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HOW NOT TO DIET is a whoppingly big book with an enormous amount of information on health and diet(ing). It's essentially a metanalysis of around 5,000 peer reviewed research articles so everything in the book is evidence-based. I must admit to skimming a sizeable proportion of the book as it's a tough read to go from cover to cover. It's encyclopaedic and would make an informative book to dip in to when needed, although, the author does provide a checklist of items to implement to be healthy. It does feel a bit overwhelming, and I'm not convinced it would be easy to implement all the suggestions. And I'd guess most readers (including me) will have difficulty knowing whether the interpretations of research data provided are accurate or not. The process of writing the book, described by the author, certainly has the characteristics of a rigorous approach. I'd love a professional dietician to read and review the book but, I'd informally recommend it for anyone interested in diet and weight loss.
I got this on audible and while I’m a physician and am eager for the information, and was looking forward to the outcome of all the research mining- the reading style is unfortunately so annoying I couldn’t stomach it and got the hardcover. Excellent information and well written but read it for yourself. The audible version has the reader sounding like he’s about to gag every few sentences, constant emphases and pauses - and then speeds up randomly and sporadically, so increasing the speed to get through the pauses makes it inaudible. Really happy about the content though. I felt this author did himself a huge disservice in not getting a professional reader for this very valuable material. I would have given 5 stars were it not for the audible version.
Overall a very useful book. Sometimes it veers into tub-thumping vegan mantras. I'm not sure most of us will want to replace all our small treats with flavoured vinegar. But there's plenty to enjoy and lots of learn.
This book is very educational regarding what we need to put into our bodies to stay healthy. Portion sizes etc. I found some very useful information in this book that i had no idea about. Great choice for anyone who wants to stay healthy and live longer.
Dr Greger is my favorite doc, because he sticks to the science. He and his team of nutrition nerds bring valuable - usually hidden - information to the public. I will always be grateful to them. The content of this book is again highly informative. I especially like the focus on health, but I understand this book might not be for everyone. It is not simple. Also, I can't help but thinking the contents might be triggering for people with eating disorders. Although while following his suggestions day to day there is no calorie count, the book speaks A LOT about calories... My advice: read it, try to understand it, choose what would be applicable and feasible long term to you in order to improve your health and weight (if that is your goal), and then forget it and relax... Don't obsess over following every trick (Talking about tricks, some of them sounded " too much" - e.g the sleeping arrangement... ).