Henry’s rating 4.9 out of 5
Diets come and go, as do diet books. One that caught the Hound’s eye toward the close of last year was The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss, by Stan Spencer, PhD. As it begins its climb up the bestseller list, it looks to be one of the on-coming rages for 2013, so I thought I should see if this book was a good read.
I will tell you two things I like right off the bat about Dr. Spencer’s book. One, the first words of the introduction are “This is not a Diet Book,” and two, it is a very short book, only 152 pages, which means you can read it in just a day or so and start to make use of the information presented.
Now about that information. So, if it is not a diet book, than what is it? It is a very good explanation about why we put on weight, why we overeat, and why most diets fail. Dr. Spencer in a very easy to understand way presents a variety of weight loss tools based on sound scientific principles for controlling stress over-eating, calming cravings, naturally boosting metabolism, and improving your overall health through nutrition and exercise. Wait a minute that sounds a lot like The Hound’s columns – I think I like this guy!
OK maybe there is nothing new or earth-shattering about what Dr. Spencer is saying and presenting. Obviously he shares the views of The Hound, Dr. Oz, and dozens of other advocates of healthy and natural weight loss. But what he does offer uniquely in the final chapter of The Diet Dropout’s Guide is a personal weight loss plan based on your own unique set of needs, abilities, and preferences.
How to Benefit From The Diet Dropout’s Guide
Obviously to benefit from the book you need to read it! But, what you need to take away from the book are the many valid points Dr. Spencer makes, most of which are spot on!
He starts out with the basic premise that you put on all of those extra pounds over time, and you are going to need to take them off the same way. Not through any specific “diet” or exercise regimen, but slowly and gradually through a process of changing your behaviors and your “relationship” with food and eating.
Dr. Spencer goes into some well thought out and well-presented material as to why Americans are so out of shape and eat more today then we did 30 or 40 years ago. As I hoped, he points his finger, as I do my paw, at the over abundance of processed and high fat foods in our diets. He lists several reasons why we eat more junk, but one I found very interesting was his discussion of “Highly Palatable Foods.” Dr. Spencer discusses how there is a vast industry dedicated to making processed and fast foods taste great, appealing, and consistent, almost to the point of addiction. He describes “Highly Palatable Food as “food that tastes so good that we keep on eating it even though we are full.” He explains that its all the “bad” – the fat, sugar, salt and refined flour that makes it taste so “good.” It becomes addictive and we just can’t help ourselves.
From his discussion of why we overeat, Spencer then does a very good job of covering stress and emotional eating, and how to break away from those bad habits, and he spends a good deal of time on combating cravings.
Who Should Use The Diet Dropout’s Guide?
This is the perfect companion book for anyone who is trying to lose weight and keep it off.
It is rare that I review a book or anything fitness or diet related that is “all good” but I really can’t find a single issue with anything Dr. Spencer has said, or the way he has presented it in The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss. I especially like the way he uses illustrations and simple hard facts that stick with the reader like making them aware that “the sugar in a single soft drink takes about an hour of exercise to burn off.”
I guess if I have to say anything “bad” about the Book it is that it is NOT a step-by-step diet plan, but more of companion piece to go hand in hand with a calorie reduction diet plan.
The Bottom Line
The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin by Dr. Stan Spencer needs to be on the book shelf of anyone who is serious about losing weight and maintaining the weight loss permanently. The author deals with all of the classic problem areas like your eating environment, the size of your portions, junk food, emotional eating, how to tame cravings, and much more. Dr. Spencer backs up everything he talks about with good science. The reference section has 14 pages of citations from authoritative sources like Nature, Neuroscience, The Journal of Experimental Psychology, Wellness, The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and many others.
I give The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss 4.9 out of 5, the only reason I’m not giving it 5 out 5 is because I did not write it! Great Job Doc!
You can pick up a copy at your Local book store or of course at Amazon at the link below
The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin
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