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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Fine Life Books (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983571708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983571704
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Well-presented and easy to understand, this one is highly recommended." — Susan B. Hagloch, Library Journal (starred review)

"I think it's the only weight loss/healthy lifestyle book we need." — Kathleen Garber, SMS Book Reviews


"Dr. Spencer's book presents a common sense, safe, and enduring weight loss program that presents the essential elements of a healthy lifestyle." — James E. Gangwisch, PhD, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

"Very informative, and right on target." — Wayne Westcott, PhD, Fitness Research Director, Quincy College

"If you are looking for a very practical, user friendly, fact based guide to weight control, this is the book for you." — Jennifer Miyagawa, Registered Dietitian, Jenmi Jenmi

“A slim volume that has the basics of behavior change, and includes all the ones people really struggle with.” — Madelyn Fernstrom, diet and nutrition editor, TODAY (1/18/2013)

“Every now and then I actually find [a book] I am wildly enthusiastic about. This is one…The 10 short chapters cover everything you need to know about taking and keeping weight off.” — Genene Coté, nutrition consultant, Down to Earth Fare


“In order to make a permanent change in the obesity statistics in the United States, every dieter must read this book.” — Cascia Talbert, The Healthy Moms Magazine

“There are no superfluous words here, just the facts…This book is not for those who want dangerous shortcuts and lazy, pill-popping tricks. Yet for those who want to lose weight naturally, safely, healthfully and permanently (no matter how gradually) this is simply THE book.” — Be Healthy and Well


“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.” — Health Hound

From the Back Cover

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.

"An excellent book that is well written and evidence based. It will help dispel a lot of the myths that surround weight management."
—Gary Mendoza, PhD, RNutr


"This book is information-packed! There are hundreds of books written on these topics, but this one brings it all together in one place in a logical format. I will recommend it to my patients."
—Darrin Bang, DC

More About the 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 Fat Loss Science (fatlossscience.org or facebook.com/weightlossbook).

Customer Reviews

It is very easy to read but is packed with information.
Summer
The Natural Weight Loss book had some very practical suggestions for helping to Lose weight and keep it off.
Kay E. Hughes
This book offers simple life changes that focus on healthy eating habits.
Larry D'andrea

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By BJVCampbell on September 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Being married to an amateur health guru who writes her own health blog, I have read countless articles, books, magazines and watched innumerable documentaries on the topic of health. In that span of time, I have learned about diets (and why they don't work), sleep, exercise and their effects on overall health. But it was not until I read this book that I found so many high-level concepts reduced to a simple language with specific tactics that make taking up a healthy lifestyle so practical, without being gimmicky in the least.

The beauty of this piece is that it deals with weight from every angle - cognitive, emotional and physical. So many works on the market deal with just one at a time, but Dr. Spencer's work provides a blueprint with tactics to manage all three at once to make simple yet effective and lasting change in the reader's life. It also comes in a book that can be read in an afternoon and the reader can start down their new path today.

The concepts Spencer addresses in the book need not only apply to those looking to manage their weight - they provide a foundation for anyone wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever tried a diet and not gotten the results they were looking for, as well as anyone who is serious about leading a healthy life
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nelissa on September 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Diet Dropout's guide has really helped me. I have been a dieter forever, but there was always a piece missing. Now im using this book, combined with Keto Revolution : Lose The Carbs, Lose The Weight, And Find Your Path Back To Fit has gotten me on track to losing weight. I had the right diet, I just needed to combine that with the mental aspect of it all to stay on track. Thanks stan spencer!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Murrell on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Are you sick of dieting? Have you tried everything and nothing is working? Dr. Spencer tackles the age old dieting questions with a simple and yet amazingly effective way to naturally loose weight.

In my opinion, diet books are tedious, boring, and too full useless information.
But thankfully this book doesn't follow the norm. The instructions are easy to follow and simplistic and yet very effective. All of the information is given in ten easy to read chapters. Following the chapters are recipes and worksheets that will help implement this lifestyle change.
I will definitely be recommending this book to anyone wanting to lose weight.

I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adam Shalaby on March 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The two 1-star ratings don't actually say the information in this book is wrong, but in one case, that it is common sense (in which case, why is anyone fat at all) and another, that there is no new information for the seasoned dieter.

I beg to differ. I am not a dieter, or rather, never felt dieting was a solution. Sure I went on diets, but never with a feeling that it would be effective long term. I always felt portion control and exercise was the answer, and except for injuries that I used as an excuse to fall off my plan, I was successful. I also raised an eyebrow to all these diets that are strict, such as avoiding carbs, or fat or, or, or... Straight dope is you don't need to worry about it.

I have been waiting for a book like this, which does not have a magic bullet solution to becoming healthy, but rather, excellent points on how we should approach weight loss. If you want a quick-fix, forget it. This book has nothing for you. If you want to adopt good habits, understand how to stick to them, and lose weight through discipline rather than empty promises, this book will be of great value.

It is a relatively quick read, and will debunk all the myths of why you might be overweight. This is eyeopening, and for some, it may be hard to hear.

The information might be simplistic as the 1-star ratings have mentioned, but it is also extremely valuable, and I know many people who are very overweight or obese who need to understand this information. Where they have failed, this book provides a solution, but more importantly, it provides understanding. Like strategies to help understand if your body is hungry for nourishment, or simply craving a psychological need to eat something you love. If you want to eat apple pie and nothing else will satisfy you, it's a craving. If you want to eat anything and it doesn't matter what it is, you're hungry. Tons of simple things make for an excellent arsenal against weight gain.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GoodLuckTina on September 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have never read a book that is so light, yet comprehensive in the same breath. Dr. Spencer lays out a road map for health practices that is not only attainable but spans a breadth of health practices such as diet, exercise and sleep that form a complete guide to true health and well-being.

His clean writing style parallels his approach to healthy living and his message translates clearly to readers from all walks of life in that his direction can be practical for anyone who reads the book. This is the kind of book that you will want to send a copy to everyone you care about. Wonderful job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on October 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Most people would like to lose some weight, but the techniques are overwhelming--we try diet after diet, punishing ourselves when they don't work. But maybe, just maybe, we aren't the problem. Maybe the problem is the endless cycle of restrictions and rules--none of which lead to lasting weight loss. In The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss, Stan Spencer, PhD takes a brass-tacks approach to creating the habits that support healthy weight with a focus on the behavioral changes required to sustain it.

The common sense tactics of eating healthy foods are supported by research (for instance, Spencer cites an MRI study which showed that 20 minutes of meditation a day for 8 weeks decreased participants' stress levels substantially and corresponded with changes in the brain related to stress and anxiety). He emphasizes the right mindset to help natural eaters stick to their goals ("A temptation is a decision that has not yet been made.") and provides helpful tools to deal with obstacles when they arise ("One difference between food cravings and hunger is that food cravings tend to be highly specific, involving intense desires for specific foods, while hunger produces a more general desire to eat almost any food that is available."). Sweets are not abolished but, rather, are encouraged to be eaten in moderation immediately following a meal (instead of waiting until you're starving).

He also busts nine myths that impede our motivation, such as naturally slow metabolisms, genetic fatness, inevitable weight gain in older age, and set weights. The bare-bones approach is refreshing--a simple primer for those who are looking to get off the sickening merry-go-round. We are our harshest critics and we are the only ones who can stop the cycle.
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