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  • The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind
  • Written by: Tara Cottrell, Dan Zigmond
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Written by: Tara Cottrell,Dan Zigmond
Narrated by: Pam Ward
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Publisher's Summary

There's a lot you probably don't know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the "Enlightened One", he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a "middle way" between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence. The instructions he gave his monks about eating, more than 2,500 years ago, were surprisingly simple.

Fast forward to today. Cutting-edge scientific research tells us something Buddha knew all along: it's not what you eat, but when you eat that's most important. You don't need to follow the latest fads or give up your favorite foods. You just need to remember a few guidelines that Buddha provided - guidelines that, believe it or not, will help you lose weight, feel better, and stop obsessing about food. Sure, Buddha lived before the age of cronuts, but his wisdom and teachings endure, providing us with a sane, mindful approach to eating.

With chapters that ponder questions like "What would Buddha drink?" and "Did Buddha do Crossfit?", Buddha's Diet offers both an attainable and sustainable strategy for achieving weight-loss nirvana.

©2016 Tara Cottrell & Dan Zigmond (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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wonderful book

loved listening to the book. it is a comprehensive book on diet management leading to optimal weight and good health. It are very practical and free of unnecessary margins and elaboration.

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Simple and easy approach to healthy lifestyle

Simple and easy approach to healthy lifestyle, specially when internet is full of bs about what you should and shouldn't eat.

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This book will help you to reduce weight

This book will give you timings for eating food, what to eat, how to eat. Author has written book very well in today’s context. Overall good book for reducing weight naturally.

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An eye opener

we expect about diet only,but this book is a masterpiece explaining lifestyle change.
good narration also

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an interesting point of view. simple in its approa

finished hearing it in two days. read it out of curiosity and dont regret it. one good takeaway finish all your eating and hogh calories before sunset, if possible earlier

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Simple food rules for the modern human

Simple rules that can be followed by everyone for a healthier life. This is definitely on my listen again list !

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easier weight loss

great way to start working on your diet especially 9 he slot will be very effective and easily adoptable

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Wonderfully Helpful and Easy to Learn and Follow

There are many easy and meaningful ideas conveyed in this book, concerning diet, losing weight, eating habits, mental health, lifestyle, Buddhism and more. Almost all ideas are part of the Buddhist wisdom so they are old and trustable. For example, this book talks about eating more in the daytime and eating very less in the evening and night time to give our bodies a chance to digest the food we eat in a timely way.

There are many other wonderful ideas conveyed in this book! Along with learning an approach to losing weight, we can learn about many important ideas of the Buddhist religion as well. They even share a lot about Buddha himself. It's a great book overall. I enjoyed it a lot!

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Way better than any conventional diet fad books

The book isn't just about diet but about an entire change in lifestyle... so vital for nearly all of us. - Arvind Passey - Blog: www.passey.info

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From Vipassana to Buddha's Diet

I practise Vipassana and I am following buddha's diet for a very long time. This book is in very detailed form about the diet and food practices in Buddhism.

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  • M. Houston
  • 08-12-16

glad I found this book in my Lion's Roar mag

Great book to listen to. I lost 4lbs in 6 days just by eating before 7 pm.

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  • Travis Penrod
  • 18-11-18

Great eating guidelines and Buddhist history

I have adopted this idea of a "Buddha's Diet" and I have found success with it. I enjoy this idea of eating only certain hours of the day. The book went beyond that though. It talked about mindfulness, meditation, healing your relationship with food, and so on. I loved the Buddhist stories and the history. The narration was excellent and well suited for this book. Friendly tone. I highly recommend this book and diet.

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  • Kpoly
  • 29-09-20

Recommend this for anyone interested improving their mental and physical health

This book is great! It is the perfect balance of getting to the point and explaining the whys behind the point. Mind body soul is all cohesive and these teachings are very much about how to create an overall healthier and happier human.

