Dieting Makes You Fat: A Guide to Energy, Fitness and Health - Geoffrey Cannon; Hetty Einzig;Century, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Leans. Top edge of the text block tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “Most of us have been taught to believe that self-denial is the key to health, fitness and a firm figure; and that the bathroom scales are the judge of how successfully we manage it. The authors show that this is not simply wrong, but harmful.
They explain that the key is not how much you eat, but how quickly your body converts food to energy — the metabolic rate. The best way to lose excess fat is to speed up the metabolism by taking exercise; dieting slows metabolism and positively encourages the body to retain its excess flab. Hence the big eaters who stay thin and the little eaters who stay fat — as well as the many sufferers whose diets have led to anorexia, bingeing or hatred of their own bodies.
The first part of this book reveals the humbug and false promises of the diet industry. It goes on to make positive suggestions for a lifestyle based on sound science and commonsense, with particular reference to the nutritive value of different foods and the effects of different forms of exercise on the bodies of men and women. Guidelines that every able-bodied person can follow are included.
Dieting Makes You Fat is a catchy title behind which lies an important message properly supported by biomedical research and leading to some far-reaching conclusions about the way we live and eat. It is a revolutionary book which could and should change our lives.”