The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat
We are all increasingly bewildered by the simple question of what to eat. Despite advice from experts, governments and dieticians about the dangers of too much fat, sugar, protein and lack of exercise, our nutrition - and the global obesity crisis - is getting worse.
Why can one person eat a certain meal and gain weight and another eat exactly the same food and lose...more
In a day this would look like
…moreBasically, eat the Mediterranean diet. Or follow Michael Pollan's advice "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
In a day this would look like
- Skip it if you can, if not, some sort of low sugar museli, oats, or granola, with an organic yoghurt on top, with fresh fruit.
- Could be all sorts of things. But let's say salad of some sort, with lots of different vegetables (hopefully some Jerusalem artichoke hearts, or chicory), celery, and some walnuts, extra virgin olive oil based dressing. A piece of fruit, let's say banana.
- Let's say Fish, or Steak (at least once every few weeks), with garlic and onions, lots of vegetables of different types, some proper cheese with a funk to it, a glass of red wine, dark chocolate for dessert.
Most importantly change it up every day.(less)
Tim Spector's very readable and explains the science behind what we eat, why diets don't always work, and exactly how our digestive system works.
I came away from this book with a deep understanding of why some foods don't sit well in my stomach, a starter's guide to tailoring the way I eat for my body's needs, a deep distrust of refined sugar, and an enormous respect ...more
I've read too many of these books this year and they are starting to blend together. (Giulia Enders' Gut does stand out though). What made Spector's book interesting was its broad scope (he covers everything I've read this year) and its particular quirkiness: he outright admits that much of his early career research was wrong because it was either ...more
Perhaps with the fact that this guy ADVOCATES SMEARING USED TAMPONS ON NEWBORN BABIES' MOUTHS.
Okay, hysterical rant over. Now for the more reasoned critique.
This book is as formulaic in its approach to "mythbusting" as the quasi-religious dietary tomes he proposes to bust. The formula goes something like this:
1. Premise - I have the one true and right answer for why we (meaning not me but all you suckers) are fat, sick and miserable. I alone have the one ultimate truth, and I'm ...more
The central ...more
Spector looks at food myths through numerous studies he's done on twins and as they relate to your guts microbiom after suffering a small stroke despite being an active + apparently healthy 40 yr old man. Generally the more diverse your gut is, the better it is for your health. If you are interested in the studies and some fun weird facts that ...more
More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/The Diet Myth can feel like a bit of a ramble until one recognizes that the author is talking about diet (nutrition) and not diet (weight loss). Author Spector (a geneticist) covers nearly every nutritional hot-topic right now - from paleo to superfoods - and discusses why they are useful and why they aren't (emphasis on the latter). The theme to this book is on gut diversity (abundant bacteria) and genetics - and how ...more
He says the paleo approach to nightshades and tomatoes in ...more
However this book will the first in my new policy of abandoning books that don't keep my attention locked to them. After reading 140 pages (just under half the book), I began to notice a theme playing out:
** Explain current dominant ...more
Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and a consultant physician at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital. He has spent much of his career working on obesity and nutrition. He doesn't claim to know everything, which is refreshing. He includes lots of stories, his own and those of other researchers, not just dry facts. One of the alarming stories he tells is exactly why we (the Western world) have spent decades swearing ...more
The basic ...more
This is a really interesting book and despite being full of biology terms, was very simple to understand.
Spector has written this book for the layman and his conversational style and tone makes it a very easy read.
Of course, it is an incredibly fascinating book, packed with scientific facts about the crazy diets we feel we need to go on and why they're all ...more
The book is quite an interesting broad read, but I was expecting somewhat different content. The main problems with this book I found were:
1. The book topics sometimes were not well connected (best due dates, and then - pesticides)
2. Ketogenic diet is low carb, high fat, not high protein. It is easy to Google that, and it gives a completely different picture. Keto diet was presented in the protein chapter, when actually the main point of the diet is control blood ...more