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on 4 September 2014
Matt Stone's work makes intuitive and logical sense. No doubt I damaged my own metabolism through some 20 years of on-off dieting - I've done everything from raw vegan to paleo to IF and VLCDs. Weight comes off, and always goes back on. Over the years, the losses become harder, and gains become easier. I picked up this book twice. The first time I only got a few chapters in, as I did not want to be told what I needed was a "High Everything Diet" - I would instantly become a whale, I was sure. Some months later I stumbled upon multiple solid pieces of research showing that dieting is actually predictive of weight gain, so I swore off dieting forever. That's when I picked up the book a second time, and read it through.
My guess is that not everyone will like Matt's style. He's informal and pulls no punches in trashing every diet system out there. As a bit of a paleo enthusiast, I found that a little difficult to swallow at first. If you're precious about a particular diet or way of eating, bear with him, as he's got some important and impactful stuff to say. Also, I would have liked to see less anecdotal examples of success, and some wider studies done to test out his work. With those caveats, I can share my own experience, which has been... unexpected.
Within the first week of following the advice in this book, my body temperature rose from about 95/96 degrees F, to 99. My hands and feet are warm for the first time I can remember. Within 2 weeks I'd shed all my water retention, and I'm at a loss how that happened, as my experience has always been low carb = low water, high carb = cankles. Perhaps the oddest effect is that after 5 days of "aggressive re-feeding" as he calls it, I lost all interest in eating, and it became an effort. I have had 20 long years battling appetite and cravings, and they're just... gone. I'm literally eating what I want, when I want, and how much I want - if a craving shows up, I don't resist it. They're showing up less and less. The strangest thing is now I have given myself permission to, I don't want to overeat (even though I'm trying) and I just don't fancy eating crap food (so I'm not). The underlying feeling is that without self-imposed rules, I can hear my body telling me what it wants.
So now I'm at the end of week 3, and I've dropped a dress size (I don't know how much weight I've lost, as he tells you to throw away the scale, so I have). That's remarkable, given I'm definitely eating about 50% more in terms of calories than I would normally do when I'm 'watching my weight', and I'm eating high carb, high protein, high fat. I hadn't expected to lose weight (in fact I thought I would gain a good 10lbs) so that has been a pleasant surprise. Warmth and weight loss aside, the biggest gift this book has given me is freedom from worrying about food or feeling like I'm at war with my body. Turns out my body was always on my side, I just had to get out of my own way.
So it's early days, but I'll update in a few months to report on whether I've lost any more weight or have any other effects from my Diet Recovery. It's surpassed expectations so far. Without a doubt, I'll never diet again. Thank you Matt Stone.