• Anti-Diet

  • Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating
  • By: Christy Harrison
  • Narrated by: Christy Harrison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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A how-to guide to reclaiming your time, money, health and happiness in our toxic diet culture. 

In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-pound industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health and happiness. It will turn what you think you know about health and wellness upside down, as Harrison explores the history of diet culture, how it's infiltrated the health and wellness world, how to recognise it in all its sneaky forms, and how letting go of efforts to lose weight or eat 'perfectly' actually helps to improve people's health - no matter their size.   

Drawing on scientific research, personal experience and stories from patients and colleagues, Anti-Diet provides a radical alternative to diet culture and helps listeners reclaim their bodies, minds and lives so they can focus on the things that truly matter.

©2019 Christy Harrison (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Life changing

I found this book personally challenging. It requires you to address many issues that we take for granted in our day-to-day relationships with food. It represents a voice that needs to be louder in society. Accepting the message and adapting one's perspectives and prejudices will be a journey. The positive impact on my quality of life will be immeasurable.

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Game Changer

I’ve recently started seeing a dietitian for what I thought, was a problem I have with emotional eating! Wrong! After reading this book (recommended by my dietitian) I’ve realised that what I thought were my issues with emotional eating and binge eating, are actually issues as a result of restriction throughout the day.

I absolutely loved the book and all of the research and evidence that Kristy shares.

Highly recommend!

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Perfection!

Best book I've ever purchased!!! Intelligent, informative, perfectly written and spoken, literally life changing! Thank you Christy Harrison!

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  • NICOLE
  • 02-02-20

Ideology trumps over science

I got increasingly annoyed reading this book as it seems to be highly politicised. The fat are now to be viewed as the latest intersection category of identity politics and the book explicitly puts fat, trans and a person of colour at the apex of victimhood which I imagine might seem patronising to such a person.
Calorie controlled diets usually fail and we live in a culture where fat shaming is widespread. Whilst I'd agree with the twin premise of this book, I strongly disagree with the ideology that overlays this. It is not factual to say that 'living in a larger body' only results in harm because those who do so are oppressed and depressed or stressed by 'diet culture'; obesity is a downstream effect of a metabolic disorder in most cases so whilst it is wrong to say fat people are greedy or lazy, it is legitimate to be concerned about the health of someone who is obese (a medical term). Pehaps this book will make a person who feels oppressed by diet culture feel better but there is a valid reason for the stigma of being obese. Facts should trump feelings. Yes to F your beauty standards then but No to Healthy At Any Size (not possible beyond youth).
We can't conflate a beauty standard which is objective with a health standard which is based on medical facts around heavier people. Yes there is an industry that promotes weight loss products, gyms and special foods but this reflects a scientific consensus that being obese is strongly associated with disease risk and early death. Not the other way around.
Giving people permission to eat 'intuitively' in a food culture full of processed foods that are designed to be more compelling than real food, seems dangerous and yes I got the point that Real Food is just another version of diet culture but disagree. I totally agree that calorie controlled diets are pointless but putting yourself into a cultish bubble with its own language and overlaying it with a victim mentality won't help people who get sore knees, diabetes or heart failure in their middle years.

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  • Tab
  • 04-21-20

Good but not great

This book is good enough, although it really just goes over old ground covered by previous books on the subject, and doesn’t add anything new. I could have done without the constant “quote unquote”, which was irritating. It was interesting to listen to this during the lockdown, where for the first time for many of us in the UK we are experiencing what food scarcity fears feel like. I am definitely eating much more, which I attributed to stress, but on reflection is definitely due to the restriction on food choices, variety, and fears over restocking. Makes me feel ashamed of having had so much, when around the world people battle with food scarcity constantly. We are so over privileged. If I want a treat, I can drive to the store and choose from hundreds of items, in as much quantity as I want. Usually. Now, things are a little different, and it’s for sure having an impact. Good to see that acknowledged on the authors Instagram page.

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  • Mrs J Priest
  • 05-21-20

Life changing

Very informative and a great help if you are trying to move away from diet culture.

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  • Kelbo Z
  • 01-17-20

No PDF?

Good book. Ok and well read but a pdf is talked about all the way through and there is no pdf to download? Please can this be rectified, thank you.

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  • FionaH
  • 01-16-20

incredible, a must read

I can't rate this book highly enough, a clear, comprehensive and compelling expose of the harm of diets, dieting and diet culture. Life-changing.

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  • 02-10-20

Uninspiring

Obesity is not linked to earlier death or disease - right, I don’t think any medical professional would agree. I was looking for a book that would help me to be healthy without dieting but this book doesn’t do that. I don’t agree that you can be healthy at any weight.

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  • Heather
  • 08-30-22

Educational & Inspirational

I loved this book!! The research is thorough and the message clear. It's the perfect book if you're interested in the implications of weight-stigma, yo-yo dieting and diet culture in general. I'd love everyone to read this book... maybe then we'd be able to invite more people to ditch diet culture and find peace with food and their body!

