The Diet Fix by Yoni Freedhoff #BookReview #WeekendCooking
Book: The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work by Yoni Freedhoff
Genre: Diet book
Publisher: Harmony Books
Publication date: 2014
Source: Library, then purchased
Summary: The Diet Fix is directed at serial dieters, not that others can’t benefit from it. Freedhoff addresses what he calls Post Traumatic Dieting Disorder with a program to replace diet behaviors that induce guilt and shame with ones that cause pride and pleasure, making them much more rewarding to follow for the long-term.
Thoughts: I’ve been working on and off with this book for several months, along with some on-line dieting friends. We love the gentle, enthusiastic, and hopeful tone of Dr. Yoni (as we’ve come to call him).
I’ll begin with a warning, though, we all started off strong but then had startlingly bad relapses. This isn’t the first book that I liked for its positive tone, only to find myself wondering a few weeks later, what happened. The Way to Eat, that I reviewed a couple of years ago, recommended giving into cravings one too many times, until I actually did and decided that I was better off with my new normal of ignoring cravings because they will go away.
With The Diet Fix, I was convinced that I should never be hungry. Never mind that I have years of experience now that tells me that some days are just hungrier than others. Or, that I know my imagination is plenty strong enough to declare myself hungry when I unexpectedly encounter a treat or desire a distraction from a long work day. After my relapse, I went back to a principle that works better for me: hunger is not an emergency. That was something I learned from the harsher-toned but, often, more practical books by Judith Beck: The Beck Diet Solution and The Complete Beck Diet for Life.
Still, I have made what appears to be a permanent and positive change as a result of reading The Diet Fix. Dr. Yoni recommends what he calls “diarizing.” I can’t quite bring myself to use that word, so I call it “logging.” It’s essentially keeping track of calories, but without the judgment surrounding it that we normally associate with the phrase “counting calories.” I lost 70 pounds without counting calories, but now that I’m working at maintaining the loss, it looks like this is going to really work for me. I started with logs on paper, but now I’m using My Fitness Pal.
Mostly what I get from logging is an awareness that a treat or variation from the way I normally eat is not that big of a deal. Before I started logging, I assumed that I really blew it each time I strayed, which often turned into a multi-day cycle of binge and recrimination. Now, I get back to normal, quickly and without all the drama. What a relief!
Relief seems to be what Dr. Yoni is going for here. If eating right and exercise seem too hard and too much of a struggle, Dr. Yoni is here to help. At moments, he may go too far in the other direction and make it all seem easier than it is, but he’s counteracting a lot of negativity so I’ll forgive the occasional overly optimistic moment.
Appeal: The Diet Fix will help anyone who struggles to maintain a healthy diet and a positive mindset in our modern eating environment.
The Weekend Cooking crowd will like Day 4: Cook!
One of the primary drivers of overweight and obesity in society is our ever-increasing reliance on meals purchased outside the home. What was once just an occasional personal or family treat has become something many of us will do multiple times per week. Between ever-increasing restaurant portions and the fact that restaurants are for more liberal with calories to begin with, cultivating and nurturing a love affair with your kitchen would be a very wise thing to do. p. 108
Challenges: The Diet Fix is my 3rd book (of a hoped for 9) for the Foodies Read Challenge. It’s my 15th book of 2014 for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge. I’ll also link this post to Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.
I kept a log on My Fitness Pal for a few weeks and it was an eye-opener to see exactly what I ate. I like the advice to cook!
Wow – that’s great that you lost 70 pounds – what an accomplishment! For me, it works best to have a general way of eating in your daily life (not a “diet” per se, more like a philosophy), but that it’s completely fine to cheat now and then. As long as cheating does not become the norm. So, for me, I eat a certain way at home and try to eat at home most nights, but restaurants are time for cheating! Since I only eat out about 1 meal/week, this works ok for me.
Logging and cooking… very sensible advice!
My mom is STILL a serial dieter and I’ve sworn to myself that I won’t do that to myself or to my kids. So what if I’m carrying 10 extra pounds than I should be (I’ll just blame those sweet babes a little longer…). I’d rather my kids see me eat dinner and feel comfortable in the way that I look than constantly obsessing. I also like the method of logging calories (diarizing really is a terrible word, huh?). I’m not currently using it but My Fitness Pal is the tool that has really helped me in the past. I think sometimes we don’t realize just how much food is going into our mouths! Writing it down and adding it up makes such a difference. Of course exercise is always a good helper. 😉
Thanks for the very thoughtful review Joy! Glad you found The Diet Fix a help. Warmly, Yoni
Gld to hear you have found a diet book that works. Going hungry is what I think ruins everything.
I love MyFitnessPal — but I’m terrible at using it – which might be why my diets are usually unsuccessful. 🙂 Well, that and a billion other reasons.
Thanks for letting me know about your post.
I am logging on LoseIt and am really liking it. I don’t feel like I am dieting, just making smarter choices…more fresh, unprocessed foods, more protein and fiber. Less treats and alcohol, not that I had much but wanted to cut down on the empty calories. Biggest change is the exercise. 6 days a week. I jogged 3 miles tonight! Body Back is really working.
I maintained a pretty good weight (not perfect) for about 15 years after having my third child — through walking and by trying to set a good example of NOT serial dieting for my girls — then got hit with a combination of hypothyroidism and middle age. I’m finally back to where I was, but also finally realized I can’t indulge in “little treats” as often as I used to be able to do! I definitely don’t need any encouragement to treat myself!