Men's Health TNT Diet: The Explosive New Plan to Blast Fat, Build Muscle, and Get Healthy in 12 Weeks

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?? Hey, Guys! Want to trade your fat for muscle??? It's finally possible, thanks to the Men's Health TNT Diet.?? TNT - or Targeted Nutrition Tactics - is a scientifically designed program that can be customized for any body, including yours. It's as easy as knowing what to eat, and when to eat it. So whether you have a lot of fat to lose or just a little, TNT has a plan to fit your goals. In fact, TNT works not only for the guy who wants to lose 50 pounds of flab but also for the guy who wants to trade 10 pounds of fat for 10 pounds of muscle.?? Just as important, the TNT diet significantly reduces the risk for heart disease and diabetes, a finding that's been scientifically proven in studies at the University of Connecticut. The results of these studies, which you'll read about inside, are amazing.?? The best part? The TNT Diet and accompanying exercise plan couldn't be simpler. In fact, throughout the book, you'll find out why you can:-Stop counting calories. The TNT Diet reprograms your appetite, allowing your own body to regulate the amount you eat. So you'll never feel like you're on a diet, even though you'll look like it.?-Go back to enjoying the foods you love - like prime rib, omelets, and even butter. Through a revealing report, you'll see why fat - even saturated fat - isn't the dietary demon it's been made out to be.?-Exercise just 90 minutes a week. Instead of exercising in the so-called fat-burning zone, you'll learn how to exercise in the carb-burning zone. This is the secret to making your workouts both shorter and more effective.?? ?? So what's stopping you? The Men's Health TNT Diet provides all the tools you need to dramatically transform your body - both inside and out.

Customer Reviews:

  • FINALLY: A diet that doesnt require bland food, doesnt leave you starving, AND actually WORKS !!

    A diet where you can consume butter, full-fat cheese, bacon (and other pork products), beef, and eggs with yolk ... and IMPROVE your health.

    This is NOT a "crash" diet or a "fad" diet, but rather a plan to eat the foods your body was designed to function on, based on hard empirical science (much of which is detailed in the book).

    I think the best part about this book is that you can consume foods which taste good (read: fats) so you're not as apt to binge on things like potato chips and chocolate, since you're not really depriving yourself of tasty foods.

    Regarding the Fiber issue: The book states that the vast majority of Vegetables are absolutely fine to consume (unlike the original Atkins diet, which tells you to stay away from nearly all of them). The book specifically advocates eating greater than 4 servings of vegetables per day, and tells dieters to "indulge" on them. While you will lose some fiber intake by not eating whole grains, fruits, or legumes, you can liberally consume vegetables and sunflower seeds (to a somewhat lesser extent) to make up for that.

    And results: first 2-3 weeks with NO working out (the book strongly advocates a regular weight-training regiment, I just havent had the time as a full-time grad student), I've lost about 8 lbs, all from my midsection....more info
  • Great book and a great program.
    The diet and exercise recommendations are easy to follow and you will see results. I've lost weight, inches in my waste, and lowered my blood pressure. I can't remember when I've had this much energy.

    Do yourself a favor and buy the book. If you know someone who has struggled with diets and fitness buy the book for them as a gift. ...more info
  • Good advice...
    This is a solid book on nutrition and exercise for anyone who wants to lose the gut...I've seen results myself, so I know it works. The only real trick, something that most men fail to do, is to stick with the program. Well written, like all the Men's Health books (as well as their magazine), and inspiring....more info
  • TNT Diet
    This is a great plan for someone already in shape...that being said, I am using it as a guide and not as "the" plan.
    Good information, especially the diagrams of weight lifting in the back....more info
  • The Truth About Steak From Meat to Muscle
    Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

    Book Review: Men's Health TNT Diet by Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D.

    Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D. is an exercise and nutrition researcher at the University of Connecticut. A regular contributor to Men's Health and coauthor with Adam Campbell of The Testosterone Advantage Plan and The TNT Diet, says, "You are what your body does with what you eat." My husband like most men, enjoys grilling a steak, but has cut back on it recently because his cholesterol is a little high. In the TNT Diet, Volek tells the truth about the sirloin steak. Beef like other animal meats has a similar composition. Think of the dark meat and skin of the turkey or the ham and bacon from pork.

    Fatty Acid Content of Sirloin Steak:j0182751.jpg

    Monounsaturated Fat: 49%: Oleci Acid: 45% {+}; Palmitic Acid: 4% {+}

    Saturated Fat: 47%; Palmitic Acid: 27% {+}; Stearic Acid: 16% {0}; Myristic Acid: 3% {-}; Lauric Acid: 1% {+}

    Polyunsaturated Fat: 4%; Linoleic Acid: 4% {+}

    Key + = positive effect on cholesterol

    - = negative effect on cholesterol

    0 = no effect on cholesterol

    Steak first enters the digestive system at the mouth, over the lips and through the gums...Our types of teeth are made to chew it well. Saliva aids the process. From the mouth it slides down the esophagus and lands in the stomach. Enzymes break the steak into amino acid strands, liquidizes, and becomes chyme. Passing into the small intestines, more enzymes continue to break the amino acid strands into single and double amino acids. Absorption of the smaller amino acids occurs when they have been transported to the cells that line the wall of the intestines, reaching the bloodstream. From there, they are delivered directly to the muscles through capillaries, aiding damaged muscle tissue.

    Volek believes it is important to eat some protein before exercising.

    Volek elaborates that fat shows up on the body not just through dietary intake, but also through the manufacturing process within the body. Insulin levels within rise after eating carbohydrates, sending signals to the body to quit burning and begin storing fat. Another function of insulin is to activate the liver in its production of saturated fat. More carbs then equal more saturated fat production.

    Other key facts regarding fat from Jeff Volek:

    Triglyceride levels are lowered and HDL (good cholesterol) increases after replacing carbs with any type of fat.

    Dairy products, containing the saturated fat from palmitic and stearic acids, have higher saturated fat content than beef, pork, or poultry.

    Lower-carb type diets allow for lower insulin levels, a decreased production of saturated fatty acids, and encourage the body to burn more fat for energy. Follow a healthy diet, exercise, and go ahead and eat that sirloin steak!

    This book is full of the science behind the muscle.

    5 Stars
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  • TNT is pure dynamite!!
    Well, I guess this is the week for exercise books. (Sorry, the reference to "dynamite" in my title was a natural, given the book acronym).
    I was already familiar with the TNT diet and exercise protocols before I bought the book, since it was introduced awhile back in Men's Health magazine. Readers of the mag will want to purchase the book, as it goes into more detail and has many additions.

    Anyway, so what is the hoopla over this TNT (TM) diet and exercise program? Read no further than Dr. Richard Feinman's review here on Amazon; Feinman is a research collaborator with author Jeff Volek and both have clinically slashed through the medical community's ridiculous low-fat/high-carb dietary advice like samurai Musashi Miyamoto slashing through twenty bad guys, without blinking an eye. If this were a samurai movie, those severed, bloodied bodies you see all over the ground would be the standard medical community.

    But this isn't a samurai movie, alas, so back to less-bloody thoughts. In all seriousness, if anyone bothers to read the clinical studies done by Volek and Feinman and their findings on the superiority of low-carb diets over the typical advice (not to mention numerous other studies, plus older clinical literature comparing higher-mono-fat diets vs. the typical high-carb low-fat AHA diets), one simply cannot avoid the conclusion our medical communities are clueless on worthwhile dietary advice. I knew that already. Many others were aware of that too. Now all of you know it too.

