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Have you noticed since starting all this “healthy” eating, dieting, perfect Paleo diets, wholesome Vegan escapades, and all that glorious exercise that you did in the name of better health and a better appearance… THAT YOU LOOK AND FEEL WORSE? Eating pretty much any overly restricted diet will do these things to you. Throw some “healthy” exercise in there with it and you Have you noticed since starting all this “healthy” eating, dieting, perfect Paleo diets, wholesome Vegan escapades, and all that glorious exercise that you did in the name of better health and a better appearance… THAT YOU LOOK AND FEEL WORSE? Eating pretty much any overly restricted diet will do these things to you. Throw some “healthy” exercise in there with it and you’ve got a recipe for shutting down your entire system. It’s all caused by a drop in metabolic rate. Diet Recovery is your guide to bringing your metabolism back up to its ideal level. When you’ve had enough and you are ready to stop dieting forever, get your health back on track, stop obsessing over your body fat percentage, be happy, and join the rest of society by eating somewhat normal again, there’s no better book in print for you to turn to. No more debilitating New Years resolutions to run a daily marathon on cabbage soup this year- quit beating yourself, and stop the dieting madness! Eat the food! Available in eBook, paperback, and audiobook.


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Have you noticed since starting all this “healthy” eating, dieting, perfect Paleo diets, wholesome Vegan escapades, and all that glorious exercise that you did in the name of better health and a better appearance… THAT YOU LOOK AND FEEL WORSE? Eating pretty much any overly restricted diet will do these things to you. Throw some “healthy” exercise in there with it and you Have you noticed since starting all this “healthy” eating, dieting, perfect Paleo diets, wholesome Vegan escapades, and all that glorious exercise that you did in the name of better health and a better appearance… THAT YOU LOOK AND FEEL WORSE? Eating pretty much any overly restricted diet will do these things to you. Throw some “healthy” exercise in there with it and you’ve got a recipe for shutting down your entire system. It’s all caused by a drop in metabolic rate. Diet Recovery is your guide to bringing your metabolism back up to its ideal level. When you’ve had enough and you are ready to stop dieting forever, get your health back on track, stop obsessing over your body fat percentage, be happy, and join the rest of society by eating somewhat normal again, there’s no better book in print for you to turn to. No more debilitating New Years resolutions to run a daily marathon on cabbage soup this year- quit beating yourself, and stop the dieting madness! Eat the food! Available in eBook, paperback, and audiobook.

30 review for Diet Recovery: Restoring Hormonal Health, Metabolism, Mood, and Your Relationship with Food (Diet Recovery #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nico Genes

