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Never Say Diet: Make Five Decisions and Break the Fat Habit for Good

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Chantel Hobbs lost two hundred pounds without the help of surgery, pills, point systems, or a trendy diet. And just as important, she kept the weight off.

Her dramatic turnaround began with five decisions–personal, no-excuses commitments that kept her from losing sight of her goals. It worked for Chantel and it will work for you. Once you unconditionally change your mind y
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by WaterBrook
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Jan 20, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am happy to be participating in Chantel Hobbs' blog tour for her books NEVER SAY DIET and THE NEVER SAY DIET PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER. If you're anything like me, you're skeptical of any and every book on the market that's about dieting. Diets. Don't. Work. Ever. End of story, right?

And so I was happy to learn that Never Say Diet was different from most of the other books out there. It's the dieting mentality that doesn't work if we get down to it. If we're honest. Hobbs' approach is that it t
Dec 19, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
"Learn the secret that helped me lose 200 pounds" the cover beckons. "Make five decisions and break the fat habit for good." With this irresistable cover, Chantel Hobbs has me hooked. This beautiful woman who has appeared on Oprah lost 200 pounds without gastric surgery or diet pills. Now a personal trainer and marathon runner, Hobbs gives us the tools to change our lives, inside and out, whether we want to lose ten pounds or two hundred.

With generosity of heart she shares with us her love of fo
Sep 10, 2009 Wendi rated it really liked it
Perfect for : Personal Use, Note: there is a journal-type book that can be used together with this during your 16 week training period.

In a nutshell: So many people have the desire to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, which is why we are introduced to fad diets and counting calories! Have you ever wondered why diets don't generally work? Because they are addressing a symptom, not the cause. This book helps to address the lifestyle choices (body, mind and spirit) we make on a day-to
Kate  Maxwell
This book had great potential. It is about the journey of Chantel Hobbs who lost over 200 pounds, and is now a fitness coach, and a marathon runner. I am glad that she had the stick-to-it-ness to lose the weight and keep it off. I was hoping, though, for so much more from her book.

The main concept of this book is the 'Brain Change' and the 'Five Decisions.' The first half of the book keeps mentioning these two concepts, but the delivery of the concepts fell short. There could have been so much m
Mar 02, 2014 Lynetta rated it really liked it
There is truth written within the pages of this book that speaks to a large segment of people, like myself, who have experimented with numerous and varied diets only to find ourselves back where we began.
There is no magic pill or potion and there is no free ride. Each of us has to make the commitment to bring about what we will allow in our lives and who we want to be.
Truth still reigns supreme and this author writes the vision plainly so that we can ingest (learn) it and run with it toward beco
Joy Weese Moll
Feb 14, 2012 Joy Weese Moll rated it really liked it
Shelves: diet, health
This book is part memoir of losing 200 pounds and part “how to” for the rest of us to perform a similar feat. It’s the first book I’ve read that really covers almost everything to lose weight the same way that I have lost my sixty pounds.

One caution: if you’re completely allergic to books that mention God and religion, that might be a problem with this book. I’m a lapsed Presbyterian and I have rejected books that do too much of that. This book didn’t quite jump into that category for me.

The pla
I liked the story this woman offered. She was very overweight for many years, and it was something she struggled with emotionally and mentally for years. She would try different things, but they were never sustainable and she'd regain what she lost. Story of many people's lives. However, she eventually lost 200 pounds, for good. This book goes over her mind-set and what she did both mentally and physically to accomplish this. That part of the book is interesting.
I liked the baby steps she took a
Mar 08, 2010 Mandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mandis-shelf
Life-changing! This book has been life-changing for me! Chantel's own life story is truly inspiring and her approach to weight loss through individualized life changes that work for you is why I am out running and/or biking at least 5 days a week for at least a half hour! It is why I am slowly dropping pounds off each week and for the first time ever know that I will be successful. It is not another diet plan that you will either lose weight with and then gain it all back or just simply fail at ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I'd like to tell you that after reading this book I lost 60 lbs. I haven't. It's my fault, no one else's.

While not offering a great deal of new health/diet information, Chantel does offer an inspiring story. She lost 200 lbs and has kept it off, now becoming a personal trainer. How she did it is chronicled in the book. Diets aren't the key, changing yourself and how you view food and exercise is.

Chantel's core is the power of what she calls, "the brain change". She has 5 non-negotiable decisions
Sarah Whitney
Nov 19, 2009 Sarah Whitney rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, health, library, 2009
Okay... so I was completely debating whether I'd even add this on my 'currently reading' or 'read' list, because I'm sure anyone who knows me would ask, 'Why are you reading this?'

