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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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I have been on numerous diets for almost 20 years, and no matter how scientific those diets sounded like at first, in the end, my health always suffered. During my teenage years, I went on diets to lose weight, but no matter how strong my will power was, always, in the end, I broke down, started binge-eating, or even in the rare cases when I kept up the “discipline,” by just eating half a bowl of rice more, or just an extra tomato, the pounds came back again. Then, it became years of yo-yo dieting. It was much worse than just having a fluctuating weight, this made my body much weaker than a normal woman of my age would be.
If you have thyroid problems, never ever follow a low-carb diet. I found that out too late. My hormones acted weirdly, my hands and feet were constantly cold, I was tired most of the time no matter how many hours I slept at night, and I became prone to depression. But, there is good news: these things can be reversed. We can heal ourselves by healing our eating habits, our relationship with food, and recovering both physically and emotionally.
It may sound deceptively simple, but it makes sense. Our bodies are resilient in nature, let it rest and it will recuperate. As long as there is plenty of fuel (food), our bodies will learn to relax and heal itself. Metabolic rate is much more than just the ability to burn fat. A low metabolism means a low general rate of your body functioning as it should. Any kinds of problems can arise from this. Take it seriously.
This book is more than just a recovery guidebook for someone who followed any kind of restrictive diet, this helps you heal your relationship with eating and food. Let’s eat, be healthy, and enjoy the pleasure of eating.
A couple of years ago I was very unhappy with my weight and appearance. I wasn't overweight but I just wished I could be really skinny and I've always had some body dysmorphia. I read French Women Don't Get Fat and implemented that diet in addition to working out an hour and a half 6 days a week. I lost weight but developed chronic fatigue that no doctor could determine the cause of (now I realize it may have been related to the diet/exercise). I was forced to stop working out but continued to stick with the diet for the most part continuing to drop weight. I developed extreme paranoia around food, worrying that every bite of food I ate would make me gain weight or hinder my weight loss. I would feel close to having a nervous breakdown if I was invited to a party or out to dinner.
A few people suggested I go on an elimination diet, because they said my chronic fatigue was probably a result of a food intolerance. I ended up going on an extreme elimination diet which resulted in the development of binge eating disorder after coming off the diet (which never helped my chronic fatigue). I gained weight from the binge eating, panicked, and developed bulimia to compensate for the binges. I tried to go back to the diet I was originally on but I continued to have episodes of binging and purging once or twice a month. I only knew 2 ways to eating - following strict guidelines or binging and I realized this isn't working out. I also had constipation and was totally dependent on stool softeners.
After finding this book in addition to a couple of other books with similar ideas, it seems like I am finally on my way to permanent recovery. For the past couple of months I have been listening to my body and allowing myself to eat whatever I want whenever I am hungry. Overnight my constipation resolved and I have not needed to use stool softeners since then. My chronic fatigue seems to be completely gone. I'm also developing a much healthier relationship with food and I'm able to go to a party or out to dinner and enjoy myself without worrying about the food. I have not binged or purged during this time and I rarely have urges to anymore. I have put on weight again, which I am hoping will go back down eventually, but I'm trying not to worry about this.
The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that I am still pretty early on in the process. I haven't implemented MAXercize yet and my temperature has been around 97.8 so I think need to bring that up. Overall a great book with great ideas!
Some of the research Matt presents and the way in which is presented can be confusing, especially upon the first reading. It helps to know Matt's position first before reading the research; otherwise, sometimes you are left wondering if a remark is sarcasm and if it is to be taken literally.
It takes awhile to get to the part of the book that addresses how to raise your metabolism. If you get impatient, jump ahead to the Eat Your Way Out chapter. I like how Matt includes easy ways to determine whether your metabolism is improving. They are not hard or expensive. A thermometer and paying attention to your body is all that is required.
I like the references that Matt includes. I have looked up several of them and have found them to be helpful, often leading to more information, suggestions, and recommendations.
I would recommend this book to friends and family.