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The Game On! Diet: Kick Your Friend's Butt While Shrinking Your Own

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  473 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The Game On! Diet is not a diet. It's a bold new approach to fitness that turns the latest, smartest, most successful health science into a fun, fierce, and exhilarating game. Developed by Az Ferguson, to help Grey's Anatomy writer Krista Vernoff shed forty pounds of postpregnancy weight, it is the ideal program for busy people who should be working out but have a thousand ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2009)
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Feb 07, 2011 Malbadeen marked it as books-ill-never-read
You know what's more boring than a lunch with a bunch of teachers? A lunch with a bunch of teachers on diets.

It's bad enough that 1/2 the staff at my work is doing Weight Watchers and that every lunch break I get to hear about how many "points" everyone's lunch is worth and the latest ways they're tricking themselves into thinking they don't want to eat normal food anymore.

But now another group, or some of the same group? are rallying around this book and trying to get people involved. And I've
Feb 29, 2012 Martha rated it it was amazing
This book is an EASY read and is really FUNNY to read! My friends and I have taken the challenge and are currently in week 3 of 4. So far, I've lost about 5 pounds! It provides a really easy way to curb your portions and also adds changing or creating habits in your life. I just can't say enough about the program!
Basically this book promotes doing healthy things for your body: drinking water, exercising, 7 hours of sleep and more. The idea is to do the challenge with friends making teams for a competition. The competitive edge is supposed to help you keep your motivation. I'm ready to give it a try, anyone want to join me for some healthy competition?
Jun 10, 2016 PinkieFairy rated it really liked it
The best way for me to describe this book is a giant rule book and even that doesn't do it justice. I picked up this book because a few of my co workers invited me to join them on this diet for the next four weeks. In preparation for that I needed to read the book that contains the history and rules of this diet. However this is more of a game to play with other than a diet. The book includes the author's own account of going through this and addresses all those questions that we all have as we ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Mai-ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, easy to read. Now want to play the game. Not just a book about 'dieting' as it isn't really a diet as such. Looks at all aspects of your life and how it can affect your health and wellbeing which quite often then affects your weight anyway.
Written in a very casual style, making it easy to read and not just full of 'sciencey' stuff like a lot of so-called books are.

So game on anyone?
Jul 26, 2009 Ti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Short of It:

A fun, competitive way to take off a few pounds.

My Thoughts:

When I first agreed to join a Game On Diet team, I wasn't sure what to expect. Dawn made it sound like so much fun and I had read Book Club Girl's posts about Game On and I was intrigued with her success on the program. However, when the book came, I was a bit overwhelmed.

You see, there are points to be made and penalties to be had. A good choice could get you points for your team but a BAD choice could cost your team po
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
After two-three months of displaced schedules and irregular routines, I found it hard to settle in after starting my new job. I had a lot of stuffs to do and buy, and every evening I came home to an overwhelming panicky feeling because I keep doing chores but they never end. So I ended up doing what I always did in such scenarios - procrastinate. When I was contacted by a blogger asking if I would like to do this game, I jumped right in. Granted, that was a tall order considering that I was stil ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Trisha rated it liked it
The Short and Sweet of It
This is not your typical diet book. 1) It sets up healthy living as a competition. 2) The authors are real people instead of doctors. 3) The word fuck is peppered throughout. Even if you don't want to lose weight or get healthy, you should read this because it's so freaking funny.

A Bit of a Ramble
First, a bothersome note. I hate Grey's Anatomy. McDreamy isn't dreamy, McSteamy isn't steamy, and the lead female character bothers me something fierce. Why do I mention this i
Sep 27, 2011 crystal rated it really liked it
I bought this book when a group of people decided to start a game in the office. I was recruited to a team and felt the rules outlined were hard to understand and I needed more detail.

The book sets up healthy living as part of a competition. It’s written by Krista, the lead writer from Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t watch the show or even know who the characters are, so I was a bit worried that any references would be lost on me. Luckily, the author does not put in any references other than what life
NinaRene Soreco
Apr 14, 2013 NinaRene Soreco rated it really liked it
I have a good number of friends who have played this game by the book and lost weight, developed healthy habits, and had fun doing it ~ so reliably so that after some inquiry and reading the book, I am joining them this month.

The science and program seem sound and fun.

To be honest, though, the writing could use an editing cycle or two.

