Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us

Matt Fitzgerald. Pegasus (Norton, dist.), $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-1-60598-560-2
Eschewing the term “fad diets” in favor of “diet cults,” sports nutritionist Fitzgerald (Racing Weight) attempts to ascribe cultish behavior to the quest for weight loss. Noting that there’s no single approach that works for everyone, but that each approach has effective elements (though some are only effective in the short term), Fitzgerald identifies what works and what doesn’t within each of the major weight-loss programs. Along the way, he studies the paleo diet, the wildly successful Weight Watchers program, gluten-free diets, and the Atkins diet, along with old approaches such as fasting. He concludes with what amounts to his own cult diet. Noting that motivation is a key component, he focuses on common sense: eat lots of fruit and vegetables, avoid processed foods, incorporate healthy oils, eat high-quality meat and seafood, and, of course, exercise. Those who’ve stuck with Fitzgerald may feel like the kid in A Christmas Story when the secret is revealed, but it’s a sensible approach, even if it’s reached in elliptical fashion. Agent: Linda Konner, Linda Konner Literary Agency. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/03/2014
Release date: 05/01/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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