    This book had me really hooked up at first but then it got me lost. I liked the author’s anti-diet stance, especially seeing the multitude of diets that are promoted and the number of my friends constantly on a diet. Yes, the yo-yo effect affects almost everyone. It did the same with me after living for 6 months without industrial sugar, due to some health issue, so I know very well how it is, luckily I was gladly gaining back lost weight:-) The main argument that caught my attention is metaboli This book had me really hooked up at first but then it got me lost. I liked the author’s anti-diet stance, especially seeing the multitude of diets that are promoted and the number of my friends constantly on a diet. Yes, the yo-yo effect affects almost everyone. It did the same with me after living for 6 months without industrial sugar, due to some health issue, so I know very well how it is, luckily I was gladly gaining back lost weight:-) The main argument that caught my attention is metabolism, more precisely one should increase their metabolism in order to have a healthier body. Pay attention that whatever the author concluded after a decade of research is to be healthier and satisfied about yourself but not necessarily by losing weight. He promotes clearly a healthy body and no food restrictions if you are allowed to. My personal view is that of bio-individuality. Everyone is unique. Everyone has different needs when it comes to the type of nutrition they need, especially in the case of some illness. The author underlines that none of the macro-elements should be removed from our diet and I agree with that. We all need fat, proteins, carbohydrates every single day. It is just the proportion, the quantity, the time of the day and their origin that plays a big role. Some people are doing just fine on a vegetarian diet, where their only animal food comes from eggs and dairy, but in my opinion as a vegetarian, making sure to have the protein intake too. Some do very well on a diet primarily based on animal products. Some are vegans and they claim to feel just fine. In my opinion, one important thing is to know what food is making you sick and avoid it. Heredity plays a big role, the author says 80% and also states that by increasing your metabolism you can diminish any bad thing encrypted already in your genes. I would like to believe him on that. I do not want to “argue” with the author with any of his remarks as I am an amateur nutritionist while he is claiming to have a decade of research. I believe that all his conclusions are well backed up with all the studies and books that he presented in the Appendix of the book. I wish he would be right so that more people will stop constantly counting their calories as I get this is really frustrating. In conclusion, despite the fact that I felt kind of lost in the second part of the book, I would say that it is an interesting approach. Once again I applaud the research and anti-diet propaganda and I believe every smart individual will be able to conclude what it is useful for him/her if anything. And yes, do exercise too! Type of reader: For everyone interested in obtaining or maintaining a healthy body. This is not a diet book, though there are some suggestions that may make you feel that it is. Some advice from this book that I agree with: “You can start simply by realizing that your body needs protein, fat, and carbohydrates every single second of every single day from the time you are born until you die. Supply them from nutritious sources with religious fervor (instead of playing ping-pong back and forth between various diets that restrict something).” “The take home message here is metabolism, metabolism, metabolism – and polyunsaturated fats suck. If you can remember that you’ll be well on your way.” “The bottom line? Your purpose here on this earth is a lot grander than obsessing over your diet and body. If you keep obsessing over your diet and body you are likely to drown out the signals pointing you to what that purpose really is. Enough already.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I implemented the ideas in this book about a month ago. I have noticed a great change in my body and my metabolism. I like the idea of being able to eat all the food groups, and the okay to EAT has made me much less likely to eat past the point of fulfillment. I've lost a few pounds, but more importantly, I feel much better. I would recommend this book for anyone that has been on the fad diet merry-go-round. I implemented the ideas in this book about a month ago. I have noticed a great change in my body and my metabolism. I like the idea of being able to eat all the food groups, and the okay to EAT has made me much less likely to eat past the point of fulfillment. I've lost a few pounds, but more importantly, I feel much better. I would recommend this book for anyone that has been on the fad diet merry-go-round.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I'm a follower of ETF and GoKaleo; this book came highly recommended. If you're new to the "anti-diet" approach, this info may come across as plain nuts. If you already subscribe to the ETF "philosophy," this book may have you scratching your head. If you can separate the content from the overall negative feel (who bashes Richard Simmons???) and shoddy editing, you're left with some advice that is almost contrary to ETF. Sugar is addictive? I thought we already decided it wasn't? Timing your mea I'm a follower of ETF and GoKaleo; this book came highly recommended. If you're new to the "anti-diet" approach, this info may come across as plain nuts. If you already subscribe to the ETF "philosophy," this book may have you scratching your head. If you can separate the content from the overall negative feel (who bashes Richard Simmons???) and shoddy editing, you're left with some advice that is almost contrary to ETF. Sugar is addictive? I thought we already decided it wasn't? Timing your meals and the importance of pairing certain foods together? Poppycock for the EFTer. I'm so disappointed. Matt Stone, you can do better than this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Starr

    I actually read Diet Recovery 2, which is not listed on Goodreads. While I think that if I followed all his recommendations I'd gain 40 lb (and I'm already very overweight), I appreciate his refusal to demonize food. Gets so old--I think I can produce research that declares just about anything as "bad for you". I actually read Diet Recovery 2, which is not listed on Goodreads. While I think that if I followed all his recommendations I'd gain 40 lb (and I'm already very overweight), I appreciate his refusal to demonize food. Gets so old--I think I can produce research that declares just about anything as "bad for you".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    I dont get how anyone with a weight problem could follow his plan and not gain 50 lbs????? It doesnt make any sense! How is 'eating lots" to rev your metabolism any different than eating normal and gaining???? Im confused lol! I dont get how anyone with a weight problem could follow his plan and not gain 50 lbs????? It doesnt make any sense! How is 'eating lots" to rev your metabolism any different than eating normal and gaining???? Im confused lol!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    Short, but thought-provoking little e-book. I enjoyed the humor and it's full of great resources for exploring more on his theses/research, but was a little light even for a super-cheap book. Some really poignant advice regarding dieting, though. Worth the read. Short, but thought-provoking little e-book. I enjoyed the humor and it's full of great resources for exploring more on his theses/research, but was a little light even for a super-cheap book. Some really poignant advice regarding dieting, though. Worth the read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    Many people, myself included, are indebted to Matt Stone for more-or-less scientifically proving what we instinctively already know but easily forget in the torrent of nutrition science that's out there: we should eat when we're hungry, diets are bad, eat as much unprocessed food as your body desires and take it easy but don't forsake the foods of our times (pizza, ice-cream, cakes, etc.) He talks so confidently about it that it makes you - specially if you're already in the diet-weary camp - giv Many people, myself included, are indebted to Matt Stone for more-or-less scientifically proving what we instinctively already know but easily forget in the torrent of nutrition science that's out there: we should eat when we're hungry, diets are bad, eat as much unprocessed food as your body desires and take it easy but don't forsake the foods of our times (pizza, ice-cream, cakes, etc.) He talks so confidently about it that it makes you - specially if you're already in the diet-weary camp - give his method a try. And it works, at least it did for me. I never went for the RRARF per se, I just moved back to eating lots of food, without overthinking which macro nutrient I was consuming, and went back to being a normal person in parties and other social gatherings, eating everything you would if you were a kid and never heard of diets. The result is that my weight simply won't budge, at least it hasn't so far after I recovered my normal body weight. And just like he predicts, food is just not that appealing to me anymore. I mean, don't get me wrong, I still derive plenty of pleasure from eating, it's just that it's not as fetichized. Yesterday someone offered me cake and I just didn't feel like it. I passed. During my diet days I would still have passed it, but out of a feeling that cake is garbage and I should eat something else. But if hypothetically said cake was made into something healthy by a genie, I'd be all over it, relishing every bite. As it stands today, I just don't care for it that much, even if said genie worked his magic on it. Food stopped being a biggie. If I feel like eating cake I'll eat it until I don't feel like eating it anymore. If I don't, then I simply don't and there's no food on earth that could convince me otherwise. It's kind of obvious really, but sometimes it takes books to convince us of the obvious.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mais

