THE OBESITY CODE
By Dr. Jason Fung
Before you all go bashing it as being 'yet another fad diet book' - I can assure you it is NOT. I work in science/healthcare, and I thus absolutely despise all prior diet books, even ones by MDs like the Zone diet, etc. as they are invariably based NOT on peer-reviewed high quality science, but only use science as a thin veneer to give false legitimacy to their unsupported underlying claims.
This one is the first one I've read ever thus far that looks hard and honestly at the obesity epidemic in the world since the 1970s, and how and why pretty much all diets have completely failed to date.
Some of the key concepts that I'm sure most of you die-hard triathlete/dieters will find shocking - some direct quotes:
"Let me state it as plainly as I can: "Eat Less" does NOT work. That's a fact. ACCEPT IT."
"Many people tell me, "I don't understand, I eat less. Iexercise more. But I can't seem to lose any weight." I understand perfectly - because this advice has been PROVEN TO FAIL." Caloric reduction doesn't cause lasting weight loss. Anybody who has ever tried it can tell you."
"Eating is not under our conscious control."
And his 5 erroneous assumptions, listed one by one in chapter 3:
" 1: Calories in and calories out are independent of each other."
"2: Basal metabolic rate is stable"
"3: We exert conscious control over Calories In"
"4: Fat stores are essentially unregulated"
"5: A calorie is a calorie"
I'm not saying it's the be all end all of obesity science, and for sure as science advances there will be refinements and even outright rebuttals to some of his points, but as far as I'm seeing thus far, his explanations and use of science far exceed anything out there. And it's shockingly completely contrary to what you would expect based upon current practices as endorced by the US gov't, and other medical associations.
At the least, it has been the most science-backed explanation of the horrendous obesity epidemic that has ravaged the world since 1977, and he has some very compelling and convincing arguments and explanations for the underpinnings of this. I'll bet if you read this book, you'll take a long, hard look at your current dietary practices.