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The Cure for Everything (Book Review)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Cure for Everything has a similar, though different, approach to the book I reviewed yesterday. This university professor addresses the "big stuff" of health: fitness, diet, and genetics, and also devotes too much time to "remedies" (diatribe against homeopathy and Big Pharma). He tries to be funny, but he's a lawyer and an academic, so he's not as funny as a writer for Esquire (yesterday's book).

As an academic, he had access to top researchers in Canada (where he lives), the UK and the US. He strongly believes in doing things that are backed by research... and not doing things that aren't. His frame of reference, I think, is for people who are of normal weight. He bikes to work and seems pretty healthy, and it seems to me that he is talking to people are also healthy. I liked the first two chapters on fitness and diet the most.

On fitness: My big takeaway from the book is that lifting weights is extremely important. He says it's even more important than cardio! But of course, he recommends both. For cardio, he recommends HIIT (high intensive interval training), which saves time and gets great results over hours and hours of cardio. He says that exercising does not help to lose weight, only maintain it.

On diet: He lost quite a lot of weight in his one year of researching and writing this book -- about 25 pounds. (Compare that to yesterday's author who lost 16 pounds over 2 years.) He did it through pretty serious calorie constriction and said he was hungry all the time. That sounds like a miserable way to live.

Overall, he said that to be healthy we should get enough sleep, exercise, and eat well (make half your plate fruits and veggies). "Everything else is just fiddling with the margins."

I just finished reading the book and haven't implemented any of the recommendations he makes in the book, but I am going to starting using the weights at the gym!
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    It's kind of frustrating sometimes to read (or read about) these books. They all seem to be built around a 9-5 office job kind of life and offer cookie cutter answers. Someone needs to write a book about how to sneak workouts into real life situations (I used to work with a girl who lifted her toddler for a little bit of ST, and the little girl thought it was a blast!), how to plan meals that will keep you full at work when your job is physical and/or you can't snack at your desk whenever you feel like it, how to plan a meal schedule for night shifters, and how to do all this when you have a family and a budget.

    Soapbox rant finished. :)

    Have fun with your weights! I would say you should find a cute guy to show you the ropes, but I think you said you have a boyfriend. Stil... emoticon

    1161 days ago
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    I'm liking the book reviews; thanks for the insights!
    1162 days ago
    Sounds interesting, but do not think I will read it. Sounds like he is trying to simplify the whole living healthy thing.

    1162 days ago
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