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Summary

The No.1 Sunday Times best seller. 

Are you ready to change your life? Are you sick of always wearing black and getting undressed in the dark? Are you fixated with a number on the scales? Are you afraid to step into the gym and commit to a routine? Is your confidence at an all-time low? Is all of this having a negative impact on your life, relationships and happiness? 

James Smith is armed with every tool you’ll ever need to achieve incredible results – from dieting, training and staying in shape to identifying the fads, cons and nonsense that get int he way of genuine lasting progress. Learn to reset your current mindset and attitude towards your diet and training, with chapters covering:

  • Fat loss versus muscle gain.
  • Metabolism and ‘body types’. 
  • Protein targets and calorie tracking.
  • Common fitness fallacies.
  • Female fat loss.
  • Supplements.
  • Training versus exercising.
  • The importance of sleep.
  • Forming habits. 

This audiobook will put you back in control. It is not a fad diet or a short-term training plan. It will empower you to adopt better habits that will allow you to take charge of your life. 

©2020 James Smith (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Meet the man changing the way you think about fitness. One of the most sought-after personal trainers in the world (who has) knocked current fitness It boy @JoeWicks for six and stolen the coveted crown of the fitness world." (Sunday Times Style)


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Too much swearing

I only got through 3 chapters before his cursing became too much for me. Why swear? You think someone capable of writing could find appropriate words to use in place of the "f" word. Oh well.

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Loads of words little take away

This book is just so long winded. I’m sure James is a great guy but for hours he just talks about how great he is. I wanted a book to help me not hear about him.
You listen and listen to so much rambling you switch off and fail to acknowledge any parts of the audio that may actually be of interest.
To sum the book up Have a calorie deficit, sleep more and get some sunshine. Don’t set goals on a scale but instead in progression on amounts you can lift or distance you can run over time.
This book delivers nothing that I expected or wanted.

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Aimed at those who know little about fitness

James is open that it isn't a fitness book or a gamechanger in that respect which I can respect. But written with very little intellect and aimed at such a group of people that won't have a lasting impression in most.

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Not worth your time girls

‘The stupid human race will pay anything to look good’ is the main point of this book. James isn’t wrong - you’re here considering this book. I used a credit to investigate too. There are no insights you cannot come to yourself in here. If you are a woman, I’d be even more inclined to give it a miss. Despite his claims not to be a misogynist, he is. He’ll tell you that fasting and steroids are messing with our perception of fitness yet participates in both. Really, he’s just an incredibly obnoxious and cocky man who’s doing a great job of sucking money out of people. If you feel that is something to aspire to then this book is for you.

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Not a diet book, possibly a Biography though.

Started good and I thought it was interesting but the middle part of this book should of been kept for his memoirs. I did this, i did that, well done on all your achievments but say it once and move on. You can be great, like me. And ok we get it you like BJJ.

Telling people to end relationships if they aren't perfect is complete and utter bull$#!£ btw.
I'm sure you are very good at your job in health and fitness your just not the kind of person that would in any way motivate or inspire me.

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Sensible and thoughtful advice

As a bra-burning feminist I have almost given up on following Social Media James in the past but, love him or loathe him, this is insightful and genuine no-BS advice!

I have not finished yet but so far so good. James is an expert in his field and has gone through everything most people have when it comes to lifestyle, diet and training in the UK (and beyond).

It comes across that James genuinely does want to help people live their best, healthy lives without getting sidetracked or derailed by all the confusing nonsense in the fitness industry.

Don't come here expecting some quick-fix meal plans and 12-minute home workouts. Just come with an open mind!

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Content fine but...

This book is more of a reference book than any other type. Certain chapters deal specifically with certain topics like nutrition, macros, exercise, sleep etc but THE CHAPTER LIST DOES NOT TELL YOU WHICH IS WHICH. The chapters are just numbers. So if you want to go back and refer to the chapter on vitamins, you have to take guesses at which one this is. This book could also have done with some .pdf attachments, rather than just saying "go on my website" to find out more.

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What a great book.

James is very personal on every level on this book. Not only does a lot of what he says resonate with me, I'm 100% sure it will with others.

It's written from the heart and as someone who has been ,and in many ways, still is where we all are. Making it through situations we find ourselves in from a work, personal and healthy lifestyle place.

Can't wait for the next one!

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Really well put together I didn’t expect it to be as good as that! Well done on all your success James and the team

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Eat in a calorie deficit. Eat high protein.

