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It may work, but thats no proof that the logic is valid.
on September 18, 2011
I bought this along with a few more diet/health books because of a potential change in health status. It now begins to look like the disturbing test result was not valid, so I at least have some time to leisurely pick through what is out there in recent diet and health plans.
I find that the message "Turn off the Genes that are killing you and your waistline" is attractive and powerful, but the case was far from proven in the book. It sounds like one man's unique theory, and reads much the same way.
The concept of avoiding grains and even whole grains is one that has been popular for classical low carbohydrate diets for quite some time. Because the grains and refined grain products contain a lot of starch that quickly converts to glucose and raises blood sugars - which can just by itself be unhealthy. This is a good thought, but not an original one.
Multiphase diets are also long standing. Here are Dr. Grundy's.
* Teardown Phase
* Restoration Phase
* Longevity Phase
These are certainly unique names for dietary phases.
First, he has you reduce the weight by what is clearly a lower carbohydrate eating style. Add animal protein and reduce grains/starches ....
Then he has you cut out some animal protein, becoming more vegetarian, and that this:
"will 'trick' your genes into thinking that they don't have to kill you off yet because you are clearly useful to have around".
He is slightly unclear on how/why this will happen mechanistically. Well, clearly unclear.
Then he has you "turn on your longevity genetic program with 'calorie optimization' meaning eating foods with greatest micronutrient density but the least amount of calories." As he describes it, you gradually move towards vegetarianism ( and rawism) and that this turns on your longevity genes. At times, this reminds me of the "Volumetrics" approach with added emphasis on micro nutrients-- which has been a long term staple of healthy eating approaches of many kinds.
This third phase may or may not be related to the notion of calorie restriction which appears to prolong life of some laboratory animals. I didn't find clear published data on humans in the book.
I see a collection of individually good actions wrapped up in a blanket of "your genes are killing you" logic. I see no substantiation that your genes behave this way at all, at least in the book and references included.
This is an interesting package of :
-traditional eat a bunch of vitamins in food
This is a combination of "good healthy things", and by doing all of them, you probably have a very good chance of improvement, especially if your prior dietary pattern had led you to obesity and other ills. Unfortunately, health improvement from this batch of "good healthy things" doesn't mean that the logic of your genes waging war because you ate/acted badly isn't proven at all. It could be that simply doing a lot of "good healthy things" often results in good results.
However, the logic of genetic influence killing you off and being "fooled" or reversed by the final near raw/vegetarian eating styles just doesn't come across.
The recipes look pretty tasty, and I am sure going to try some as they are generally well spiced and low carb. Good for my blood sugars and insulin.