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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!