Before proceeding to the Amazon.com
link to The Body Fat Guide, please be aware that you may read my
response below to criticisms posted in the Amazon.com review section. Hopefully,
Amazon.com will have my response posted on their web page shortly.
October 5, 2002
Dear Kelly and Others,
If you took the time to actually apply the information in my book, you would find, like thousands of my other readers, that the book's information is accurate and is most helpful in teaching people to manage their weight effectively.
The book's bibliography contains references to scientific textbooks, including "exercise physiology" textbooks, and to the works of other health experts...did you not see that? By the way, I passed my university exercise physiology courses with flying colors.
You are confused if you think I ever suggested that high reps build strength. Do you know the difference between strength building and mass building? High reps may be employed as part of a mass-building routine to increase intensity and blood flow into a muscle by performing a greater volume of work in less time.
Judging by your criticisms of other subjects in the book, like intensity, you most likely tell your aerobics-class members that high-intensity aerobics is the best way to reduce body fat. I discuss this misconception in more detail on my web site.
Yes, the book contains many tables. It is a reference book along with a weight management guide that contains information you will not find in any other one book or cereal box! That's why I wrote it.
As far as the book being a waste of money, I have a no-risk offer to refund customer's money if they can present a quicker, easier, safer, less expensive method to measure and permanently trim body fat without restricted foods, unbalanced diets, drugs, supplements, surgery or strenuous exercise. So far, no one has challenged my offer!
Finally, when comparing another body composition analysis method to the method used in my book, it doesn't take a genius to know that results should be compared as close as possible in time, and on the same day...not 2 weeks apart! All methods have built-in error, and getting different readings when comparing several methods is not unusual. However, the important thing is to use one method consistently to note changes in body composition. The easy-to-use and inexpensive method in my book, based on anthropometric formulas developed by scientists Wilmore and Benke, has been found reasonably accurate by the YMCA.