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The Science of Skinny: Start Understanding Your Body's Chemistry-- And Stop Dieting Forever

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  283 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
From chemist and successful "anti-dieter" who lost more than 100 pounds and has kept it off for twenty years: a processed-free plan based on science and natural, whole foods
ebook, 449 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published April 3rd 2012)
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Aug 02, 2012 Andrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a scary good book. I consider myself knowledgeable in all stuff healthy - I already adopt the idea that FAT is not evil. I eat my French cheese, my whole milk and all things natural; but I still found myself gasping at some entries here. I kept thinking, how come I didn't know that? Many critics would find this book crazy, but I appreciate the fact that the author backs it up with chemistry. I probably can't follow all her advice (no teflon pans? avoid tofu? avoid pork? avoid coffee?), ...more
Sarah Garlick
May 11, 2013 Sarah Garlick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pick up a box of your favorite snacks. You should be pretty horrified about what’s in it. And if you aren’t, you should read this book.

I typically have an aversion to logic and facts (just ask my boyfriend!), but the scientific explanations about what goes on in our bodies when we ingest processed foods is what made reading this book so compelling. I genuinely wanted to make a change and I wanted to make it immediately. I wasn’t exactly surprised to learn that a lot of the foods I eat aren’t goo
Mar 12, 2013 Hal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book on nutrition and losing weight. So many books, so many calories, so many pounds to lose. Who is right, who is not, who knows. But one thing I can say is I learned some worthwhile things along the way in reading this.

I am not overweight like most Americans but tipping my ridiculous government BMI number at 25, could stand to lose a few pounds. I exercise 5 to 6 times a week opposed to most which log 0. So I learned that might be behind my slight weight problem. After reading t
Jan 29, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Science of Skinny has a good blend of anecdotal stories and scientific explanation of the author's, Dee McCaffrey's, unprocessed "diet," and why it is important to eat this way. Therefore, I think it will appeal to those to are looking for a diet book, and those who are more interested in the nitty-gritty of nutrition. Diagrams of molecules are included to understand the transformation that food goes through at the molecular level, proving that when foods are highly processed they are not in ...more
Tracy Hipp
Feb 24, 2013 Tracy Hipp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in learning more about processed foods and how they negatively impact your body this is a great read. So much of our "food" is no longer food but chemicals and added artificial ingredients. What we eat impacts every part of our bodies, it is our fuel, and if we are taking in poisoned fuel you can count on some seriously negative side effects. This book left me feeling good about some choices I currently make yet terrified, pissed off, and motivated to do something. A must r ...more
Aimee Schewe
Dec 12, 2012 Aimee Schewe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-and-help
This book is all the "whys" that make me understand, and therefore finally be able to DO the "hows" of eating better.
Science, yo.
She will tell you exactly why what you're eating is a chemistry project, not food.
She won't make you feel bad about it.
(Maybe angry at the food industry, but not mad at yourself.)
And she makes it easy to want to eat real, whole, actual, recognizable food.
Hippy shit, right?
Just science.

Mar 17, 2014 Rodan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an engineer I can't simply follow someone's advice and trust in a promised result. The doctor said avoid salt and coffee to lower your blood pressure, but when I ask how or why that will help, they don't have time or patience, or knowledge to explain. While eating pizza rolls and drinking beer, one night, I decided I needed to get a better understanding of how the body processes the food if I was ever going to eat better. I needed the "how" to make the connection. This book was purchased on K ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-fitness
This book should not have "science" in the title.

I read this because I thought it would be a science-based explanation of which additives we should eat and which we should avoid. This book contains some basic explanations about fats and sugars that are correct, but it also contains so many irrational conclusions and misstatements that it lost credibility with me. It didn't help that many of the claims were not backed with references to science studies in peer-reviewed journals.

The kicker for me
May 03, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Science of Skinny -
Better named: The Science of Eating.

I believe this book should be a staple in every household, and taught to our children. I knew the basics of eating healthy but I didn't know the science behind the process. I did learn quite a bit and I know understand why my natural/home remedies book makes so much sense. Food is literally what makes or breaks us - unfortunately Westernized culture broke the world. Rule number one avoid processed sugars: white sugar = horrid. Rule numbe
Oct 26, 2012 Sardonyx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the title of the book a bit awkward. Every time I was sitting on the bus reading this book, I expected someone heavier than me to give me dirty looks about reading a book about getting "skinny". The book is actually about trying to get healthy: to reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet and to eat things that your body actually knows how to process.

I really enjoyed the chapters that explained the processing behind some of the seemingly basic staples in our diets: sugar, oils an
Jan Schaeffler
Jul 14, 2013 Jan Schaeffler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book has really opened my eyes. The title throws you off a bit. It's not a book about getting skinny. It's really a book that tells you that your body does not recognize processed food. Therefore, when you eat it you crave more. Your body only recognizes whole foods. I thought I was pretty good at reading labels. When I had to ask the Science faculty where I work what some of the ingredients were in the food I was eating, I didn't like their answers. I am baffled to find our foods that ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Dee McCaffrey's podcast about a year ago, loved it, and started implementing small changes in my grocery store shopping - Dee got me to try cacao powder, rooibos tea, stevia, and a bunch of other healthy things that I now love and eat daily. I switched to a vegan diet about 3 years ago and had no clue how to eat well, relying mostly on those sneaky "it's healthy because it's vegan (not really)" processed meat and dairy substitutes, so now I have been working on switching to a processed-f ...more
Nancy Shaffer
Jan 07, 2014 Nancy Shaffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like science. Books that explain things to me using basic science (and which cite sources) get my attention. This book is written by a chemist. She may swing a little bit to the "nature is perfect" side (it isn't), but nature is certainly better than anything the money-driven applied-science food industry has to offer.

