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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2012
Caulfield strips away all of the hype and promotion around fitness, diet and genetics to give the reader a few key messages about what we can really do to be more healthy. He wades through the science and talks to the experts to tease out a few central truths that can be supported by clear evidence. While he is hard on alternative medicine he is equally critical of many aspects of modern healthcare, especially the role of the pharmaceutical industry. Caulfield weaves in his personal journey through his research which lightens the message and provides a few laughs. Beware - if you justify your eating habits by exercising you might not want to read the sections on exercise and diet.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
This was a interesting examination of the hype surrounding basic health related recommendations and behaviours. The author included personal experience and a sound examination of the science behind healthy diet, exercise, genetics, alternative medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. The take home message is that there are simple health related behaviours that we should all follow (e.g., high intensity exercise, no junk food and lots of fruits and veg). He goes on to demonstrate that, although the message is simple, actually doing this is difficult. There is no magic or easy way to quickly and permanently lose weight. It takes hard and persistent work. Although this may not be what we want to hear, the simplicity of the message means we can ignore the mixed messages that tell us to do a certain program or use a particular supplement or weight loss 'cure'.

By taking a simple approach to healthy living based on sound scientific evidence, I now feel I can better ignore the hype around weight loss, exercise programs and so on. Instead, I can focus my time and efforts (and money) on actually doing the work of healthy living. The message that this is very hard work and most of us fail was difficult to take at first. However, I think that it has helped me come to the point of accepting I have to be persistent about diet and exercise and understand that there will be times that they are not the best. This is not a reason to give up.

Although this book is science based, the author has made it a good read for the average person by providing good explanations as well as his (often humorous) personal experience related to each section of the book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
There is no shortage of health based books that preach the mantra "exercise more, eat less". This book is no exception. What sets this book apart from all others is the blend of science with style and candour. Professor Caulfield takes on the health industry with a ruthlessly empirical approach. While keeping an open mind he puts theories to the test (using himself as a guinea pig) and reports the facts. No recommendation is made until the scientific evidence supports the conclusion. To convey his message, Professor Caulfield employs a self-effacing, intimate and humorous style. There are some surprising revelations, a hint of conspiracy and even a few cliff-hangers, making this book read more like a spy novel than a fitness manual. Professor Caulfield confirms what you likely already know: that there are no quick fixes. He makes it clear, though, that if you are broken, you can be fixed and you hold the key to the cure. A very worthy read, indeed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2015
This book was suggested to me by a fellow runner long distance runner.

For some time now I had been trying to penetrate the massive amount of health information out there that is constantly vying for our attention. Some of it is true. Some of it is false. Most of it you scratch your head and ask yourself where do you begin to challenge it?

This is a book about the journey that most middle aged athletic people want to make but don't have the time. This book explodes a lot of myths. But the troubling part is that the truth is really, really simple. If you want to be 'healthy' then you need to lift weights, do HIIT, eat fruits, vegetables and some meat.

The really, really troubling message this book leaves you with is that if you are in your forties, then you need to eat healthy, work out and learn to eat half the amount of food you currently eat.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
The book gives an excellent insight as well as information on diet. It is gifted with personality as well as fact.
While the above is true for the first half of the book, dealing as it does with an individual's efforts, the second
part falls into generalized discussion about what society needs, rather than one person's individual need.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2013
Great book, well written, a lot of research was done, and it shows. He keeps things simple and straighforward. Would recommend.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
I can't recommend this book highly enough. So much useful information, and very well written. I use info I learned from the chapters on diet, food and exercise every day. A must-read for people who want the facts on health.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2012
Well written and well researched Caulfield strips away the notions related to diet, exercise and alternative health care. I read the book on recommendation of a friend who had it recommended to him and I recommended it to another friend. I really enjoyed the witty tone of the book too.
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