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If you have listened to other stuff by Martin Meadows and like that format, you are not going to find anything new here. In my opinion, I would take his other works on Self-Discipline and apply those principles to eating a more evidence-based nutrition plan.
This book might get you motivated to eat right, but if you are uneducated on nutrition, after reading this book, you will just be a motivated and uneducated person on the subject.
Read Meadows for Discipline, not nutrition. I like his strategies for using a journal, scheduling your cravings and the instruction to stay away from emotional eating. Don't get me wrong, this is written in an easy to understand manner. I just can't recommend the particular nutritional advice. For the absolute best in updated nutritional advice, I would recommend reading "How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease" first then read this book for self-discipline.
Disclaimer: I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.
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What made the experience of listening to Self-Disciplined Dieter the most enjoyable?
It is a subjective matter but hearing a self-help book is generally easier than reading it. Since the tone of the writing is somewhat conversational, listening to the audiobook is like listening to a friend or colleague recount his experiences (if only the narration were better).
Who was your favorite character and why?
This question isn't really applicable to the book. It was good to hear of personal experiences, though.
How could the performance have been better?
The narration could have been more conversational, without the odd pauses. Also, a more common pronunciation of "kcal" would have been good (even saying "Calorie" would have been fine since Americans tend to use Calorie = kilocalorie.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This question isn't applicable to this book.
Any additional comments?
This audiobook provides a nice collection of strategies for maintaining discipline and willpower for weight control. The author does not claim to be an expert in these matters but does collect results from several different studies, as well as his own experiences. Do not expect anything truly novel--think of this more as CliffsNotes or Schaum's Outlines, basically a summary of many different key points. The strategies range from easy to challenging. For example, he suggests that people who are just starting to develop self discipline begin by simply adding a serving of vegetables to a meal, making that into a habit, etc. At the challenging end, he suggests that people who are healthy take occasional fasts to strengthen their willpower and to rest their digestive systems. It is unlikely you will like all the ideas in the book, but it is very likely that you will find something useful, even if it is just a reminder of something you had read or heard before. Some points are repeated almost redundantly but there is relatively little fluff in the book. Since the book is short, it is easy to go through for some quick inspiration or to help pick yourself up after slipping from your resolutions.
I generally prefer listening over reading for this type of material, but the narrator was a bit weak here. He had odd intonations of the sentences, with pauses in unusual places. He also had the weirdest pronunciation of "kcal" that I have ever heard ("keel" instead of "kilocalorie"). I found the narration less distracting at 1.25x. Although somewhat annoying, the narration did not truly detract from the content of the book.
The audiobook is relatively short (under 2.5 hours) and inexpensive, so I would recommend buying it instead of using an Audible credit. I received this audiobook im exchange for an homest review but I have purchased other books from this author.
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