Tuesday, November 6, 2012
G6 The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin
Author: Stan Spencer, PhD
Publisher: Fine Life Books
Publishing Date: 2013
Other Works: This is the author's first book
January 26, 1965
Health, Mind & Body, Science
About this author
Stan Spencer, PhD, is a biological consultant and former research scientist. He has conducted laboratory studies in biochemistry at Brigham Young University, in botany and evolution at Claremont Graduate University, and in genetics at the Smithsonian Institution. Stan lives in southern California and blogs on natural weight loss techniques at fatlossscience.org/naturalweightlosstips.
Theme of the Book:
For long term weight loss, it's impossible to use diets to get thin.
Problems book addresses:
People rely on diets to get thin and when diets fail, they regain weight back and eventually give up. This book is for those who want to lose weight without a diet and it addresses physical as well as emotional triggers that causes people to become heavy.
NO HYPE. NO FLUFF. This slim book is packed with myth-busting facts and practical advice.
YOU WILL LEARN:
*The truth about common weight loss myths
*The secret to losing weight and keeping it off
* Why "fat genes" can't keep you from being thin
* How to naturally boost your metabolism
* How to calm cravings and quit emotional eating
* How to keep a slip from becoming a binge
* How to eat less without going hungry
* How to get more exercise and enjoy it
And much more
With this book you will create your own weight loss plan- your easiest path to naturally thin. Take your first steps on the path today and LEAVE DIETING BEHIND FOREVER.
"This book is about natural, permanent weight loss. Natural weight loss simply consists of changing the situations, habits, and thought patterns that caused you to gain weight in the first place. If you make those changes permanent, your weight loss will be permanent also. That's it. You don't need supplements, specially formulated shakes, surgery, fancy exercise equipment, or any other weight loss product. You don't even need to track calories, follow detailed meal plans, or learn complex recipes. If your ancestors could be thin without following a special diet or buying hte latest weight loss product, you can too." (from page XV)
Why it's interesting and informative:
The author is very detailed and not only tackles weight loss from physical view, but he also tackles on emotional issues and temptations and cravings, and also gives realistic advice on how to handle such things. For example, if you slipped up just once, instead of beating yourself up, say its okay and try to think of ways to avoid that mistake. The author also seems to encourage people to stop demonizing the bad food and to think realistically. Once in a while its okay to indulge, just don't feel guilty afterwards because that will cause to binge or indulge more. He also encourages people to visualize and to exercise and even says that if one does exercise, then they won't have cravings for chocolate and whatnot. I found the visual exercises interesting and to me his advice sounded really realistic.
Issues it raises:
The issues that are being raised is trying to get off the whole frustrating constant diet. We are often told what to eat, what not to eat, what products to get and what not to get. The diets are designed to appeal and the benefits don't last long. The book is very common sense and encourages people to drop the whole diet bandwagon and try to lose weight with plenty of exercise and tackles on cravings and emotional eating and buying. I could imagine that not many will like this book due to its nature.
Although I hadn't tried this book out, I do agree with a lot he said and stated. (I could imagine that should my mom read this book, she'll love it.) One thing that was always beaten into me is moderation in everything. I might try the visualization technique he talks about when it comes to sweets or whatnot so that way I won't crave them so much.
The author uses plenty of sources from both books, magazine articles and the inter-net. I'm not sure if he left anything out.
I feel that this book is a worthy read and it's also encouraging and non-judgmental. The author approaches his audience like they're humans instead of aliens and narrows a lot of information down. I also think that this isn't something he wants to profit from: he could have written a series of books about the same topic, but instead he chooses to make a small book from them and the language is easy to read and understandable. If you have a chance, try to read it and see if you can benefit from it.
Quick notes: I won this book on goodreads.com thus this review will appear in its entirety on goodreads as well as the blog
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)