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Diet Cults

The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us


From the nationalbestselling author of Racing Weight, Matt Fitzgerald exposes theirrationality, half-truths, and downright impossibility of a “single right way”to eat and reveals how to develop rational, healthy eating habits.

From “the Four-Hour Body” to “Atkins,” there are diet cultsto match seemingly any mood and personality type. Everywhere we turn, someoneis preaching the “one true way” to eat for maximum health. Paleo Diet advocatestell us that all foods less than twelve thousand years old are the enemy.Low-carb gurus demonize carbs, and then there are the low-fat prophets. Butthey agree on one thing: there is only one true way to eat for maximum health.The first clue that this is a fallacy is the sheer variety of diets advocated.Indeed, while all of these competing views claim to be backed by science, agood look at actual nutritional science suggests it is impossible toidentify a single best way to eat. Fitzgerald advocates an agnostic, rationalapproach to eating habits based on one’s own habits, lifestyle, and geneticsand body type. Many professional athletes already practice this “Good Enough”diet, and now we can too—and ditch the brainwashing of these diet cults forgood.

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