Saturday, May 31, 2014


I enjoy reading Dr. Yoni Freedhoff's tweets and postings on his blog site (  Dr. Freedhoff is a family physician and an expert on weight management.  Several months ago I bought his 2014 book called 'The Diet Fix'.

The book is divided into three sections: an overview, a 10 day reset program and implementation.  Dr. Freedhoff doesn't advocate one diet over another.  He does group the various popular current diets and explains how to use reset principles to reset any diet.

So what are reset principles?  He presents a 10 day reset plan to help you set patterns to make any diet you choose to follow be more successful.  The plan over 10 days includes:
1. Gearing up
2. Diarizing
3. Banishing hunger
4. Cooking
5. Thinking
6. Exercising
7. Indulging
8. Eating out
9. Setting goals
10. Troubleshooting and moving forward

There are a number of things that I liked about the book.  It presents short case studies of people who have struggled to lose weight; the Doctor explains that real life does include chocolate; on each of the 10 days you review a 'start and an end of the day checklist' which makes you think about the day ahead and then review what happened; and, the implementation plan covers eight areas - diet, live, eat, move, think, weigh, heal and parent.

Dr. Freedhoff reviews a number of diets and doesn't pick the best diet.  In fact, he describes that we are all different and there are pros and cons and health benefits to every diet. The fact is that you have to like the way you are eating in order to eat that way forever.  I also liked another point he made which says 'the more weight you'd like to permanently lose, the more of your life you'll need to permanently change'.  He also says we need to aim for the healthiest life we can enjoy, not the healthiest life we can tolerate.  I could go on further and provide more nuggets of observations he makes but I will leave it at that.

If you want to read a realistic book about breaking the cycle of traumatic dieting, I recommend this book.

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