4 out of 4 stars
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End Dieting Hell is a self-help book that provides a new perspective on losing weight. The book talks about how a person can be “emotionally addicted” to the feeling of struggling with losing weight. The goal of the book is to help people find peace with one’s own body. Based on her experiences as a fitness instructor, Michelle Melendez imparts her advice on loving oneself to bring about the change the person needs.
The book starts with the author’s story, which details her insecurities when she was 13 years old and shows how she started to appreciate her own body. The book focuses on how behavioral memory patterns affect the way people think of themselves, including their self-image. The book also talks about the relationship between the cells and the emotions, the concept of “emotional body,” and the right routine for one’s body type. The book contains insights about finding peace with one’s own body, as well as knowing the purpose of one’s lifetime struggle with weight.
The book aims to merge biology, nutrition, sports science, and new age beliefs to provide an answer to the everlasting problem of losing weight. This mixture of concepts is explained through the author’s use of multiple stories, which I find entertaining and relatable. The stories about her experiences with clients are inspirational to read. Since the book is well-written and professionally edited, the book easily achieves its goal of aiding people to accept who they are, helping them find peace within themselves.
My only problem with the book is that the author misunderstood a scientific paper, which she uses to state that the heart “has a brain of its own.” The paper looked into how “intuition” is being handled by the human body. While the paper does say that the heart also plays a role in handling “intuition,” the conclusion of the paper says that “intuition” is not handled by a discrete organ (brain or heart alone), but rather by the whole body: a system-wide process.
Nevertheless, I don’t believe that the aforementioned misunderstanding gets in the way of the self-help aspect of the book. Overall, End Dieting Hell is a fascinating and helpful read for people who are trying to lose weight. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. While it’s hard to recommend this book to those who don’t believe in new age beliefs, I can recommend this book to those who are having trouble losing weight.
End Dieting Hell
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