Perhaps not the informal educational self-help guide
you might be expecting, this is a rather more academic affair, with two approaches. The first focuses on the biology of fat
dynamics and calorie storage in the body.
Loaded with technical language, footnotes and appendices, this aspect of
the book is pure reference, rather than easy reading, by an author who undoubtedly
knows the most intricate details of his subject matter. In truth, on this point, I would have liked
to see a note on Ian’s professional credentials at the start of the book; don’t
get me wrong, this is not because I question his credibility by any means –
very far from it – but rather because I think it would have put me in more
prepared stead as a reader, giving a clearer context to the overall theme.
Most of the relatable, more expressly
diet-based and general advice content is found after the “Epilogue”, in the
book’s extremely useful appendices section – which in fact comprises exactly
half of the total material. At this
point, Ian far more clearly lays out the details and accompanying information for
his protein and fibre-based diet plan – although there is still a lot of technical
terminology for the lay-person. In short,
the general summary of this book is about balancing energy in vs. out – the rest
is in-depth explanation into how that computes in terms of fat content, sugar, etc. The appendices are tremendously helpful, and he
has clearly put a huge amount of work into them.
Whilst this is undoubtedly the composition of a
hard labour of love, and a vast amount of factual research, I did have a couple
of issues with the presentation of the book itself. I felt that – terminology aside – some of the
syntax could have been better constructed, with a more creative range of vocabulary
at times, to complement the professional quality of the content; punctuation,
too, was also not ideal throughout. In
terms of the overall format, it felt a touch disjointed, its flow at times a
little tricky to grasp; I think a more simplified sub-chapter structure might
have helped this, and a clearer layout aesthetically, with more measured white
space. I also wonder if it might not
have been more appropriate overall to include all of the end-matter material in
the main body of the book itself, before the Epilogue, and broaden the book’s
subject into a more holistic one; its title suggests it is a weight-loss guide –
in fact, it is so much more than that.
The content and general stature of this project
is strong. Honestly, this book is very
worthy academia, which will be of significant interest and benefit to many more
than just the diet crowd it might first attract.
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