I would like to thank Dr. Barry Groves for his wonderful books on dieting and very informative web site. After so many years I still have his great little book : Eat Fat Get Thin which helped me lose a whopping 63 pounds and I have kept my desired weight ever since.. In my humble opinion Dr. Barry Grove has promoted the healthiest way of eating, most especially for those of us who were destined to be always obese and who have tried many other so called conventional diets (mostly very rich in Carbohydrates and low calorie diets coupled with exercises) which eventually end up in failure. on the subject of Melanoma I hope that his latest book and his essays will do what his diet books have accomplished for millions of people that is to dispel the ignorance and morbid fear of exposing our skins to the Sun. Unfortunately there are so many scientists (some not even real researchers) who are misleading the public and are now on the "hide your skin from the Sun Bandwagon". I discovered recent articles by fear mongering people like the misinformed Australian "psychologist" (I wonder what psychology has to do with it! !) Dr. Nadine Kasparian among other Australians who are making tours to schools, doing radio interviews in Sydney which are misinforming adults as well as young children and inculcating in them "Sun Phobia".--very sad and ignorant indeed. I hope that Dr. Barry will continue to do more research and inform the public on this very important subject : Melanoma cancer and dieting .
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Like the authors' Trick and Treat book, this book has so many important things to say. Not just about weight loss, but also about health and about our health system.
This book explains that while it is our responsibility to make healthy choices, to make a choice first we have to understand that there is a choice. We need accurate information. Unfortunately the current food guidelines are based on myths and wishful thinking rather than science.
The idea that traditional foods are causing all our modern diseases is ludicrous.
The author writes about diet, that: * The advice to cut down on sugar but to eat lots of grains makes no sense. Don't be fooled by the 'whole gain holiness!' * Low fat, high-carb and low calorie diets are not healthy and not the best diet for weight loss. * The GI is oversold and overhyped and used to push many unhealthy foods and a low-calorie agenda. * Other animals with an abundant food supply don't get fat, so this is not just about too much food but about eating the wrong foods. * High levels of glucose (as with a high-grain and high-carb diet) compromise the immune system. * Grains are not as high in nutrients as we have been led to believe and in fact these foods can leach nutrients from the body if not properly prepared. The same is true of legumes. * Excess fibre can cause problems for some people and fibre from grains is not necessary. Bran flakes are not a health food, but a faddish waste of money. * Low salt diets have not been tested for safety and the scaremongering about salt is not scientific. * Healthy low carb diets must be high in fat and NOT protein. * The Paleo diet is very relevant today.Read more ›
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
A Thin Man In Every Fat One - Barry Groves Finds ThemApril 16 2007
Dr. Herbert Nehrlich
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There are three macronutrients in our diet: fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Only two are essential and carbohydrate isn't one of them.
It was mostly the sincerity of Dr. Groves' previous two books that prompted me to order his latest one, sight unseen and not a review in sight.
I was not disappointed.
For those unacquainted with the truth in matters of human nutrition, the contents of Natural Health And Weight Loss will raise some eyebrows.
Yes, Groves is right, if there are any culprits to be found in our nutrients, macro- or micro-, it is the carbohydrates. Notably the refined ones but also an excess of complex starches.
The roots of this book can be found in his 1999 publication Eat Fat And Get Thin but even starchy origins can bring about a veritable treasure, in this case a very practical book. The chapters are arranged in logical fashion and the pages contain a wealth of information and only few bits of clutter.
The subject matter of this is low carbohydrate dieting. Many books have been written on this, starting with Banting's original classic Letter Of Corpulence, to Atkins and other imitations. Like the author, I was inspired by British physician Richard Mackarness whose book Eat Fat And Grow Slim was published some 50 years ago. Written for the average blokes and sheilas (whom Mackarness called Mr. and Mrs. Fatten-Easily), it remains a classic. Dr. Groves attempted to go a step further, I believe. He educates the reader on the complex subject matter and demands a measure of concentration from those who are not well schooled in life science subjects. Yet, lazy couch potatoes and recliner pumpkins may skip the science and use the book as a manual.
Practicing meticulous attention to detail, Dr. Groves leaves no stone unturned in presenting evidence for what he espouses as the diet that will keep humans healthy. Rightly he emphasizes the crucial importance of the little known fact that it is FATS that are our most valuable foods and that the correct diet is not high protein but high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate . To the uninitiated, this book undoubtedly flies in the face of current wisdom. The self-appointed guardians of our health (who themselves have had precious little training in nutrition)keep presenting us with the same old faulty diet pyramids in the mistaken belief that adherence will contribute to the good health of society.
Well, as they say, the proof is in the pudding (which is not on Dr. Groves' list of preferred foods) and the verdict is in: The low carb way of eating works!
Once the reader gets into the 15th chapter (s)he will be aware that there is nothing strange about eating high fat, low carb fare. After all, humans evolved on it. A list of diseases is given that appear to have their origin in the consumption of excess carbohydrates and the subject of insulin and glucose excess and the resultant malfunctions are well covered. Groves goes into the limited usefulness of the Glycaemic Index and he provides information for diabetics.
On the basis of the astonishing amount of good information contained in 350 odd pages alone, this book deserves to be read by the Fatten-Easy crowd as well as those just curious.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Grove's book makes lowcarbing easy to do.Aug. 2 2007
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First of all, this is a must-read for anyone who is interested in healthy living the lowcarb way.