As far as the weight loss goes- I have been making adjustments to my own routines and habits and already feeling better, and the scale is showing results within a few days.

Thank you to the authors!

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  • Bryan Brandow
  • 05-05-17

Very down to Earth, backed by science

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book is written with a very realistic tone. The authors make several references to their own personal lives such as being parents, over or under eating in the past, and leading very busy lives. The diet is very simply designed and really consists of being more mindful about food than strict restrictions.

I'm not a Buddhist, but was this book isn't about the religion. There are lots of stories about Buddha, but its presented in the form of ideas that make sense than any attempt at religious conversion. There is also lots of scientific studies referenced to back up the various recommendations. This makes the message accessible to all backgrounds, but I think it's worth highlighting here due to the religious connotations in the title.

What about Pam Ward’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a fantastic job. Very smoothly delivered and it sounded like my Aunt was just having a matter of fact conversation with me. She made the message very accessible.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There's a whole chapter on cheating on the diet. But it wasn't pushing fear or shame, but rather understanding that people slip, schedules get busy, and there are circumstances out of our control. It was very warm when talking about how to get back on track and how to find the middle ground (which was the common theme).

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  • 31-01-17

return to effective simplicity

you could probably summarize this book on a sheet of paper, however the additional depth was was much appreciated as i go forward to tell others.

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  • Kali
  • 16-01-17

Will definitely apply

Wow, I love the middle way. I I will definitely put this into practice. I feel it's something that I could actually do for the rest of my life and I love the practical Theory of living. It was a great, simple introduction to Buddha's life. Highly recommend.

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  • Pinkie 500
  • 20-02-21

Interesting

Not what I expected, but I was still pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed how the author talked about lifestyle and not just the diet component... it’s fairly comprehensive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-20

Way more than a diet book!

If you just want to know specific diet details, then it’s just intermittent fasting starting with a 12 hour eating window & gradually reducing it to 9 hours. I found this book to be more of a self improvement rather than a just a diet book. The teachings of Buddha are inspiring and practical I’m not religious or spiritual, but I intend to learn more about Buddha himself. The reading was comprehensible even at a higher speed, and she was entertaining. I really enjoyed the book even though it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Well worth the listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-20

Dieting the Kind Way

The book definitely means what it says about teaching you to lose weight without losing your mind. Essentially, it’s about Intermittent Fasting, moderation, and making wise choices. It’s about keeping healthy and feeling good at the same time. My more relaxed alternative to the Fast 800 diet.

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  • Kimberly A. Wynns
  • 11-06-17

Sounds Easy

Sounds easy, great rationalizations....may have to do it in baby steps and work up to the 8 hour window.

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  • Diane
  • 23-01-19

Really Not Good waste of a good credit

A very unfriendly voice to listen too and an insult to buggy’s belief in all areas

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  • Rhayna
  • 20-08-22

Really not worth reading.

The whole idea behind the book is time restricted eating (TRE). There are many books available on TRE, the best of those (in my opinion) are written by Dr. Fung and also Dr. Valter Longo. Both of whom are leading experts in the world of TRE and intermittent fasting. Don’t waste your time on this book, just read the originals.

Unfortunately, the authors have tried to give a Buddhist slant on dieting, possibly as a gimmick to sell the book. The simplistic explanations of the Dharma and claims about the Buddhist lifestyle, show a careless interpretation of Dharma and culture. For example, they claim HH the Dalai Lama eats meat, so it’s normal for Buddhists to eat meat. This is misleading. HH eats meat under certain circumstances and also for medical reasons. They also claim that the Buddha would probably be ok with using animals for experiments.

If you are interested in Buddhism this is not the book for you. If you are interested in TRE or intermittent fasting, this book is not for you. In fact I can’t think of anyone that would benefit from reading this book.

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  • Maggie Popova
  • 22-05-22

interesting listen!

it was good, for anyone trying to resdjust their relationship with food. I recommend it.