The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat
'The Diet Myth is fascinating, and now I'm obsessed with microbes!' Nigella Lawson Why do most diets fail? Why does one person eat a certain meal and gain weight, while another eating the same meal loses pounds? Why, despite all the advice about what to eat, are we all still getting fatter? The answers are much more surprising - and fascinating - than we've been led to believe. The key to health and weight loss lies not in the latest fad diet, nor even in the simple mantra of 'eat less, exercise more', but in the microbes already inside us. Drawing on the latest science and his own pioneering research, Professor Tim Spector demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Only by understanding what makes our own personal microbes tick can we overcome the confusion of modern nutrition, and achieve a healthy gut and a healthy body.
A radical new book that explores the connection between our guts and our health by one of the leading scientists in the field.
' It's not often that a book changes my life in a mere three chapters ... given my usual reluctance to jump on any nutritional bandwagon, I reckon this makes Tim Spector's work a rather compelling read. ... It's truly eye-opening stuff, and we owe it to ourselves and the 100 trillion friends inside our bodies to read this book.' -- Felicity Cloake LITERARY REVIEW
'I don't read diet books and I certainly never plug them, but The Diet Myth is a worthy exception that provides new insight into why we should think twice about what we put in our mouths.' -- Dr Mark Porter THE TIMES
'A fascinating and original look at the impact of food on our bodies underpinned by cutting-edge research.' -- Michael Mosley
'Tim Spector carefully explains that we are NOT what we eat, but rather that our trillions of microbial inhabitants have a thing or two to say. Lucidly written, The Diet Myth provides a first-class education about the conjunction of our microbes and our health.' -- Martin Blaser, author of MISSING MICROBES
'Combining ... fast-paced science with medical self-help ... [A] model of clear, accessible and entertaining science writing.' -- Clive Cookson FINANCIAL TIMES
'[Spector's] fascinating book explores the various elements of the human diet: fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, artificial additives, cocoa, caffeine, nuts, alcohol (and antibiotics) ... if there is one thing he is convinced of, however, it is that the microbes in our guts are the key to our optimum health and that we ignore them at our peril.' --GOOD BOOK GUIDE
'A concise, entertaining book that demystifies the benefits of balanced microbes through healthier eating.' --KIRKUS
Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and Hon Consultant Physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. He has won several academic awards and published over 700 academic papers, a large proportion of which relate directly to nutrition and the causes of obesity. He has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and is often consulted in British and international media on his team's research. Since 2011 he has been leading the largest microbiome project in the UK, using genetic sequencing to study the bacteria in the guts of 5,000 twins. He is the lead investigator for BRITISH GUT, the UK's largest open-source science project to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut. www.tim-spector.co.uk Watch Tim Spector talking for TED: Identically Different: TEDxKingsCollegeLondon www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W5SeBYERNI Cleverly Connected: TEDxCheltenham www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIr_fVWDCRA Follow him on Twitter: @timspector