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Put an end to dieting and replace weight-loss struggles with this easy approach to a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Every month seems to bring a trendy new diet or a new fad to try in order to lose weight - but these diets clearly aren’t making us any happier or healthier. 

As obesity rates and associated disease and impairments continue to rise, it’s time for a different approach. How Not to Diet is a treasure trove of buried data and cutting-edge dietary research that Dr Michael Greger has translated into accessible, actionable advice with exciting tools and tricks that will help you to safely lose weight and eliminate unwanted body fat - for good.

Dr Greger, renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of nutritionfacts.org, explores the many causes of obesity - from our genes to the portions on our plate to other environmental factors - and the many consequences, from diabetes to cancer to mental health issues. 

From there, Dr Greger breaks down a variety of approaches to weight loss, honing in on the optimal criteria that enable success, including: a diet high in fibre and water, a diet low in fat, salt, and sugar, and a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods.

How Not to Diet then goes beyond food to explore the many other weight-loss accelerators available to us in our body’s systems, revealing how plant-based meals can be eaten at specific times to maximise our bodies’ natural fat-burning activities. 

Dr Greger provides a clear plan not only for the ultimate weight loss diet but also the approach we must take to that diet to unlock its greatest efficacy.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Michael Greger (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Can't listen to this

The narration is so annoying, Dr. Greger didn't speak like this in How Not To Die. It's overtly dramatic and very distracting.

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Wonderful read

Exceptional content on diet and nutrition. As a nutritionist I am loving the detailed research papers shared.

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eye opener

thought provoking content thanks audible this book has enlightened me in the field of diet

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its terrible to listen to. awkward and stops randomly at random words. zero stars for the voiceover

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Narration is very distracting and annoying

I really am struggling to understand anything the author is saying, due to the overtly exaggerated pronunciation and dramatic sentences. It's very distracting and hard to follow.

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Exceptionally detailed and fact supported

Changes perspective towards junk and processed foods. After going through half of the book I was automatically repulsed from unhealthy processed food. This book makes you understand your body and its evolution thus making you take better decisions regarding your diet

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exceptional wisdom

profoundly informative even for an orthopedic surgeon like me. I am a keen follower of Dr. Greger and find his honesty and dedication to public quite rare and admirable.

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  • Natalie
  • 02-04-21

Annoying Narration

Unfortunately I couldn't stand to listen to the narration. His voice and way of talking was too annoying.

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  • gadi
  • 09-02-22

can't listen more than 1 minutes. worst reading.

can not listen 1 minutes.

Read by author who has a speech problem.

do not buy....

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  • Douglas
  • 05-02-22

How not to diet

My first thought when listening to the start of this book was that Michael was either drunk or on something. I kept listening because the information was very good.

After a while his style becomes more normal, and the scope and importance of the information are much more important than his style of reading. He has researched more than any others in this field.

I know Dean Ornish and T Colin Campbell have done their own research, but Michael Greger has read so many studies and peer reviewed research that I think he has the best overall view of the topic.

He has provided a hugely comprehensive document, that for me very much outweigh his speaking style..I also have the hard copy book which is 690 pages. I find it much easier to listen to this audiobook than it is to read the book.

I gave this audiobook 5 stars on each category because I feel his information will change my life, the way I eat, and hopefully add a bit more health to my years.

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  • Timothy Hill
  • 28-12-20

Great book. Poor recording.

Michael seems drunk and slurs his way through the book. Had to stop listening and go back to the paper book.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 21-02-20

Learn what to eat for health and weight control

Dr. Michael Greger has a staff who read all the published scientific studies on how to lose excess fat and how to stay slim. He reads his book himself and he makes, what could be dull, interesting and useful.
This is the real deal. He isn’t pushing some miracle cure or selling any supplements, instead he tells us exactly how human beings should eat for health and longevity and in doing this never need to go on another diet. He is the man!

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  • Marguerite
  • 05-02-20

GET the book!

