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The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin

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This book isn't about the latest celebrity diet, wonder food, or miracle supplement. It’s about creating a personalized weight loss plan—your own easiest path to naturally thin. While you can lose weight with almost any diet, keeping the weight off is much more difficult, requiring permanent changes in eating and exercise habits. This book provides a science-based approach ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Fine Life Books
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Sep 03, 2012 Barry rated it it was amazing
Being married to an amateur health guru who writes her own health blog, I have read countless articles, books, magazines and watched innumerable documentaries on the topic of health. In that span of time, I have learned about diets (and why they don't work), sleep, exercise and their effects on overall health. But it was not until I read this book that I found so many high-level concepts reduced to a simple language with specific tactics that make taking up a healthy lifestyle so practical, with ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Annie rated it liked it
I received this book via a giveaway and I am reviewing it due partly to interest.

I am a pre-medial student with a major in biology so a lot of this stuff is familiar to me. I'm not medically overweight. I'm actually within the healthy range, but I want to lose a bit of weight because, well, it looks better. We could all need a little help toward our weight goal.

There are some great, logical, tips in this book. You don't need to go on an all liquid diet, you just need to be sensible. This isn't
Nov 12, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
This book was offered as a goodreads win a number of times. I kept entering, thinking I could sure use some help losing 20 pounds. I received my copy in November, but it quickly dropped to the bottom of my read pile as I took advantage of most of the holiday treats presented to me. With this new year, I finished the book. It is short and really does have "something for everyone" in an easily accessible format. I don't watch TV so the hints around that were not for me. Hints on calming cravings, ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
I have read this book a handful of times and learn something new every time. It isn't one of those books that has one good idea and spreads it out over too many pages. It is full of useful information, succinctly presented. I especially like the Natural Weight Loss Habits check off list and the recipes.
Christal Gamble Gearring
Oct 26, 2012 Christal Gamble Gearring rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, I don't give you the typical review - I prefer to give you the truth from my point of view. This is a really good, get to the point book on maintaining common sense practices to control your weight. Bravo. Often times books of this genre are fussy and complicated without ever truly giving you the information you bought the book for. Throughout this read I found myself saying "yes, I know better" or "that's easy" when reading tips like "eat more veggies" or "watch less tv". Si ...more
Pamela Fox
Sep 12, 2012 Pamela Fox rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from a goodreads contest and am so glad I won this book. I absolutely loved this book. I have read a lot of diet books and this one finally gives me something new to try. It is a very easy read and I was able to finish the book quickly. I especially love that it gives you tips on how to fight cravings which is one of the hardest parts of trying to lose weight. If you are looking for a quick fix this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for something to h ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing
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I have never read a book that is so light, yet comprehensive in the same breath. Dr. Spencer lays out a road map for health practices that is not only attainable but spans a breadth of health practices such as diet, exercise and sleep that form a complete guide to true health and well-being.

His clean writing style parallels his approach to healthy living and his message translates clearly to readers from all walks of life in that his direction can be practical for anyone who reads the book. This
Oct 21, 2012 Corrie rated it really liked it
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I received this book through First Reads. Thank You. I am not one to read a lot of "diet" books mainly because they are so long and boring. I enjoyed this book because it was neither of those. It was very informative and easy to get through and to understand for the average person looking to be healthier. The book was the perfect length yet covered all the topics I was interested in. Everything in the book is something I can incorporate into my daily life. There are no special pills or diet food ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
Great book very well written. Doesn't take long to read and will give you summarize information and practical advices.

I really enjoyed the emotional eating part, in where you can find several life changing ideas how to face issues in your life.

Thank you for the great book!
Oct 12, 2012 Aurora rated it really liked it
Title of the book: The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss; Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin

Author: Stan Spencer, PhD

Publisher: Fine Life Books

Publishing Date: 2013

Other Works: This is the author's first book



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About this author

Stan Spencer, PhD, is a biological consultant and former research scientist. He has conducted laborator
Miriam Downey
Feb 07, 2013 Miriam Downey rated it liked it
You can access my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

I need to read a nutrition or diet book every once in a while to keep myself on track. The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss is the kind of a book that you could read several times over just to remind yourself of your nutritional and fitness goals. Stan Spencer, the author, is a biologist, and most of the science-based information is very practical and written in simple, meaningful language.

