How Not to Diet

How Not to Diet

The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

Book - 2019
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"Every month seems to bring a trendy new diet or weight loss fad -- and yet obesity rates continue to rise, and with it a growing number of diseases and health problems. It's time for a different approach. Enter Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of Author of the mega bestselling How Not to Die, Dr. Greger now turns his attention to the latest research on the leading causes -- and remedies -- of obesity. Dr. Greger hones in on the optimal criteria to enable weight loss, while considering how these foods actually affect our health and longevity. He lays out the key ingredients of the ideal weight-loss diet -- factors such as calorie density, the insulin index, and the impact of foods on our gut microbiome -- showing how plant-based eating is crucial to our success. But How Not to Diet goes beyond food to identify twenty-one weight-loss accelerators available to our bodies, incorporating the latest discoveries in cutting-edge areas like chronobiology to reveal the factors that maximize our natural fat-burning capabilities. Dr. Greger builds the ultimate weight loss guide from the ground up, taking a timeless, proactive approach that can stand up to any new trend. Chock full of actionable advice and groundbreaking dietary research, How Not to Diet will put an end to dieting -- and replace those constant weight-loss struggles with a simple, healthy, sustainable lifestyle." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First edition
Description: viii, 596 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781250199225
Branch Call Number: 613.25 Gre
Additional Contributors: Greger, Michael. How not to diet


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Apr 11, 2021

Shall I save you the trouble of having to read more than 500 pages?

1) eat an apply BEFORE a meal.
2) Have a salad later with: lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, celery and cucumber. NO gloppy dressing.
3) Walk for a half an hour at least FOUR times a week and do it regularly.

Essentially this is it. Now, I'm off to eat my apple!

Sep 09, 2020

Quite readable and worth reading -- plenty of useful information here -- but be warned: the good doctor's insistence in the foreword that this book is strictly based on science is not entirely true. If you are hoping for a completely neutral examination of studies and results, you will be disappointed as I was.
There is absolutely a bias here, and that results in everything from wierdly illogical assertions (that people who eat keto can't possibly get enough necessary nutrients) to simply blowing off results he doesn't like, but which have been documented as effective, as 'probably placebo'. Yup, I just imagined that I was so bloated I looked 6 months pregnant before I started FODMAP.
He also can't differentiate between low-carb and keto, and dismisses all low-carb diets as unhealthy (even though a low-carb plan can actually fit quite well into his bias, which is to plant-based diets).
There is lots of good information here, which could have been more succinctly presented (he very much commits the sins of the self-help genre in taking overly long to explain).

If you have had long-term success with paleo, keto or low-carb, prepare to be amused and irritated in turn by his assertions. However, worth pressing through for the detail about the workings of the digestive and metabolic systems (I particularly appreciated the parts about fibre and short-chain fatty acids that I haven't seen elsewhere) and how certain foods help you reduce fat.

Apr 17, 2020

Greger is THE man. Anyone who knows nothing about losing weight and wants to, this is the only book you really need to read. It answers big questions and small questions. I've read many books on nutrition, and I still had so many "A-ha!" moments.

Jan 31, 2020

Quite possibly the best book on nutrition ever made. It's an incredibly interesting read and I would recommend it for anyone interested in weight loss or human health.

Jan 04, 2020

Dr. Michael Greger provides a comprehensive review of the most recent health literature. Unlike many in the multi-billion dollar diet industry, he does not have an agenda to sell you his products or services. His website, provides a ton of valuable information as well. The proceeds from both the book and the web site are donated to charity. He takes a very scientific approach in his review and analysis of studies and provides his recommendations given the most current research.

The key takeaway is that a whole-foods plant-based diet is the best option for your overall health and longevity.

The book itself is very long and goes into a tremendous amount of detail (likely too much for many people). If you are interested in the research and/or debunking many of the myths or confusion regarding health, you may be very interested in it. It also gets into many of the conflict of interests that studies funded by Big Food have led to. If you "follow the money", you can see how many studies cited are rather dubious and do not stand up to proper scientific scrutiny. Like the tobacco industry decades ago, seeding doubt and confusion in the minds of the public about the health hazards of smoking was part of their playbook. That same playbook is at use today by Big Food. Quite simply, they are in business to make a profit and many of the most profitable foods are unhealthy.

Overall, this is an excellent book and highly recommended, however it is a lengthy read. If you are looking for the immediate action plan, you can download Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen app for your smart phone, which provides his recommendations or you can visit to review his videos on any specific areas of concern for you.

To your health.

Dec 26, 2019

Everyone today is an "expert" on health, food, diet etc etc. People read ONE single article on a fad diet, and all of a sudden they are nutritional experts.... and they are 99% of the time wrong. Michael Greger presents Facts, truths and PEER Reviewed, double blind, placebo tested analyses of actual studies and tests that PROVE that a whole food plant based diet is the healthiest for humans. You may not want to agree with it, but the science and the EVIDENCE Based information is there clear for anyone to understand and read. Take care of your life and health... move away from sickness and disease. Follow Michael in his books and at his incredible site here you will get the Facts... nothing but the facts.

Dec 22, 2019

Though this book is quite thick, I was amazed by how engaging it is. Dr. Greger's writing quickly captured my attention and drew me in, no matter where in the book I started reading. (And it was hard to NOT jump all around with so many fascinating subtitles and subsections throughout the book.) The review explanation and synthesis of such a wide and broad array of the published scientific literature relevant to human nutrition and health is breathtaking. I think he outdid even his last book -- How Not to Die.

Dec 03, 2019

Can't wait to read this one!

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