    I’ve read this book, it actually has a good intention behind it, but there are lots of wrong information. I read some books about the diet mentality and agree that we should cut this obsession but till now I didn’t find the right formula to do so. Asking people to eat whatever they want is a big mistake and would trigger lots of cravings specially if originally someone has difficulty metabolizing sugar and carbohydrates. And the notion that you will not gain more weight when you hit your weight I’ve read this book, it actually has a good intention behind it, but there are lots of wrong information. I read some books about the diet mentality and agree that we should cut this obsession but till now I didn’t find the right formula to do so. Asking people to eat whatever they want is a big mistake and would trigger lots of cravings specially if originally someone has difficulty metabolizing sugar and carbohydrates. And the notion that you will not gain more weight when you hit your weight set point is not really true. It’s a nice read, but not very useful if you really have a problem controlling your weight and/ or your blood sugar.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Scott

    Stone's main points seem to be to eat whatever you like in order to raise your body temperature, and thus your metabolism. I have recently had cause to do some research into body temperature, and it is an extremely complicated mechanism that science has not really worked out yet. So I found his arguments all a bit reductionistic. But if you are recovering from orthorexia, this could be a helpful read for you. Stone's main points seem to be to eat whatever you like in order to raise your body temperature, and thus your metabolism. I have recently had cause to do some research into body temperature, and it is an extremely complicated mechanism that science has not really worked out yet. So I found his arguments all a bit reductionistic. But if you are recovering from orthorexia, this could be a helpful read for you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    Eat right and stay healthy This is the most unconventional diet advice I ever received. Eat till you feel full. Then do lighter exercise. Sleep adequately... Definitely going to try this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    More about increasing metabolism and helping body processes stabilize than about losing weight- which I think is a healthy focus. An interesting read. I do wish he'd kept his jokes on the silly side, though, instead of straying into vulgarity. The book would be better if he were less juvenile. More about increasing metabolism and helping body processes stabilize than about losing weight- which I think is a healthy focus. An interesting read. I do wish he'd kept his jokes on the silly side, though, instead of straying into vulgarity. The book would be better if he were less juvenile.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Itchychy

    Interesting approach, but too much unuseful info, all book can be summarized in a blog post

  13. 5 out of 5

    K.McCaffery

    Interesting read Informative. Interesting. Well referenced. Hoping to make a difference with my habits. Nothing else to say. Blah blah blah blah

