Bodydoctor Review

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In his book “The Bodydoctor,” David Marshall promises the readers that in six weeks they can loose five inches off their waists, lose a stone and double their fitness.  This compact, full-color manual was written by a celebrity trainer who has worked with numerous stars and British supermodels. London’s Sunday Express newspaper called Marshall, “the gym’s answer to The Naked Chef.” The program outlined in the book includes exercise sequences that anyone can use regardless of level of fitness. The Bodydoctor claims you will see astonishing results purely because it teaches you how to maximize your energy expenditure. All you need is basic equipment. The program also offers a diet plan, and the combination of fitness and nutrition is intended to help the reader lose weight faster than they ever thought possible.

David Marshall is one of the biggest names in fitness in the United Kingdom. His Bodydoctor gym in London is frequented by celebrities, pop stars and models looking for quick results. Marshall also serves as a government adviser on health in state schools and hospitals. Twenty-five years of Marshall’s personal research have gone into the creation of Bodydoctor.

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The Bodydoctor by David Marshall was written as a comprehensive guide to weight loss and exercise. At 192 pages, this food and fitness manual includes an exercise section written by Marshall and a meal planning and advice section written by a nutritionist. The exercises in Bodydoctor use some gym equipment including the Swiss Ball and hand weights.  Exercises must be done in the stated order so the muscles are worked in the right sequence. There are photos to accompany each exercise in order to make them understandable. The Bodydoctor diet plan is based on the idea of consuming low glycemic index foods. It also addresses the problems with sugar and insulin that many people feel prevent them from losing weight. The Bodydoctor is written in a conversational, chatty tone which extends to the section on interviews and case studies featuring Marshall’s celebrity clients. The book is available on for about 25 British Pounds or $34.

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  • The Bodydoctor was written by an experience personal trainer with an impressive client list.
  • The Bodydoctor contains both fitness and nutrition advice.


  • On its own, The Bodydoctor does not offer any kind of specific tools for maintaining motivation, fighting cravings or suppressing the appetite.
  • The online reader reviews for The Bodydoctor are inconsistent. Average users seem to like it, while professional trainers are markedly less enthusiastic.


The Bodydoctor is a relatively short read. The pages are laid out with large full-color photos and little text. From what can be seen of the book online it seems to be not much more than an illustrated exercise manual. There is a nutrition section, but little information was available online about that feature. The name of the nutritionist who contributed to this book was also not readily available. The marketing strategy for The Bodydoctor relies a lot on mentioning David Marshall’s celebrity clients and their success stories. But the average reader, who doesn’t have access to the personal assistants, chefs, trainers and stylists that celebrities rely on, might want more reassurance that a program will work, and the marketing for The Bodydoctor just doesn’t supply that. Fitness books, even the very good ones, are not necessarily weight loss tools. They rely too much on self-motivation to keep users involved in their programs. They don’t address the food cravings and energy slumps that may cause dieters to give up on their goals. Overall fitness is a great thing, but the consumer seeking weight loss as well may need to add a supplement to help them burn fat and boost metabolism. There are a number of proven, well-researched diet aids on the market that would serve the needs of those consumers. Look for real clinical research over celebrity endorsements to find the best product for your needs.

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