After last week’s newsletter urging you NOT to diet, I realize that this week’s topic may seem confusing. But before you get flustered with me, first hear me out. I read this week’s recommended read-The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to make Yours Work – with a bit of cynicism but once I got into it, I realized that this book is an incredibly powerful tool for anyone who has struggled with maintaining a healthy weight. The author, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff and I became Twitter buddies initially and I liked what he had to say about healthy relationships with food and weight. I also enjoyed his funny videos sleuthing the “healthfulness” of certain foods (you thought Nutella was healthy? Watch this and think again!) He writes a wonderful blog called Weighty Matters that I suggest you check out as well.
In short, after reading The Diet Fix from front to back and learning more about Dr. Freedhoff and his work, I think this guy is a breath of fresh air in the obesity narrative and is at the forefront of helping solve this epidemic in North America. I am convinced that after reading his book, you’ll agree.
Here’s a bit of background on him from his website:
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Medical Institute in Ottawa where he and his team help people lose weight in a safe and healthy way and to keep it off for the long-run.Dr. Freedhoff has been referred to as Canada’s most outspoken obesity experts and the Canadian Medical Association Journal once dubbed him a Canadian “nutritional watchdog”. His advocacy efforts in both obesity and nutrition policy have landed him speaking at the Canadian House of Commons regarding his concerns surrounding Canada’s Food Guide and as a member of multiple stakeholder groups run by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada. In2010 Dr. Freedhoff helped to co-found Reality Coalition Canada, a non-profit group of diverse Canadian experts whose mission is to promote evidence-based obesity prevention and treatment policies and messages.
To give you a sneak preview of this wonderful book, I will share the topics I loved the most:
History of Dieting:
Good/Bad diets, scientific and pseudoscientific diets, counting diets and programs, crash diets, exercise diets, magic diets, and the ‘eat smarter’ diet.
Dieting’s Seven Deadly Sins:
Hunger, sacrifice, willpower, blind restriction, sweat, perfectionism, and denial.
Dieting’s Seven Deadly Traumas:
Guilt, shame, failure, depression, despair, binge eating, weight cycling and metabolic slowdown.
And lastly, my absolute FAVOURITE…
Post-Traumatic Dieting Disorder (PTDD)
(he invented this name) which includes:
- feelings of ineffectiveness
- feeling permanently damaged
- loss of healthy body image
- social withdrawal
- feeling constantly threatened by food
- impaired relationships with others
- changes in personality
Have you read a self-help book that changed your life for the better?
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