The Diet Myth: Why the Secret to Health and Weight Loss is Already in Your Gut

The Diet Myth: Why the Secret to Health and Weight Loss is Already in Your Gut

by Tim Spector


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From the author of Identically Different comes a new look at nutritional health, showing us that breakthrough research on microbiomes—the microbes in our stomachs—could hold the key to healthy, balanced diets.

What should we eat? It’s a simple and fundamental question that still bewilders us, despite a seemingly infinite amount of available information on which foods are best for our bodies. Scientists, dieticians, and even governments regularly publish research on the dangers of too much fat and sugar, as well as on the benefits of exercise, and yet the global obesity crisis is only worsening. Most diet plans prove to be only short-term solutions, and few strategies work for everyone. Why can one person eat a certain meal and gain weight while another eating the same meal drops pounds? Part of the truth lies in genetics, but more and more scientists are finding that the answer isn’t so much what we put into our stomachs but rather the essential digestive microbes already in them.

Drawing on the latest science and pioneering research, The Diet Myth explores the hidden world of the microbiome and demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins, and nutrients. Dr. Tim Spector shows us that only by understanding what makes our own personal microbes tick and interact can we overcome the confusion of modern nutrition, allowing us to regain natural balance in our bodies. Mixing cutting-edge discoveries, illuminating science, and his own case studies, Spector reveals why we should abandon fads and instead embrace diversity for a balanced diet, a healthy stomach, and a nourished body.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504659871
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Tim Spector is professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and a consultant physician at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital. He set up the TwinsUK register in 1993, the largest of its kind in the world, which he continues to direct. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and is often interviewed by the media about his team’s research.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Bad Taste 1

1 Not on the Label: Microbes 13

2 Energy and Calories 21

3 Fats: Total 40

4 Fats: Saturated 46

5 Fats: Unsaturated 72

6 Trans Fats 85

7 Protein: Animal 108

8 Protein: Non-animal 130

9 Protein: Milk Products 139

10 Carbohydrates: of which Sugars 150

11 Carbohydrates: Non-sugars 165

12 Fibre 181

13 Artificial Sweeteners and Preservatives 198

14 Contains Cocoa and Caffeine 205

15 Contains Alcohol 215

16 Vitamins 225

17 Warning: May Contain Antibiotics 234

18 Warning: May Contain Nuts 252

19 Best-before Date 261

Conclusion: The Checkout 265

Glossary 278

Acknowledgements 286

Notes 288

Index 315

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