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Call the FBI because this isn't a good diet plan
on 15 June 2014
This is a well meaning but totally confused diet book. It reads like a long newspaper article. And in the same way, this manages to do what many newspaper health headlines do: it contradicts itself! While I understand newspapers doing that (they need to sell papers and advertising), doing it in a book is unacceptable.
This book *sometimes* uses science. Using science is of course the right idea, but if you're going to do it, you have to use it fairly and not just cherry pick the 'headlines' you want.
For example, don't say that IGF-1 is something which some adults have too much of, and then suggest using milk for your breakfast cereals. Milk is literally the highest booster of IGF-1 around!
Also, freely using emotional words like 'indulge' and 'boost' to make science sound friendly and tempting is manipulating people's hopes and dreams. Why? Because science actually shows that the 'a little bit of what you fancy' mentality is exactly the thing that sends dieters into a spiral of rebounding weight, sometimes forever. The cheery 'everything in moderation' dream has been dooming dieters for decades. It's much more honest to dish out the facts: dieting is hard, and for long term success, you have to understand things and then do those things right pretty much ALL the time.
Then there's is the book's casual mentioning of 'low fat' food choices. Talk about old fashioned thinking. First of all, fat in food isn't necessarily bad. And even if you believe it is, the author recommends using the legal definitions of low fat food as something to guide your choices. That's just plain silly. Food can actually be low fat by legal definition, but still not low in fat in terms of true *percentage* of fat calories. How? Because manufacturers use fat weight as the criteria (grams of fat per 100 grams of food). This is sneaky as often a large amount of any food is made up by water. Take that away, and the calorie content itself could still be almost 50% fat by calories. A certain low fat chip manufacturer claims 5% fat chips. Yes, there is just under 5 grams of fat per 100 grams of frozen chips. Take away the water, and over 30% of those chips' calories come from fat.
I could go on, but this review would start become confusing JUST like the book I'm reviewing! I ranting because it's sad to see that we're in the 21st century, and people are out there writing 'plans', insteading of educating us about the bigger picture. The best plans aren't really plans, but ways of eating. Intermittent fasting, in its most basic form, is way better than this. And there are plenty of books here to suit different readers.
If you're looking for something reliable in the long term, and written by someone who understands science instead of just understanding what happened to work for them and calling *that* science, do your mental / physical health a favour and look for something else.