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Big Fat Lies: How The Diet Industry Is Making You Sick, Fat & Poor [Kindle Edition]

David Gillespie
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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'Diets and exercise won't help us lose weight. Vitamins and minerals are a waste of money and sometimes downright dangerous. Sugar makes us fat and sick. And polyunsaturated fat gives us cancer and works with sugar to give us heart disease. This book exists because I desperately hope that with a little knowledge we can all vote with out feet and change the rules of the game before the game kills us.' For decades we've been told to eat less, exercise more, eat less saturated fat, eat more polyunsaturated oils, and take vitamin and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. For decades this is what we've done, but the rates of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancer have never been higher. The real culprits, David Gillespie tells us, are sugar and polyunsaturated oils. Analysing the latest scientific evidence, he shows us why the outlines a plan to avoid them both without missing out or 'dieting'. Gillespie exposes the powerful role the multibillion-dollar food, health and diet industries have played in promoting the health messages we follow or feel guilty about not following. Discovering the truth about diets, exercise, supplements and processed food is your first step towards improved health, greater happiness and a longer life for you and your family. 'Gillespie is an informed and entertaining writer who makes his subject fascinating, and inspires with his passion and logic.' G MAGAZINE

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: e-penguin (22 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Gillespie is a recovering corporate lawyer, former co-founder of a successful software company and investor in several software startups.

He is also the father of six young children (including one set of twins). With such a lot of extra time on his hands, and 40 extra kilos on his waistline, he set out to investigate why he, like so many in his generation, was fat.

He deciphered the latest medical findings on diet and weight gain and what he found was chilling. Being fat was the least of his problems. He needed to stop poisoning himself.

His first book, Sweet Poison, published in 2008 is widely credited with starting the current Australian wave of anti-sugar sentiment. His most recent book, Toxic Oil, takes the arguments in Sweet Poison and extends them to the widespread use of seed oils in the modern diet.

In his next book, Free Schools, David applies his investigative skills to solving one of the other great problems every parent knows well - how to choose the best school for their kids.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH BOY - This is brilliant 11 Mar. 2013
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Oh boy...this is brilliant. I have had a passion for nutrition for 20 yrs and I have scoured literature, references, medical and nutritional literature. If this man has not got it right we are doomed. Take responsibility or st least live by his research and let the results speak for them selves. BARBARA NOLAN COLLINS
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this will change your life 24 Feb. 2015
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Having read the Sweet poison quit plan I had already given up fructose (and feeling great and slimmer for it after only a week), but now I will be seriously scrutinising the food I buy and eat for seed oils (sunflower, vegetable etc). It is a crime what the food industry is doing to us and I thank the author for highlighting it here for us. It is particularly galling to read that if sugar and seed oils were being introduced now into the food chain on a commercial basis, they probably would not pass food safety standards. It is an absolute disgrace and we should all be justifiably angry at those manufacturers who put money over health time and time again and trick us into thinking they are giving us healthy options.
To be healthy, lose weight (if you need to) and avoid as much as possible the 21st century diseases of diabetes (type 2), cancer, heart disease, strokes, dementia, do this:

1. Don't eat sugar (fruit is allowed as long as it is whole) unless it is glucose/dextrose (fructose is the one to avoid)
2. Do not drink sugar (milk, water, Lucozade original and most types of alcohol are fine)
3. Use butter, olive oil, coconut oil and animal fats in your diet- do not touch margarine and other vegetable oils-they are literally killing you. This so especially important for women who wish to have children some day as the level of polyunsaturated fat in the body can and does damage babies.

Thank you David Gillespie
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 21 Jan. 2014
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A lighter humoured, unbiased look at the darker side of modern nutrition and diet regimes. Great fun to read and very difficult to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth at last 11 Feb. 2014
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I've read a lot of the citations and am amazed the food industry has got away with it.
Don't just read the book. Follow up on the scientific papers - you will be horrified.
Also read Fat Chance - why we get fat, by Dr Robert Lustig.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book...Very interesting! 9 Feb. 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book and found it really understandable and through provoking. I do work in a health-related area but I've never really come across this straight to the point information with evidence to back it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Fat Lies 25 Aug. 2013
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I find it a great shame that one can't obtain this in book form in UK. I managed, through an Australian friend, to obtain a copy of The Sweet Poison Quit Plan, published by Penguin, Australia, which is so much easier to refer back and forwards. However, I will persevere! As a matter of interest, I have lost 19 lbs in weight since May! Maureen Hargrave.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book. 18 Jun. 2013
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This is a book everybody should read. It is informative, illuminating and presented in a totally understandable way. He manages to combine statistics with humour which make it very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fight your fat 25 Mar. 2015
By Nan
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Yet another of this author's delightful informative nutrition books. He really is a brave man ! After urging us to quite correctly give up sugar,he now urges us to give up fats including dreaded seed oils. He produces valid reasons but never makes it boring. In fact it is rather like sitting down and having a one to one chat with him . The book is very informative and extremely helpful if you are in a quandary as to what to eat once you learn what you should not be eating. I truly wish I had been able to read this year's ago! If only doctors' surgeries had a library attached to them where people could get help with nutrition once they are diagnosed with such problems. David talks about eating healthy not just if you are trying to lose weight. I I may add that following his advice to shop around the " outside" of the supermarket ( where all the good natural foods are like veg,breads etc) that our weekly shopping bill has dropped dramatically and once again I am back in the kitchen enjoying some homemade ,wholesome foods instead of buying stuff with the awful added commercial muck! Do buy and read this book whatever age or sex you are!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Recommended to everyone who eats food!
Ditch the fructose and the seed oils and take back control of our own appetites. Not easy but the pros outweigh the cons - allegedly....
Published 4 months ago by LisaD
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener
I found this fascinating. Having read sweet poison recently and become an avid label reader and friends and family might say a no sugar convert, (evangelist even) I am now... Read more
Published 4 months ago by c archer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very easy to understand, but hard to believe, well worth a read
Published 5 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
David Gillespie's are opening my eyes and change my life!
Published 5 months ago by Julia Dinca
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver
READ THIS BOOK!!! It might just save your life
Published 5 months ago by James Happe
3.0 out of 5 stars Deranged!
Good but largely irrelevant. Lots of information regarding yoru favourite packaged foods - as if the idea never entered his mind to avoid packaged foods!
Published 8 months ago by Fiddler
5.0 out of 5 stars really interested stuff - I've been following it for a ...
really interested stuff - I've been following it for a few months and have lost tons of weight - an eye-opener
Published 8 months ago by Carocaro
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you thought about food is wrong
A clear, non-crazy look at sugar and oil and the harm they do. Easier to read than Robert Lustig and only slightly less authoritative. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrs beverley Patton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book- a real eye opener
Brilliant book- a real eye opener
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read.
Published 10 months ago by Badger42
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