Synopses & Reviews
From "The Four Hour Body," to "Atkins," there are diet cults to match seemingly any mood and personality type. Everywhere we turn, someone is preaching the "One True Way" to eat for maximum health. Paleo Diet advocates tell us that all foods less than 12,000 years old are the enemy. Low-carb gurus demonize carbs, then there are the low-fat prophets. But they agree on one thing: there is only one true way to eat for maximum health. The first clue that that is a fallacy is the sheer variety of diets advocated. Indeed, while all of these competing views claim to be backed by "science," a good look at actual nutritional science itself suggests that it is impossible to identify a single best way to eat. Fitzgerald advocates an agnostic, rational approach to eating habits, based on one's own habits, lifestyle, and genetics/body type. Many professional athletes already practice this "Good Enough" diet, and now we can too and ditch the brainwashing of these diet cults for good.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"I highly recommend reading Racing Weight even if you don’t need to lose any excess poundage. You’ll come away with a better understanding of your physiology and also of food." Joe Friel, author of < em=""> The Triathlete's Training Bible < m=""> and < em=""> The Cyclist's Training Bible
"Sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lets us in on his no-diet secrets that can help endurance athletes get leaner, stronger, and faster." Men's Fitness
"Racing Weight answers the difficult questions athletes often have about dieting, including how to handle the off-season. The book gives readers a scientifically backed system to discover your optimum race weight, as well as five steps to achieve it." Triathlete Magazine
"In this book, Fitzgerald takes aim at the long list of dietary approaches that claim to be the "One True Way" to eat healthily, arguing instead for what he calls "agnostic healthy eating." The key (which he has introduced in previous books) is a ranking of 10 categories of food, and the goal is simply that, wherever a food falls in that hierarchy, you should generally aim to have more of the foods that rank above it and less of the foods that rank below it. " Alex Hutchinson
"A delicious read. I am always amazed at how much I learn from Matt Fitzgerald's books. dives into the human nature, psychology, and pleasure aspect of food. I devoured it." Runner's World
From the national bestselling author of , Matt Fitzgerald exposes the irrationality, half-truths, and downright impossibility of a "single right way" to eat, and reveals how to develop rational, healthy eating habits.
About the Author
Matt Fitzgerald is an acclaimed endurance sports and nutrition writer and certified sports nutritionist. His most recent book, Iron War, was long-listed for the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and he is the author of the best-selling Racing Weight. Fitzgerald is a columnist on Competitor.com and Active.com, and has contributed to Bicycling, Men's Health, Triathlete, Men's Journal, Outside, Runner's World, Shape, Women's Health and has ghostwritten for sports celebrities including Dean Karnazes and Kara Goucher.