But, truth be told, I am loving this book too much not to add it to my list. I think it is awesome for any one wanting to take control of anything in their life, not just eating/weight issues. The surrender statement and personal contract are applicable to all sorts of areas of your life that you wish to change, altho
Feb 03, 2014 Chantel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was interested in eating healthier and not dieting. Did a search for books to inspire me and an author with the same first name as me came up so I figured, "Why Not?" I could ignore the God parts of the book which wouldn't apply to me and take away the rest. Unfortunately, after borrowing this from the library for about 6 months, I finally flipped through it for completion and gave up. The author assumes that I've purchased the book and will read it as I am applying her advice to my own life. It ...more
Sarah Volkmann
This was another book that caught my eye on a return cart at the library. I enjoyed learning about Chantel Hobbs' weight loss story, as I seem to enjoy reading about the transformations of others. I felt like she included a little too much god in here. one of the five decisions is pretty much giving it up to God. I absolutely understand how spiritual/emotional and mine/body connect, but I felt Chantel was a little preachy with her I stopped on the side of the road and asked God for help stuff. I ...more
Jan 12, 2009 Wyndy rated it it was amazing
Like every other diet book on the market this one has many ideas that will work. The difference is that Chantel recognizes that diets don't work in the long run because of our mind set. Her book is about how to change your mind set, how to recognize what will work for you and what wont. She had her defining moment, then she approached losing weight and getting fit as a "job". We go to our job whether we want to or not, same for exercising and nutrition, do it whether you want to or not. Of ...more
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Dec 11, 2013 I Love Audiobooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for motivation
The author is funny, and informative, and this book is a good one to listen to while you're out walking or running because she's so upbeat, and her anecdotes about her struggle to lose weight are really hilarious. She used to weigh over 300 pounds, so she must know what she's talking about. I disagree with her on at least one thing - her recommendation to workout first thing in the morning on an empty stomach... I've tried that and I can barely move after about 15 minutes. As with any diet book, ...more
Feb 13, 2009 Angeline rated it liked it
This is about a lifestyle change. Not a diet. I liked that. I liked how she broke down the lifestyle change into small pieces. If we try to radically change our lifestyle overnight, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
I found this book motivating and encouraging. She made goals and she stuck to them. She laid out the facts - to lose weight, you have to work at it, you have to start somewhere, and you HAVE to watch what you eat.
For most of us trying to lose weight and stick with it - food h
Aug 04, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone struggling with body image
I am still reading this book, but I will be for the next several weeks (16 week plan-starting week 3 today)

This beautiful woman (and don't hate her because she is drop dead gorgeous-she is STRONG too) had the determination and perservance to lose 200 flippin' pounds! She tells her story and how you can do the same thing...well don't go losin' 200 if there is only 80 extra!

In the two full weeks I have been doing what she asks in the book, i have lost a few lbs and a few inches. Everyth
Donna Lyn
Feb 03, 2009 Donna Lyn rated it really liked it
I guess you'll need to check back in with me in six months to see if I still recommend it. Today I do because it's the first book that has really motivated me. But don't let her fool you - it is a diet. (She ate the same turkey sandwich for lunch for 6 months, for example). And I always loathe diet books that put down the diet industry yet they are part of the diet industry selling their book (ya think?!) Overall I liked the book and then the last chapter she drops the bomb that she's had ...more
May 29, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
I thought this was well done. She approaches it honestly and with the right attitude and information. This has to be a mental change as much as anything and until you are ready to do it, just searching for quick fixes like diets won't help.[return]I thought she did a good job of weaving her story in and using it to provide motivation. I admit, if a 260 pound woman can do a spinning class, I certainly feel like I have no right to be afraid of it.
Jul 05, 2012 April rated it liked it
This book was a great personal experience book. I loved her common sense approach to being healthy and her commitment to being successful. It is definately worth reading especially if you need a boost in your healthy lifestyle.
Mar 20, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirit
Awesome! Chantel is so real and sweet. I read this on my kindle and now have to buy a hard copy. Great stuff.
Apr 06, 2011 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with exercise info and healthy eating, but more importantly, inspiring story and the 5 beliefs that have to be changed in order to break the diet rut forever!
Jul 01, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
I thought the writer's personal story was very motivational and inspiring. She pretty much lost me when she said that for one month I could not have any
Aug 19, 2009 Noelle rated it really liked it
Its not bad, she has actually motivated me to not only get moving but to finish projects I haven't finished.
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May 03, 2009 Beatrice Trumier is currently reading it
It seems that the theme of this book is to be more consistent and to respect the gift of God which is your life and your body.
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The author of Never Say Diet and The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer, Chantel Hobbs is a motivational speaker, life coach, personal trainer, marathon runner, wife, and mother of four whose story has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, the 700 Club, and the covers of People and First magazines. She appears weekly on two fitness-themed radio ...more
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