How Not To Die Book Review (2018): Should You Read It? 5/5 (2)

How Not To Die is a New-York best-seller written by Dr. Greger, a well-known MD and the founder of NutritionFacts.org. Since I am obsessed with improving my performance and health, I knew I had to read this book. Here is my short review and opinion about it. Oh, and I’ll share my little dirty secret with you.

One of the most comprehensive books on plant-based diet

Supported by hundreds of studies

Relatively easy to read

Not all of my questions have been answered

A pretty long and detailed book

1. How Not To Die

When someone writes a book with a such a title, it (should) immediately catch your attention.

How not to die book review

How not to die book review

I was amazed when I heard about this book, but it took me some time to make a decision to grab a copy of it and finally read it.

What was holding me back?

The fact that this book is directly promoting a plant-based diet, but I’m (or, I used to be) a big fan of eating meat. Not that I ever thought eating meat is healthy, but I love the taste of it.

So I knew that reading this book could bring a dramatic change in my life. Or in my diet at least. But I wasn’t sure if I want such a change…

Well, before my flight from Toronto to London a couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy this book anyway and finally give it a try.

And guess what, I didn’t eat any meat since then.

So, what happened?

2. How Not To Die Book Review

Before I tell you about my change, let me share some important information about Dr. Greger’s book.

First of all, How Not To Die book is probably one of the most comprehensive and scientific-based books about healthy eating.

It covers 15 leading causes of death among Americans and it provides a full (or in some cases, a partial) solution to minimize or inverse some of the leading causes of death.

Dr. Greger and his team took the time to do a detailed analysis of all the research that was done on this field to provide us a step-by-step guide to a healthy living and longevity.

Besides that, readers get a list of recipes and simple tips that can help us all get the most out of our diets.

Now, if you are already a big fan of a plant-based diet, you’ll love this book. It’s like a music to your ears.

If you are a bigger fan of Keto, Paleo or some other diets that include animal-based food (which used to be the case for me), then you might get shocked.

It is not that this book is a bible which all of us should read and 100% believe in, but the way Dr. Greger presents the evidence of all benefits of eating 100% plant-based diet is just phenomenal.

Even someone like me who really wants to hear both sides and see all scientific studies can start doubting his previous know-how on nutrition.

Here are some things I love about the How Not To Die book:

  1. It provides a lot of scientific evidence (basically, every serious claim is backed by a study)
  2. The book is well-structured and relatively easy to read
  3. It’s made in 2 parts: First is the more theoretical part which is followed by a step-by-step guide
  4. I don’t believe there is another such a comprehensive book on nutrition available on the market

There are also some things I don’t like that much:

  1. It’d like to see more information about the correlation between diet and brains
  2. I wasn’t convinced about totally avoiding fish (especially because of Omega-3 fish oil)
  3. It’s a loooong book that takes lots of time to get through it

So, what are the main things I took from this book?

Dr Greger Book Review

Dr. Greger Book Review

3. What I Learned From Dr. Greger

I have to admit that Dr. Greger’s book is one of those books that takes an enormous amount of time to read and process all newly gathered knowledge.

It is not such a hard read, but there is tons of information available, some of it contrary to what I knew before.

So if you really want to get the most out of it, it takes some of your time if you want to do a detailed research on your own (which you should).

But once you get all the know-how, your work is not finished yet. What follows now is to make a decision whether you want to optimize your diet or not.

I’ve decided to do so, so I’m currently in the process of adapting my diet.

It’s challenging, but I know I can make it (yup, I cut all animal-based food from my diet).

Regarding the new things I learned from Dr. Greger – there are quite many, so I just want to point out a few important ones:

  1. I learned how not to die – you didn’t expect this one, did you? I’m joking, but it’s true that Dr. Greger has tons of advice on how to improve the quality of your life and live a healthier life
  2. I’ve got a great insight into neurotransmitters
  3. I’ve got tons of know-how on eating an effective, plant-based diet (from why to what and how)
  4. Dr. Greger shared tons of tips of what kind of food to avoid and why
  5. I’ve learned a lot about different superfoods, herbs and other small tricks that can dramatically improve your health (one of them is to be careful how to eat flaxseeds since you really want to chew them carefully – which is challenging to do since they are so small)

Besides that, Dr. Greger really shares tons of advice on healthy eating, most of it supported by different studies.

Now, did I read any other similar books on healthy eating before? Yes, absolutely.

Were any of them as good as this book? Not at all. That’s my honest opinion.

4. How Not To Die – Dr. Greger

Before I wrap up this review, I just want to write a word about dr. Michael Greger, the author of How Not To Die.

Michael Greger is a physician, author, lecturer, and founder of NutritionFacts.org.

Besides that, he is a promoter of a whole-food, plant-based diet and he is a vegan himself.

I am not aware of how recognized is he as a physician, but based on what I know about him, he seems to be a great expert and definitely a person to trust.

How not to die

How not to die

5. How Not To Die – Criticism

I’m sure there are many experts who do not totally agree with dr. Greger (or maybe even totally disagree).

There are a couple of things that I already mentioned are not totally clear to me – for example, is eating fish really so unhealthy, why are people in the blue-zones eating fish, how about drinking red wine, and what about the supplementation of Vitamin B3, B6, B9, and so on.

Even though I’m very interested in healthy eating, I’m not such an expert to criticize any of his work.

If someone replies to my open questions, I’d be super happy to remove this whole part from my blog post.

 6. Where To Buy The Book?

If you want to read the book, I recommend ordering it on Amazon >> 

Let me know how you like it and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy!

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