392 of 438 people found the following review helpful
Same old, same old,
This review is from: The New ME Diet: Eat More, Work Out Less, and Actually Lose Weight While You Rest (Hardcover)Most of the reviews I've read here read like advertisements for this book and diet plan. I understand that the authors would like a groundswell of support and Amazon is a good way to begin this, but the reviews here are likely not reflective of what you'd hear from your average reader and user of this plan.
There is very little (perhaps nothing, actually) that is new in this book. Have you ever read a diet book that directs you to eat several small meals spaced out during the day, not to eat too close to bed time, to eat fruit, vegetables and lean meats, and walk 30-60 minutes per day with a few weight-lifting work outs a week? You have? Well, so have I, and you'll read that advice again in this book.
As in most diet books, the authors walk you through basic metabolism and basic nutrition. They write about hormones. It's nothing that hasn't been outlined in other diet books many times over. Overall I've found that diet books tend to focus on the parts of biochemistry and nutrition that most closely match the plan they are promoting. This book is no different.
After taking a questionnaire you are given a general grouping of your metabolic type and directed to a diet that contains more or less of the same ingredients in slightly altered quantities from each other. It's a fairly boring diet plan overall - no surprises, you can imagine how many ways lean meats can be combined with fruit and veg and "acceptable fats", can't you? South Beach would tell you similar things, as would Weight Watchers and probably countless others. There are some cheat meals - again, similar to other diet plans I've read. Cheat, but cheat smart. You've heard that before as well most likely.
The exercise plan I've already outlined - do it moderately every day for 30-60 minutes and then follow a strength training routine the likes of which you'll find monthly in Shape magazine or similar. If you need something mapped out for you, this book will give you that.
Reading back over my review I see I sound pretty "meh" about this book, and that's an accurate take on it. There's nothing revolutionary here and I would suggest checking this out of your library rather than purchasing it, as it's not the diet book you'll want or need on your shelf long term. I would take the bulk of the reviews already listed with a grain of salt. If serious personal trainers and workoutaholics who have written surprisingly excited reviews here about this book haven't already heard the information contained in it a thousand times over, I'll eat my own laptop.
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Initial post: Jun 17, 2010 3:54:52 PM PDT
Thank you for your review. It is always genuinely helpful to have other opinions to balance against the five stars.... and I don't think you're in any danger of having to eat your laptop.
Posted on Jun 18, 2010 10:17:10 AM PDT
J. Sloatman says:
Interesting, I read all those reviews completely different. Many of these people seem to have worked with the authors directly. To me this is a testament to their work. Obviously these people would not feel passionate enough to write their experiences if they were not good? So you think the authors convinced thirty some people in all different parts of the country to write rave reviews? Come on, really?
I do agree with you that almost all diet books are the same things repeated over and over again. But, that is the nature of life. All knowledge is derived from other knowledge. It is getting people to do these things that is the trick. The point is the way the information is relayed and explained. It is the packaging. You can have two different messages exactly the same coming from two different messengers. One will resonate and one will not. To me the authors put this book together from obvious experience working with real clients. It resonates! It is simple, easy to understand and actionable. It distills what people must do down to its essence and in my opinion does that better than most any other diet books.
Your critique comes off as a bit of a hater. Too many 5-star ratings and i think some people feel it is their duty to bring things down a notch. You are right on that much of this advice can be found in a hundred other sources, but there are also things I found enlightening that you glossed over entirely. No counting calories? How stress and sleep impact weight loss? How peoples metabolisms vary? The label reading tool? That is something I started using the next day. Controlling carbohydrates by counting bites instead of measuring food? Again, easy, actionable and more than a few novel concepts. Finally, the workout is anything but the same old, same old? Did you even read that part!? And the change/mental/emotional discussion is not something you see in very many diet books.
Obviously, I am a fan of this work and felt your review was not at all balanced. You make some valid points, but in my opinion missed the opportunity to point out what was good. I would be curious to see you rate other diet books. It is a tough genre of books to be in, and this one to me stands out.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2010 10:42:17 AM PDT
emma force says:
"So you think the authors convinced thirty some people in all different parts of the country to write rave reviews? Come on, really?"
No, I really don't believe that. I believe that people who sign on for training in a certain work out and diet regime are invested in it and tend to be very gung-ho in promoting it. And that makes sense from a momentum-generating perspective, though I don't believe it accurately reflects the quality of the plan.
Perhaps I was overly negative in my review; I had finished reading the book and thought about it for some time and emerged far more "indifferent" than "hater" and my review might have done a better job reflecting that. However as you said, this will resonate with some and not with others, and it simply did not resonate with me.
I have read many diet books and have an interest in metabolism and nutrition. I've found inspiration in some more than others. I simply didn't find any in this and yes, I did feel it repeated common information and for that reason I wasn't able to review it positively. If others find the diet and exercise regime stand out for them I think that's great and there are plenty of reviewers here to agree with them. Mine is not in agreement with those, though, and so this review accurately represents what I personally think of the authors' plan.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2010 6:19:08 AM PDT
Thanks for going against the stream. It helps to see a different opinion. When I read the positive reviews I couldn't help thinking that the diet book trend of 2009/2010 is, what is in this book. I've already read several that focus primarily on hormones, bodily functions, how to use which foods most effectively, metabolism and how to get the most out of your workout. While I'm all for it and follow most of it (successfully), you're right when you say, this is nothing new, but on the other hand, the positive reviews are simply opinions, all depending on a person's background and experience on how they perceive it, no more, no less. For example, some reviews I wrote years ago (pos and neg), I no longer agree with today.
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Posted on Nov 17, 2010 8:28:37 AM PST
I have a library of how-to-eat-books that if you boil them all down, fundamentally say the same thing. Thank you for your review. I think this would be a baluable book for someone who is NEW to nutrition and how to eat. Im not that person. I will take your advice and check it out at the library and peruse it as a reminder and validation of what I already know.
Posted on Apr 29, 2011 11:36:19 AM PDT
T. Davis says:
I'll have to say, there's a difference between saying "Don't eat too close before bed time" and explaining WHY you shouldn't eat close to bed time. The difference between this book and others it that it explains why you should all these things, as opposed to just telling you to do them. It explains the hormonal impact of what you do and don't do and it makes everything clearer and have purpose.
Just as with anything else, there's a difference between "don't touch that light switch" and "you shouldn't touch that light because it has a short that has electrocuted several people"
Posted on May 20, 2011 1:46:02 PM PDT
Jillian Leigh says:
In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2011 1:54:56 PM PDT
Jillian Leigh says:
I didn't think the review was full of hatred. some people don't have as many positive experiences w certain diets as others. she'll find her nitche - let's try to be supportive of her opinion without nitpicking and being condescending.
I too have noticed that many diet books often dictate the same principles without much creative variation. I mean how many different ways can you rewrite the same thing? this book was interesting, but it may not have been for her.
I like that her review went against the others. I always read the lowest reviews first - to get a sense of the "failings" of an item (or book in this case) ... kudos to Emma!
Posted on Jul 3, 2011 4:42:41 AM PDT
Mark Twane says:
Thank you for your review. I didn't even finish the book. I started out reading the book expecting it to be different from other diet and nutrition books, and from the beginning I couldn't accurately categorize myself as one of the "burners" - for some questions, I didn't find the answers mutually exhaustive; there wasn't an answer that fit my eating habits. So I ended up just skimming through the rest. Would you by chance have a recommendation for a book that in your opinion gave you a newer perspective or understanding to diet & nutrition?