What I like about the writing: Some Bridget Jonesy-anecdotes that are honest and often show vulnerability and /or are funny. I love the humanity of the foibles t
May 27, 2012 Kylene rated it really liked it
This "diet" was recommended to me by a fit friend who tried it and lost a few pounds, so I thought I would give it a shot. I ordered the book on Amazon, had it in 2 days and finished it in 4. I wanted to finish it so I could get started on this program ASAP. I was warned about the language. There is quite a bit, and there are definitely some unnecessary f-bombs. However, since I own the book, I used a ballpoint pen and did my own now my version is a lot cleaner. I found the book to ...more
Kathy Richardson
Sep 12, 2013 Kathy Richardson rated it really liked it
Hi-freaking-larious diet book. I read this in preparation for participating with a friend and her group who use this 'diet' competition every other month. It took roughly 3 hours to finish all told - v. easy reading. Combination of random health thoughts from Az, tricks, tips, and instructions from Krista (written in a very cheeky humorous manner) and real health considerations from several different health professionals. Krista is the executive producer, former writer for Grey's Anatomy (which ...more
Jan 30, 2011 MJ rated it really liked it
One day a coworker and good friend started telling us about this new diet where you make losing weight a team sport and she thought we should all play. So I went online and bought the book. What a fun idea make weight loss a team sport. The cover of this book says: "Kick your friends' butt while shrinking your own." but this book was not really a diet book it’s more of a healthy lifestyle change. Participates receive points for doing healthy habits and loss points for bad habits. You are account ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Jul 23, 2015 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, non-fiction
Good book with good ideas and information but it really needs to get that word "diet" out of the title. I know the author discusses this and it likely was a marketer's decision but I hate that word. The book also has lots of cursing but it does make the book feel modern and fresh. Aside from stylistic things, the game sounds good but ended up being too complicated for me to get work people interested in. I also wasn't really sold on the eating plan- yes they were all good rules of thumb and wort ...more
Rebecca Coslow
Apr 26, 2013 Rebecca Coslow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dieters, health nuts, people looking to lose weight, grey's anatomy fans, non fiction fans
Recommended to Rebecca by: Heather
Want to lose weight and kick your friends butt while doing it? Then this is definitely the book for you! The book is the brain child of Grey's Anatomy writer Krista Vernoff and her trainer Az Ferguson. Krista writes the book, with tips and tidbits from Az as it goes on. For a diet book it is actually quite funny, which makes you want to stick to the diet even more. The gist is that you have habits that you must do every single day (eat 5 small meals a day, exercise for at least 10 minutes, drink ...more
Afton Nelson
Jun 04, 2010 Afton Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I just finished the 4 week Game on Diet with 34 other women and had a blast. It was hard at times, but knowing that I was in it with other women who were going through the same thing gave me the motivation to keep going. And now I feel great! The thing I like about the Game On Diet and this book is that none of the habits we are asked to adopt are extreme. They are all common sense, moderate goals. You can eat carbs and only have to exercise 20 minutes a day to earn your points. Drinking 3 liter ...more
Jan 15, 2013 Krischelle rated it liked it
I can't exactly evangelize for this book because it caused some strife between me and my husband (he says it's written by an extrovert for extroverts and I agree that it encouraged many emotional intrusions!), nor can I say it's THE diet. That said, it really worked for me and I have contributed to live by the rules with a little bit of extra forgiveness and leeway--to my extreme benefit! No diet is perfect and there are scientific and personal arguments to be made for so many different diets. T ...more
Joanna Karaplis
I've finished three weeks on the Game On diet and have lost around 5 pounds. I wasn't overweight to start with--had just been overindulging in junk food for a while--so that's a perfect rate of sustainable weight loss for me.

There's nothing fancy or faddish here: just eat 5 small meals per day (each one must have certain proportions of protein, healthy fat, carbs; at least two must have veggies), drink lots of water or herbal tea, get 7 hours of sleep or more, exercise for 20 mins/day, and stay
Chasley Prater
Feb 23, 2011 Chasley Prater rated it it was ok
I didn't really care for this book. Although the base of this diet is really good their is allot of contradictory information in the book. Their is allot of rules and some of the rules can be interpreted in different ways. I wish they would have made a little cheat sheet with all the rules, what foods you can eat and which ones you can't. I didn't like the fact that they are quick to say your an alcoholic or have a food addiction problem. The recipes in this book leave allot to be desired, I've ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Owlboyle rated it it was amazing
The Game On! Diet is not a diet. It's a bold new approach to fitness that turns the latest, smartest, most successful health science into a fun, fierce, and exhilarating game. Developed by Az Ferguson, to help Grey's Anatomy writer Krista Vernoff shed forty pounds of postpregnancy weight, it is the ideal program for busy people who should be working out but have a thousand good excuses not to. Az keeps you motivated and Krista keeps you laughing as they show you how to organize opposing teams, s ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Josette rated it it was amazing
This book is meant as a short-term diet, but it offers health advice that readers can use in their everyday lives, even after ending the 4-week diet. The draw of this diet is that it's fun. It doesn't feel like work if you make it a game. Yeah, well, since my coworkers and I didn't play the way we were supposed to, it actually did feel more like work than I'm guessing the authors intended.

