The Diet Fix

The Diet Fix

Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work

Book - 2014
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A ten-day diet plan from Canadian weight management expert, Yoni Freedhoff.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2014.
ISBN: 9780345813589
Characteristics: xiii, 336 p.


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Aug 28, 2017

I absolutely do not recommend this book and here's why. On at least two occasions he suggests that saturated fat is not harmful to heart health while increduously quoting studies that clearly state that it should be avoided and reduced by all. He then includes in his menu plans high cholesterol foods. Also his recommendation that we eat 25% of calories from protein goes against scientific evidence indicating we should strive for 10-15% plant ( not animal ) protein in order to avoid osteoporosis, kidney overload, auto immune disorders etc. Is this oversight, incompetence or both? Read it at your own risk! Much better books based on 100 years of absolutely solid scientific evidence are The China Study, The Starch Solution and The Cheese Trap.

Dec 07, 2016

When I started reading a runners blog called Sweat Science I found a post that recommended three nutritional books, one of which was this one. I thought that it couldn't possibly hurt to know a little more and got all three from the library.
Dr. Freedhoff has a wonderfully practical take on losing weight, much of it determined by being a doctor who specializes in helping the obese lose weight.
I personally found little value in the pep talk and eating plan portion of the book, though it's pretty obvious that he has heard about all the excuses and reasons that a dieter has ever used based on what and how he's written this. His 'Reset' healthy living plan is well thought out and addresses every excuse you've ever heard or used yourself. And while I'm not an obsessive diet plan book reader, it's pretty hard not to hear about all the new or popular versions there are and this particular plan looks very doable.
The part I did find quite interesting was the third part called The Recovery, essentially a further chat about how to maintain your new lifestyle and what to do when you fall off track. From addressing weekends and holidays to common self sabotage and what to do as parents, there are some good chapters that talk about what thought patterns we need to change and what to watch out for. Though I can't say I agree with his acceptance of artificial sweeteners.
To use this plan I think you would need to be ready to do what you've always known is the way to successfully lose weight, eat less, eat better and exercise more. And don't think that you can stop when you've made it to your best weight, this is a plan to follow forever.

ksoles Jul 15, 2014

Low fat, low carb, low sugar. Gluen-free, paleo, blood type. The number of "expert"- endorsed fad diets has become overwhelming, so much so that most struggling with their weight can no longer separate the pseudoscience from the facts. No wonder the vast majority of those who lose weight eventually put it all back on. No wonder those same people feel guilty, ashamed and desperate. Refreshingly, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a family physician with his own obesity practice, takes a different approach to eating. His popular blog, "Weighty Matters," criticizes obesity myths and writes with a knowledge of the medical literature combined with extensive experience. His new book, "The Diet Fix," advocates for the healthiest life you can enjoy: no starvation, no cleanses, no traumatic sacrifices and no miracle supplements.

Freedhoff opens his book with “Dieting’s Seven Deadly Sins”: Hunger (not sustainable), sacrifice (leads to certain failure), willpower (important but permanent resistance is futile), food restrictions (manage, not banish food groups), sweating (you can't outrun your fork), seeking perfection (need to accommodate setbacks) and denial (suffering becomes harder to both sustain and deny). Given that typical "diets" don't deliver long-term results, negative emotions and expectations run high among dieters. Freedhoff reviews and addresses the most common side-effects: guilt, shame, failure, depression, despair, binge eating and metabolic slowdown.

But at the core of the book lies what Freedhoff calls the “Ten Day Reset,” which recalibrates expectations about healthy eating. Permanent changes in weight go hand in hand with permanent changes to life; thus, each day describes a new set of skills to support behavior change. Over ten days, Freedhoff teaches how to measure food, keep a food diary, banish hunger, cook, exercise, eat out, set goals and troubleshoot. He asserts that no perfect diet exists for everyone but that these skills bear relevance for any approach to weight loss. Ultimately, if you enjoy the approach and can sustain it, you will achieve success.

"The Diet Fix" most definitely classifies as an oddity in its genre: no outlandish promises, no strict rules, no excessive exercise, and no recommendations for supplements. Unfortunately, Dr. Freedhoff won't attract followers in the same way that Dr Oz and his miracle cures have but hopefully a wide audience will still interpret his book as a science-based guide for anyone seeking credible and sustainable advice on permanent weight loss.

rowanquincy May 30, 2014

Explains why diets are ineffective in the long term (this is pretty depressing reading), but then outlines a plan for successful weight loss. This is based on research and seems promising.

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