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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Food 'n' Sport Press; 2nd edition (December 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893831086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893831087
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Douglas Graham is the author of the bestselling book "The 80/10/10 Diet". A lifetime athlete and raw fooder since 1978, he is an advisor to world-class athletes and trainers from around the globe. His educational company, FoodnSport, offers greater health & fitness through books, online courses, CD/DVD programs & premier retreats.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By CHOMPERS on July 10, 2011
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First of all, I've read the book and understand the concepts described. Furthermore, I've experimented on myself with the protocols contained in the book. It is in that knowledge that I can speak intelligently about the validity of the book. Well, I can speak about how the book has effected me; the information may not deliver the same result for others.

The one thing I can say without a shadow of a doubt is, the diet suggested in the book takes a great deal of discipline to undertake. To give the diet a fair chance, you have to be 100% committed to following the nutritional prescriptions to the letter. Otherwise, this diet will not do for you what you want it to do.

The first thing that I discovered when I started the diet described in the book was the sheer volume of food I had to eat: it was massive! I'm very active as well as having a naturally fast metabolism. This fact necessitates that I eat a great deal of calories (4,000 +)every day. When I say I had to eat a lot of fruit, I mean I ATE A LOT OF FRUIT!

A typical day of eating would consist of eating 2 pints of strawberries and blueberries, 6 large apples, 30-40 bananas, a large green salad (spinach or romaine with other vegetables) and maybe some pineapple. I said it was a lot of fruit, didn't I? Upon first glance, this looks like a lot of food and it is. However, because of the high fiber content and the fact that the fruit sugar is metabolized quickly, eating this amount of food is possible. Now, tolerating this volume of food and sugar takes some time to accustom too.

On my best days when I didn't deviate from the diet, I found the diet to be adequate in supplying all the nutrients I needed. Nevertheless, a surprising side effect occurs: you lose weight.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on May 6, 2012
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Simply just don't buy it if you all ready have Doug's 811 diet book. Same info with less detail. Got nothing new out of this book that wasn't in 80 10 10.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Edmundson on August 16, 2011
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I'm using this book to do the 3 month "P90X" workout again. Now I know the real importance of recovery and exactly what to eat to help it. I feel I have the tools to eat the right fuel and cutout the bad foods. I'll never drink Gatorade or any sports drink again now that I've learned about electrolytes and hydration replacement.
This book is great for any athlete as you'll get an awesome performance advantage, but it's also for fans of Dr. G's famous "80-10-10" Diet book. Especially those interested in a vegan diet from an athletic perspective. He really does spell it out for the average person, I now have a better definition of human nutrition processes like metabolism and liver function. Be warned, his advice is based on science without regard for status quo and will more than likely involve massive changes to your daily routine.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Meagan Marie Grenfell on March 29, 2012
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That's right. After reading this short, but extremely powerful and insightful book, I had the tools to build my body back from sickness and lethargy. I had a struggle running a mile and had two potential hernias. After making dietary and lifestyle changes, as provided in Dr. Graham's book, I improved my health SOOO much!!! Not to get carried away, but it's hard to picture I was in such horrible shape such a short time ago. After only a year on the program I was able to run up the tallest mountain in Costa Rica and back down in the SAME DAY! Over 30 miles ran! Over 9,000 feet of elevation climbed!

Thank you Dr. Graham!

Thank yourself after buying such an inexpensive and indispensable guide for getting fit and healthy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Greg Allen on February 10, 2010
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I've been using Dr Graham's 80/10/10 diet for over 2 years. It has dramatically improved my health and helped make me feel 20 again-instead of 49. All of his books have been money and time well spent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Marderosian on December 12, 2009
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Dr. Douglas N. Graham's ideas make total sense and really work! Clear mind, happy mood, boundless energy, high performance come from eating/living in this sensible simple way. Each of his books is a great contribution to human health! "The 80/10/10 Diet" and "Grain Damage" too are great books of his. Many people's lives have changed amazingly from these ways of living well. See [...]
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Lundeen on December 9, 2009
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This book is not just for serious athletes, although it will help them tremendously. It is about living a long-term healthy lifestyle that includes a lot of physical activity.

When I follow Graham's nutrition plan, I wake up in the morning and feel like doing pull-ups; I just have to use my muscles. Going to yoga is blissful, and I've started running just because it feels good.

Graham doesn't just tell you what to do, he talks about why he makes a recommendation. For me, this makes it a lot easier to incorporate his advice in my day-to-day life.

A brilliant book, highly recommended.

Update: I think that this diet is great on a short-term basis, but doesn't work for the long run. On a short-term basis, it eliminates almost all of the typical Western food that causes food intolerance, so will likely have you feeling much better. It also provides a lot of good nutrition, because there aren't any wasted calories.

On the downside, you are likely to be deficient in zinc, iodine, sodium, and B12, and you won't get enough omega-3/omega-6 fats to stay healthy. The other major issue is the very high levels of fructose, which over time cause uric acid levels to climb and leads to leptin/insulin resistance and can lead to non-alcoholic liver disease.

I enjoyed my time on this immensely, but am currently eating a very traditional diet, in the sense that everything I eat would be recognized as food by someone living 5,000 years ago. And I feel great, without any insulin/leptin resistance.
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