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Diet Recovery 2 Paperback – May 21, 2013
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Matt Stone is the founder of 180DegreeHealth. He is an independent health researcher and author of more than 10 books, including multiple titles that have made it to #1 in their respective categories on Amazon. Most of his research has drawn him towards metabolic rate and how many basic functions (digestion, reproduction, aging, immunity, inflammation, mood, circulation, sleep) perform better when metabolic rate is optimized. He is most notable for his criticisms of extreme diets and exposing many false diet industry claims, as well as his works on raising metabolic rate through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. His views and findings are discussed exhaustively on the site and cataloged in many of Stone's books available for sale through Amazon.
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On the other hand, if your quality of life has suffered from preoccupation with healthy eating, and you want to remember (or discover for the first time) what it feels like to trust yourself and your body's signals, Matt Stone's "Diet Recovery 2" will be a tremendous force for encouraging you to LIVE.
This book should definitely appeal to chronic dieters, but I think it is also very valuable to those who followed strict nutrition protocols for "health reasons" rather than weight loss. I was always a thin, active person who never saw the need to restrict calories or follow rigorous exercise programs. However, after college I began endurance running for "fun," and that began a multiple-year journey into textbook and internet health research that consumed my life. The more I learned the more restrictive I became. Improving my health became a fulltime job, with thousands of hours spent learning and practicing Paleo, gluten-free, casein-free, local organic plastic-free vegetarianism, etc. The healthier I became, the sicker and more anxious I felt. Over three years I experienced a dramatic decline into hypothyroidism (FT3 2.0), anemia (B12, folate, and iron deficient), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, low cortisol, "stage 6" adrenal fatigue, Wilson's temperature syndrome, MTHFR mutation, dysautonomia, etc. Life was nothing more than a series of protocols, nutrition numbers, blood tests, and comparing ineffective treatments with other really sick people on message boards and blogs. I nearly took a medical leave from work, and literally thought I was going to die from aching exhaustion. What's worse, I felt so hopeless and in such despair about ever getting better from "chronic fatigue" that I almost didn't have the motivation to live.
So eventually my body just gave up and I was forced to take a few days off from exercise for the first time in three years. I ate some junk food. Remarkably, I felt warmer and better than I had since I'd started being "healthy."
A few days later I discovered Matt Stone's 180DegreeHealth and saw that he excelled in working with people whose stories were similar to mine: those who had eaten and exercised themselves into withered, lifeless, frozen states. Matt had gone through his own health journey and had a first-hand understanding of self-induced metabolic damage. Because I am a biochemistry professor with a good deal of expertise in cell physiology, I was especially impressed by Matt's thorough and accurate explanations of carbohydrate metabolism, insulin cycles, sleep and its effect on the hypothalamus, etc.--all of the details that "expert" mainstream health gurus AND alternative practitioners often misinterpret or don't understand. Matt clearly has the knowledge equivalent to multiple PhDs in this field. Most importantly, I was delighted by Matt's attitude. When he found new information, he didn't ignore it or manipulate it to fit into his preconceived theories. He didn't critique his readers for asking him questions or challenging his ideas. Because he deeply cares about what he does, he is honest with himself, with reality, and with his readers.
Thanks to Matt's blog and earlier books, I'm slowly but steadily recovering from my self-induced health problems, and realizing that I never had adrenal fatigue or chronic fatigue, etc. I didn't need 17 adaptogenic herbs. I needed food and rest. I was underfed and overtrained, and had let nutrition numbers take priority over my life passions and my happiness.
I highly recommend everyone read Matt's blog in its entirety and track the fascinating development of his recommendations for metabolic healing. And if you're looking the most recent, up-to-date, immediately useful information to regain your health, "Diet Recovery 2" is an excellent way to get started! Matt's writing is fun and accessible, while at the same time being grounded in years of serious and intense research supported by studies, thousands of anecdotes, "common sense," and listening to one's body.
If you want to experience great health and emotional happiness while finally enjoying life again, "Diet Recovery 2" is a fantastic companion on your personal journey. It will help you understand that any diet (or "lifestyle") that makes you unhappy is NOT healthy. It will inspire you to believe that healthiness IS happiness.
On a day it was too cold to run, something that I never would have said in previous years, I read Diet Recovery 2. Yes, the entire book. It was an entertaining fast paced book. It described all my issues exactly. But, taking your temperature? And the calorie counting log said that I should be eating as few calories as I had been. So, I decided to give eating the food an honest try. The worst case scenario was gaining a few pounds and the $4.29 spent for a thermometer.
There were a few pounds gained. However, the cravings ended. The mood swings ended. My temperature started at 97.0 and has his 98 after a couple of weeks. Even better, my runs are more energetic and I have finally made gains with lifting after stalling out all winter. This does mean that I have not followed the exercise portion and still had some success. Imagine, if I did it right?
'I've got all my life to live...I've got all my love to give....I will survive'... and dump the diets.
There is also some harsh language in the book but I expected it because of his other books and because it's Matt Stone. Language doesn't really bother me though. Just FYI if that matters to you.
I will add that he includes a few pictures of nude female bodies to show changes in body composition and to inappropriately prove his point. (cuz that's how he rolls...) It didn't take away from the message for me, but it's nice to have a heads up I guess.
I wrote a blog post with my 'review' so I'll just post it here:
I'd tried every diet under the sun to lose weight. Well, it turns out that it isn't just me and my broken will power. It's the nature of tinkering with your body. I had decided to 'go primal' to kick this 'problem' once and for all. I had some success. In fact, RAPID success. But that's the problem. Like I said, I know HOW to lose weight. I can do it well. But each time, I get cold and shivery like a chihuahua in a pool (and not half as cute!) and start to show signs of metabolic distress (anyone else have a peeling scalp and hair falling out in clumps? No? Just me then.) This is where rapid weight loss can get dangerous. I've realized that as much as I want to be my ideal size without too much extra junk in the trunk, I don't want my metabolism to suffer for it.
Enter the whole friggin' point of this post. I'd previously read a book written by Matt Stone called Diet Recovery & another called Eat for Heat. He's funny, smart, irreverent, and well-versed in the latest dietary dogma. Anything you've tried, he's done too. But instead of being stubborn and lying about progress after the weight-loss honeymoon ends, he tells it like it is. Because of this, some of his ideas grow/change with experience. I was frustrated at first: "just tell me what to eat, Matt!" But that's the problem in a nutshell. Everybody is different and every body is different. I started following his general recommendations to restore metabolic function and have seen a pretty remarkable improvement. My average temps went from 97.4ish to 98.7 in about 4 weeks. My hands and feet are warm, I don't have to wear my black puffy coat indoors as much (this is big, people!), I had some eczema that cleared up when my temps normalized, and I went up a cup size. Thankfully, more chest is a problem I'd like to have now that I'm an adult. That's about all I've seen so far, but this is a process. I no longer feel the need to lose weight by some arbritrary timeline. Bikini by Spring Break? Maybe not. But I have the freedom to approach health as more than a number on a scale. Metabolism is now my friend and frankly, it's kind of refreshing to hang out with the new kid in town. Weight loss was getting too bossy and was kinda starting to piss me off.
I recommend this book if you are sick and tired of the struggle with weight and/or have impaired metabolism. But don't take anyone else's word for it...read it & decide for yourself! (Sorry, that sounded kind of Reading Rainbow-ish.)
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