I have been asked before to do a blog post about "diet books that don't contain a lot of woo." I've avoided doing that post because even though I can think of books that have good information, I have trouble finding ones that also do not contain a lot of ad hominem fallacies or that promote enough flexibility to keep the plan sustainable. Today, as I was catching up on blog postings from ScienceBasedMedicine.org I found one that looks promising: The Diet Fix, by Yoni Freedhoff, MD.
I say "looks promising" because it won't be published until tomorrow (I have pre-ordered), and because I like the highlights that Scott Gavura gave over at this this blog post. I am also happy because it looks like we might finally have a book that does not ascribe demonic powers to either saturated fat (yay bacon and coconut oil!) or all carbohydrates for all people. I also like his (seeming) focus on sustainability and self awareness (i.e. a diet plan only works as long as you have a plan for that pasta taking a leap into your shopping cart). I'm also looking forward to reading a book that doesn't contain references to toxins/detoxing/cleansing.
I'm still waiting, however, to check out his references and look at the kind of language he uses. I'm already wishing he hadn't used the term "Post Traumatic Dieting Disorder" as many of my patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have eating problems that are tied up with their PTSD and I would really hate to draw a false equivalency.
Will report back with my findings/thoughts. Meanwhile, if your reading list isn't long enough, check out this Goodreads list of recommended books: Science Based Medicine Recommends.