“Gain Weight Naturally”
(No longer being sold that I can find – Thankfully!)
Author: Alex Bersinski
Price: $ ?
Format: E-Book (Electronic Delivery)
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It took me just this ebook’s opening paragraph to start questioning its merits. And by the end of the introduction, I had convincingly identified it as a joke of a product.
First off, there is reference to a “panel of experts” that are bringing this ebook to me. Panel of experts? That’s impressive.
But I have to ask, just who sits on this panel?
No effort is made to answer that obvious question except to state that half are involved in the “complete scientific study of food” and half are accomplished weight gainers.
In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I have to call B.S. on this. My guess is that this panel consists only of the multiple personalities of Alex Bersinski (the Bersinskis). Otherwise, wouldn’t some of the referenced “writers” be a little ticked that only Alex got the writing credit?
(It could, of course, be alternatively argued that a “real” distinguished panel wouldn’t wish to have their names associated with the product. In fact, in the ebook’s disclaimer, you find out that Alex Bersinski isn’t the authors real name but instead a pen name – he didn’t want his real name associated with it either.)
Secondly, at the end of the introduction for “Gain Weight Naturally”, a pitch is made for weight gain pills. Yep, the Bersinskis aren’t done trying to get you to spend money on worthless products. I could certainly excuse Alex alone for not recognizing the scam nature of such products, but the entire panel?
Not one stood up and said…
“If we intend to be taken seriously as an expert panel on weight gain, wouldn’t it be best NOT to try and so obviously sucker people into paying outrageous money for a product that is nothing more than marketing hype combined with a cheap multi-vitamin? Even if we can make a lot of money by doing so? Wouldn’t doing so just destroy our credibility?”
Pretty crappy panel if no one voiced that concern.
Enough with the introduction and on to the rest of the ebook. English is clearly the Bersinskis second language. This makes for some rocky reading but, for the most part, it is comprehensible. And that’s the only positive thing I can say about it.
Most of the ebook reads like a nutrition textbook, or really like someone looked at a nutrition textbook and then rewrote certain parts in his own words. A lot of tables are taken from government websites and reprinted in the ebook. In some places, the Bersinskis abandon the rewriting and just go ahead and reprint excerpts from their questionable sources (questionable not on their merits but questionable in their relevance to helping someone gain weight).
All total, you get a choppy, sloppy look at basic nutrition theory.
The authors’ attempts to relate that theory to how one should approach weight gain is awkward at best. The goal should be to take complicated language and concepts and present them back in layman’s terms. And then to accurately relate that knowledge to the goal of weight gain, providing practical and useful knowledge to the person interested in using such information in the pursuit of building up their body.
This isn’t what the Bersinskis do. Instead, they take that complicated stuff and present it back in broken-English, actually making it more complicated and confusing. If you didn’t understand basic nutrition before, you certainly won’t after reading this ebook.
The one thing this ebook is glaringly devoid of is any unique insight. I am unconvinced that the Bersinskis have any applicable experience from which to draw on. I’d also guess that they have less practical knowledge on the subject then the majority of their target market. There are goofy assumptions and downright idiotic conclusions throughout the ebook.
The exercise portion is ridiculous, about equivalent to the depth you might see in a third grade physical education class.
There really isn’t even a plan presented in the book (probably for the best). The advertised bonuses are more of the same.
1 of 5 Stars: Reading this ebook is a waste of time and will likely put you further away from your weight gain goals.
Obviously, I hate it. “Gain Weight Naturally” is a ridiculous product. Unfortunately, judging by the fact that I see it continuously advertised, it sells. And I know exactly who it sells to – it sells to those skinny people who immediately tune out any and all weight gain information that comes from the bodybuilding world. Show them a picture of some biceps and you’ve lost them. Show them a fork with noodles wrapped around it and you’ve got their attention.
They have misconceptions about exactly what bodybuilding is, thinking that it means that they have to become huge muscular creatures, that they have to take steroids, that they have to be in the gym 8 hours a day, etc. For the record, bodybuilding can be accurately defined as “pursuing physique change through diet and training practices.” It doesn’t mean you have to pursue change to the extreme.
Under the umbrella of “bodybuilding techniques,” you will find the most effective ways to gain healthy muscle weight. They will work whether your goals are to add a little or a lot, whether you want to be noticed at the beach or just want people to stop calling you “bones.”
A bit of disclaimer – there is certainly no lack of “crappy” information in the bodybuilding world, I’m not trying to suggest there isn’t. Stick to the good sources though, and that is where you will find the information you need to put on quality weight.
(No Longer Being Sold That I Can Find)
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