BOOK REVIEW: 'Diet Rehab': Stop Blaming Yourself: Foods Can Be As Addictive as Drugs

Reviewed by David M. Kinchen
BOOK REVIEW: 'Diet Rehab': Stop Blaming Yourself: Foods Can Be As Addictive as Drugs

If you missed Mike Dow's "Diet Rehab: 28 Days To Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat" when it came out in hardcover in 2011, don't despair; it's available now in an even more affordable paperback edition (Avery, a member of the Penguin Group, 336 pages, appendixes, index, 
$16.00). The coauthor is Antonia Blyth.


In this very readable and relatively jargon-free book, Mike Dow explains how junk food is as addictive as cocaine. You'll find out  how to kick your bad food habit with the information in this absolutely necessary book. We eaters are blamed for loving junk food at the same time that food processors load up food with addictive ingredients.


Food is the most socially acceptable “drug” out there -- until it isn't, with common scolds coming after us with outdated junk science like the infamous Body Mass Index (BMI) which recently was in the news when a 10-year-old Massachusetts grade-schooler  was falsely tagged as obese based on BMI data. (link: 


Dow explains that when you eat fatty or sugary foods, your brain releases a surge of the feel-good chemical dopamine or serotonin (dopamine for fatty foods and serotonin for sugars and carbs). If you eat like that consistently, your brain eventually depends on you to provide them instead of regulating its own supply. And as with addictive substances, it starts taking more and more serotonin and dopamine to just feel normal. 


In "Diet Rehab", renowned addictive-behavior expert  Dow explains how to stop this dependence on “bad” food and start eating healthy without quitting cold turkey. The Diet Rehab philosophy is simple: use gradual detox to harness the power of your brain chemistry so that you’ll no longer feel like a victim to your fluctuating moods and cravings. After twenty-eight days, you’ll find that your brain is getting natural and healthy boosts of the feel-good chemicals you crave, instead of relying on the foods you’ve become addicted to. "Diet Rehab" is more than just a book — it’s an easy-to-follow lifestyle overhaul that will help you lose weight and feel better overall. It's helping me with my cardiac and insomnia problems and it should help just about anyone willing to go on diet rehab.

 About the Authors   Mike Dow is a psychotherapist who has studied with Dr. Harville Hendrix, and been trained in the treatment of addiction at the Betty Ford Center's Professionals in Residence Program. He lives in Los Angeles.   Antonia Blyth is a health and beauty writer who works with such publications as US Weekly and Marie Claire UK.     //
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