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Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  606 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Diets don't work. Why not? Because they focus on what foods we should and shouldn't eat but completely ignore everything else that makes us fat. Look at your own situation: You say you want to lose weight, but you just can't stop indulging. You say you'd exercise more if only you had the time, yet you spend precious hours every night in front of the TV doing what? Munching ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Free Press
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Dogdaysinaz
When I started listening to the book, it seemed pretty simple. As I continued to listen, I found that it IS simple, but it reminds the listener of things we know, but don't know. I found parts of the book powerful enough that I would listen to this book again.

This is not a diet book--it is about my relationship with my body. *sigh* I do not have a good relationship with my body. But I do know, more or less, how I want to live--I want to live a healthy, active life. And that is his focus.

I would
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Allison Elliott
This book is good for getting the common sense aspects of losing weight and changing lifestyle slapped into your brain. When I was losing weight, the things he describes as advice were exactly the things working for me, and when I wasn't losing weight, the obstacles were also similar to his description.

But, like most self-help books, it eats a bit like dry toast. I found myself skimming chapters thinking "I already know all of this". I would use this book again in the future to remind myself of
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
I picked this book up on a whim - just for curiosity's sake from the local library while I was on an organization kick. I thought it might be helpful. It mostly wasn't, only on a very basic level (I am an organized person whom was looking for more advanced tips, I am also not overweight.) So, if you want a kick in the seat because you are very unorganized and/or overweight then its a book for you. From the title is is obvious that the author makes the assumption that people (specifically women) ...more
Terri
This book goes beyond Peter Walsh's "It's All Too Much". In that book he focused on the clutter in our homes. This time he deals with that clutter first and then on how it affects our "butts." He maintains that if our lives are filled with clutter then our eating habits are probably chaotic and filled with excess and junk too.

Walsh delves into the kitchen to clear it of useless gadgets and food clutter.

I especially like Walsh's one size does NOT fit all approach, "You'll notice that I'm not bein
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Kathleen Nightingale
This was a quick read for me. I read it and only became aware of it because one of my favourite book club ladies read it. I found myself taking notes and commending on it to another friend. I totally loved Walsh's sentence ... "We know how to eat--eating is the mechanical action of placing food into your mouth, chewing and swallowing it. But isn't that exactly what you pet does? If there isn't a significant difference between how your pet eats and how you consume food, then something is seriousl ...more
Amy
The "voice" of Peter Walsh, for me, is just amazing. His books help me put my whole life in perspective and make me feel like I can deal with any mess life throws at me, while digging out of the messes I am already in. This is his second book and it deals more with "life clutter" where is first book dealt with "real actual clutter". I recommend them both to anyone feeling slightly to completely overwhelmed by clutter of any kind.
Tarah
I liked this book and thought it made perfect sense. I felt it was very redundant at times...repeating itself constantly. It's a book that will motivate you to do something about all the crap you have built up in your home and in your body. I think I would personally enjoy his first book better. I understand it concentrates more on how to organize the clutter than on coorelating my clutter to my butt.
Clair
This book focuses on the connection of clutter in our homes and the extra pounds we carry around on our bodies. Walsh says he was inspired to write this book after receiving many letters from clients who mentioned that after they got their homes in order, their bodies more willingly followed.

I think it is right on in that different areas of our life are all connected. It has always been obvious to me that our spiritual well-being and our physical-well being are intertwined. Walsh points out tha
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Martha
I liked this book even though somehow, from the title, I did not realize that the book was about weight problems and how they relate to our need to keep clutter. I was reading more for the clutter advice and not for the weight advice so there were parts and chapters in the beginning that I skimmed or skipped. But, towards the end there were very practical issues he addressed about food and eating that are good for anyone looking to eat a little better, simplify the process of food (getting, buyi ...more
Robin
This book inspired me to clean out my clutter! I think the weight and the clutter have gone hand-in-hand for me lately. Although some aspects of it did not apply to me (I do use my kitchen and dining room for their designated uses. My husband and I do not rely on take-out and only VERY occasionally get fast food) for the most part, this book is helping me focus on what is important: living my life and not focusing on accumulating stuff and overeating!
Becki
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Includes index.\n\nThis book was really more on dieting than clutter. And I'm not considering dieting. However, it still made a lot of sense, even to someone like me who doesn't want to lose weight. \n\nYou need to plan and consciously think about what you're putting in your body.\n\nWhen your kitchen is clean and organized you are more likely to make healthy meals.\n\nGood book
Karen
I rarely read self help books and I only picked this one up because I have It's All Too Much on my To-read list and recognized the author's name. I've been reading it a bit at a time - it's sorta boring and repeats the same info over and over. Oddly, it seems to be working because I seem to have internalized the message about not "cluttering" my body. The book seems to relate how people who have cluttered homes and cluttered, disorganized lives can also have a weight problem, derived from the sa ...more
Audrey
My control-freak issues make me fat??? Holy crap. The control tendencies I had earlier in life kept me far too thin and have now made me far too fat. This book actually gave me many points to consider about why I eat what I eat and how much I eat, even why I buy the things I buy, hold on to the crap I keep. Unfortunately, I did add to my book addiction (one problem I'd already realized and of which I'd recognized the source) by taking this copy back to the library and buying my own copy of this ...more
Jessica
Instead of helping me de-clutter, it mostly attempts to convince that if you clean up your clutter you will lose weight because you are spending energy cleaning. I really want to get my house de-cluttered and lose weight but I don't think these are the issues that are my problem.
Cheri
I picked this up at my Mother's house and read it on the ride home from Christmas. There is some good advice and I like his straight-forwardness, but I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. I love the title though, it is what made me pick it up.

