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Eat. Stop. Eat

Eat. Stop. Eat

  • August 15, 2020
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Since there are no reviews of this yet, I’ll give it the basic breakdown.

The good:
– a very quick read (took me less than two hours)
– does not try to convince you it’s the ONLY worthwhile weight loss method in existence
– advocates a healthy *lifestyle*, including exercise, rather than pushing toward any type of diet whatsoever
– aims for flexibility, and achieves it more successfully than any other plan I’ve tried, read or heard of
– uses common sense, not popular “sense”
– recommends NOT stressing Since there are no reviews of this yet, I’ll give it the basic breakdown.

The good:
– a very quick read (took me less than two hours)
– does not try to convince you it’s the ONLY worthwhile weight loss method in existence
– advocates a healthy *lifestyle*, including exercise, rather than pushing toward any type of diet whatsoever
– aims for flexibility, and achieves it more successfully than any other plan I’ve tried, read or heard of
– uses common sense, not popular “sense”
– recommends NOT stressing over food as the #1 most important thing you can do for your overall health (boy, we should all know that!)

The bad:
– spends at least 10 pages on the exordium (“just a regular concerned guy = this is why you should believe me” section), which is not what I paid $40 for. Had to expect it, but I still skipped over much of Pilon’s Life of a Subversive Health Nut story. Actually, the fact he collected Muscle and Fitness issues at age ten kind of creeped me out.
– one part near the end where he seems to contradict his own earlier declarations about the metabolic results of fasting
– a ‘reassuringly long’ reference section, which nobody will actually read and which probably allowed him to charge more for the ebook (adding 25 pages or so)
– quite a bit of discussion on exercise, even though he is careful to admit that it’s not his area of expertise. A bit confusing there.

The ugly:
– dismal grammar and punctuation at times. Not that I expect anything else from the genre.
– why the hell does he keep capitalizing ‘Calories’?! For effect? Eye-catchiness? Loser.

All this said, I’d recommend this to others and I’m not sorry I bought it. The approach is something of a breath of fresh air: a theory of health that explicitly tells you NOT to focus on what you eat. If you’ve been looking beyond the glittery magazines and billboard adverts for Miracle Weight Loss / what-and-what-not-to-eat plans for any length of time (which I have), you’ll be able to appreciate the simplicity and pragmatism backed by more than corporately-sponsored “studies.” I think in many ways Eat. Stop. Eat complements John Robbins’ Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples. Now there’s a fascinating nutritional and cultural voyage. A grammatically-correct one. Double bonus! I knew there was something else to which I was subconsciously comparing this ….

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