Love Your Body: Lose Your Weight, Live Longer, & Look Younger: A New Diet Paradigm, by John S. Griffin
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Books Go Social/Net Gallery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Anytime one reads a book on diet and nutrition and health in general , it is worthwhile to take note of what approach the author has concerning health and what his or her agenda is. There is always going to be an agenda, and usually the agenda of the author is to set himself or herself as an authority on good health with some kind of radical ideal that will provide better health across a wide variety of health issues, including weight, blood pressure, diabetes, and related concerns. This author of this book certainly has an agenda, and he has a lot of negative things to say about the official line on health that is promoted by the FDA. Admittedly, this is not too surprising as the uncomfortable relationship between food regulation and companies like Monsanto in the United States is something that would make few people feel confident about the truthfulness and competence of our government to make suitable health regulations for diet, which this book focuses on. As to whether or not this author’s agenda is a good one, the jury is definitely still out on that one.
This book of about two hundred pages is focused on diet and exercise, as one would expect with this type of book, but it leans heavily on diet. The author begins by talking about ways to think about food and some of the sources of diet confusion in food politics and business. After that the author has some critical things to say about modern medicine and a lot to say about contemporary scientific debates regarding healthy diets, including the proliferation of Mediterranean diets as well as various low-cab diets–one of which the book reveals the author to be largely in support of, specifically the ketogenic diet. After that the author spends several chapters talking about sugars, grains, fats and oils, and how one cannot judge food by its label because much about its context matters a great deal in how healthy it is. At this point the author transitions to talking about clean eating and the need to make changes gradually so that they do not become overwhelming, showing how small changes over time can be leveraged into considerable health benefits. It is at this point that the author talks about a variety of exercises that are meant to help someone lose weight around the belly while also building strength, which makes sense since the author is a bodybuilder.
To be sure, the author has a lot of wise advice to give about food and exercise that would likely improve the health of many people who read this book and takes its counsel. The author also does a good job in lowering the stress level that people would have about the level of improvement and closeness to perfect that people would need to adopt a healthier view towards their diet and exercise in the author’s mindset, an important aspect of what makes so many diets so difficult to continue on for the long-term. Even so, there is much to question about concerning the author’s approach, as he seems somewhat inconsistent in his hostility towards contemporary authorities in science and medicine while also seeking to draw authority from science and medicine where possible, especially in other nations like Israel. The author’s evolutionary paradigm is also certainly a dubious one, as it tends to focus attention on supposedly drastic changes in diet rather than the harmfulness of what is changed, as if the human body could develop, if given enough times, the means of digesting properly the sort of poisons and toxins that are inflicted upon us by the companies and institutions we rely upon to bring us safe food from the farm to the kitchen or restaurant. As is often the case with books like this, there is some wise advice here and some folly, and one must be discerning in sifting among them and judicious in applying the author’s supposed insights.
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