There are an absolute TON of books on dieting out there. From specific diets like the paleo and keto diet to how to count calories for both cutting and bulking… the vast majority of which contain outlandish claims with minimal evidence to back it up.
whether you’ve read 1 or 100 books on dieting I highly recommend you read Matt Fitzgerald’s book, ‘Diet Cults‘.
I’d go as far as saying it’s the best book on dieting I’ve read!
There’s no claims of instant success or glorification of 1 specific diet in ‘Diet Cults‘… in fact you’ll find it’s quite the opposite!
From high protein to vegetarian, paleo, south beach and low carb Matt Fitzgerald delves deep into the pros, cons and key points of each specific diet – debunking myths and misconceptions with scientific studies and real life case study examples.
A breath of fresh air!
Key Points From Diet Cults
Diet Cults Demand Strict Conformity
When it comes to a specific diet ‘cult’ (type of diet) be it the paleo diet or the raw food diet the conformity MUST be 100%.
A true follower of the paleo diet will never eat be caught eating oats or potatoes just as the raw food dieter will never be caught microwaving a meal…
These diet and their hardcore followers do not work in anything other than absolutes.
There’s no ‘occasional oats’ or ‘cheat meal cooked food’ it’s all or nothing – people result to extremes.
People Believe What THEY Want To Believe
As we’ll discuss shortly there’s no #1 diet out there that’s the key to losing weight and getting in shape. There are many, many different paths you can take to climb the proverbial dieting mountain… but people believe what they want to believe.
An advocate of the vegan diet may have had better results following a previous style of diet, but if they’ve got their mind (and beliefs) completely set on the vegan diet for improved health and wellness then regardless of whether they see conflicting information or even fail to see results they’ll stick with it!
Once an individual has set their mind and joined a particular ‘diet cult’ there’s little a logical person can do to stop them.
Diet Cult = Sense Of Identity & Belonging
This is without a doubt the biggest takeaway from Matt Fitzgerald’s book. The sense of identity received from joining a cult is the most common reason as to why people join them.
This isn’t only specific to diets, hell – when we’re talking about exercise CrossFit is undeniably the biggest exercise cult out there that promotes community and in turn, a sense of identity & belonging.
The loose scientific evidence surrounding a number of popular weight loss diets is a cover up for our identity-based decision making.
Most Elite Athletes Do NOT Follow A Cult
The vast majority of elite athletes follow a diet that fuels their training and competition, nothing more, nothing less.
They don’t implement super-strict rules when it comes to a certain food group. They don’t tell themselves they can’t eat fruit, potatoes or oats.
They follow the least restrictive diet that is sufficient to yield maximum fitness and performance.
The ‘One True Way’ Does Not Exist
Browse your local bookstore and you’ll find a new best-selling diet book coming out every single month. Who knows what it’ll be next month? The potato diet? The liquid diet? A new variation of the raw food diet?
Regardless of what it is the author will promise you that their method is the one true way to achieve that health/weight loss/vitality you’ve been looking for.
Unfortunately this is not the case.
There’s no one true way, it doesn’t exist.
The standards and guidelines of a healthy diet are rather loose, it’s a matter of finding what works best for you. How do you gauge this? Trial and error.
Few Dieters Fail Due To Lack Of Knowledge!
A person that’s motivated to lose weight is bound to succeed regardless of what diet they choose, at the same time the individual with all the knowledge but none of the motivation to succeed will never succeed.
Diet cults will never tell you that motivation is the key to dieting success as that won’t sell their book or recipe guide!
This is known as the dieting ‘knowledge barrier’ and it’s largely false.