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The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss
Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Slim
Stan Spencer, PhD

Fine Life Books
January 2013 / 978-0983571704
Nonfiction /Self-Help

Reviewed by Leslie Halpern

The title of this book might give the impression that it’s all about eating natural foods, but that’s really just a small part of the information provided in this new guidebook for people who want to live healthier lives. Spencer has culled the latest research on health, nutrition, diet, and exercise to provide an easy-to-read explanation of how to lose weight and keep it from coming back. The secret is not finding the right diet, but changing our thoughts, habits, and behaviors in a cumulative effort to maintain good health.

Clearly written, concisely stated, and supported by a list of references, The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss busts myths (some people are genetically fat), offers practical suggestions (sip water between bites of food), and provides simple vegetable, yogurt, and whole grain recipes. The author also addresses the issues of cravings and emotional eating by asking readers to answer two questions before tearing open a bag of chocolate chip cookies or other favorite binge food: What do I want more than this food? and Why do I want it?”

Without a lot of technical jargon, this book points out nutritional information that can help readers make better choices. Spencer’s suggestions to unplug and cover the television set, discontinue watching TV altogether, and even donate the set to charity seem a bit excessive, however. Curiously, he overlooked that some readers can ride exercise bikes while watching TV or perform workout routines with DVDs and network exercise programs. Despite this one quirk, the book offers helpful, up-to-the-minute research that allows anyone committed to weight loss to achieve his goal.

Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity.
Reviewed 2013