Book review of the day: The Economist’s diet

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Todays review came from Christine

The Economist’s diet

By Christopher Payne and Rob Barnett.

Christine said: “After hearing a brief interview with one of the authors on ZB radio and knowing I need to lose weight again (It’s a lifelong battle) I was interested enough with what the author was saying to promptly go out and purchase this book.

This book is different to other weight loss books. The overall theme is taking self-responsibility in a world of abundance when we simply eat too much.  That said the authors recognise that losing weight is much easier said than done.  Both authors have been obese and used the strategies given in the book themselves to help them lose weight and keep it off.  They are clear that if you need to be told what healthy food is versus unhealthy food, this is not the book for you.  If you want specific meal plans and be told to eat some special food that will help you lose weight, this is not the book for you.  For those who are like this reviewer, who know what they should be eating but still struggle with weight issues, there are some great strategies to help change your behaviour.  Behaviour changes that can last a lifetime to prevent the weight from returning once it is lost.

This book was written in a manner that is easy to pick up and read, despite using economic terms such as scarcity, abundance, equilibrium and budgeting.  It is interesting because while much of the information seems to be common sense, I am not aware of anyone else who has said it. And I am aware of many diet type books.  I am putting their suggestions into practice as it is do-able and not overwhelming. The only piece of equipment needed is a good digital scale.  There is no calorie counting but being calorie conscious. No need to spend money on diet products.  The other strategies I will leave up to the authors to tell but if like me you need some help, I recommend this book.”

Amazon said: “Combining the authors’ personal weight-loss stories with their passion for economics, this bold new behavioral approach to dieting recommends micro habits and meta-rules that will enable dieters to control their impulses to overeat, approach food in a healthier way, and lose weight once and for all.”


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