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  • Ian Wallace
  • 08-21-21

very good insite

really good very knowledgeable must listen. recently become very aware of the diet culture and the problems it's causing. really trying to understand it from a different out look. this audio teaches that very well

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  • Astrid
  • 06-11-21

Absolutely essential reading!

I rarely review, but this is such a great book, I want to encourage as many people as possible to read or listen to it. Even if you haven't got a history of dieting and weight cycling, you will be negatively affected by diet culture and will benefit and learn from this book.

If you DO have a history of chronic dieting and weight cycling then don't hesitate to read this book, and listen to the wealth of helpful podcasts hosted by the author. Thanks so much for this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-20

Essential reading for everyone

A comprehensive dismantling of the diet and wellbeing industry and diet culture.
A must ready for anyone who has ever struggled with their weight, body image, yo yo dieting, self esteem, disordered eating, etc.
A well written, well researched and interesting history of humanity's relationship with food, diet trends, and the detrimental effects of dieting on physical and emotional health.
If this was on the high school curriculum, I wonder how many young men and women would grow up with better body image, improved mental health and a more peaceful relationship with food.

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  • Katie Underwood
  • 12-27-19

F*CK DIET CULTURE!!

I've listened to Me Harrison's podcasts for a few months now, and have been in quasi recovery from what I think may be an undiagnosed eating disorder. This book has left me with unspeakable RAGE at how diet culture sucks us in, and how much life I've wasted following arbitrary rules! I can't recommend this work highly enough to EVERYONE questioning their body's ability to do what it's meant to ... and anyone who's ever blamed themselves for not being able to stick to a diet. This rage is simmering, but tempered by the comfort I feel knowing how simple life can be now, and no longer paying any mind to the life thief. Thank you for your amazing work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-21

Refreshing, Brilliant..

A must-read for so many people. If you're contemplating going on your 175th diet, are being hassled by your doctor about your BMI, or just don't like what you see in the mirror, this is for you. I wish I'd been able to read this as a vulnerable 18 year old.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-20

amazing - must read!!

very well researched and written! very interesting and eye opening for anyone struggling with dieting or an eating disorder!

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  • Mx
  • 04-10-21

Everything I hoped for and more!

I have listened to Christy's podcast for some time now, and it has helped me be curious and understand a lot about my relationship to food, eating and my body. When I heard she was writing a book, i was hoping it would do similarly. Which it has. Her no-nonsense approach to breaking down diet culture, relationships with food, and how it impacts society is truly unlike any other, and hearing Christy in top-flight is empowering and inspiring. Loved this book. I will read it multiple times.

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  • Brenda
  • 07-26-22

A great message with some flaws

I definitely have some mixed feelings about this book, on one hand I think it's a great message and I think it's something everyone needs to hear... but on the other, I don't like how certain things are conveyed. I don't like the whole "if you don't agree then it's because you're just not ready to leave diet culture." that seems kinda manipulative and anti-scientintific approach.

This is just my own personal preference, but I felt there were too many anecdotal stories. While there were a nice amount of referenced studies and what not, there were just too many boring and irrelevant anecdotal stories that were mostly some version of the same message and it was just a bit much. I also think more time in the last 3rd of the book could have been spent talking about intuitive eating specifically, rather than just rehashing stuff about weight stigma or diet culture that had already been discussed. Ugh and calling diets "the life thief" was pretty damn cringy.

That being said, there is still a lot of good to be taken away from this book, I can see how so many people can benefit from the information the author provides. I just don't think it's the be all and end all, as with most things to do with diet and nutrition, I think it's just a piece of the larger picture, but it's potentially a piece a lot of people might not have yet.

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  • Egore
  • 01-24-21

Elliott (gay cis male, he/him)

I have felt shame and guilt about my body for as long as I can remember. This shame and feelings of guilt and worthlessness has led to a number of suicide attempts. The information presented in the Anti Diet is accessible, clear, and understandable. This information has drastically changed the way I think and feel about my body, and I’m excited to move forward in my life. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-21

Exactly what I needed to hear at the start of a new year

While this book provides a lot of scientific research to back up its claims, it’s still a really easy listen/read. This is the only approach to health and weight that truly encompasses all minorities. Such an important piece of work, thank you Christy Harrison!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-20

Finally - a solution to weight loss struggles that works!

Your life won’t be the same after reading this book...

If you’re looking to lose weight, have tried every diet out there & finally want a life long solution- you must read this book.

Thank you Christy, for this book & all the work you do!

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  • Sarah Potter
  • 07-30-20

Depressing and unhelpful

This book made me feel like there was no hope and I would never be happy! It practically encourages you to put on weight and give up. Also couldn’t stand quote on quote which was painfully so many times throughout the book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

Shifting the way I see the world

While challenging to listen to, this book has begun my journey of slowly unpicking the way I see myself, food, exercise and clothing.