At the outset, I ne
Sep 24, 2012 Hazel rated it really liked it

To start, in compliance with FTC guidelines, I must disclose that I received a copy of the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I started this book with a bit of a negative attitude. I thought, not another weight loss book, it's all been done before. So, I was quite surprised that I am actually giving it a fairly positive review.

It has all been done before and I couldn't help but compare it to a book I have recently read (Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a L
Nov 23, 2012 Clarry rated it really liked it
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

I was curious about this book from a medical student's perspective, as well as because I need to lose weight.

First of all, this book is geared towards working, busy people that often don't have time (or energy) to stick with crazy weight loss schemes. This book is short, to the point, and incredibly practical. From a medical perspective, this book really backs up all of its claims. It cites many actual studies that have been done (mostly retrospective but
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 22, 2012 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
*Won through a Goodreads Giveaway*

This is a book about natural weight loss. The tools Stan Spencer includes in the book in order to lose weight successfully, for the long haul, are pretty interesting and worth a try. The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin promotes lifestyle changes as opposed to a traditional diet. The changes are simple such as getting up and moving, replacing unhealthy snacks with fruits or vegetables, or meditation. The book
Sep 15, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it
I received this book yesterday in the mail. I won it in a first reads free giveaway. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks Mr. Spencer for a copy of your book. I will let you know how I like it.

I am really enjoying it so far. I am learning stuff I didn't know. The meditation helped me last night when I woke up in the middle of the night. Usually I start thinking about stuff and I can't fall back to sleep but last night when I started to do that I just focused on one thing and I fell asleep until
Loraine Alcorn
Oct 20, 2012 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to be picked to read the book The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin as I am trying to loose weight and need all the help I can get.
This book is filled with practical weight loss tip and recipes that will really help you understand the science of weight loss.

Inside the book Stan Spencer PhD will guide you step by step in solving the problems we all face when we want to loose some weight. He effectively dispels myths about weight l

Jan 08, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
Diet books and weigh loss guides are as plentiful as diets themselves. All promise results, but few if and deliver, at least in my humble experience.

Seeing as I am something of a cynic one might wonder why I bothered reading Stan Spencer’s The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss. Truth is it was the title. It is clear, to the point, and speaks to someone who understands the frustration of those who struggle with weight loss.

The book lived up to these promises, but more than that I like
Kristina Franken
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.

Dr. Stan Spencer takes a look at why we gain weight and why the fat we lose by dieting almost always comes back. He then presents an array of science-based weight loss tools, from improving nutrition and exercise, to boosting metabolism, calming cravings, and controlling emotional eating. In the final chapter, he has us create a personal weight loss plan based on our unique s
For those who want to get more insight into why, where, when we tend to overeat and how to control bad habits, this is a good starting point! It is written with key phrase-points to remember, a simple process that can work, if you apply yourself!

There are some good points and explanations, all written without the huge fanfare of other books with clear thoughts, clear explanations! A good book to fall back on for many!

A good read for both the 'seasoned weight warrior' and those new to the proverb
Jan 14, 2013 Guy rated it it was amazing
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I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Thank you to Dr. Spencer for sending it to me.

This book is a must-have for those who struggle with weight like I do. Any book that explains to you why you've put on a few extra pounds and comes up with legitimate, realistic solutions for eating healthy, being more active and calming your cravings is a good read in my estimation. This book even offers healthy recipes.