I have many friends who are following this plan and just love it. Not only is it easy to follow, it provides a good healthy weight loss that is easy to sustain.
This book is very clear in explaining the benefits of lowcarb eating and explains the healthy aspects of this plan for people who have chronic diseases, i,e., diabetes.
He is very insightful in providing a way to get our children eating in a healthy way from the start and not waiting until they are in jr. high and obese. Eating patterns are learned early.
I can't recommend this book enough..It's great!!
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating!Aug. 20 2007
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I was highly impressed with this book, and no doubt it is compelling reading. Above all, it is very accessible to the average reader who wants to dig deep into the "whys" and "wherefores" of low carb eating, all while absorbing an amazing array of detail. Mr. Groves appears to be under ratings attack on the net, and like Atkins and other revolutionary thinkers in the arena of low carb/high fat eating, the medical community still shuns these concepts. But medical credentials don't mean everything, and I'd say Barry Groves with his 40 years of study and personal experimentation and observation knows more on this subject than a hundred doctors collectively know. (Read: most doctors know virtually nothing about nutrition). While reading this book you can't help but be convinced by his very sound arguments for this way of eating. It all makes sense when you look at the data and examples he presents. I myself haven't yet implemented his precise recommendations, but I can say that my previous experience doing Atkins for about 6 weeks was amazing: I felt better than I'd ever felt (no grains, no dairy, no sugar) and I dropped weight effortlessly. There is something to this, no doubt about it. The only thing that still frightens me is the idea of possibly raising cholesterol etc. to higher levels. I guess I have a bit of trouble banishing my final degree of skepticism which I hold for all books on weight loss....Mr. Groves' ideas really do fly against the current thinking of most of the medical community, most of whom are sadly "in the dark" about nutritional issues beyond a very rudimentary level. Why should I believe anything they say? Look at the food pyramid! In any case, this really is one of the most fascinating books I have yet read in this subject area and I will be reading it more than once to absorb everything. Particularly if you are already committed to the idea of low carb eating as a way of life, this book greatly adds to your knowledge on the subject and will definitely strengthen your resolve to continue with this sort of diet for a lifetime of maintaining a healthy weight.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A Diamond in the RoughOct. 20 2007
Melissa G. Chattaraj
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In a world where every "nutritionist" seems out to make a quick buck ("Lose 20 lbs in 20 days!!"), Barry Groves REALLY knows his stuff, biologically and practically speaking. It's clear that this man has spent most of his life studying nutrition and biology. He can produce study after study after study and explain its what they mean. The guy even goes back to studying prehistoric man and archaeological finds re: nutrition. This book is nothing if not THOROUGH. I've made nutrition a hobby (studying it, as well as practical application of course!!) and read many books and textbooks on biology and nutrition, and this book is one few that I would actually recommend to anyone. You won't just learn about how to lose weight, but about how your body really works, and how to be healthy for life. I'm not interested in Atkins or Southbeach or some other commercialized "diet".... and this really isn't like that at all. You'll learn a lot, and the truth shall set you free.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is NOT just another Low Carb Diet!!!May 4 2009
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After having read nearly every diet book known to man, I thought I would do some additional research to see if I could find something to aide my daughter with her health issues. She has been to at least 8 doctors and always ended up in the same place with continued or exacerbated illness.
I read this book and realized that Dr. Groves speaks to using real food, with the fat, butter, cheese, cream, etc., while cutting back on carbs, sugars, and processed foods. While those points are not new, Dr. Groves focus is directed toward eating more fat - real fat, instead of all the garbage of lowfat butters, margarine, yogurt and everything else that is supposed to make us healthy and comprise the leading causes of heart disease and helping no one.
After only 4 days on Dr. Groves suggested program, my daughter has lost 4 lbs and is hopeful for the first time in 12 years that she will be successful. My mother has lost the same amount and both say that they feel more satisfied on this regiment than they ever have on any other program and thus eating significantly less food. When one is satisfied, one will take in less calories and subsequently lose weight. My daughter stated that she has more energy, and my mother is more than thrilled with the results and has said that this is something that she can stick with to see if it will really work. Of course, the weight loss they have achieved of course includes some water, but when neither of them have been able to lose anything, water or otherwise, one can imagine their joy is seeing the scales move for whatever reason.
For years now, we've all been inundated by the use of the food pyramid and what has it yielded - a nation of fat people. One point of interest is that the food pyramid that has been touted as the way we, as humans should eat, is the same food plan utilized for fattening cows and pigs for market. Are we getting the connection?
For those people who have stated that Dr. Groves book is yet another replay of the Atkins plan, please read the book more closely, and pay special attention to the overall concept, which states that one should limit carbs to approximately 60 per day, eat moderate amounts of protein and focus on the intake of real fat, which triggers the satisfaction synapses in the brain that will limit intake and result in weight loss. Let me underscore, this is NOT just another low-carb program. This book strikes at the core of the weight loss mystery and that is message in the brain that screams for more food when we are not satisfied. Good fats in our diets make us feel satisfied and when we feel satisfied, we stop eating and lose weight.
Of all the diet programs that my family has tried, this is the ONLY one that has helped by mother and my daughter who have both struggled all their lives with weight. They ate according to the "healthy" eating program and exercised, only to continue to gain weight and lose their health. Dr. Groves' has given two ladies a new lease on life in a very short period of time and I am very grateful that I have found this book.
Take the time, give it a try and celebrate the success.