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a very short book - more of an attempt at a primer for the author's other books. It had some good points, and opened up further avenues for investigation - which is the whole point of a primer. My personal viewpoint is that of bioindividuality. Everyone has different needs when it comes to the type of nutrition they need. Some do very well on a vegetarian diet, where their only animal foods come from eggs and dairy. Some do very well on a diet primarily based on animal products. Both pre This was a very short book - more of an attempt at a primer for the author's other books. It had some good points, and opened up further avenues for investigation - which is the whole point of a primer. My personal viewpoint is that of bioindividuality. Everyone has different needs when it comes to the type of nutrition they need. Some do very well on a vegetarian diet, where their only animal foods come from eggs and dairy. Some do very well on a diet primarily based on animal products. Both pretty much comprise a very small part of the population - everyone else is somewhere in between those two extremes. (there are no native diets to any traditional human population on earth that is completely devoid of animal products, or completely devoid of plant food.) Matt Stone happens to advocate a diet high in specific carbohydrates. He lays out the groundwork for how these particular carbohydrates activate a part of the gutbiome that fuels the thyroid and metabolism. He also lays out the foods in the modern diet that are particularly harmful to the thyroid and metabolism. It is good info, know what to avoid, and what to eat. Matt lays the groundwork for how the thyroid helps control the conversion of cholesterol to hormones and it's interplay with leptin and insulin (the hormones that control fat storage and use). Low hormones and obesity are a plague of modern life. Yet no one is really getting to the details how how this all works. "eat right and exercise" is a pretty poor mandate. People kick tallow out of the pantry and replace it with "healthy" canola oil which is exactly backwards to what they should be doing. Matt lays the groundwork for why that is. He also touches on the psychology of the national mindset of "dieting" and how that is so very harmful to our health. Clearly psychology is not his best subject, but you can pick out the groundwork he is putting down. Not a bad takeaway from a 129 page book. So. This was a good entry into resistant starch, thyroid health, hormonal health and the psychology of eating. If you are just learning about these avenues to improving your health this book has some good nuggets of information. If you chose to read this, be forewarned that Matt has a chip on his shoulder the size of the Rock of Gibraltar, and frequently insults and belittles other authors, other researchers, other people in the nutrition field and anyone who doesn't think exactly like he does. As I said, psychology is clearly not his best subject. If you can set his bad attitude aside, you can gain some insight from this book and pick up new avenues to investigate.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    I gave this 3 stars only because I'm not so sure I understand or am sold on everything he talks about in this book. While it was very refreshing & I wholeheartedly agree on the twisted, messed up mentality of body image and dieting for almost everyone in America in this day & age, I just feel like I need to research more than what was talked about in the book. I get the idea that "metabolism is king" when it comes to losing weight, but while I am overweight & generally feel like I probably have I gave this 3 stars only because I'm not so sure I understand or am sold on everything he talks about in this book. While it was very refreshing & I wholeheartedly agree on the twisted, messed up mentality of body image and dieting for almost everyone in America in this day & age, I just feel like I need to research more than what was talked about in the book. I get the idea that "metabolism is king" when it comes to losing weight, but while I am overweight & generally feel like I probably have a low metabolism, I don't have a low body temperature, and he seems to focus a lot on bringing your temp up to boost metabolism. This is an example of one of the things I don't understand. I think that Matt Stone is definitely on to so etching, but I need to read more before I stuff my face with ice cream until I puke, though strangely enough, I can kind of see how that might make me not want to over eat on ice cream after that.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beata N.

    Interesting anti-diet approach, I must say. I got this book because it was a free Kindle download, so no expectations, but ended up being very intrigued by it and read it quickly. The dude's idea is that people in today's society (esp. in the US, where food is so over-abundant) need to step away from all the fads and diets and restore a healthy relationship with food first and foremost. His anti-diet approach involves restoring a healthy and well functioning metabolism by eating a lot until you Interesting anti-diet approach, I must say. I got this book because it was a free Kindle download, so no expectations, but ended up being very intrigued by it and read it quickly. The dude's idea is that people in today's society (esp. in the US, where food is so over-abundant) need to step away from all the fads and diets and restore a healthy relationship with food first and foremost. His anti-diet approach involves restoring a healthy and well functioning metabolism by eating a lot until you body temperature is a healthy 98.6 at the least. After that, there are no restrictions, meaning no carb or fat or even sugar avoidance, but simply eating healthy foods in healthy portions until satiated. I like that he promotes listening to your body instead of some health gurus telling you not to eat this or that. Definitely worth checking out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bookshark

    Got this book for free. Not sure what to make of it. He's onto something with regards to the importance of metabolism, but I am skeptical of his methods for boosting your metabolism, especially because he doesn't have any formal qualifications. "Eat as much as you want and don't exercise too much" is advice that's too good to be true. Maybe it works for people who have severely deprived themselves in the past, but his method seems inappropriate for people who have the opposite problem. Perhaps h Got this book for free. Not sure what to make of it. He's onto something with regards to the importance of metabolism, but I am skeptical of his methods for boosting your metabolism, especially because he doesn't have any formal qualifications. "Eat as much as you want and don't exercise too much" is advice that's too good to be true. Maybe it works for people who have severely deprived themselves in the past, but his method seems inappropriate for people who have the opposite problem. Perhaps he would agree with that, but he doesn't really make it clear what the limitations of his "resting and refeeding" plan are.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marcey Rader