I'm pretty good about my house clutter. Did a BIG de-cluttering this past Spring, but it is always good to be reminded adn I certainly could do more. My food clutter was more what I was interested in and it is just common sense information.
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Janis
I placed holds on several of Peter Walsh's books after spotting this one on the recent books section of my library. Walsh was (is?) on the clutter-clearing show Clean Sweep, which I have never seen. I was assuming that this book was about clearing clutter in one's home, as I'd read about the relationship between a cluttered home and being overweight.

This book is actually about losing weight. The idea is to make your home, and your behaviors, not sabotage weight-loss efforts. I actually set it as
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Cory
In this book, Peter Walsh says both "It's not about the diet, it's about the decision" and "It's not about losing weight, it's about living your life." That's what makes this book interesting . . . it's a weight loss book that contains no meal plans, no exercise regimes, and no recipes. Instead, his focus is on setting up your kitchen/pantry/schedule so that you can have the life you want to lead. He helps you to get organized so that you can be happy. It's all about making choices so that your ...more
Kate Mollohan
Of course it was the title that got me with this book, but it was a nice change from "you should eat more fruits and veggies." It was a quick read, and I skimmed over much of it (since a lot was large-print "letters from readers" and I only skimmed responses).

There were some good points in this short overview of how to declutter your life and body, including to celebrate each of your meals, and to establish goals for your body and your home and to work from there (anything that doesn't fit with
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Allison
I tried to read this book twice. The introduction is great, but the rest of the book just didn't work for me
Kristen-Marie Freeman
No nonsense. Motivating. Logical. Entertaining. Here I go.
PJ
Commonsense approach to re- thinking how I eat.
Moira Eberle
This gets 4 stars from the title alone.
Joanie Wanshek-olson
Awesome book that makes so much sense.
Annmarie
For a book about reducing clutter and fat there was an awful lot of filler. I thought i had lost track of where I was in the book several times as he kept repeating himself for the sake of repeating himself.

There are some really helpful strategies in this book, but I found it more geared towards families with big homes than a single girl in an apartment.

There is also a lot of tough love that may or may not be your style. Overall worth the read, but be prepared it is not a one-size-fits-all kind
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Denise
Okay,I give up. I've read a third of it and scanned the rest.
Too much common sense stuff about diet/lifestyle and not enough connecting FAT to having too much problem STUFF. I believe there's a great case for it, but that isn't what he's about in this book. I loved him on Oprah, the therapy part he did on the lady, the breakdown in the kitchen... that was some real shit. I don't think the book does Walsh justice though. He made me cry when I saw him on television. The book doesn't even get me ch
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Liz
It's pretty simple advise. Clutter makes you fat. It stresses you out and makes your life miserable. The less the better your life. The more time you can devote to yourself. Clutter prevents you from finding those jogging shoes and running shorts. I know I can never do anything productive until I clean my apartment. I was the same way in college and in childhood. Not that my clutter free life has made me start running again... I still understand where he's going with this book. I would recommend ...more
Meredith
I liked when he told us to ask us what type of life we want to live. And then when we go to keep something or eat something to ask yourself, is this helping me get closer to the type of life we want to live. It was interesting, and there are some tips I will be using in my life.
Julie
I needed motivation to clean up some of the clutter in my kitchen and this book was perfect! Peter Walsh gives good practical advice in a funny no-nonsense way. End result - I spent a day cleaning out the kitchen pantry and shelves, filled the recycle bin and garbage can, have another box to donate and have a much cleaner kitchen.

Not quite a diet book, but good motivation for cleaning up physical (or mental) clutter. Now if I only drop 7 pounds...
Lexi
Whoo hoo, a book that brings my two biggest flaws together--collecting and eating! This is a light "self-help" sort of read that offers a combination of common sense we all know with strategies to actually attain our goals.

Number 1: NO TV!!!

I have decluttered and rearranged my kitchen and am enjoying preparing meals there for the first time in a long time. I'm looking into Walsh's other books for more home reducing strategies.
LKM
I musn't have been paying attention, because I totally didn't -really- expect this book to be about weight loss when I started it. Buuut I was quite happy with it. Yes, it's simple, basic, doesn't say anything new that someone who's been digging into organization and/or weight loss and/or fitness/life improvement doesn't know, but it gathers all those simple tips in one place and reminds you of them.
Pretty nice, and pretty logical.
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Born and raised in Australia, Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to launch a corporation to help organizations improve employee’s job satisfaction and effectiveness. He considers himself to be part-contractor, part-therapist in his approach to helping individuals attain their goals.

When not wading through clutter and large-scale disorganization, Peter divides his time between his work in Los Angel
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