Insightful, knowledgeable, relatable.
That’s the three words that come to me having read Phil Graham’s book titled “The Diabetic Muscle and Fitness Guide”.
For those of you unaware Phil is a Type 1 Diabetic himself, having been diagnosed back in 2009 at the age of 16 who is now a competitive bodybuilder and Sports Nutritionist and has worked with thousands of clients improving their body composition.
His book – which I believe is the first of its kind – covers a wide range of topics from his own story, to what the different types of diabetes are and the medications available currently, mindset strategies, nutrition principles, exercise information and plenty of useful tips for day to day management. Upon pre-ordering this book almost a year ago, I was very excited to get my hands on it and read it.
It is completely fair to say Phil has crammed a huge amount of valuable information within this book to help anyone who reads it understand diabetes more.
Now whenever I read something on Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes I always try and read it as if I was starting out with Diabetes for the first time as well as how I am 5 years down the line. I think all content produced on this subject should cover these two fundamental aspects as it’s more likely those starting out will know less and it’s always vital to keep learning.
Phil’s book delivers on all fronts. It goes into incredible detail on what the disease/ condition is as well as covering all bases when it comes to building a healthy, sustainable and manageable lifestyle to help improve your diabetic management. He doesn’t sugar coat it either – this disease requires a level of effort to manage and Phil respects the reader enough to assume that if they’re reading this book – they’re ready to either change their lifestyle around, or take their diabetes management to a better level.
With regards to Nutrition and Training Phil shows off his vast knowledge on the subject. The book is laid out in straightforward terms that is easy to understand and with the online members area coming early 2017 (which promises meal plans and exercise regimes), allows the reader to have a higher level of knowledge on how what they eat and how they exercise effects their blood sugar levels. There is also an book resource area on his website (available here) which provides downloadable nutrition calculators and workout guides based on your level of experience.
There is a HUGE amount of information in this book and some of it can be overwhelming – I honestly believe it could be condensed to half it’s size and still provide amazing value but I fully appreciate that Phil does not want to leave any stone unturned. There are some very detailed aspects, particularly behind the physiology of diabetes, which can be skipped over and you’d still be able to take a lot of information away from this book.
My one main concern is that any personal trainers or coaches that read this book, who don’t have any experience with diabetes directly, may think that having read this they know everything that there is to know about the disease due to it’s level of detail. For anyone reading this that think that, I promise you, you do not. Diabetes is an incredibly complicated condition to live with and while Phil has had a fantastic go at explaining it, living with it is a whole other story. However, what is will do is provide a solid, detailed base for coaches, and anyone else who reads it, to deepen their knowledge on the subject so they’ll be able to talk to a diabetic with a good level of background knowledge – which can only ever be a positive thing.
Overall – I think this book is a must read for any diabetic alongside other texts such as “Think Like a Pancreas” by Gary Scheiner. From my knowledge, there is no other book quite like this out there and having someone who is a Type 1 Diabetic and a Sport Nutritionist who trains clients on a daily basis is as good an author to write this as any. If you’re into your fitness, health and overall wellbeing as a diabetic – there aren’t too many literary resources out there quite as extensive and comprehensive as this.
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