The Diet Myth

The Diet Myth

Why the Secret to Health and Weight Loss Is Already in your Gut

Book - 2015
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What should we eat? It's a simple and fundamental question that still bewilders us, despite a seemingly infinite amount of available information on which foods are best for our bodies. Scientists, dieticians, and even governments regularly publish research on the dangers of too much fat and sugar, as well as on the benefits of exercise, and yet the global obesity crisis is only worsening. Most diet plans prove to be only short-term solutions, and few strategies work for everyone. Why can one person eat a certain meal and gain weight, while another eating the same meal drops pounds? Part of the truth lies in genetics, but more and more, scientists are finding that the answer isn't so much what we put into our stomachs, but rather the essential digestive microbes already in them.Drawing on the latest science and his team's own pioneering research, The Diet Myth explores the hidden world of the microbiome, and demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins, and nutrients. Dr. Tim Spector shows us that only by understanding what makes our own personal microbes tick and interact can we overcome the confusion of modern nutrition, allowing us to regain natural balance in our bodies. Countless recent scientific papers have been written on weight-loss topics like prebiotics and fructans, and The Diet Myth gathers these latest findings into one place, revealing new information about how best to lose weight and manage our bodies. Mixing cutting-edge discoveries, illuminating science, and his own case studies, Spector reveals why we should abandon fads and instead embrace diversity for a balanced diet, a healthy stomach, and a nourished body.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Overlook Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781468311518
Branch Call Number: 613.2 S
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 02, 2016

This book is scholarly without being ponderous. As a first foray into probiotics, along with "The Gut", this is a very good way of being to understand the science of all that is going on down there.

May 10, 2016

Statements by the author, a well-respected epidemiologist, are referenced to peer-reviewed endnotes (that's what the little superscript numbers refer to). The book is well-written, with humour, and the author clearly indicates when his statements need further research (unlike the wheat belly, gluten crowd).

Oct 24, 2015

It's an entertaining read. The author has an interesting perspective - from his twin studies. Sadly, he often strays from what he knows, making assertions that are simply wrong. He's probably right in the broad thrust of his argument[s], but as this is written for a popular audience (i.e. without foot/end/notes), it's hard to distinguish his conjectures from what has been scientifically established, and how convincing that study was.


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