    Dr. Volek distills a lot of his research here in TNT for getting folks started on a prudent low-carb baseline diet, and then ratcheting up certain carbs from there, depending on the *timing*. The strong point of this book is showing exactly when one can add carbs without killing the fat-burning effects of a low-carb baseline diet- i.e., primarily after exercise, when the glucose load can be shunted into receptive muscle tissue. If someone has read my other reviews, I'm kind of partial to a low-glycemic-load concept on carbohydrates in general. This book goes one further- it gives the optimal time to add in some low-glycemic carbs like legumes, dairy, fruits, high-fiber cereal etc., which is right after the workout...NOT during a regular meal. This isn't really new news; bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have targeted carb intake around workouts for many years...such as the so-called "targeted ketogenic" diet. Targeting your predominant carb intake to directly after exercise is really the best of all worlds...the glucose goes into glycogen restorage in the muscles, instead of getting partitioned directly to abdominal adipose tissue as would be normal in insulin-sensitivity-challenged individuals. (That describes most of us this day and age). Of course, individuals with severe metabolic syndrome or diabetes need to stay on a strict low-carb diet for an extended period of time, consuming just protein after workouts, until they get their glucose levels back to normal levels. For those who can handle it, however, replenishing glucose after resistance training (or HIIT cardio) makes perfect sense.

    The exercise section is also very good. Three whole-body workouts a week, with optional high-intensity cardio on off-days. Truly the best of both worlds. Body re-composition needs weight training to accomplish, hence the emphasis on weights; although a good full-body workout produces ample cardio benefits in it's own right. Resistance training gives more bang for the buck than steady-state cardio anyway. Co-author Adam Campbell of Men's Health undoubtedly had a lot of expert input into the exercise section, which is well-balanced and sensible. What's not to like here?

    Finally, a word about saturated fat, as I know Dr. Volek considers this a key finding in his research. We've been told by the "experts" for many years that saturated fats are very bad for one's health. It's almost a mantra in the medical community. To be sure, there have been vocal opponents to this status-quo thinking (lipid expert Mary Enig being one), but by-and-large, most advice given out currently sees saturated fat as an enemy. Well, no more. Volek and Feinman, among others, have shown conclusively in the research that saturated fat in the diet is only harmful when the CARB CONTENT is also high; if one eliminates the carbs, saturated fats are not harmful. Indeed, some types of saturated fat are actually good for you (as would be expected, given our cave-man genes...Fred Flintstone didn't eat only salmon). Yes, I know this flies in the face of what most readers are expecting, but don't argue with me here, make the effort to read Volek's research yourself.
    Been there, done that.

    Let's sum up. Buy the book, get rolling on the workouts, and get the damn sugar and starches out of your non-workout meals. You'll be healthier, your cholesterol and blood sugar will thank you, and Dr. Volek and Mr. Campbell will be happy authors. Everybody wins.

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  • Best and quickest approach to getting in shape
    Being 45 I've periododically through out my adult life started a workout routine only to get set backs due to injuries or non-results. I've followed this approach over a year ago and I'm still going stronger than ever. Since then I've migrated to a more rigorous routine but I contribute my success to reading and following this book.

    Ken ...more info
  • Low-Carb Muscle-Building Workouts That Will Get You Ripped!
    University of Connecticut researcher Dr. Jeff Volek, who has been behind some of most "explosive" research into low-carb diets and, most recently, saturated fat consumption as part of a healthy lifestyle, teamed up with Men's Health Features editor Adam Campbell to create a dietary fitness plan tailored for people who want to burn body fat, increase their muscle, and live healthier. That's what the TNT Diet is all about.

    You know with Dr. Volek and Campbell behind this book, you ain't gonna be stuck eating a miserable low-fat, calorie-restricted diet. No way! Instead, you won't count a single calorie, you'll get to eat delicious and nutritious fatty foods that have never been a part of a "diet" before, and you'll only have to invest 90 minutes of exercise a week. Sound like a plan, man?

    They don't sugarcoat the message you need to hear and speak honestly about the investment of consistent time and energy to doing this throughout the book. Of course, those "TNT Transformation" stories sprinkled throughout the book will keep you motivated in your own journey. It's not just about the weight loss, but the changes you are making to your body's muscles. It won't take long to notice the difference!

