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Diet Cults Audiobook

Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us

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Publisher's Summary

From the national best-selling author of Racing Weight, Matt Fitzgerald exposes the irrationality, half-truths, and downright impossibility of a "single right way" to eat and reveals how to develop rational, healthy eating habits.

From "the Four-Hour Body" to "Atkins," there are diet cults to match seemingly any mood and personality type. Everywhere we turn, someone is preaching the "one true way" to eat for maximum health. Paleo Diet advocates tell us that all foods less than 12,000 years old are the enemy. Low-carb gurus demonize carbs, and then there are the low-fat prophets. But they agree on one thing: There is only one true way to eat for maximum health. The first clue that this is a fallacy is the sheer variety of diets advocated. Indeed, while all of these competing views claim to be backed by science, a good look at actual nutritional science suggests it is impossible to identify a single best way to eat. Fitzgerald advocates an agnostic, rational approach to eating habits based on one's own habits, lifestyle, and genetics and body type. Many professional athletes already practice this "Good Enough" diet, and now we can too - and ditch the brainwashing of these diet cults for good.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Matt Fitzgerald (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Stephanie 09/12/2015
    Stephanie 09/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent listen"
    Would you listen to Diet Cults again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened twice already


    What did you like best about this story?

    It reminds the listener to think critically about the information we are flooded with about food


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    He is easy to listen to and very clear


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • dominik
    16/09/14
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    "Ideologies I Didn't Think I Had"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a highly interesting, casually written metanalysis on a subject we all hold near and dear. Reading this book can help you get a bit closer to yourself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt, he is a no nonsense, objective, kind critic of all the diet dogma out there.


    What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He got some of the science terminology wrong, but other than that, he was a solid voice for a story of this type.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    After Matt debunked veganism and fasting, it made me realize that I had some beliefs that I had given too much weight. I love that I had to change my view on these diets because of objective information.


    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    CA , United States
    29/03/16
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    "Finally!"

    I have read and tried every major diet book written in the past 30 years. Finally one makes real sense. I can live with this. Time to put these silly books away, dust off my old jogging shoes and get on with life.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Marshall
    24/05/16
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    "Eye Opening"

    Positive and rational information presented in a way for everyone to understand. It's not a diet book. It's not a lifestyle book. It's book of rationality, science and reason. It could save life however because so many people yo-yo and/or get stuck in a diet cult where it endangers their lives. This book may help!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Irsik
    Colorado Springs, CO
    18/01/16
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    "Great Read"

    Fitzgerald knows his stuff and it makes complete sense for his reasoning behind all those diet cults and what not to do! Worth listening to for sure!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • tke
    9/06/16
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    "Great book, so glad I listened!"

    If you're like me, and have tried every diet under the sun to lose or maintain weight, you'll find this book interesting. It offers simple advice we've all heard, and debunks many fad diets that claim to be the best way to stay healthy or lose weight. I've been on one diet or another for most of my life, hoping to find the golden ticket, but listening to this book will simplify my approach in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/02/16
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    "Tells it like it is!"

    This book really puts in perspective all the diet books on the market! I enjoyed it very much!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    Grand Junction, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    10/09/14
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    "tells us what we need to know"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Diet Cults to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Diet Cults?

    explains why people who diet don't lose weight


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    very smooth


    Any additional comments?

    tells the truth that people do not want to face

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • M. Robinson
    Mount Holly, NJ, US
    9/07/16
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    "More of the same"

    This author starts off well, giving rich, historical history of the evolution of human diets - which were most successful, etc. However, he veers off into the land of blaming the victim, as others before him. Weight loss failure is due to poor motivation and will power. He ignores the major role that food manipulation and marketing/sales and availability contribute to the issue. Especially the role that dense calories and the intended mass addiction to sugar that has been imposed on the global community. If these issues are not part of the conversation then it's just a passive chat. There is no true enlightenment.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • D. Kucher
    8/06/16
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    "Not bad"

    I liked Matt's perspective, the takeaway being that "diets" are cult-like, and there is no perfect diet. Sensible, science based alternatives are proposed.

    A bit less personal stuff would be good. His bias for "endurance athletes" like himself is annoying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Curtis Potter
    13/09/16
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    "An essential to being human"
    What did you love best about Diet Cults?

    I love how Fitzgerald rips the most popular diet cults a new one using science and logic. A majority of the things I thought were truth my whole life turn out to be horrible opinions that became popular. I am glad science is able to debunk most of this BS. As an endurance runner myself, I trust Matt's writing. He explains things clearly and easy without boring me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Thorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes very much so


    Any additional comments?

    If you see a book that has Matt Fitzgerald as an author, then don't hesitate to read. I have yet to be disappointed with anything he has written. I am impressed every time I read or listen to his writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Fred Akele
    Cambridge, UK
    26/04/15
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    "would definitely recommend this book."

    very good as a whole. loved the comparison with religions and the open mindness. I would advise to offer this to a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L
    5/03/15
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    "not bad. not great"

    narrator was good. content was not to bad. could of been more scientific. I felt allot of the book was padding to get to the final three chapters. only a few instating points made earlier in the book with human adaptability.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    11/12/14
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    "Simply fantastic."
    If you could sum up Diet Cults in three words, what would they be?

    insightful informative and good humoured


    Any additional comments?

    This is us excellent book exploring the psychology around food as well as the science and dogma. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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