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Diet Recovery: Restoring Hormonal Health, Metabolism, Mood, and Your Relationship with Food Paperback – November 1, 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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First thing I want to say is that a lot of the reviewers are implying that this book says that you should just eat a ton junk all the time and that is NOT what I got from this book. I got that you should eat mostly healthy, as much food as you want but nothing is off limits so if you do want junk go ahead. The theory behind that is once there are not "forbidden" foods you will eat normal amounts of them instead of having to binge on them when you finally break down and eat them. A lot of ideas in this book honestly sound scary at first to a seasoned dieter because they are so far from what we have always heard. I can see the theory of how this can speed up metabolism but am not sure if it will work for me, I am giving it a try though because I know this is a lot healthier than a lot of other things I have done in the past regarding eating.
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is the language. I have no issues with swearing and I really am not a prude but I had a hard time taking the book seriously at some parts because of it. I did get what the author was trying to do but I felt that it undermines the information he is giving. There are some people in my life I feel would really benefit from this book but I won't recommend it to them due to the language, as I know they would be offended.
I got this book when it was free and I will definitely be watching for Matt Stone's other books to see if they go free as well and read them if they do. I also signed up for his free newsletter and am looking forward to learning more from that.
Overall I would say if you are not easily offended and sick and tired of feeling sick and tired from constantly dieting you should give this book a try. Also this is NOT a weight loss book, this is a book about returning your body to a healthy state after dieting.
- waking up in the middle of the night
- constant cold hands and feet
- frequent peeing (which I didn't know was an issue and thought it was just what was "normal" - I mean like going every other hour)
- thinning hair
- constant cravings
- dry mouth/eyes
- vision getting worst
- horrible pms (another thing I thought was just "normal" despite sometimes not being able to get out of bed).
- trouble concentrating doing anything
- emotional problems
Here are the diets I did in the past:
- Paleo (to the T - I mean like I had free range, organic and the like. Only had sweet potatoes, etc)
- Semi Raw-Vegan
- Blood Type Diet
- Gluten Free
- Juicing (only lasted a few days)
- Warrior Diet
- Intermittent Fasting (tried this on and off many times)
That was within the last 10 years. So, needless to say, I've been yo-yoing my diet. During this time, my weight ranged from 170+ to 130 and this meant several pants sizes. So, when I turned 29, I was said "NO MORE! I cannot do this anymore!" I quit dieting to lose weight and just wanted my hair to stop falling out. And I looked back at the last 10 years and realized I wasted my life. I had terrible mood swings, which was added to my seasonal depression that I had since I was in elementary school. I lost my normal brain function in that I just couldn't concentrate and do well in college (what a waste!) or any other work that came my way. I had constant fatigue and kept feeling like I was ill. People around me ignoring my complaints, thinking that I was just vain and wanted an excuse to not eat certain foods. I came across this book after googling a bunch of stuff like "All Diets Fail" and the like. After reading this and some of Matt Stone's other works, I increased my sodium, I decreased my beverages, and made sure I ate breakfast every day (and whatever else he recommended). I ate whatever I felt like, knowing that I would gain weight. I thought that I would balloon up but I only went from 147 to 155. It's been about 1 1/2 to 2 months of recovery and I am so happy to report that my hair is growing thicker and, although it is still falling out, a lot of thick hair growth is replacing it. All the symptoms I noted above have improved with the most noticeable being that I have WAY better concentration, PMS symptoms, and my frequent urination stopped. I really wished that I hadn't ruined my life in my 20s with all this dieting because I feel like I would have been able to make better decisions in life and do better in college. But I'm just glad I figured it out now and not when I'm 39.
Basically, what happened to me was that I craved everything and ate everything and slept a lot but I was still careful in that I didn't eat too much of anything with PUFAs, was too processed or anything. And I tried to make sure the animal products were free range or grass fed. It came out to a lot of grass-fed cheddar, free range/pastured eggs, Mama Noodles (I ate a lot of these lol), brown rice, white rice, pasta, Chipotle Burritos, etc. I tried to make sure the quality was good. But gradually, I stopped craving junk and started craving juicy fruits, avocados, hearty bread, rice and occasionally noodles, pasta, eggs and cheese. I also began to cook, cool and cook my starches for more resistant starch. I very, very occasionally crave meat but now those cravings are gone. Without trying to do so, I've basically eating a vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) diet. But I wouldn't advise anyone to do any strict diet EVER. I just found myself eating this way so I just wanted to put that out there as a caveat. Everyone is different - my husband feels better when he has meat in his diet - especially poultry. And that's just the way it is. And if I crave meat, I don't say no (though I'm pretty strict on eating free-range) but I rarely do because it doesn't digest well with me. And when I started craving healthy foods, I started to crave exercising. I honest-to-God started having dreams where I was exercising so that was strange but I took that as a sign that I'm ready.
During the time I started, I measure my temperature and went from about 96 degrees to an average of 97.5.
By the way, since hitting a high of 155 pounds, I've came down to 153 average. I think this is due to my naturally eating healthier and exercising. But it doesn't feel forced. It feels effortless. And when I don't feel like exercising, I don't. This morning, I weight 152.4 lbs. I don't really expect to lose weight but it's happening so... I suppose this experiment isn't done.
Update: August 22, 2015 - It's been about 4 months of recovering. I'm eating clean still - a lot of oats, flaxseed, fruit and grassfed meat (very little meat), occasionally a few pastured eggs. My calories range from 2300-3200, with the average being around 2600. My health still feels amazing, my concentration is increasingly good, and I'm better at handling stress and emotional issues. Despite everything being awesome, I wanted to do an update to say that I have gained 12 pounds since starting recovery. This is not meant to discourage anyone but rather to say that there may be some weight gain depending on (I suspect) how bad your yo-yo dieting past was. For me, it was 10 years of yo-yo dieting. I don't know what my "true" weight is, all I know is that my health is still really good so I'm going to just go along for the ride.
About 2 months ago, I started lifting weight. I was initially doing some cardio but my body started to dislike the stress it caused. Weight lifting doesn't cause the same stress response in my body. And my stress response, I mean, waking up in the middle of the night and constantly peeing throughout the day as well as being more emotional. I lift 0-3 times a week. So the 12 pounds may not be fat. I also suspect that since I'm eating a lot of carbs, it may also be water and glycogen stores. I've been keeping track of my results with pictures and I don't see any visible increase in size. This obviously is a faulty method of keeping track so I started to use a tape measure. Will update later.