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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Body Publishing (30 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955380065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955380068
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello,

I live in Surrey and am a physiologist, biomechanist and ultra-endurance adventure racer. I lecture on physiology, exercise rehabilitation and research methods in London, and am currently working towards a PhD in biomechanics. Between finishing my Master's degree and commencing my Phd, I spent many years researching human evolution, focussing on areas such as nutrition, comparative anatomy, and the development of bipedal locomotion.

I believe the health industry has become overrun with too many charlatans selling pseudoscience systems, for all things exercise and health-related, and I began writing partly to try to produce something sensible and clear to help improve understanding. I appreciate that specialist, scientifically-sound books will never sell in the numbers the celebrity-endorsed fad books do, but I believe that if I can at least put the information out there - so people can read it if they so wish - then that would suffice.

As for the race books, well there I was simply trying to tell a good story, perhaps encourage others to try new races or just to help with motivation for running. I did not achieve that with my first edition on the Marathon des Sables, but soon understood why and did what I could to rectify that for subsequent editions. My current titles have far more personality and 'me' in them than my first attempt, which works well for some people although certainly not everyone. I am sure there is more to be improved for future editions, but for the time-being I am satisfied that they offer what I wanted them to.

There are many books on running that I love to read, but there are not enough, and I had hoped I could perhaps contribute something to the genre. My race books contain a fairly good amount on the science of training and exercise - each book contains an in-depth scientific review of something related to extreme physiology - about the way the body adapts and responds to extremes of training and environments.

So, that is me and a very brief overview of why I write. Over the coming years I plan to write more on nutrition and exercise, although the race 'trilogy' is now complete. The next book for the 'in extremis' series will hopefully be on something Polar or similarly extreme.

For the latest information on my goings-on and new releases, please visit my website: www.markhines.org

Many thanks for stopping by,
M.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By strivingandresting on 16 Oct. 2012
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This book is a gem which stands out on the shelf of far too many sparkly yet hollow books on nutrition and health. Our Natural Diet is the one book I both reference myself, have given as a gift, and that I frequently recommend to my patients when they ask about diet, nutrients, supplements, or the things they read in the paper. It is a well cited resource on food types and nutrients sorted by categories, and it also covers key `topics/common sense' areas of nutritional advice. The book is written in a very accessible way and clearly shows people how they can really understand how dietary decisions are/can be influenced - and best of all it empowers them to make their own informed choices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raindog on 6 Feb. 2014
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This book changed how I thought about food, fads & fitness. Mark is a scientist and an endurance athlete of some renown.he draws on both these attributes to debunk a lot of the bad science behind the 'nutrition industry' and presents a compelling case for rethinking your food. I have taken on board a lot of what he says and am enjoying the results. I am leaner and meaner! I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks twice about what they eat. If you are an endurance athlete this book should be a part of your kit right up there with a decent head torch and a compass, shining a light & guiding you on the right path. An excellent peice of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss K. Stoetzel on 10 Aug. 2012
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A new and very different approach, Hines explains about nutrients and health (giving plenty of reference from solid scientific research and correcting nutritional myths) and lets the reader draw his/her own conclusion. Add to this a good dose of common sense and down to earth writing style and you have a book that everybody would benefit from. I was also really impressed by his clear, open and unbiased approach.
This book is a delight and a shining example of how books about nutrition can and should be written.
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This book gives a very balanced view of the way we should approach our diet and general approach to well being. It does not promote any fad diets or miracle cures; it merely states facts and informs us of the benefits that can be gained from an informed unbiased diet.
Brilliantly written in a way that gives basic facts, elaborates on these facts somewhat and then informs us as to where to find more detailed research into each of the areas of discussion if we so wish.
Very refreshing to read such a wealth of knowledge without being sold anything.
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