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Is Lyle McDonald worth reading?

by 8497 · July 11, 2014 at 08:17 PM

Stumbled onto Lyle McDonald's website this evening: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/.

Anyone looked at his stuff in any detail?

Is his stuff worth reading?

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02.2013: Currently reading the very good: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/the-ketogenic-diet and will be reading http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/the-protein-book next.

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24343 · January 24, 2012 at 07:22 PM

Lyle is the original Internet nutrition guru. He posted on the seminal nutrition usenet groups in the late 1990s and schooled people left and right.

Personally, Lyle's programs were some of the first nutrition articles I ever read. They helped me go from flabby to my first six pack in around three months time. I'd bet that many T-Nation type nutrition gurus owe some of their ideas to Lyle.

That being said, what he said was revolutionary at the time (low-carb and keto can be useful, be precise in your dieting, etc) but is not anything terribly new anymore. It seems that the marginal return when "hacking" fat loss and muscle gain might be smaller than the return on "hacking" health improvement (i.e. paleo!). Ameliorating health concerns can be incredibly complex, while body recomposition seems to much simpler.

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21258 · January 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM

You'll never find someone as hostile to Ancestral Eating as Lyle McDonald. He even trolls pro-Paleo dieters on Facebook and other social media for some sort of kick.

That being said, I have his RFL book and followed his regimen for a short time. He knows his stuff, very well. His concepts of a Protein Sparing Modified Fast, using whole food instead of supplements is a very smart step in the right direction. I also spent some time on a forum about weightlifting/powerlifting/etc that he frequented for awhile but eventually left, and he was more than happy to answer specific questions about the plan.

I like the dude, and his writing. But he does carry some negativity - weither it's part of his persona to be a jackass or if he really intends to offend, not my place - I'm an offensive turd when I want to be as well.

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77322 · January 24, 2012 at 12:10 AM

No. Unless you want to learn a lot about dieting, strength training, and weight loss.

The best thing about Lyle? He's the king of insults. You aren't anyone in this world until you've been insulted by Lyle McDonald.

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24012 · January 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Surprisingly I like his stuff. As Evelyn alluded to he's a pig but he's funny at times and he knows a lot of good stuff. His forum is, um, unique shall we say? He's a character but he's smart enough that it somehow seems worth it.

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8777 · January 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I think so.

I think this one should be required reading: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/the-energy-balance-equation.html

You have to get past the sometimes unfortunate language, but he writes a lot of good stuff.

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20 · July 11, 2012 at 06:10 AM

Is bacon worth eating?

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0 · July 11, 2014 at 08:14 PM

I am not at all offended my his mannerism. On the contrary quite amused and entertained.he is blunt and frank which most people are not used to. He says it like it is, if you are fat then you are fat, he doesn't fluff up reality which westerns seem to need .He is very smart and although I know a heck of a lot, I still am learning bits of details from his books .I think he has offered a lot to the fitness industry. I also am an advocate of modified paleo diet and dont see why what he has to teach can t be fused in to paleo or vise verse.I like his work. Very much worth reading.

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0 · July 11, 2014 at 08:13 PM

I am not at all offended my his manerism.On the contarary quite amused and entertained.he is blunt and frank which most people are not used to. He says it like it is, if you are fat then you are fat, he doesnt fluf up reality which westerns seem to need.He is very smart and although I know a heck of a lot, I still am learning bits of details from his books.I think he has offered alot to the fitness industry. I alos am an advoacte of modified paleo diet and dont see why what he has to teach cna t be fused in to plaoe or vise versa.I like his work. Very much worth reading.

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80 · March 22, 2013 at 01:02 AM

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1686 · February 13, 2013 at 07:27 AM

You know what's worth reading? A human metabolism textbook.

Because once you've read it the narcissistic, cherry picked prattle will sound like .. narcissistic, cherry picked prattle.

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726 · February 12, 2013 at 09:31 PM

Gotta love this quote from Lyle:

"...this current idea that carbs make you fat or prevent weight/fat loss is clearly incorrect. I wish someone would send this paper to Gary Taubes to help him try to remove his head from his ass. Both groups lost a significant amount of weight and fat and did it eating 55% carbohydrate."

From http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/research-review/the-effect-of-two-energy-restricted-diets-a-low-fructose-diet-vs-a-moderate-natural-fructose-diet-research-review.html

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1577 · August 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM

Just read Alan Aragon, he's like the nice version of Lyle and his humor is certainly better ;)

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0 · August 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM

I just read something on his forum (first found it yesterday) Someone had ask him some questions and it was a well thought out posts with bullet points etc. He answered "I"m not reading all that"

What??? How rude!

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680 · August 09, 2012 at 09:30 PM

I never go to McDonald's.

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799 · August 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM

a very important person in bodybuilding nutrition and very much worth reading

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3227 · August 09, 2012 at 09:02 PM

I like him, I posted something totally innocuous on his site once and he responded in an incredibly hostile manner, he's my kind of crazy.

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-16 · August 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM

NO, HE IS AN UNCREDIBLE, UNREPUTABLE FRAUDULENT SALESMEN. HE IS ONE AMONG A LONG LINE OF THEM. *HE ONLY APPEALS TO LOW INTELLIGENCE GULLIBLE PEOPLE.*

STICK TO DR. JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, DR. MICHAEL ROSENBAUM FOR YOUR OBESITY INFORMATION.

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-12 · August 17, 2012 at 01:39 PM

ALL OF THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO DEBUNK LYLE MCDONALD FOR GOOD CAN BE FOUND AT RAZZWELL'S BLOG WITH LINKS TO SCIENTISTS SUCH AS DR. JEFFREY FRIEDMAN.

http://razzwell.blogspot.com

DR. JEFFREY FRIEDMAN'S LECTURES. HE IS THE EXPERT, NOT LYLE MCCOCKLE.

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-12 · August 17, 2012 at 01:37 PM

NO HE IS A COMPLETE FRAUD. STICK TO SCENTIOSTS SUCH AS DR. JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

THIS INTERNET SALESMEN IS ANOTHER FRAUD WHO IS UNQUALIFIED.

DR. JEFFREY FRIEDMAN DEBUNKS HIM

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