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A Self Promotion Diet

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-2021

I was really excited at the start of the book to hear James proclaim there was no padding or unnecessary content and every word was carefully chosen. And yet hour after hour all I heard was the same stuff over and over again, much of which was James Smith promoting James Smith, not the useful information I was looking for.
I was skeptical as soon as he started down the calories in vs calories out rabbit hole. This myth has been well and truly debunked in recent years, It has been the corner stone of countless diet failures over the decades. Yes, like most diets it will produce results in the short term but will eventually lead to failure and more weight gain than from where you started. If that was all it took we wouldn't need yet another diet book (despite the proclamation that this isn't just another Diet Book).

I'm sure there are valuable takeaways in the book but there is just too much babble to see it through to the end and make any sense of it. Perhaps it is better suited to gym junkies looking for inspiration and motivation. The only weight loss I achieved was in my wallet.

Very Biased towards HRT

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-2020

While some of the information in the audiobook was worthwhile it was very self promoting towards the author's clinic and strongly biased towards HRT. Discussion about alternative therapies was minimal and dismissive suggesting there were considerable risks involved. At the same time discussion about the risks of HRT were equally dismissive suggesting it was all based on outdated and incorrect past data. It does not live up to the sub-heading of "All you need to know in one concise manual".
Overall production quality was poor. The audio itself was very clear but repetitive in many places with one reader essentially repeating what the other had just said. Also reading out numerous web links verbatim was simply ludicrous. How hard would it be to compile them into an accompanying PDF like so many other audiobooks do.
Finally, the book is very much targeted for the UK reader. All links and references are for the UK.
There is some useful information here but it fell way short of expectations and certainly didn't deliver value for money.