    There's a mouthwatering list of TNT Diet-approved recipes between the nutrition and training section so you'll be fueled up ready to go with your workouts. And it's not all fun and games--although the picture demonstrations about how to do each exercise helps you know EXACTLY what to do. There's a nice summary of what you can expect to happen to your health after going on this diet in the back. It will be what motivates you to get serious about your health for good this time....more info
  • It works
    I was luckey enough hear about TNT and its advantages for a better body and life. I am amazed at how easy it is to follow. Adam and Jeff may just have hit on the plan to turn your life around, it did mine. Their writing style is like talking with an old friend that has always been there. If you have bounced around or want to make a change for the better get this book/plan you won't regret it!!...more info
  • TNT Diet Works
    I have owned this book for a while but didn't actually start following the plan until May 2008. The book may not be written on the highest level and it be the most challenging read, but do you really want that?

    The reasoning behind what and when you eat and how you exercise is obviously important. The plan has had a very nice effect on my body. I officially started the plan after my bad cholesterol came back at 146. After 4 months of eating the way the book describes I dropped that number to 116. I also dropped my trigylcerides from 115 to 83. I have lost weight and my clothes fit better too. Dropping my LDL by 30 points while eating eggs, cheese, steak, and veggies is not a bad deal in my view.

    I may not be a scientist, but I can tell you that the plan works for me. It is easy to follow and I feel healthier now than I have in many years. I think if you are interested in losing weight and the principles of this plan make sense to you, you should buy this book. If you want a hard to read / understand / comprehend book ... then you might need to order another book. ...more info
  • Diet and body comp from experts
    Jeff Volek is one of the foremost authorities on carbohydrate restriction in obesity and cardiovascular disease. I have had the privilege of collaborating with him and I naturally support his dietary approaches which are grounded in the biochemistry that is the basis of our collaborations.

    On exercise, where both Jeff and co-author Adam Campbell are experts, I am an (amateur) end-user and can recommend that part of his book from that perspective. The book describes ideas such as total-body training (as opposed to supposed isolation of muscle groups) which I had to learn myself by trial and (mostly) error.

    The book provides highly structured programs in both diet and training for those people who like the approach. I personally find it most valuable in the way chefs use cookbooks. They rarely cook from recipes but just absorb the ideas and then apply them as part of their own style. On the other hand, a couple of exercises are new to me and I Xerox the pages and take them to the gym. (If you can get beyond the name, the fire-hydrant is effective).

    The real value of TNT is that it comes from Jeff's research and you're learning from somebody who is bringing out scientific information not just on body composition but cardiovascular health as well. ...more info
  • Great Diet but info is free elsewhere
    This is a fantastic diet for fatloss and muscle growth. As many reviewers pointed out, it is not terribly new information, among weightlifting enthusiasts its fairly old news actually, it may be entirely new to you though. Heres the problem with the book though, the author works for mens health, and they put out almost all of the information on the web for free, they dont go into specifics, but I cant see how they are neccesary if you understand the diet. If you are new to nutrition and weight training/lifting then the book might be a nice guide. Again, great information and as more and more people are starting to realize, low carb works for a lot of us, throwing in weight training can lead to greatly increased health. Heres most of the info though, free of charge. info
  • A great book....a hard diet...
    This book is very good for loosing weight. when i first started the diet i lost about 12 pounds in the first 2 weeks and felt great...but you will loose a lot of muscle if you don't eat enough protein. the only flaw i found (doesn't really have to do anything with the actual book) is that overtime it does cost a lot of money for the food (more than usual). i would recommend this book to only people who are serious about loosing weight because it is quite difficult in the beginning. ...more info
  • It is a good book but...
    This book is a great guide for the people who is very determinated to lose several pounds. My opinion to beginners is not to involve hard exercise during the period of the diet plan because the lack of energy you will face each day. If you are a consistent medium experienced lifter this book is not for you, because the fact you know you need balanced meals to accomplish your strength and cardio goals every single time....more info
  • Great source for beginners and experts alike
    This book is full of everything one needs to change their lifestyle for the better. The diet alone has done wonders for me and as a result I shed 20 pounds, even with occasional cheat meals.

