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101 Things to Do Before You Diet

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
As a Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire regular, magazine writer Mimi Spencer knows what it means to be surrounded by super-slender models and their imitators. She also realizes that significant weight loss doesn't miraculously happen overnight and cannot be sustained without habitual practice. In response to her own problems, she has constructed 101 Things to Do Before You ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Rodale Press, Inc. (first published May 1st 2009)
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Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the very few books I have bought after reading someone else’s glowing review.

Mimi Spencer has taken on the world of trying to get ‘trim, taut and terrific’ like many others, but she has done it in an anti-diet way through common sense. Flitting through everything from how to cut those extra calories to bum and tum flattering apparel, Spencer takes an all-around approach to getting you looking and feeling great.

I have to say, as someone who is used to reading books about either wha
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

She had some good insight and tips in here into living "slimmer." In the end, any book that addresses weight is to me, a diet book, but I liked the wardrobe and makeup tips, the suggestions for slimming clothes and ideas along with suggestions on how to alter your lifestyle and eating habits.

Overall, if you're considering changing things in your life to lead towards weight loss, it's worth a library check-out. There will likely be a few things in there you haven't thought of, or a point of view
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't rocket science, perhaps, but I liked the common-sense approach the author takes, and the ways she encourages the reader's efforts to appreciate their body and take care of it. Love the emphasis on sustainable care and non-dieting.
Kait McNamee
Despite my sarcasm regarding this book being a low point, it's actually not that bad. It was much less "self-helpy" and much more focused on dissecting the reasons behind society's obsession with being thin. Because the author is a journalist and fashion writer instead of a self-helpy guru, she presents facts and details without sugarcoating them (ha, literally...get it?). I'd give it 2 1/2 stars because the title is embarrassing.
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Goodreads Giveaway win!

Go out right now and buy some shape wear, you will be glad you did. This book is chocked full of good tidbits like that. Some are on the pretentious and slightly impossible case in point "wear high heels with everything" others just make good sense "order one dessert and two forks". Anyways, read it and find the tips you love and throw away the rest.
Danielle Raine
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOT a diet book (thank goodness). This book is a really fun and enjoyable read. Full of fashion and nutrition info, insider secrets, tips and tricks etc. How to look (and feel) great without counting calories. Fab.
Una Rose
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would just a rehashing of the usual diet advice or a shallow or meandering personal tale of diet woes and victory. While it had elements of all the above, it was delivered in a fresh way; a brisk, breezy and conservational style that was uplifting and entertaining. Too many diet books get bogged down by too much science and emphasise of the medical side or dieting. This book puts our diet right where it belongs, in real life, your life and it ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book an interesting, if contradictory, read. Partly it's a self-help, know-thyself, love-thyself kind of read, with practical tips on living a healthier lifestyle. But then there are a load of fashion tips thrown in - what shoes to wear, which handbags are to die for, that sort of thing. This isn't too surprising, given Spencer's job as a fashion editor, but I definitely enjoyed and related to the former bits more than the latter. And on Spencer's recommendation, I am now going to t ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a diet book kind of person, but the cover on this was so appealing I had to give it a shot. The advice seems pretty realistic and warm, there are no recipes (yay!) but there is also almost no mention of exercise (boo!). The author is far more fashionable than I will ever be, and all her tips'n'tricks about mascara and good haircuts sailed right over my head. But again, it's a warm and sympathetic book that mostly boils down to "be as healthy as you can, and love the skin you're in" which ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, non-fiction
I won't say that any of the ideas are bad, because I think they could all help you appear or believe slimmer -- however, most of the ideas won't work for me. However the last thing she suggests is the best -- confidence goes a long way. People don't see the weight if you are above it too.

I found a few ideas, and agreed with a few ideas, and will probably leave this in the break room at work.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't even know why I bought this book. I must have been having a downer day. Anyway, it's basically a self-help book written by columnist/journalist who also has "off" days. See the title there? "Because looking great isn't just about losing weight". That's all you really need to know. The rest of the book is like reading a huge blog post.
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dieta, psicologia
meraviglioso libro di "dritte" per donne che vogliono star bene con se stesse. star bene di salute, amare il proprio corpo e sapere come valorizzarlo. star bene dentro la propria vita, le proprie passioni e consolazioni (che non siano tutte ripiste nel...frigorifero...).
... ah, e magari anche perdere quache etto, ma non necessariamente. Brava brava. tutte le donne dovrebbero leggerlo!!
Rania Ajjan El Hadid
An interesting read that left me feeling better about how i felt about myself and my weight. As well as giving me a new insight into the diet marketing and food industry, the book also taught me not to idolise people that we view are better than us. I felt inspired to change by myself, not with the so called help of the latest dieting fad or fashion craze.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted on my library's website
This book is like having a fit, hip, fabulous older sister in the fashion industry. It is full of tips for living healthy, being fit, and looking your best. It's full of fun little boxes with titles like "How to Walk Like a Supermodel". It's just a great, commonsense, look great, feel great kind of book. I want to buy this one.
Hannah Spencer
I don't think I am in Mimi Spencer's intended audience. Not a whole lot of new information... but it wasn't bad information.
Overly concerned with fashion.
I liked when she compared humans to hamsters.
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book on loving your body and treating it well. You do not have to be overweight for this book- its a practical guide that gives you a healthy perspective on what is realistic and not in our world where healthy is completely represented with the wrong things. And its funny too.
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A humorous, yet interesting, read. The author gave some excellent tips on how to approach dieting by just learning to love yourself first. The author shows how many diets fail and why and what you can do to change that...A very good book. It has helped me on my weightloss journey as well.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book to remind you that dieting isn't everything. Has some good tips in there to remind you to just be healthy instead of forcing yourself to harm yourself in the pursuit of a lower weight value.
This was a somewhat amusing little book, but the focus was more on how to become skinny, or look skinny, than how to be healthy. Not very interested in wearing high heels to look sexy. I'll stick to my Crocs.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contains great tips for improving one's lifestyle...
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Janet Maisel
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is funny and there were some novel thoughts on the whole diet self esteem issue. It was good read while traveling by train for 7 hours.
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i couldn't finish the book .. it is very hard and a bit boring .. if i complete it i will post a new review about it ( doubt it ) !!
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this book, something to read when my body image is low.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Linda Hopf
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It was ok. She had a few new tips/suggestions, but for the most part I had heard it all before. Overall, just a big pep talk.
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a diet book. This is more like how to enjoy life at any size.
an interesting read but for something that claims to be a "no diet book", there were waaayyyy too many rules for my liking!
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