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F*ck Your Diet: And Other Things My Thighs Tell Me

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  593 ratings  ·  117 reviews
*A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist
*Named Best Comedy Book by the African American Literary Awards Show

Fans of Issa Rae and Phoebe Robinson will love this collection of laugh-out-loud funny and insightful essays that explore race, feminism, pop culture, and how society reinforces the message that we are nothing without the perfect body.

By the time Chloé Hilliard was 12,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chloe Hilliard pulls no punches with how she's struggled with dieting, weight loss, weight gain, body image, and learning to love the skin that she's in. Each chapters discusses different moments of her life - some of which are painful topics, but she's got a wicked sense of humor to cut the pain. This book is for anyone who's struggled with their weight and has finally decided that it's much better mentally, emotionally, and physically to try and be healthy rather than trying to be thin. ...more
Shannon Rochester
Dec 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

I requested this book because I loved the cover and I loved the title. I TOUGHT it was going to be a book written by someone who has fought with their weight all along and some funny stories might come from it. But this is the book that taught me to look a little closer at the description of the book. I absolutely loved chapter one...and just when I was getting settled into it, my mouth started droppi
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was expecting a body positive manifesto, but what I got was a funny book exploring why Americans are fat.
“Our food industry will gaslight you into thinking your extra pounds are the result of a lack of self-control and not the addictive additives or empty calories they fill our food with.”
Keep in mind that this book has a blind spot where trauma is concerned. If you’re interested in the link between trauma and weight-gain, I’d read Hunger by Roxane Gay instead.

There are some sticky spot
Kate Olson
Feb 15, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
(free review copy) I fully admit I only got a few pages into this book, but I could tell immediately it was not for me. I thought it would be a body positive manifesto and instead it managed to condemn about 12 different foods in the first few pages and seems to ACTUALLY be a book about all the systemic reasons people might be of higher actually contains the sentence “No one wants to admit it, but a person doesn’t get fat by themselves” in a chapter titled “Diabetes for Breakfast ...more
Susie Dumond
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this hilarious and refreshing memoir, comedian Chloe Hilliard takes on diet culture and the way society teaches us to think about our bodies. From junk food to the meat industry to standards of beauty, Hilliard has a lot to say, and I loved every word.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Never Without a Book
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 but bumped to 4 because much of what Hilliard experienced with her body struggles, I did as well. This book is worth the read.
Heather Brose
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an advanced copy of this book from Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.

"... perfection is overrated and impossible to achieve. Understanding that frees you up to focus on being healthy, unique, and confident. That is my prayer for you."

I really enjoyed reading "F*ck Your Diet: And Other Things My Thighs Tell Me". It was super relatable and educational. I experienced all the emotions while reading this book. I laughed out loud often, became teary eyed at some parts and angr
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for all women, but especially for my generation who grew up with Regan's "Presidential Fitness Test," ketchup as a vegetable, parents on fad diets (then and STILL), and being constantly force-fed by your grandmother while she simultaneously fat-shames you. ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too much politics and racism.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
She had me at the very first chapter about the horrible Presidential Fitness Test. Her insight definitely had me thinking through my own issues with food, body image, and family history. I didn’t agree with everything, but I really appreciate her honesty about these topics! Worth reading! 4 stars
Kendall Culbertson
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
"On a bad day, they'd follow up with "I'm trying to lose five pounds." It's always five pounds. I've never been five pounds away from my goal, and if I was, I'd be so happy to be that close that I'd settle for keeping the five pounds."

3.5. This was an enjoyable read, and I identified a lot with the food and weight issues throughout. This book goes much deeper than I expected into the politics, socioeconomics, and racial inequalities that lead to widespread unhealthy lifestyles and lack of care.
Jamie Studebaker
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Goodreads for providing a giveaway copy of this book.

Let me start by saying I am a white female in my twenties. That being said, I love this book. I have a complicated relationship with my body and with food. I've been on both ends of the eating disorder spectrum; I've had anorexia and I've had binge eating disorder. I am frequently rubbing holes in the thighs of my jeans. Strangers have assumed that I am pregnant instead of fat. When I saw the title F*ck Your Diet: And Other Things My
May 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
*Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I wanted to love this book. And parts of it were very entertaining--Chloe Hilliard's description of meals with her grandparents, for example, reminded me of my own family's mealtimes, when I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s. Sprinkled throughout the book are actual facts about nutrition and the food industry, some of which were quite interesting (did you know Kellogg inven
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book. Chloé has a voice and perspective that we need to hear more of. Love how she told her story in conjunction to explaining the history and black perspective at the time of the issue... and she almost made me not want to eat meat when she was talking about an illness of unknown origin that she came down with that doctors thought she was faking until it became visible and how she suspects it was linked to what she was putting in her mouth... namely, meat from antibiotic r ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Didn’t know who she was when I got the book, and still don’t. Unsure how she got a book deal.

