Escape the Diet Trap (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/1/3
`Briffa’s tips will leave you trim, toned and pleasantly hunger-free’ Woman
`I was really impressed, mainly because the weight loss was so quick’ Woman and Home
`Builds a sustainable relationships with food that will bring long-term weight loss without excessive hunger, calorie control or hunger’ Saga
`I lost 6lbs in two weeks, despite eating a lot more than usual. I’m hooked’ Cosmopolitan
Dr John Briffa is a practising doctor and award-winning health writer who has contributed to a wide variety of newspaper and magazines both in the UK and abroad. He was formerly the natural health columnist for the Daily Mail, and has been the Observer’s nutritionist since 2002. He is the author of several books on the subject of health, nutrition and natural health. He works in private practice in London.
My only reason for not giving this book 5 stars is that I ordered it from electric-chicken and it came from World of Books. I had chosen electric-chicken because the book sounded like it was in better condition.
Very recently, when both my mother and sister were formally diagnosed with coeliacs disease, and I too found that my digestive system increasingly suffered terribly when I ate certain things, I started to wonder what was going on. It sounds daft now, but I just accepted that the nausea, discomfort, fatigue and heartburn I felt after eating very specific staples of my diet (e.g. bread, shop bought cakes, ready meals etc.) was normal for a significant portion of my adult life.
So I started to question what I was eating. Should I really be feeling so bad? I looked at a few books on Amazon and settled on this one after reading a few recommendations, and what an excellent book it is! It is a very factual, science-based examination of the (poor) effects of the modern western diet on the human body, and ways to modify your diet to a diet more in tune with human physiology to improve health and wellbeing.
This is definitely not some bleached toothed, bronzed yank fad diet book - it's a fascinating exploration of the assumptions behind the modern diet. It's a very readable book, with summaries at the end of each chapter. Chapters are short and focussed, so you don't drift off.
I would even go so far to say that it is one of the most interesting books that I have ever read - I would recommend it to anyone who suspects that their diet might be having adverse effects on their health and wellbeing. It is also half the price of other books I've seen out there and so an absolute bargain!
UPDATE: after completely removing grain, processed fats and high carb items from my diet (ie no bread, no cereals, no spuds, no cakes, no ready meals), and eating more unprocessed meat/protein, butter/olive oil, nuts and veg, I am amazed at how quickly my digestive system has responded. No heartburn, no nasty cramps, no stomach pain. I am already sleeping better with no interruptions. Such a simple solution but very effective. I don't feel that I have sacrificed anything (still have Chinese take away as treat, but don't order noodles or battered items), and if anything feel like I have eaten too much! Haven't checked weight, but my primary goal is to stop my horrible stomach aches and heartburn without resorting to my usual medication. This is working really well for me, I'm eating stuff I like, I'm not hungry at all - I wish I had known about this a few years ago! A massive thanks to Dr Briffa for writing this book.
I discovered the joys of low carb originally through the US nutritionist Jonny Bowden, and his 'Unleash Your Thin' programme on the internet. Once I was hooked I started to trawl the internet looking for other inspiring information on the subject and came across Dr John Briffa, a UK doctor who has been promoting the benefits of low carbs for years.
Initially I watched his excellent video segments on Youtube [...] - and was yet again inspired.
This time I bought several copies of his book, not just for me but for friends who also have struggled for years with weight problems and not realised we were sabotaging our efforts with the traditional 'eat less calories, eat low fat' mantra that the so called experts have brainwashed us with for decades.
Well I've given the books out over Christmas as gifts, including my own once I'd read it, and hopefully my friends will also be inspired to join the health revolution and realise there's a really simple way to losing weight and better health - cut out the cheap, crappy carbohydrate foods we've been peddled for years and start enjoying foods nature intended us to eat.