Author: TJ Berg
Title: The Full Cycle: Understanding Your Body Type, Keto/Intermittent Fasting Benefits, And The Best Workout Regimen for You
Genre: Non-Fiction / Weight Loss
The Full Cycle offers readers an easily approachable book on body types, the keto and intermittent fasting diets, and how they can potentially work together.
The book also explores the basic types of workouts available and how those can help or hinder the various body types, providing an informative and holistic approach to exercise and weight loss. Instead of expounding a particular method or diet without considering the various factors that contribute to why certain diets work better for one type of person than another, the author offers encouragement for all, reminding readers that no one way will work for everyone.
Sleep is also discussed in relation to dieting, offering yet another facet to the equation of what one needs to consider before getting frustrated that a particular diet “isn’t working.” The author’s tone is encouraging and matter-of-fact, providing details and specifics without overwhelming readers, though a list of references for the specific scientific studies cited might be an appropriate addition to the back of the book.
The non-fiction volume is nicely organized into readable chunks of text, each with an accompanying heading or subheading that helps in navigating the book. The author manages to present the information in a welcoming, pleasant manner while still offering a challenge for everyone to live a healthier life. The book even goes into detail on how to stay away from the “dirty or lazy keto diet” by avoiding processed foods, sharing how this can be done successfully on a budget using six easy steps.
The work nicely introduces the concepts of a keto diet and intermittent fasting without looking at exactly what ketosis involves on a more technical level or exploring the religious or other reasons for fasting. It assumes an interest in both diets and expounds from there, sharing the pros and cons to both systems through the three-body-type framework of somatotypes—ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs.
The book comes off as making no particular “call to action,” despite focusing on what can be a very polarizing topic. Rather, readers are left to make their own decisions about which somatotype they are, how they decide to budget for their diet, and whether they feel a keto or an intermittent fasting diet will help.
The work could use a thorough editing, though, as words are misspelled in places and sentences are chopped into fragments. The book might also benefit from being divided into actual chapters, with the keto diet and intermittent fasting occupying their own space, to where the table of contents includes greater organizational structure and thus becomes that much easier to navigate.
Each body type is examined without bias, and the author makes a point of loving the body as it is rather than setting unrealistic goals or expectations. The Full Cycle is perfect for readers looking for a quick read that offers tips, pointers, and warnings about the potential dangers and benefits of two popular diets. The tone is casual and relaxed, the layout is clear and consistent, and the approach is balanced and easy-to-follow.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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