Get educated and take control of your health. I enjoyed the narration as the author kept me engaged and gave some lightness to what can be an overwhelming subject. Also, a slower talking pace meant I could absorb the information which is extensive. I feel empowered and motivated to venture forth to loose the weight. If performance is going to stop you listening, then get a physical copy or have someone read it to you! Audio comes with a great PDF which I happily read on my tablet. You can save yourself so don’t let reviews on narration stop you. THANK YOU Michael and your team.

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  • Andreas Brilke
  • 11-02-20

Possibly one of the most important books ever

If you get over the first 15min of stop and go talking, this book has a lot to offer. The author and his team have gathered information that is scientifically proven to improve your health and help you losing weight. I did not listen to it to lose weight, but was nevertheless absolutely fascinated about how much there is to know about food and how little the average person knows. This book is absolutely recommended. I almost could not believe the insights I got, but am convinced that this book enlightened me a lot.

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  • B. R. Souter
  • 27-07-20

Very detailed, not great for IBS sufferers though

I actually enjoy his quirky narration style and nerding out into details about various studies.
Only problem I have is implementing a lot of the recommendations due to IBS, like many IBS sufferers I often feel better with more refined versions of foods (e.g. white rice instead of brown, instant oats instead of steel cut oats, cooked veg instead of salads, also cruciferous veg can be a digestive nightmare, as can flax seeds). I also have a hard time going vegan, there are times when in a flare up and the only foods I can eat are chicken soup and white rice. Sadly as a result I can't really go full whole food, plant based, high veg, high fibre and "put it to the test" as he says :D I learned a lot of interesting science though and implement what I can. I hope he'll write a book about IBS someday!

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  • M. Power
  • 21-02-20

Could have been streamlined somewhat

I loved how not to die and listened to it over and over and although it contained scientific evidence to back up the claims made in the book, it was made interesting to the listener by blending it in with stories and anecdotes from Dr Gregor’s experiences. This book was nothing like that and really heavy going at times. It seemed more like a reference book than an enlightening experience.
I can’t help feeling that he could have saved the reference material for the end of the book for people who are interested in looking into that and just kept the rest of the book as a general run through, in order of effectiveness, of the methods that the layman can apply in order to shed weight, as well as adding some welcome anecdotes.
His narration has become hard to listen to since how not to die as also. By the end, I was completely fed up of hearing him emphasise his own catchphrase “put it to the test” or hearing about another “randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial”
I wanted to be able to listen to the book again like the first one, as you miss a lot of information the first time around but I don’t think I could face it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-12-19

Amazing book - narration irritating though !

He’s my idol - it’s an amazing book .
His narration is well irritating though - stop trying to be so vocally entertaining- it’s hard to listen too

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  • Tinned Tomato
  • 17-02-20

The worst narration ever

Want to listen to an audio book narrated by Bruce “lets get ready to rumble “ Buffer?
It reminded me of my childhood cassette tapes, speeding up, slowing down.
I found it impossible to concentrate, when this terrible narration is taking place.
To every narrator ive ever criticised- im sorry, because this is that bad. The worse.
As to the content - i dont know, thats how bad the narration is.

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  • sarah Jagelman
  • 29-01-20

Another great book by Dr Greger

I've loved both of Dr Gregers books. They are very easy to understand and life changing.
They are not faddy and are scientific evidenced based.
Dr Greger doesn't make any money from his book sales and the proceeds are put into his life saving charity.

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  • jonathan blake
  • 29-01-20

Outstanding

This book has revolutionised my attitude to food and diet. cannot recommend highly enough. a true game changer.

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  • Ghada
  • 27-06-21

the narration is so bad

the book might have some important information but the narration is so bad, I couldn't listen to it more than 10 minutes. it was a waste of money.

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  • Broadstairs Girl
  • 12-12-19

The most annoying narration ever

Really looked forward to this being released having devoured the last book (on kindle)....his stop start delivery is absolutely maddening.

I'll stick to reading it!!

