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Yes I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight but the main things I’ve gained from this book and the eating recommendations are no more IBS or feeling internally inflamed every day, clearer skin, more energy and better moods. I also enjoyed reading about Pioppi and their lifestyle, sure some of it feels unattainable if you’re on a hamster wheel of work etc but acknowledging that we have a lot to learn about various areas of life, in our food and environment, is vital if we want to age healthily. I have a history of type 2 diabetes in my family and I really believe cutting out refined carbs and sugar has improved my health in the short- and long-term. I also have endometriosis and even my periods and PMS are better: less stomach cramps and general bodily pain. The reason I’ve knocked off a star is because the book is entirely male-focused (don’t care if people read this as a feminist comment, it’s just a fact) and thus doesn’t acknowledge the differing physical and hormonal needs between men and women. Yes this is anecdotal evidence but I feel hugely better so would recommend this book and concept to everyone openminded enough to try it. I’d love to meet a naysayer who has actually tried the darn thing.
No value at all in this book - not for the lay person (who may find the amount of information overwhelming) and not for the scientist (who will find the quality of the information and referencing poor and the text unreliable). It is written dogmatically - as a preacher’s sermon (or, in this case, two preachers). The writing is disjointed. The main content you buy the book for - diet advice - is a handful of pages. This is not the Pioppi diet. They don’t use avocados or coconut oil in Pioppi. They also don’t base their diet on Indian spices (clearly Aseem’s addition). It’s a con. There is no mention of pulses in the book! Should we eat them or not? Aseem’s weekly menu includes them but the diet pages of the book don’t give any clear guidance. Lots of punctuation errors sack the proof-reader. Poor effort guys! As a University Senior Lecturer I give you an F - try again!
Good book and an easy read: the recipes are good and very tasty. My husband and I did the 21 day plan and lost 12lbs and 9 lbs respectively. The main thing for me was reducing my body fat to within the healthy zone and my BMI down to 22. Will definitely adopt the principles of the book. Would recommend reading the science before jumping to the recipes
I lost 13 kg in 3 months,along with exercise - at least 30minutes walking daily. No carbs at all, no sweet things at all. Lots of green vegetables, and one day fasting. Had high blood sugar and was reversed, back to normal. I decided to lose weight as I did not want to be diabetic, and it works for me! I really have changed my eating. I appreciate it might not work for everyone, but I am overweight and the advice, 'you should not feel hungry' was good for me. Christmas has been hard going though! Will be stricter again.
Very interesting! This book is about lifestyle as well as diet since it is the combination of the two that leads to health - as evidenced by the long-living citizens of Pioppi in Italy. It dispels some myths (such as about cholesterol and fats) and reminds us what healthy eating really should be about - fresh food and a total reduction in sugar intake! The book is easy to read, has summaries of the key point of each chapter at the end of the chapter and includes some lovely recipes. I would strongly recommend.
A lot of reading here before you get to the recipe section but it's worth it, and makes sense, this is a combination of the Mediterranean and low carb diet, which adds up to a better way of eating and a glass of good red wine too!!!
This is a really thought provoking read and is about lifestyle change not just what you eat. Don’t read this if you want a quick fix weight loss programme but do read it if you want to change your life. It is especially good if you also watch the film The Big Fat Fix which really brings it to life.
The subject matter of this book is really important. He exposes what has been known for years but the food industry just wants to sell junk. After reading this book you will eat better and feel better.