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Print Length: 354 pages
Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (March 4, 2014)
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
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This is perhaps the best book about dieting that I have ever read. Period.To start with, it isn't a diet book. Most of those are, essentially, gimmicks. Don't eat after 8pm. No carbs! No grains! No fat! No fruit! Only fruit! No foods with the letter E! Subway three meals a day! Cabbage soup before every meal! All of those, each and every one of them, is a way to trick you into, in fact, reducing calories. Period. This is no magic there. Which is why these books sell and work, at least for a short time.So. No two-week-diet-plan at the end of the book. Oh there are some recipes, but they feel there just because, there is no OMG, these are the very best recipes that will help you...What Dr Freedhoff did, in this book, is identify problems, and give solutions, and helps everyone find their own path as a dieter.There is SO much in this book, and I'm going to only highlight the two things that I found the most helpful.Dr Freedhoff is aware that some of us are what he calls survivors of "traumatic dieting". We're the ones who've tried and failed, tried to be perfect, and failed, whose self-esteem, if it were a geologic era, would be somewhere around the Cretaceous. His "solution"? A 10 day reset of expectations at the start of a diet.Oh, for most of us, it would take more than 10 days, which is probably the only gimmick in the book. To do this right will take longer, because it is not just the planning of meals and trips to the supermarket, but the emotional breaking down of years of a crappy relationship with food, our bodies, and dieting. The tools are there.This "10" days reset, btw, will work no matter what brand of weird diet you want to choose for weight loss, from Weight Watchers to South Beach.
It can be hard to write something that you know will be panned. My true love is science but I’m also interested in pseudo-science like Intelligent Design and in religion. I know that when I review a book like Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God that at least half the responses will be negative which drives down my rating. So be it.I wonder if Freedhoff felt something similar when writing The Diet Fix. We know what healthy nutrition looks like and Freedhoff has done an excellent job in one more time describing it. There is nothing truly novel in the book and that is a problem for many people. There are, what?, fifty feet of shelf space at Barnes and Noble given over to books about nutrition? How do you market a book, however excellent, that doesn’t offer magic pills, esoteric solutions, and pure goofiness? What Freedhoff does very well is outline what good nutrition and good health look like. What he offers in the book is another method – the Ten Day Reset – to get you on track and keep you there. Lest you wonder if anyone needs another book about real health then consider the current state of fitness and disease in America. If any of those books lining that fifty feet lead to any success other than increasing the bank accounts of their writers and publishers we certainly don’t see it in the waistlines or blood work of most people.The Ten Day Reset is not a diet but a first step in a life style change. This isn’t a thirty day plan. The author recognizes the interplay of all areas of life and touches on exercise, cooking, life style, and your sense of well being. He acknowledges that a small subset of the population has food allergies and sensitivities but argues that past and current food fads are, well, fads.
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