Book Review: How Not to Diet

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Gregor for years. It was after reading his previous book, How Not to Die, that I decided to try eating plant based. I also have his How Not to Die Cookbook.

So when I heard he was coming out with a new book, How Not to Diet, I was eager to check it out.

The Good

This book is filled with tons of scientific research which I love! How often are we bombarded with weight loss tips that have no scientific backing to them or are just plain dangerous? It can be exhausting trying to figure out what is actually legit and worth your time. Dr Gregor goes through countless studies showing which weight loss strategies you can trust and which ones you can skip over.

The Not So Good

Now that being said, there is so much scientific research in the book that it can feel a bit dry after a while. If you want to skip all this and just get the facts, the last chapter of the book is essentially a summary of all his tips.

Also, if you want to read the book, don’t get the audiobook. Seriously. I read the reviews on Audible from people saying the narration was horrible and I thought they were just exaggerating. I’ve listened to Dr. Gregor’s podcast so I know what he sounds like but for some reason his way of speaking is different in this book. Some of his words are really drawn out and some of his words are super fast. It sounds minor but it gets very annoying after awhile.

Overall I am glad I “read” it although next time I would just actually get the hardcopy instead of listening to it.

What I Learned

So here are the top tips that stuck out to me from the book that I am going to try to implement in my life:

1. Increase your fiber intake! Fiber is great because it makes you feel full and improves your digestion. Your body is designed to handle 100 grams of fiber. The American Heart Association recommends 25-30 grams of fiber a day. However, the average American only consumes about 15 grams.

2. Eat more fruits and veggies! This one seems obvious right? Everyone knows that. But so often I go for sweet treats at the end of the day because I don’t have healthy snack options ready to go. So from now on I am going to try to buy more fruit to have whenever I need a snack.

3. Now this one I’m probably never going to implement BUT I found it very interesting. Here it is: studies show we should eat most of our food at breakfast, a little less at lunch, and the least amount of food at dinner. I’ve never heard that before and while the thought of being super full in the morning and eating a small amount of food in the evening sounds not so fun, it did stick with me.

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