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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (7 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749919205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749919207
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, CHNC pioneers new approaches to health and nutrition. He is the founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (Europe's leading training centre for nutritional therapists), is Chief Executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation and the author of over 30 books.

He is widely regarded as Britain's best-selling author and leading spokesman on nutrition and mental health issues, hence being frequently quoted in national newspapers from the Daily Mail to the Guardian. Patrick is also popular on radio shows and national television as a presenter, interviewer and guest.

Patrick started his academic career in the field of psychology. While completing his bachelor degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of York, he researched the role of nutrition in mental health and illness. He became a student of the late Dr Carl Pfeiffer, director of Princeton's Brain Bio Center, and later a student of Dr Abram Hoffer, Director of the International Schizophrenia Foundation in Canada, who were leading the field in mental health and nutrition. In 1980 he started treating mental health patients with nutritional medicine.

In 1984 Patrick founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), a charitable and independent educational trust for the furtherance of education and research in nutrition. Today, ION is the largest training school in the UK offering a diploma course in nutritional therapy and is widely respected as a leading edge organisation by professionals and media alike. Patrick formed a relationship with the late Dr Linus Pauling, who became the Patron of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

In 1986, Patrick started researching the effects of nutrition on intelligence, collaborating with Gwillym Roberts, a headmaster and student at ION. This culminated in a randomised controlled trial testing the effects of improved nutrition on children's IQ - an experiment that was the subject of a Horizon documentary and published in the Lancet in 1988. This study was the first of its kind in the world and considerably raised awareness of the role of nutrition in intelligence.

During his years as director of ION, Patrick ran many educational campaigns that brought attention to the importance of zinc and pyrolluyria, disglycaemia, antioxidants, methylation and homocysteine, IgG food allergies, essential fats in mental health - factors still greatly underestimated in the treatment of mental illness. Patrick retired as Director of ION in 1997 to focus on writing, teaching and researching.

Patrick was awarded an honorary Diploma from ION and is also an Honorary Fellow of BANT (the British Association of Nutritional Therapists), and a Member of CHNC (The Complementary and Natural
Healthcare Council). In 2003 he founded the Brain Bio Centre at ION, a treatment centre pioneering the optimum nutrition approach for mental health, to formalise the treatment of mental health with nutrition and to act as a research centre. The Brain Bio centre is owned by the Food for the Brain Foundation, a registered education charity set up by Patrick to promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition. In 2007, Patrick was appointed Patron of South African Association for Nutritional Therapy, and in 2014 he was inducted onto the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame.

Patrick lectures and conducts workshops throughout the world on a wide range of topics, to the public, health professionals and the medical profession. In the UK he presents around 50 workshops and lectures a year. His knowledge, personality and enthusiasm, together with his strong scientific approach, helps him to stimulate lively debates, simplifying complex issues and help the public and professionals expand their understanding of health issues. Patrick is frequently involved in government campaigns and debates concerning optimum nutrition.

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'After the first few days I began to feel wonderful alert and fit and thoroughly detoxified.' (Sunday Times) ' Weight loss 10lbs in four weeks., Nobody had that weak and wobbly feeling associated with dieting. Weight loss varied from 3lbs to 7lbs (per week).' (She magazine)

About the Author

Patrick Holford is founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. He is Britain's top nutrition expert and is the author of over 20 health books.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Having been a personal trainer for many years I am constantly looking for nutrition plans that can enhance my clients results. I have been a great believer in Barry Sear's Zone diet and it is refreshing to see Patrick Holford applying his nutritional knowledge to Sear's theory. This book basically reworks the Zone diet in a slightly less restrictive way with more interesting food choices.
I use this way of eating myself and find it works. I recommend it to anyone who needs to lose body fat. If you only stick to it 5 days out of 7 you'll still see great results.
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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct. 2001
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Sadly I am one of those girls who has tried very many diets. Finally I realised that there is no easy way and I should think about changing my bad eating habits. This book has helped me change the way I eat and as a result I have lost the weight.
It provides a good range of ideas for meals over a 4 weeks period which I found very helpful. I was introduced to new foods that I would never normally have looked at in the supermarket, and now this has become my lifestyle.
One of the reviews stated that with such small portion sizes, she does not see a 20oz piece of chicken filling her, but you would be surprised, becuase you can fill yourself up on salad and veggies. And lets face it, most people over eat anyway so cutting your portion sizes would seem very difficult to start, but once you are used to it, you wont feel hungry.
I found this way of eating gave me a lot of energy, cleared my skin and made me feel better about myself, especially when the kg's started to come off. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about loosing weight, but also wanting a healthier lifestyle.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 1999
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Excellent ideas, very simply presented. I think the validity of the ideas for changing your diet are let down by the style of the book, which makes it appear another 'faddy' diet which it is not. (Also the number of typos and mistakes rather detract from the book..he should change publisher!) However, the diet is excellent..for once here is a diet which actually makes you feel better, brighter and more alert. Despite the slight caveats regarding presentation,if you are looking for a diet book then I recommend this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Kraft on 10 Mar. 2008
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I've just lost 4 stones with this. The only way to do it is to cut the bad habits that are killing you. If British culture is overloaded with binge drinking, cigarette puffing, meat eating slobs then that's why they are dying too young. Holford is sending out a message that is loud and clear but if you don't want to accept it you'll not change. The foods are calorie restrictive yet bursting with maximum nutrition and therein lies the secret of the diet - you won't be hungry but you'll be satisfied and healthy. You MUST try this, you will not be disappointed.

Another excellent book from a true genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Polly Pocket on 12 Oct. 2010
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one of the most life changing books ever to come across my desk (literally)
It made perfect sense from page one and I have now different thinking habits never mind eating ones. My taste buds have changed completely and I can sniff out sugarloaded foods at 50 paces. This is now a lifestyle for me not a pick up when you want to lose weight diet book. The biggest addiction in my life was caffine however many times I'd tried to give it up and could just not kick it, well I don't even enjoy the taste of coffee now after 5 full months of no stimulant intake whatsoever! Amazing! I've bought 3 extra copies for family and friends who have been so impressed with the way I look and how much weight I've lost, they want their own book too. A 'must' to keep referrring back to, time and time again.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By milesfb on 6 Mar. 2006
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I bought this book because the other reviews said it was great and it really works.
After having tried it now for nearly three weeks I have had some good results. However it has draw backs, hence the 3 star rating.
Firstly the book tends to push you to buy supplements from one particular manufacturer, more than others mentioned.
Secondly the recipes in the back of the book, whilst fairly delicious, sometimes have inaccurate quantities for the ingredients. By this I mean that some recipes have huge quantities for certain ingredients, while others have enough ingredients just for one. However it does not state at the start of each recipe how many people it’s meant to serve. So you can end up wondering if the huge meal you’ve made your self is meant for just one person or may be more. When you’re trying to loose weight quantity is rather critical.
Thirdly, the book can tend to be a little vague on how you are meant to undertake certain cooking methods. For example the paragraph on steam frying seems slightly unclear on how long you are meant to steam fry food for.
Lastly, and this is the main criticism, the book states you should try to completely break the addiction to alcohol, chocolate, sugar and cigarettes. Whilst I agree with the latter, you cannot be expected to completely sacrifice these pleasures in life – chocolate and alcohol is a very big part of British culture. Also it does not really offer any informal regime as such for when you can cheat. It just recommends you cut these addictions as soon and as best you can. There have been other diet books which factor in luxuries such as this.
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