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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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arrogant twat

on first sight you'd thing yeah james smith pt is a cool guy. he knows what he is talking about. but on meeting him he is a silver spoon boy who's arrogance outshines his knowledge unfortunately. I so wished the opposite was true. I'm disappointed to say the least....

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  • 01-03-2020

Nothing New

All author does is talk about himself and how he has revolutionary ideas...but actually doesn’t talk about anything that’s new knowledge and continually throws in a few eloquent words to make him sound more credible.

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crappy book

it feels like the author promotes the actual book all throughout the entire thing, it's repetitive and makes for a really annoying listening experience. couldn't finish the book.

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It’s certainly not a diet book

I rate James. I agree with his theories. If you don’t follow him on Instagram or listen to his free podcasts, then this book will be great for you. Because I was already familiar with his academy and socials etc I feel I didn’t get much new out of it however.

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Women’s Hero. Bit of a wanker, but still a hero

James Smith’s book changed the way I looked at a calorie deficit diet and long term maintenance. Not once have I ever been through an eating program that has taught me ANYTHING about my menstrual cycle, how to work WITH it instead of pretend it doesn’t exist which would make me feel like I must just have shitty self control. It was always just the typical ‘follow this eating plan for 6-12 weeks and you’ll lose X kilos’ and it would NEVER work because I’d fall off the rails with each period. I’m honestly astounded I never really thought about it before but I took on board what he said, started being kind to myself to keep working towards little improvements each week, found what worked for me and it paid off. And FINALLY someone who says you’re supposed to get fat and jolly at Christmas then follow up with it later because THAT’S LIFE. I never, ever, EVER thought I would find success following dieting advice from someone who seems like a fair bit of a wanker like James, but he’s a wanker that knows what he’s talking about and I highly recommend all the ladies I know have a listen.

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What a book👌🏼

Shit Human to Date, but the smart fucker writes a cracker of a book📚

Simple & easy to follow educational insights with a strong philosophical streak that will empower all who read or listen to it ☺️

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Strange that this is a best seller with hype

More in-depth information listening to a few selected Joe Rogan podcasts or Layne Norton YouTube videos.

James oddly goes on about Brazilian jiu-jitsu and seams to have alot of regret about not starting it in his teens.

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Loved it!

I love how James combines confidence with the ability to poke fun at himself. Whilst he has strong opinions I never get the feeling his ego is too big, he really cares about getting his message accross and i can feel the authenticity. I apply the Sunk Cost Fallacy to everything! Can't wait for the next book.

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Not a Diet Book review

This book is exactly what it’s title suggests I have learnt all I need to change my life style and life I highly suggest it I hope it can change a mind set change a life change humanity

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excellent read

loved loved loved this book! Very informative but the information is presented in such a logical easy to understand way! Changed my life.

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  • Kristene Caldwell
  • 22-05-2020

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
  • 17-02-2020

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
  • 24-01-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-2021

Female fat loss

Thank you so much for all the information:) Everything makes much more sense now. Can’t wait to start the second book!

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  • Melissa D. Snyder
  • 05-03-2021

For beginners only

I didn’t learn anything from this book and I found it pretty annoying that a PT is giving relationship advice. He’a a very likable guy though and his content on Instagram is great. This felt more like a memoir with some advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-2021

Get off the sad step

Loved it! Such sound and practical advice. James has a way of telling it like it is and you want to follow where he goes. Easy to listen to and extremely informative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2021

Helpful and factful

I enjoyed this book. James does have quite a nice voice and love some of the pronunciations. Makes it a pleasure to listen to. Plus the information is very helpful with some good personal stories.

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  • AshLee Eustace
  • 10-02-2021

Everyone should hear what James has to say

The most logical approach to health, fitness and overall well being I've ever heard. Thank you James

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-2021

Loved it!

I totally loved it. Finished the book in 4 days. I follow him on social media and 100% agree with his thoughts about fitness.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-01-2021

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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  • Dr Randeep Sangha
  • 27-01-2020

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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  • MyJo
  • 04-02-2020

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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  • Ms. K. A. Pearson
  • 23-01-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-2020

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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  • bruceylee
  • 23-04-2020

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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  • christogher0510
  • 23-01-2020

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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  • MarketZero
  • 11-02-2020

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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  • Alexander Salustro
  • 23-01-2020

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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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  • Claire Bowman
  • 31-01-2020

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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  • chantel stewart
  • 23-01-2020

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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