The Diet Dropout's Guide is short and to the point and will serve as
Jan 17, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
This book lived up to its promotion! It is well organized, concise and full of practical advice. The reader is given quick start tips that are easily implemented. I found it most useful when I read 2-3 chapters a day with time in between to try out the ideas presented. At the end is a list of naturally thin habits which can be adopted gradually over time. I will continue to consult and reread sections until I am naturally thinner (and healthier). I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Lourdes rated it it was amazing
There are many great tips and explanations in this very readable (translation: it's a short read at 100+ pages) book that everyone who's had some trouble with weight will appreciate. You learn about smart choices and since this book is broken down into chapters, it is easy to go straight to what you think is more helpful first. You will also find great recipes in the appendix. I can carry this book in my tote bag to keep it always handy.
Ilona Mustafin
Sep 06, 2012 Ilona Mustafin rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to receive this book through First Reads. The Diet Dropout's Guide is a must have book for any dieter. In addition to covering a vast variety of topics from meditation, to boosting your metabolism naturally to beating temptation, there's also a chapter at the end for simple vegetable recipes. Great book, I enjoyed it.
Nov 25, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss

Stan Spencer, PhD

Stress has taken over your every waking hour and you are beginning to feel the pressures of work, family and just life in general. You decide to take a long ride in your car, all alone just to collect your thoughts and clear your head. Driving through the city or town you live in you are surrounded by places that will tempt your already satiated appetite and entice you to stop, enter and buy foods that you think will make you feel b
Oct 28, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
After trying every diet known to man, you keep getting frustrated when the weight does not stay off for very long. Perhaps it is time to change your attitudes toward food. That is what this book is all about.

Are you an emotional eater? Do you turn to food when life gets emotionally overwhelming? Do not worry about what might happen in the future; focus on now. Relax your mind by focusing on the present, but limit that focus to a single perception or physical sensation. You can also try meditatio
Teena in Toronto
Feb 23, 2013 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
Because I have some pounds to lose, I'm always interested in reading weight loss books. This one caught my eye because "natural" was in the title, not once but twice.

This book states right away that it is for you if you want:

* to get to the root of the problem and address the real reason for the extra weight
* to lose weight permanently even if it takes a while
* a book that is brief and to the point

It's not for you if you:

* are looking for a diet or exercise plan
* want to lose weight quickly, eve
Oct 27, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most people would like to lose some weight, but the techniques are overwhelming—we try diet after diet, punishing ourselves when they don’t work. But maybe, just maybe, we aren’t the problem. Maybe the problem is the endless cycle of restrictions and rules—none of which lead to lasting weight loss. In The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss, Stan Spencer, PhD takes a brass-tacks approach to creating the habits that support healthy weight with a focus on the behavioral changes required to ...more
I won this book in a GoodReads first-read giveaway - YAY! :)

I'd like to consider myself a somewhat knowledgeable person when it comes to weight loss/health/fitness books because I've read quite a few.

This was definitely a different type of weight loss book. For one, it was a quick and easy read. Numerous weight loss books are thick and require a good deal of time to finish, not so with this one. This book may be slim but it was chock full of common sense tips, ideas, etc on how to naturally lose
Dec 08, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
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** Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book (as part of First Reads). This has in no way influenced my review. **

The Diet Dropout's Guide approaches weight loss from the point of view that diet's don't work because they focus on short term change and results, and that to permanently reduce weight changes in everyday habits are needed. This is a great point and putting it forefront in discussions is a smart approach to the subject. This books covers the standard important ideas (eat
Dec 28, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
I thought that the book was a very easy read: all the information was well laid out, it was straight to the point and it did not lose my interest along the way. Before I even realized it, I finished the entire book in one sitting and felt that I had some good takeaways to consider in changing my lifestyle, such as committing to spend at least 5 minutes to working out, even if you don't feel like it, and you'll likely find the motivation to finish your entire workout for that day.

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Stan Spencer, PhD, is a biological consultant and former research scientist. He has conducted laboratory studies in biochemistry at Brigham Young University, in botany and evolution at Claremont Graduate University, and in genetics at the Smithsonian Institution. Stan lives in southern California and blogs on natural weight loss techniques at
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