down the exact types of food to eat and why you should eat them. He doesn’t just tell you to work out, but explains how to exercise the right way to be fit.

Contrary to popular belief, just doing 30 minutes of cardio every day isn’t going to get you to your peak physique. Sure it might make you healthier than the average person, but if you want to build muscle (which is a necessity), prolong your life and not be forced to live with aches and pains when you’re older, you need to get smart about how you train. And that’s what you learn in Bigger Stronger Leaner.

Health & Fitness, Simplified

One of the best things about Bigger Stronger Leaner is the language. You don’t feel like you’re being talked “down to” and you don’t have to go Google every other sentence to understand what he’s talking about. Particularly when it comes to nutrition, this book does an amazing job of giving you the vital information you need in a way that’s easy to digest.

There aren’t a ton of crazy calculation to make in order to figure out how much you have to eat each day. What you’re taught is how your body reacts to specific foods and how to eat based on your specific goals.

Cutting the B.S.

Have you ever been told any of the following?

  • In order to lose weight, you have to eat chicken breast, broccoli, and rice every day.
  • If you want to lose weight, use light weights for high reps
  • You need to use supplements like protein powder and fat burners to lose weight
  • You need to spend an hour on the treadmill to lose fat

All of this “bro science” and generic fitness advice that’s been promoted by companies trying to sell you fad diets and “weight loss secrets” is exactly why Bigger Stronger Leaner was made—to dispel the rumors and teach you the reality of getting fit.

Whether you’re trying to bulk up and build muscle, cut back and lose fat, or just want to an overall healthier and fit person, Bigger Stronger Leaner will give you the tools, knowledge and resources to do it.

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