    If you are looking for a book that is going to tell you exactly what to eat, when and how. This is not the book for you. Matt does a good job of citing references with the bottom line being - don't diet. His philosophy is against any kind of restriction, but by changing your habits, behaviors and attitude, you will learn to enjoy the foods you should be eating - real food. His recommendations to get your metabolism back in check fall very much in line with those recovering from adrenal fatigue. If you are looking for a book that is going to tell you exactly what to eat, when and how. This is not the book for you. Matt does a good job of citing references with the bottom line being - don't diet. His philosophy is against any kind of restriction, but by changing your habits, behaviors and attitude, you will learn to enjoy the foods you should be eating - real food. His recommendations to get your metabolism back in check fall very much in line with those recovering from adrenal fatigue.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Kidd

    Not really sure about this book. Especially his suggestion of overeating to get metabolism to increase. While that may be needed to raise metabolism his assertion that some people actually lose weight doing so seems very hard to believe. However I do agree that we should not exclude any foods from our diets and I like the anti-diet stance. I will also now read 'the obesity myth' after seeing some of the quotes so it wasn't a waste of time reading it! Not really sure about this book. Especially his suggestion of overeating to get metabolism to increase. While that may be needed to raise metabolism his assertion that some people actually lose weight doing so seems very hard to believe. However I do agree that we should not exclude any foods from our diets and I like the anti-diet stance. I will also now read 'the obesity myth' after seeing some of the quotes so it wasn't a waste of time reading it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    LuAnn

    Excellent advice. Sort of eat like a farmer. Eat all you want, just do it early in the day, and being full will stop the desire for the junk food and candy that packs on the pounds. I'm willing to give it the 30 day trial. Nothing else seems to be working anymore and I can't keep myself faithful to a diet that is filled with foods I can't stand. Excellent advice. Sort of eat like a farmer. Eat all you want, just do it early in the day, and being full will stop the desire for the junk food and candy that packs on the pounds. I'm willing to give it the 30 day trial. Nothing else seems to be working anymore and I can't keep myself faithful to a diet that is filled with foods I can't stand.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanmarie

    Visionary! I'm ready to do a 180! Many truths here. Be ready to challenge yourself and what you believe about your weight. I like that it's presented step by step so you don't get overwhelmed. Visionary! I'm ready to do a 180! Many truths here. Be ready to challenge yourself and what you believe about your weight. I like that it's presented step by step so you don't get overwhelmed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    This book has some good points and some horrible ones. I feel like it contradicts itself a few times. Really all it needs to say is eat all the healthy food you want and don't worry about it. Doesn't need to be this long to say that one sentence. This book has some good points and some horrible ones. I feel like it contradicts itself a few times. Really all it needs to say is eat all the healthy food you want and don't worry about it. Doesn't need to be this long to say that one sentence.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juju

    Interesting read. Very informal writing technique but it's a free e-book so really can't complain. Summarised some good points that not everyone would know about metabolism and diets so I would probably reckon it to people wanting to know more and or wanting to recover from restrictive eating. Interesting read. Very informal writing technique but it's a free e-book so really can't complain. Summarised some good points that not everyone would know about metabolism and diets so I would probably reckon it to people wanting to know more and or wanting to recover from restrictive eating.

  24. 5 out of 5

    B

    Fascinating perspective on food and eating in general.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nathalie Meurens

    Interesting approach to health. A short read. Lacking a bit of substance in terms of how metabolism really works.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Baird

    Utter nonsense and highly repetitive. Follow this and get fat.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsie Mills

    I LOVED this book. Gave me tons to think about and seems to support what i've experienced in my own life without really knowing what I was doing. I LOVED this book. Gave me tons to think about and seems to support what i've experienced in my own life without really knowing what I was doing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine Smith

    I think I got this free on Amazon. Glad I didn't pay for it. It was hard to read, repetitive, couldn't figure what the point was! I think I got this free on Amazon. Glad I didn't pay for it. It was hard to read, repetitive, couldn't figure what the point was!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Interesting approach to health. I followed a strict Paleo diet for a year and have had nothing but health issues. I will probably incorporated good carbs (mentioned in this book) but not all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Not sure that this is the lifestyle for me. It seems that I need much in the way of fresh veggies and fruit.

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