The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work Hardcover – Mar 4 2014
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“Dr. Freedhoff tackles the diet issue head on with compassion, wisdom and a ‘you can do it’ attitude. His approach is simple, practical and effective. He touches on the very essence of what you need to know to fully understand how easy it is to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. This is our go-to-book to help us stay on track.”
—Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod, BodyBreak
“Few people know as much about weight loss as Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. It is no surprise that he has produced a book that is the perfect combination of evidence-based facts and good, solid, usable advice. There is so much misinformation in the media about dieting, and so many trendy and near useless diets. Yoni’s book is exactly what we need: a science-informed—and fun to read—road map to long-term weight loss success.”
—Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta, and author of The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness
“This is a seriously mindful weight-loss program that works well for his patients.”
—Marion Nestle, Food Politics
“It’s not a quick-fix diet but a fix to the dieting mentality. . . . There’s no judgment and it’s driven by a mentality of acceptance. I especially love how he suggests silencing the critical voices in your head with a more constructive one. . . . Freedhoff says to ask yourself: What can I do right now that will help a little bit? One idea: Check out this book!”
—Canadian Living (blog)
“Freedhoff is a one-man cheering squad with a down-to-earth, resonant, real-world weight-loss prescription focusing on a dieter’s personal best. Enhanced with case studies, 35 pages of recipes, resources lists, plus the author’s website and award-winning blog, this book will help dieters win by losing.”
“What makes The Diet Fix a game-changer is the plain-spoken way that Dr. Freedhoff presents the reality that no diet can work if it makes life unbearable.”
“Clearly this is not your average diet book. From what I’ve seen over years examining (and participating in) the diet and fitness industry, if any diet book ‘works’ it’s going to be this one. And if it does, I’m looking forward to a sequel.”
—Patrick Mustain, Scientific American (blog)
“Dr. Yoni Freedhoff is one of the most respected authorities in sustainable weight loss today, and this book proves it. Completely lacking in any of the bovine droppings rife in the diet industry, this thoughtful and wise book puts you on the proper path to being leaner and healthier for life.”
—James S. Fell, syndicated fitness columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of Lose it Right
“In his refreshingly fad-free diet book, Dr. Freedhoff writes with sharp-eyed skepticism and genuine compassion about the myths and mistakes that torpedo even the most dedicated dieters. Fortunately, he also has the solutions—simple, sustainable fixes that will reframe your approach to weight loss and long-term health.”
—Alex Hutchinson, author of Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?
“Dr. Yoni Freedhoff passionately demonstrates in The Diet Fix that he is every dieter’s advocate. His 10 Day Reset will not only make you healthier, but it will also turn you into an activist around your own health.”
—Jamie Beckerman, M.D., author of The Flex Diet
“Millions of people are suffering through restriction, denial, sacrifice, hunger and a frustrating yo-yo cycle of weight loss and regain, yet they still struggle to manage their weight. This serial dieting breeds guilt, shame, depression, despair and binge eating. If you’re one of these ‘traumatic dieters,’ Dr. Yoni Freedhoff’s book, The Diet Fix, will not only provide a much needed sigh of relief, it will be a godsend. It might even save your life.”
—Tom Venuto, author of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle
“Yoni Freedhoff’s The Diet Fix is a no-nonsense approach to realistic weight management by a recognized expert in the field. Based on simple but time-proven principles of chronic disease management including self-monitoring, goal setting, persistence and perseverance, this step-by-step guide to long-term weight management provides the evidence, debunks common myths and is chock-full of practical tips—the ultimate diet book for anyone wanting to stop dieting and start living.”
—Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, Disc. (h.c.), FRCPC Professor of Medicine
“Here finally is a book capturing the nuts and bolts of the dieting culture that has gripped North America. With Dr. Freedhoff’s clear presentation of fact supported by years of firsthand experience, a crystal-clear picture of what works, what doesn’t and what is myth emerges. The Diet Fix is a service to all.”
“Finally a diet plan that can work because it won’t make you miserable! Like all honest approaches to a better life, The Diet Fix is rooted in a deep understanding of how people are wired, and inspired by optimism about their true potential. You’ll never need to read another diet book.”
—Melanie Warner, author of Pandora’s Lunchbox
“The Diet Fix delivers. This is a wonderful approach to tackling the Diet Demons. It allows people to keep what they like most about food—the taste and indulgences—and to get rid of what they don’t like about food—overeating and guilt. It’s about balance. Regaining balance in our diet as well as in our lives.”
—Brian Wansink (Ph.D.), author of Mindless Eating and Slim by Design
“After reading Dr. Freedhoff’s book I can conclude that only an expert, who has real life experience treating patients suffering with weight issues, could have written this guide to weight management. Dr. Freedhoff distills the science of dieting into a very easy and practical read with proven results. Anybody who is battling weight issues should turn off their computer, get off the blog sites boasting miraculous weight loss, and just read this book.”