Besides being a weigh-loss method, the book is informative and includes information about eating better/heal
Sep 11, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I'm so inspired to change my life to be more healthy after reading this book! I feel determined to develop better habits. The author has crude language at times, but I found her style of writing to be hilarious! It was such an easy read. A lot of people play the game without reading the book, which is very possible. I'm glad I read the book because now I have more buy-in and I feel like I know the theory behind everything. At times, the author would read my mind. For example, she was describing ...more
May 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I was challenged to this diet by a friend of mine, so I signed up with her abbreviated rules. I am really enjoying the diet - it's basically a lifestyle change, where you teach yourself how to eat correctly and change habits that stand in the way of that. And, since it's a team effort, you have a support system and a reason to keep going on the down days.
So I bought the book and read it. Can't really recommend it, since the language is HORRIBLE, but the book was hilarious. So if you can look pas
Jul 25, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
I found this book to be informative and incredibly motivating. It uses the art of competition and clear wording to make working out and following this diet plan seem more like a game, providing incentive and a more positive mindset. I played with my boyfriend, and we both definitely profited. The competitive edge really helps with the motivation that so many people lack when hearing the term "working out". The author is so funny, and she switches between informative writing, personal writing, an ...more
Sep 30, 2010 Jedishampoo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I had never read a diet book before this one, and I'm glad this was the one I read-- it's well-organized, speaks to real people, is full of humor and seriousness alike, and is actually inspirational. I think I liked the humor because the author writes like me, heh. (And like other reviewers note, there's plenty of naughty language-- but I talk the same way, so I was not offended in the slightest.)

The diet has gone very well for me, too, and the authors' insistence on whole foods and plenty of w
Sep 27, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
I received the book in the mail on Saturday night at 6 p.m. I finished Sunday by 3 p.m. It's a very easy read from a great writer. It wasn't terribly formal, which was refreshing. However, I didn't really appreciate the swearing in it and did not think it was necessary whatsoever. My favorite thing about this diet program is the encouragement to change a bad habit and work on a good one. I start the Game with a group of girls tomorrow, and I feel much more prepared now that I have read this book ...more
May 26, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it was just what I needed and it's not just a diet it's got so much more. I immediately went online and signed up for a competition. It's not just about losing weight you score points for a whole lot of things, drinking water, exercise, doing a new good habit, breaking an old one etc.. I would not recommend getting this on your Kindle you need to reference back and the chapters aren't labelled I finally just went and ordered the book because my Kindle wasn't cutting it for this ...more
Mary Beth
May 07, 2012 Mary Beth rated it really liked it

I'm starting this game in a few days--we'll see how it goes. Seems pretty restrictive diet-wise but I like that it encourages making new, healthy habits and breaking old, unhealthy ones.

Edited post-game: This game has completely overhauled my diet and, really, my life. I feel like I've gained control over what and how I eat and it was much easier than I'd thought. Also playing with equally committed, high-integrity friends has made all the difference too. We made a FB group to communicate daily
Jan 14, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It gives you a fun way to develop a healthy lifestyle. I am in the midst of playing the game with my daughter, her boyfriend and 10 of her co-workers.

The book starts with a quick summary of the rules of the game. You can stop there or read on to learn more about the research that each rule is based on.

The author is a writer for Grey's Anatomy and has an earthy style. If you have an aversion to swearing you won't like this book. I found her style engaging and hilarious while sti
Dec 06, 2012 Mindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I haven't actually tried this diet yet (starting in January) so this rating is only for the book, not necessarily how good of diet this is. I laughed my head off reading this book. My husband kept wanting to know what on earth I was laughing at. Minus the author's strange fondness for the F weird (especially in a diet book of all things), I loved her writing style and felt like she was a kindred spirit. So entertaining! Now if I actually lose weight....
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