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I should know better than to buy a book near its release date because all the 5 star ratings are phony. After reading and enjoying How Not To Die, I looked forward to reading this book, but was sadly disappointed. This was the most boring, useless book around. 570 pages of technical, scientific junk no one wants to read about for hours on end. Most of it was filled with repetitive scientific studies where there was no real answer one way or another-most about what NOT to do and what DOESN’T work than what does. Do I really need to read about 82 different studies on fasting??? If you insist on buying the book anyway, save yourself hours of torture by skipping to page 558 and reading the last 12 pages-his “twenty-one tweaks”...it says the same thing that the 557 previous pages said. Very disappointed-waste of $22
very repetitive content,does not get to the point in a timeley manner, and should just have been put straight into universities as a reference book, and even students may have the same view as me boring......
Full of a lot of useless information. The 21 tweaks are ridiculous and impossible to stick to. I refuse to be this obsessed with my diet. I’m already eating WFPB and this added nothing to my experience.
I was really hyped about getting this book due to the reviews and one of the author's videos online. I knew it was going to be going to be about adopting a more plant based diet and I was OK with that. But I was hoping for more advice about HOW TO DO IT. That I didn't get. It was basically 1) Here's the science. That's a great approach but I am not an academic. He could have summarized more. He is way too enamored of showing off his research skills rather than providing help. 2) The science says you should just become a vegan, so go do it. Great, if I had the willpower to make that radical a change, I wouldn't need your book. There was very little about the cognitive behavior changes that would be required. Also, he says he is not making any money off of this. I don't care if he is or isn't, but his website makes him look like a huckster. It is hard to navigate and makes you go through repetitive steps to sign up for stuff to get any additional information at all. So I really have wound up with not help from this at all.
Very nice points in the book but just way too long and boring to read. I wish I had a book sifter that could just sift out just the few good short points in the book and leave all the rest out (the studies, the long scientific explanations...). Another point that did bother me though was how he explains some things based on evolution. In his own words- ''nothing in biology makes sense without evolution''. For example, he writes that logically a person should just eat exactly what he needs and not overeat ,especially in our time that we have so much food and don't need to worry about when our next meal is coming from. However, because our old ancestors from a million years ago (some gorilla I guess) didn't have this abundance (because they didn't know how to hunt) and they would eat any food they found for fear that they wouldn't have food later, therefore a natural tendency to stock up on food got baked in to the genes and we inherited it. You call this groundbreaking science? You don't need the unwise theory of evolution to explain why people eat a lot of food. Its very simple. Humans have a tendency to overdo things that they enjoy whenever there is availability, just like the many other pleasures and desires we have, you name it. Humans have a desire to overdo pleasures regardless of the consequences. So give him lots of food and he will eat it all. So sad how one chooses so called ''ground breaking science'' (i.e. theory's without even 100% evidence) over common sense. Not everything needs a study or theory; just a little simple common sense. Altogether I am surprized how such an intelligent person like Dr. Greger could be an evolutionist.
I was not expecting something that was written very much like a bland school book. I looked through it and just had to return it. I really thought there would be places I could go in the book and pick up ideas about healthy items to add to my lifestyle, but you really have to have the time to read this cover to cover - at least it certainly appears that way. Not for me.