Save yourself a few quid. The title of this review is basically the foundation of the book. Do some exercise, eat high protein. And eat in a calorie deficit. All the rest is the author talking about how great he is. Very poor relationship advice. Then he talks about all the charlatans in the fitness industry who after your money. But he's not in it for the money. The James Smith Academy app has been set up as a free gift for people. The monthly subscription is just for his expenses. Plus the money from all books he's selling must be going to charity. Well done James!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-21

Save your time and money

Unfortunately, I bought into the IG hype and purchased both his books. You are
better off finding an author who doesnt give you a mishmash of points and ideas that you could get from the internet.

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  • Thomas Lundholm
  • 19-01-21

Oye....

James Smith book review.

ok.... where do I start? By no means am I a professional reviewer and am no way out to get Mr. Smith of a personal vendetta. With that said, I found his book excruciating to finish. Like many people, I find his rants on social media entertaining because he gets so worked up about what other people are telling him to do. Usually summing everything up with a few expletives to emphasize how much he really doesn't care about what you think. But that's not all he brings to the table, he is extremely knowledgeable and intellectual with regards to exercise and diet. Mr. Smith also seems to understand that many people are dieting and killing their spirit to try and fit unrealistic body images, to that I applaude him.

Now, not only was I excited to get his book, I found it amusing that he read it himself. I thought it would be a funny read because it's in his own words. However; I found out very fast that even though he wrote the words, it sounded like forcing a 12 year old to go read in front of his class. There were no highs or lows in his tone where they should be. When listening to an ebook, I'm often doing other tasks. The subject matter and the person reading work hand in hand to keep my focus peaked though so I'm fully engaged,  but with this book, my focus drifted back and forth and I had to rewind to see what I missed, to which I say wasn't much. But that's ok because he doesn't care what you think. His philosophy is if you hate him, the people that love him will find their way....ok. So he doesn't try to make you like him. All this book really is, is a 6 hour long listen about how privileged his life is that he doesn't give a rat's ass what you think........ Basically it's his social media blog but 6 hours long. It's draining. Good luck and happy listening!  Maybe this book is for you lol.

UPDATE:

Ok the last 2.5 hours are where any information that might be useful will be found. Most definitely not an author, just a writer.

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  • Melissa D. Snyder
  • 05-03-21

For beginners only

I didn’t learn anything from this book and I found it pretty annoying that a PT is giving relationship advice. He’a a very likable guy though and his content on Instagram is great. This felt more like a memoir with some advice.

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  • Kristene Caldwell
  • 22-05-20

game changer

James book and Podcast has changed my life. thank you for talking about the hard truth. and huge thank you for covering women's issues like perimenopause & menopause.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-20

Disappointing

Currently on chapter 4 of 20. So far I have heard how terrible the diet industry is, and that consequently it is not your fault that you are fat. Then a chapter dedicated to the author's rather unremarkable life story, and currently running through a chapter on why the different main stream diets don't work.

So thus far, this book is exactly the same as the majority of other diet books over the last 30 years. Nothing new, and very boring.

I am not sure I will be able to finish it, but will bravely struggle on, hoping beyond hope for a tiny glimmer of wisdom or inspiration before its end.

If you are looking for cutting edge, scientific information on nutrition and body composition, or for motivation on your road to wellness, this is, sadly, not it.

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  • William E Wilson III
  • 17-02-20

CFD!

I’ve followed James on social media for a few years and am also a member of the James Smith Academy. The best thing I’ve learned from James is the balance between training and life so I can enjoy both while chasing my goals. This is a good amalgamation of content in his online training platform and things he teaches.

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  • Janelle C. Leslie
  • 24-01-20

My favorite “diet” book yet.

I listened to this all in one day. If you follow James on social media, you get that same dose of truth with love in the book. I love that his book addresses mindset and the hierarchy of nutrition vs workouts. This is an every day, real person’s guide on how to handle diet and exercise. He gives facts without losing me in the science, his analogies are so clear, and there is not an excess of boring examples - it’s such a great balance of info. I especially love the extra chapter about women’s cycles. Plus, his accent is just fun to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-21

Good book

Good book. Content has given me a lot to think about, assess, reconsider and adapt to.

Well done James.

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  • Andrea
  • 13-10-21

Life changing

James' ability to communicate evidence based q information for trainers and "clients" alike is amazing. I learned so much, and can't wait to apply to my training.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-21

Great book

James no-nonsense approach is straightforward to follow, and the book sets out precisely what you need to do. If you’re not into fitness or not sure what to do, there aren’t many better places to start than with this book. Thanks, James