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The Diet Myth Audiobook

The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat

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Publisher's Summary

We are all increasingly bewildered by the simple question of what to eat. Despite advice from experts, governments and dieticians about the dangers of too much fat, sugar and protein and lack of exercise, our nutrition - and the global obesity crisis - is getting worse.

Why can one person eat a certain meal and gain weight and another eat exactly the same food and lose pounds? Genes provide part of the answer, but we have been overlooking one vital aspect of diet that lies within us.

Thanks to recent breakthroughs, scientists have begun to examine the permanent residents in our guts: the thousands of previously unknown but essential microbes whose job it is to digest our food and keep us alive. Drawing on the latest science and his own research team's pioneering work, Professor Tim Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome and demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Only by understanding how our own microbes interact with our bodies can we overcome our confusion about modern diets and nutrition to regain the correct balance of our ancestors.

Mixing cutting-edge discoveries, illuminating science and his own case studies, Spector shows why we should stop listening to the myths of diet fads and instead embrace diversity for a healthy gut and a healthy body.

©2015 Tim Spector (P)2015 Blackstone Audio Inc

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    Amazon Customer 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Food for thought."

    Another brilliant book by Prof. Tim Spector. If you enjoyed Your Genes Unzipped you will enjoy this even more. A whole new look at our lifestyle and what we are doing to ourselves and future generations.

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    Nathan 05-04-16
    Nathan 05-04-16
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    "Very miss leading"

    Unfortunately, I struggled through this book. The "facts" are skewed towards unhealthy food groups. The narrator was very monotuned too.

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  • David Jackson
    2/4/16
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    "Finally"

    It's always struck me as slightly ridiculous how in a world where there is a new diet fad every five minutes, so many people, be they nutritionists, dietists, doctors or laymen nutrition enthusiasts will speak with such certainty as to what constitutes a "healthy diet". That's why it really made me happy to come across this book. It lays bare the very narrow foundations of a lot of these trendy diets, whilst at the same time provides a basis for a new mode of thinking about food and health, centred much more on the individual variations between people rather than on a one-size-fits-all solution.

    Adding to this of course is the light and witty, informative, and above all, honest style of the author. The listener is treated to loads of interesting anecdotes, many of which lead to some very surprising and lasting insights. I have started to apply some of these in real life and I am happy to say that I am already noticing significant effects. I would recommend anyone to read this book and to do the same.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Ireland
    2/7/16
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    "Not my fault!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    At first I was reluctant to buy yet ANOTHER diet book but weakened by my life's slimming journey, I pressed the 'buy' button! Tim Spector takes us through a fascinating analysis of 'diets' & I was no longer blaming myself for repetitive failures. Serial dieters should listen to this; I have taken Dr Spector's advice & within days I feel so much better. Strangely though, I'm praising this book and the reading on my scales is only slightly lower. The difference is that I feel lighter; not bloated and uncomfortable; my tummy is flatter and I have been relieved of the guilt that it was all my fault.


    What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Now I feel that it is important to highlight the reader. Until I examined the production, I presumed The Diet Myth was read by the author. However, displaying his incredible versatility, Gildart Jackson reads the book so convincingly he, once again displays another facet of his incredible talent. Thank you gentlemen!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron Forward
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    10/17/16
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    "Very entertaining and entertaining"

    Not a fad diet book but will probably change my attitude towards food for the better. Great narration, not too plodding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/18/16
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    "Great book"

    Very good book. Perfect to listen on the go. Would recommend . Very informative . Score five

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    10/30/16
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    "Brilliant"

    At last, a well researched and beautifully written book on food, physiology and most importantly our microbiome.
    The focus, as it should be, is on attaining optimal health, which of course one positive side effect will be weight loss or healthy weight gain if you are underweight.
    Bravo and thank you Tim Spector

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  • sunny
    10/16/16
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    "Illuminating and well researched book"

    Certainly food for thought.... and action! The power of our gut clearly and convincingly illustrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chriss
    10/4/16
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    "Thoroughly absorbing and an eye opener."

    Very interesting view into the world of microbes and how they effect our bodies. I will that more notice of what I eat now!

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  • Nicky
    8/31/16
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    "Good Listen"
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    Have read a lot of books on Nutrition and I really liked this informative book that I was able to listen to without loosing concentration. I docked 1 star as (being a ceoliac), felt that the information/his opinion on people following gluten free diets a little concerning. There are sooo many undiagnosed Ceolics out there being overlooked by Doctors, but otherwise really good.

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  • Kim
    8/25/16
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    "A recommended read"

    I have read so many diet books but this one added something new.

    The information seemed to make complete sense to me & although I already knew some of the information I enjoyed listening to the evidence to back it up.

    No stone was left unturned in this book and it has left me excited to live out the advice some of which I had already started .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss S R Scott
    8/14/16
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    "Fascinating and easy to digest"

    This is one of the best books I have ever read on our diet and what makes us 'tic'. What we know about diet is limited and skewed. This book goes a long way to help debunk these falsehoods and is easily digestible. I finished and wanted more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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