    The author promotes the all-body work out rather than muscle-specific lift days. Personally I see individuals on a regular basis who made plenty of progress using this method.

    Recipes mentioned are as healthy as they are delicious. Most are very simple to cook.

    My favorite part of the book was regarding several stereotypical myths that have given dieting a bad rep. This book will clarify those and help readers understand that getting fit is much easier than many assume. ...more info
  • Save your dollars, don't buy.
    I agree with poster Scott A. Spoor. A basic book poorly written. In the August Men's Health (with another bad role model overpaid for his "talents: Beckham, on the cover), there is an advertisement discussing ADD. One in 140,000 is likely to become a professional golfer; one in 150 is likely to suffer ADD. My point: anyone can lie or fabricate a new reality with statistic - that no one else is likely to replicate using any valid scientific method.

    It is a fact that individuals respond differently to diet and exercise due MOSTLY to genetics, and secondary to diet. Cases in point: many Chinese are disposed to being slender, yet, overweight issues occur within a generation of immigrating to the USA. Persons of native American Indian origin may tend to lack a crucial gene to metabolize alcohol. Etc.

    Men's Health, generally, is neither truly informative nor scientifically accurate. It is a 'popular' publication, in my opinion, meant to persuade people to part with $5/month under the delusion of longer life, better health, more sex, etc. etc. Time after time, I have found downright dangerous recommendations throughout the magazine. The owner of Men's Health is Rodale Inc., which used to publish relatively dry, but accurate, information about things such as organic gardening. Don't let the "family owned business" tagline fool you. It's a BIG business & it's more about advertising and sponsership, now, than about YOU. When you look into the network of beneficial ownership of some of the top employees of Rodale, at EDGAR's online Securities and Exchange database, you can get a real understanding of the dis-information and bias. Unfortunately, most people do not take the time to make an informed decision. Oh no, it's too easy to let someone else make the decision for you.

    A final personal story on diet and exercise. I worked out, did the diets, etc from the age of 15 or so until almost 50. As it turns out, so far, has made no difference. I have (based on a fast CAT scan) almost all of my body fat as subcutaneous. At my lowest body fat of around 5%, I still had no abdominal definition. Nor did I ever achieve the "Adonis" Greek statue look. I spent thousands of dollars on books, tapes, herbs, protein potions (6 months on the original EAS challenge got me nowhere different). So, though not really bitter, take this advice for what you may find worthy: save your money. Eat in moderation. Drink your water. Do something other than click a remote control. Don't be stupid in your recreational activities trying to emulate gifted professionals. You'll live your predisposed lifespan! In the end, +/- a few years, we are all dead by age 100....more info
  • The TNT Diet is Really a Personal Trainer
    Before the TNT Diet book came out, I had a subscription to Men's Health. Each issue would introduce a new exercise based on recent research. I liked the exercises, but they appeared one at a time, so I never tried to integrate them into my exercise program. When I received a copy of the book, I was pleasantly surprised that all of the theory and practice had been wedded in one place. However, The TNT Diet went far beyond the magazine exercises. It incorporated nutrition and exercise plans based on the need to lose or gain weight or muscle. There is a "Dynamic Warm-Up" that replaces old style warm-ups and reduces injuries. There is a picture of each exercise with detailed descriptions of how to execute it precisely. The exercise sessions can be completed in 30 minutes, so the busy person can get a full week's training in 90 minutes per week rather than 5 or 6 days per week.

    I am 61 years old and am stronger now than when I was in high school or in my twenties. I can feel the strength in my body, particularly because I am exercising safely and efficiently for the first time in my life. It is better than having a personal trainer because all of the information is available to me whenever I want it. I can review nutritional or exercise information without it costing a couple of thousand dollars.

    If you are ready to take care of business and finally take control of your health or if you just want to develop super strength in a well developed body in record time, buy the TNT Diet. I have three copies and I don't loan them out.

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