So this book makes a very sad kind of sense. Applying the lifestyle changes it suggests will take, well, a lifetime, especially for someone like me who has a severe mental block
Oct 16, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find the title of this book a little unfortunate/misleading. Although following the general guidelines of eating less processed foods and avoiding white flour and white sugar would likely lead to weight loss in most people, the benefits of such a change in diet extend way past the number on a scale. Indeed, most of the book focuses on these effects (cancer reduction, etc.) None of this is groundbreaking stuff, but it is presented in an approachable yet seemingly scientifically sound way. The m ...more
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Hmmm. This book began very positively. I was very interested in the author being a chemist as I am/was expecting this book to have a uniquely scientific approach to food (not necessarily of dieting) but I am having to put my 'skeptical' hat on.

One of my concerns is that the author draws too much on hundred year old anecdotal evidence. Plus, there appears to be some confusion over the essentials of genetics. Either that or the author isn't clear in explaining how dietary effects in one generation
Jul 31, 2012 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Found this in the ANF bin @ work. On the cover it says "start understanding you body's chemistry--and stop dieting forever". It looks like this is a science based explanation for dieting...which is what I always wanted to read. The author (according to the book jacket) is an organic chemist and a nutritionist. There are 17 are the first five:
PART I: The Science
Chapter 1: From Junk Food Junkie to Natural Food Expert/Twenty Years of Sustained Weight Loss
Chapter 2: Smart Scientists a
Jul 23, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good defense of why eating unprocessed food is great for your body. I really appreciate the fact that the author is a chemist and can give the more technical/scientific argument without missing the point. However, I would take some of the studies with a grain of salt, especially when it comes to the artificial sweeteners studies. A lot of studies of artificial sweeteners show minimal harm if the dosage is moderate. Regardless, there aren't really any benefits to have artificial/processed ...more
This is a very important read for anyone who feels a little behind or in the dark in regards to eating right. What is "right" and how do you get out of the diet rut? Read this, get answers to your questions, and start your healthier life today. As for those of you who aren't novices to healthy eating, this may be a bit redundant. I've been on the organic, whole foods path for a couple years now so a lot of this was just a rehash of what I already had learned from other sources.
Apr 16, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most informative, fascinating, and enlightening books I've ever read. I learned so much about food and the chemistry of the body, and how different foods and chemicals affect the body. If you are looking to lose weight or start a healthier lifestyle, you need to read this book. It's absolutely amazing. I can't believe how much the food industry today is making us sick and obese. This book will save you from it.
Parsons Parsons
The author makes a strong argument for for eating whole unprocessed foods. As far as I can tell the science is sound. The book is heavily footnoted with an excellent index. The problem with this diet book and maybe most of the genre is using the information. The book needed an app for tracking and helping to decide what foods to eat in the moment you need to make a decision. The recipes are somewhat complex and do require some unusual ingredients.
Wow. That was a pretty good, enlightening book. It didn't shatter my world, but it might just do that for people less knowledged about their food. I would highly recommend this to everyone. It is important to know what we are truly putting into our bodies, and to be able make a change in that.

The book was rather lengthy, and I found by the end I could not wait for it to be over. I can't wait to try some of the recipes.
Jul 11, 2016 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read many books nutrition and health books in the last year or two, I like this book the best. The authors philosophy matches the Word of Wisdom's advocacy closer than most other nutrition books I have perused. I like the fact that she is a chemist and nutritionist, and can back up her statements and findings with science and good studies.
Jul 20, 2013 Belann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Mccaffrey did quite a good job of making her point that if we eat whole foods and avoid chemically laden foods, our bodies will automatically find a state of equilibrium. It is true that you can overeat even good foods and cause yourself problems, but there is less tendency to do that with whole foods.
Oct 04, 2015 Abbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read, and certainly most would agree with the premise that putting all the additives and chemicals in processed food into your body cannot be particularly healthy. Still, since every nutritionist who has written a book has different theories, it's hard to fully swallow any of the myriad books out there. Still, the author has convinced me to at least work at "cleaner eating".
Aug 14, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has an unfortunate title. The author delves into the science that justifies a whole foods diet; if you have any background in nutrition, it can be a bit arduous to get through, but it serves as a great refresher and the author reinforces the importance of avoiding processed foods. I love it just because the author encourages eating coconut oil.
Jan 04, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
I only read half the book. I was only interested in the science portion of the book. it was really good. The science all made sense and was well explained. I haven't gone through the references yet, but all in all it seems like it is on the up and up.

Also, some of the recipes I glanced at looked really good.
Dec 09, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly good book as well as eye-opening. I heard about this book on NPR when the author was interviewed and decided to give it a shot. I was shocked to find out that a book on science and nutrition could turn out to be such a page-turner and I can honestly say that it has changed the way I eat. I highly recommend it!
Apr 18, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading a down-to-earth professionally written book on how our bodies work without trying to sell anything or any type of mantra. I lost pounds that won't be returning because of the lifestyle tips that fit me.
Carolyn Caggiano
Best Non-fiction book I've ever read. Eye opening and life changing. Anyone that's ever struggled with food cravings needs to read this. Everything I thought I knew about food and nutrition was wrong! I can't say enough good things about this book.
Sep 07, 2014 Cliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enlightening. There is so much garbage in our food, no wonder we have an obesity epidemic and other health issues in North America. Big $$$$ Big advertising determines what is supposedly good for us. We all need to wake up and get as far away from processed food ad we can
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