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Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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“Darya is my favorite kind of scientist--she finds the simple in the complex, the beauty in the chaos. If anyone will make you love (and rediscover) food, it’s her.” (Tim Ferriss)
“In Foodist, Darya Pino gives the most sensible advice I’ve read about attaining and maintaining healthy weight without dieting. Her science-based approach tells you how to enjoy real food, make the best food choices, and not deny yourself the pleasures of eating. I recommend this book.” (Andrew Weil, M.D.)
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Foodist is a manifesto about real food and real science that proves once and for all that sustainable weight loss is possible by incorporating fresh, seasonal—and delicious—ingredients into every meal.
If you picked up this book, there's a good chance this is not the first time you hoped a new eating plan would help you lose weight. Dieting is a popular hobby in the twenty-first century, and the result is typically a slow but steady weight gain over the years. Oops. Diets fail because they rely on willpower and restriction for achieving health goals, and ignore the reasons these tactics always backfire. Becoming a foodist helps you give up dieting forever and get on the real path to healthy, lasting weight control.
Foodist is an approach that actually celebrates food while taking you through the nutrition and psychology involved in eating well to help you move beyond the daily obstacles and bad habits that keep the tasteless, empty, and unsatisfying food-like products on your plate. Losing weight no longer has to be about sacrifice, deprivation, and willpower, and food will turn from something you fight into something you can actually love again. As Darya writes, "You don't need a diet. You need an upgrade."
Smart, accessible, and engaging, Foodist will help you tailor your eating habits to match your lifestyle and your food preferences, making sure the path you choose works for you in the short- and long-term. Not only will you permanently build healthier habits into your daily life, you'll lose weight and enjoy food like never before.
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The content in the book might be useful to someone that is an absolute beginner to cooking and healthy eating. However, I honestly think there are better books out there to teach you those things. Darya's "angle" is her training as a scientist, but in the book (and on her site these days) that is not obvious at all. In addition, the book is rather poorly written, not to mention condescending and just generally irritating in its voice. Most of the material is common sense, and I came away from the book wondering if I had learned anything at all (note: I can't think of anything). I'm far from a nutritionist (though I am a scientist), so I was surprised that an entire book could be written out of fluff/common sense.
Overall, I don't recommend unless you know nothing about cooking/feeding yourself. Even then, read her website for free and save the money.
In reality, things are a little more complex. As one ages, digestive enzymes decrease causing digestive problems; hormones levels change; use of Pharma drugs (even NSAIDs like Tylenol or Advil) kills digestive bacteria in the intestines; accumulation of toxins in the digestive tract, etc. So while the author is commended for being helpful, anyone interested in losing weight should consider other factors. By accident I received a copy of Jon Barron's Lessons from Miracle Doctors, and am currently trying some of his recommendations to assist to the Foodist perspective.
That is not to say the author believes losing weight or maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easy - most of us know from experience it is not - but Dr. Rose breaks the science of nutrition into digestible bites that are easy to understand and remember without oversimplifing. She shows you how to turn guilty diet cheats into selective indulgences and failures into learning opportunities.
No matter where you are on your quest to be healthy, look good, and feel well, Foodist will help you identify your "bright spots" to celebrate as well as your challenges to address and will guide you along the path to your own personal healthstyle.