I suggest NOT to get the audiobook. The author reads her book, with unclear diction.
Nicola Hall
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hilliard is hilarious!!! She talks about her life with passion and an openness that astounds me... I've always yo-yo'd with diets so know how Hilliard feels when saying fuck it and I have to say I will go through all my days emulating her ethos!!

I knew nothing about Hilliard before reading this book but her no nonsense descriptions of her life and her sense of humour has me wanting to watch her stand up!! Some of her conversations regarding her sex life are funny and raw!!!

Some of the politics w
Aya Imam
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought it was gonna be a light book about diet.
But it was much more deeper than that. I truly enjoyed it. ❤
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, funny, informative and endearing. Hilliard is brand new to me and I appreciate this introduction.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I actually quite enjoyed this (despite having never heard of the author before) and found it both funny and informative!
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to round up to a 5, this is at least a 4.5. I loved this book. I loved Chloe. I loved her honesty. I've been reading books by non-white authors and I think I learned more about systemic oppression from this book then from books that focus on it. Hilarious and important right now (and always), would recommend. ...more
Jocelyn Leigh
Dec 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
By the author's own admission, "I'm no food guru, life coach, or empowerment princess." Though according to the book sleeve bio, she is a comedian. I did not find this book to be funny, informative, or really interesting or original in any way. I read to the end, hoping it would improve - no such luck. While her data on discrimination holds, I couldn't shake the sense that her reflections on her own lived personal experiences lacked actual self-reflection and nuance. To her credit, there are so ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I really enjoyed Hilliard's frankness and openness about growing up as a tall "big" girl. Her stories of yo yo dieting and get skinny quick schemes were all too familiar. She also added nice touches about her family, friends, and discovering a love for stand up comedy.
I didn't feel like this book was particularly a body positivity manifesto. Hilliard gave a lot of facts and figures around weight and numerous scenarios around being put down because of her weight, but there was never r
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of sorta-memoir that I love. It's personal, it's raw and it's funny. Each essay circumvents history, pop culture, personal memories and anecdotes to bring you stories of Hilliard's life growing up as, what she calls, a 'fat kid' and how she's begun accepting her body and taking care of it in a variety of ways. It's not condescending or judgemental, but shines a light on modern diet culture and the unhealthy ideologies that work amongst it. Hilliard has a casual, conversational s ...more
Jenna Blair
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was hilarious - I couldn’t put it down. I loved her recounts (often funny) on her life growing up in the 90’s and working in the 2000’s. She takes us beyond her struggle with food and touches on love, relationships, climbing the cooperate ladder with a little politics thrown in. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum you may learn a thing or two (from the perspective of a strong, smart, black woman in America) and certainly laugh along the way!
Lelia Nebeker
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Her humor comes through in every story, but you really see her background as a journalist as she offers thoroughly researched asides that touch on issues related to America's relationship with food. She uses her own experiences to shed light on racism, socioeconomic issues, and how Western culture views women's bodies. This book has much more sustenance to it than the popcorn and cookies on the cover would lead you to believe! ...more
Marisha Murphy
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
F*ck Your Diet and Other Things My Thighs Tell Me really is a hilarious collection of conspiracy, culture, confessions. Each essay tells the tale of her life and relationship with food in pieces. I enjoyed the facts she said infused in all her stories. Very relatable, funny, and informative. My favorite combo.
Lauren Bourke
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins, own
Funny and eye opening. Not just an autobiographical journey of a talented woman, but also a highly informative book about the many factors that contribute obesity and body image problems in this country. A serious subject related in a very personal and relatable way that also entertains the reader. I highly recommend.
Chloe Hilliard - I have a feeling we're gonna see more from her in the future! What I loved most about this book was the seamless way her journalism background and comedic skills are merged in a way that keeps the reader engaged. It was funny where it needed to be and poignant where it HAD to be. I really dug it! ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've had this on order for months and was not disappointed. If there is one word to describe it, it is educational. The main takeaway is accept yourself as you are. Deserves more than five stars. ...more
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Chloé Hilliard is a writer and comedian who first appeared as a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and went on to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and more. Prior to her comedy career, she was a culture and entertainment journalist whose work has been featured in The Village Voice, Essence, Vibe, and The Source.

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