—Garth Davis, M.D., author of The Expert’s Guide to Weight-Loss Surgery
“I doubt you need anyone to tell you that ‘dieting’ is badly broken; just look around! But if you would like to know how to fix it, and adopt a sensible, sustainable, and satisfying approach to weight control—then you certainly do need to hear from Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. In The Diet Fix, Dr. Freedhoff draws upon his excellent knowledge of relevant research, and his many years of clinical experience to serve up empowering insights that are as much about living well as they are about losing weight. This is a terrific book.”
—David Katz, MD, MPH, author of Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well
“The Diet Fix is the real deal: a book that challenges the conventional wisdom about losing weight. This compassionate and hope-filled guide serves up the secrets to achieving—and maintaining—the weight that’s right for you. Forget the quick fix: The Diet Fix will give you the tools you need to (finally) make peace with food.”
—Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books
“This isn’t a detox diet, it’s a diet detox—a 10-day ‘reprogramming’ that will free you forever from the damaging and defeating cycle of failed diets. Those suffering from Post Traumatic Dieting Stress (which is to say, most of us) may find it hard to believe that an approach this gentle, doable, and sane could ever work. Trust me: The Diet Fix offers an end to the madness and the keys to lasting weight control.”
—Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, author of Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet
About the Author
DR. YONI FREEDHOFF, MD, CCFP, is widely considered to be Canada's most outspoken obesity expert. His weekly column in U.S. News & World Report's online Eat + Run edition is regularly the most read on the site, and he writes periodically on issues of health, weight management, and fitness for a variety of publications including Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and daily on his award winning blog Weighty Matters. He is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa and a sought after international speaker. Dr. Freedhoff graduated with honors from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where he received the Betty Stewart Sisam Award as the graduating student who "has shown the greatest human understanding and care for the welfare and health of patients."See all Product Description
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This is not your standard diet book. You know the one-exclude some food group, the weight falls off, it'a a miracle! I've gone through quite a number of them and the miracle was always short lived. I've yo-yoed up and down for the last 20 years and have an extensive wardrobe of different sized clothes to prove it. For the first time in a long time, I actually have some hope of making lasting changes.
There are 3 main sections: The Reveal, The 10 Day Reset and The Recovery. The book starts out by describing diets gone wrong and introduces Post-Traumatic Dieting Disorder. I recognised myself in many of the descriptions. Too many! I'm pretty sure I'm a classic case of PTDD. Luckily, there is hope for me. It leads into a 10 day/10 step programme to fix the damage and start losing sensibly. It's all wonderfully doable and makes sense. Pitfalls are covered and there's also a great recipe section at the back. Even I could manage them! The final section teaches you how to keep these behaviours going for life.
It's wonderfully down to earth and doable. There are no false promises, no starvation, no special foods. It's based on scientific evidence, a wealth of experience and real life. I have recommended this book to everybody-particularly all my friends who have had similar experiences with losing and regaining or just struggling in general.
If I had to pick one word to describe the tone of the book it would be "kind". No matter how many times you've tried and failed, there's hope for you. You're not alone and you're not a failure. I could feel myself relaxing and exhaling as I read. With this approach, I'm confident you (and I) can actually succeed. For life!
Freedhoff opens his book with “Dieting’s Seven Deadly Sins”: Hunger (not sustainable), sacrifice (leads to certain failure), willpower (important but permanent resistance is futile), food restrictions (manage, not banish food groups), sweating (you can't outrun your fork), seeking perfection (need to accommodate setbacks) and denial (suffering becomes harder to both sustain and deny). Given that typical "diets" don't deliver long-term results, negative emotions and expectations run high among dieters. Freedhoff reviews and addresses the most common side-effects: guilt, shame, failure, depression, despair, binge eating and metabolic slowdown.
But at the core of the book lies what Freedhoff calls the “Ten Day Reset,” which recalibrates expectations about healthy eating. Permanent changes in weight go hand in hand with permanent changes to life; thus, each day describes a new set of skills to support behavior change.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
There are so many diet books out there that it is hard to figure out which ones are based on good science. This one is.Published 1 month ago by M. Kanner
Great book. Helps you re-learn good habits and unlearn bad ones.Published 5 months ago by Ms Diana E Purdy
Sound approach and realistic advice. As a first time dieter I am really happy to have found this book so I can avoid the common pitfalls and actually have a chance at succeedingPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book does a really great job of dispelling meyths and give you practical info about realistic appraches to losing weight, without the fads.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Every public health practitioner, personal trainer, dietitian, nutritionist, coach and more should read this book! For once a refreshing perspective on food, diets and our bodies. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stacey Michelle
This is THE best diet companion ever! It's scientific, it's smart, it's possible.... I've lost 10 pounds since January 1st 2015. Thank you Doc!Published 17 months ago by Anne Roussell
It deserves no star! There was absolutely no difference with many other books and articles about diet. Real waste of time and money!Published 21 months ago by Afshin