Just eat One reporter's quest for a weight-loss regimen that works

Barry Estabrook

Book - 2021

"Investigative journalist Barry Estabrook was often on the receiving end of his doctor's scowl. Realizing he had two options--take more medication or lose weight--Estabrook chose the latter, but was paralyzed by the options. Which diet would keep the weight off? What program could he maintain over time? What diet works best--or even at all? Over the course of three years, Estabrook tried the regimens behind the most popular diets of the past forty years--from paleo, keto, gluten-free, ...and veganism to the Master Cleanse, Whole30, Atkins, Weight Watchers--examining the people, claims, and science behind the fads, all while recording his mental and physical experience of following each one. Along the way, he discovered that all the branded programs are derived from just three diets. There are effective, scientifically valid takeaways to be cherry-picked . . . and the rest is just marketing. Perhaps most alarming, Estabrook uncovered how short-term weight loss can do long-term health damage that may go undetected for years. Estabrook contextualizes his reporting with an analysis of our culture's bizarre dieting history, dating back to the late 1800s, to create a thorough--and thoroughly entertaining--look at what specific diets do to our bodies, why some are more effective than others, and why our relationship with food is so fraught."--Amazon.com

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Subjects
Genres
Personal narratives
Published
California : Lorena Jones Books, an imprint of Ten Speed Press [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-234) and index.
ISBN
9780399580277
0399580271
Main Author
Barry Estabrook (author)
  • Forty unwanted pounds
  • Instant results
  • Diet nation
  • There are only three diets
  • Dean cuisine
  • Low-carb country
  • Losers pay
  • Hill tribe
  • Club Med
  • A French connection
  • The reckoning
  • Big winners
  • Mini me
  • Precursors to late-twentieth-century diets.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

The New York Times best-selling author of Tomatoland describes the three years he spent trying to lose weight with the most popular diets of the past forty years and discovers that they are all derived from one of three diets.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The New York Times best-selling author of Tomatoland describes the three years he spent trying to lose weight with the most popular diets of the past forty years and discovers that they are all derived from one of three diets.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The New York Times bestselling author of Tomatoland test drives the most popular diets of our time, investigating the diet gurus, contradictory advice, and science behind the programs to reveal how we should—and shouldn’t—be dieting. “Essential reading . . . This will completely change your ideas about what you should be eating.”—Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the PlumsInvestigative journalist Barry Estabrook was often on the receiving end of his doctor’s scowl. Realizing he had two options—take more medication or lose weight—Estabrook chose the latter, but was paralyzed by the options. Which diet would keep the weight off? What program could he maintain over time? What diet works best—or even at all?Over the course of three years, Estabrook tried the regimens behind the most popular diets of the past forty years—from paleo, keto, gluten-free, and veganism to the Master Cleanse, Whole30, Atkins, Weight Watchers—examining the people, claims, and science behind the fads, all while recording his mental and physical experience of following each one. Along the way, he discovered that all the branded programs are derived from just three diets. There are effective, scientifically valid takeaways to be cherry-picked . . . and the rest is just marketing. Perhaps most alarming, Estabrook uncovered how short-term weight loss can do long-term health damage that may go undetected for years. Estabrook contextualizes his reporting with an analysis of our culture’s bizarre dieting history, dating back to the late 1800s, to create a thorough—and thoroughly entertaining—look at what specific diets do to our bodies, why some are more effective than others, and why our relationship with food is so fraught.Estabrook’s account is a relatable, pragmatic look into the ways we try to improve our health through dieting, revealing the answer may be to just eat.