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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boom... Mind Blown

Everyone should read or listen to this book. It will change your life completely! Totally honest and debunks all the weight / diet rubbish we've been fed fir years!

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Love his no nonsense approach

Love his nonsense approach a spade is a spade really easy to listen so glad he narrated it himself great listen 10/10

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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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-01-21

excellent and concise

perfect for all audiences and exactly what is glossed over in the education system of the fitness industry to the point and empathetic while being spot on and honest

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  • Katie
  • 09-01-21

Sound advice, with the right amount of science

I just finished listening to this book and consumed the whole thing in under 36 hours. As a fellow fitness professional, I've really enjoyed James' unfiltered-yet-clearly-caring approach to sharing his knowledge... and this book doesn't disappoint. The mix of anecdote, advice, inspiration, and well-distilled science (I particularly loved on analogy likening muscles to sponges) is honestly exactly what a lot of people need. Take it from a fellow (albeit, greener) trainer - this book is accurate and you can tell the author is genuinely passionate about helping people in an empathy-driven and science-backed kinda way. And on a personal note, he has certainly lit the fore under my ass to get my own training stuff on out into the internet!

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  • RAFFI J. TOKATLIAN
  • 02-01-21

A must read/listen

I feel like this book just got all my anxieties about losing weight and dieting and ripped them straight out of my mind/body. He truly debunks all these bs myths about dieting and tells you the truth behind it all.

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  • Saraha Thompson
  • 03-12-20

A discussion on more than food

I wasn't sure what to expect from "Not a Diet Book" when I purchased it but as I follow James on Instagram and he has sparked changes in my life by his videos I didn't see the harm. It clearly wasn't an average diet book because if was more like a discussion you would have with someone. He covers topics good and bad and doesn't try to sell you on a type of one size fits all diet. It's more of a discussion on how to change your life and your relationship with food, yourself, and your life. I would recommend it even if you aren't looking for a "diet" but because that's not what this book is really about.

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  • Krysta goldfinch
  • 30-11-20

Awesome book

Makes a lot of sense in a world full of confusion! Really well read and written. Well done

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  • Clover Comfort, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • 30-11-20

Incredibly Helpful and Entertaining

James Smith is a fantastic narrator and shoots the reader straight — I very much appreciate his candidness and I’m excited to act on the many takeaways James gives you.

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  • Tanya Murillo
  • 22-11-20

Awaking

This book opened my eyes... Makes me want to start planning for 2021. What I am taking away from this book most is, finish I what I start.