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  • Lissa Pinard
  • 29-01-20

Really interesting findings for weightloss!

simple to implement tweaks to you daily diet, very thorough scientifically backed information, truely fascinating

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  • Kory Pio
  • 19-04-20

audio

I struggled to finish due to the weird way he was reading the book. i think i prefer readibg the book myself.

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  • World Citizen
  • 18-12-19

How I am educating my family

The book is information heavy and doesn’t start quite like I expected, but when I break it down into lesson plans for my kids homeschool there is enough for their entire High school curriculum. Plus their friends listen to it when I am in charge of car pooling and it starts great conversations ♥️ my nay saying hubby even sees the sense in it. Looking forward to not dieting ♥️ will listen over and over. Thanks team 🥦🥦

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  • Ally
  • 17-12-19

Spectacular. a great listen for everybody

I recommend this book to all people looking to lose a lot (or a little) bit of weight.

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  • Byron Uys
  • 20-03-20

Ought to be compulsory reading.

I was a huge fan of 'How Not to Die' so when I saw this new iteration I bought it straight away.

There is, of course, some crossover here from 'How Not to Die' but the topic and approach are quite different and, where the topics converge, updates are given which are worth knowing.

The format of the book, for those who don't know, is one where Dr Greger poses or is posed a question and then explores studies conducted relevant to that topic. A large emphasis is placed on evaluating the efficacy and methodology of the experiments done and then exploring what lessons can be gleaned from them.

Now, I wrote above "Ought to be compulsory reading" and I chose my words carefully. Dr Gregers voice and reading style are certainly not for everybody. I found myself slightly annoyed with him at the start of the book, but i quickly became fond of his quirky style.

Do yourself a favour and buy it. On audible or elsewhere, it will have something in it you will want to know.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-20

A plethora of valuable information

Such a great resource of nutritional information that is easy to understand. Dr Greger's enthusiasm makes it enjoyable to listen to as well. I took my time listening to this book (4 months or so, I think) to implement its advice along the way, and I've already lost 31lbs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-20

The truth is here... "let's put it to the test"

FINALLY... the TRUTH! Dr. Greger has delivered an outstanding array of simple strategies that literally anyone can use and implement into their lives straight away. They have been developed based on fact, not fiction or fancy advertising - no smoke and mirrors here. "How not to Diet" is an easy-to-understand, practical guide that takes the hard work out of sifting through all the myths and downright lies, and exposes the truth, backed by real science, about how we become overweight and unwell, who is keeping us there, and how to fix it... permanently.

If you're anything like me, you've tried every new gimmicky diet, starved yourself, popped a myriad of useless (if not downright dangerous) pills and potions, and nearly killed yourself with back-breaking exercises, not to mention the countless dollars you've donated to so-called gurus with their "miracle" gadgets and elixirs... and you're still overweight, unhealthy and unhappy! If you've tried everything and failed, your bloods and numbers are all over the place, and you want the truth about how you got here, who really helped you get here, and how to fix it, "How not to Diet" is your one-stop shop for facts and simple, do-able strategies. Just "put it to the test".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-20

Greger Putting It to the Test

Michael Greger presents the science of nutrition in a very engaging way. I’ve been obese my whole life and wish a book like this had been written years ago. I can now say ‘I’ve tried every single diet in the book ‘ 😂 thanks Dr Greger for presenting the facts !!

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  • Simon Anthony Newstead
  • 07-01-20

Comprehensive and reassuring

This is the last weight loss book you'll need to buy. Full of actionable, science based recommendations and it doesn't sugar coat any of the conclusions. Found it very reassuring on my path to improve health.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-22

Amazing

I love Dr Greger. I can't imagine there are too many doctors out there who can keep you interested for the entirety of an almost 24hr audiobook. This book is jam packed with interesting information and practical applications. And Dr Greger is quite funny and fun to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-22

It took me a while…

… to get used to Michaels reading style. Very unique - that’s for sure.
Now I’m thinking everyone else sounds rather boring 🤣
Great advice otherwise in this book. I feel like I’ve learned so much.