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This has all been said before...
on 30 April 2015
I really admire John Briffa’s previous book, Escape The Diet Trap, and came to it after being a fan of his articles in The Times. He’s no-nonsense, writes really, really well, and backs everything up with sound science, often critiquing studies which are widely and blindly quoted elsewhere. If there was any sense in the world ETDT would be given away by the NHS. A small investment in a few thousand copies of this paperback would save £millions of everyone’s taxes.
So therefore I approached this book with the above in mind but I was a bit disappointed. It is still well written, well structured, and supported by plenty of research (that he also takes the care to thoroughly explain to readers) but I don’t really feel that it delivers on its title.
This is still a general health book that feels like it has been forced a bit into a worklife pigeonhole. Whilst all the advice is sound, it will improve your life in general and not just in the office. It had no tips that really applied to an office environment (although admittedly it doesn’t claim to be a business book).
The first substantial chapter also repeats a lot of what is already in ETDT. And there is also a lot of stuff about exercise that is also in ETDT.
So, I hate to say this about a writer who I really admire, but this book was a bit money-for-oldish-rope. Sorry.