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

Permanent weight Loss, November 11, 2012
By Jackie Paulson "Addicted to Reading" (Chicago IL)

This review is from: The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin (Paperback)
The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural weight Loss by Stan Spencer, PHD is the only book you need to find your quick and easy path to getting thin the natural way for permanent change.
This book is for those who want to learn how to lose weight and fat, get information, gives evidence of...more
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...more
Loraine Alcorn
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

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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Stan Spencer, PhD, is a biological consultant and former research scientist. He has conducted laborator...more

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...more
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...more
Patrice Hoffman
*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...more
Miriam Downey
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
Jennifer McGee
Apr 23, 2013 Jennifer McGee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Goodreads Giveaway
Shelves: 4-real, life-changers
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads, and it's one of the best I've had the pleasure of reviewing thus far.

This is a priceless gem in a pile of pirates gold that is "diet books". Because this isn't a diet book, it's about life and health. The solutions are simple and practical, and this doctor offers easy tips that literally anyone can implement in their daily life.
One if the most valuable things is that he focuses not just on food do's and don'ts, but on the psychological, emotio...more
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.

I received this...more
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
Teena in Toronto
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...more
** 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...more
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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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