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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
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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: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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).

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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss

Stan Spencer, PhD

Stress has taken over your every waking hour and you are beginning to feel the pressures of work, family and just life in general. You decide to take a long ride in your car, all alone just to collect your thoughts and clear your head. Driving through the city or town you live in you are surrounded by places that will tempt your already satiated appetite and entice you to stop, enter and buy foods that you think will make you feel better, distress you and allow you to forget your troubles. We live in a fattening food environment and processed foods are more like the norm, as our author states rather than the exception. Would you walk into a fruit store or vegetable store and buy and apple, pear or a grapefruit to satisfy your hunger? Would you rather have potato chips, donuts or an extra slice of pizza? The author explains why so many are overweight and need to readjust their thinking when it comes to food and what you will learn more about emotional eating. He starts by explaining that there are ten important aspects or reason of our food environment that sort of more than just encourage but I think tempt us to eat too much when we really know we shouldn't. They are: Foods that Don't Satisfy which leave us with tons of calories and wanting more. Highly Palatable Foods are next. Scientists for foods that not only taste good but also you want more of them even when you are full use this term. These foods have tons of sugar, fat or refined flour as ingredients. These are what some call comfort foods or as some refer to them as Feel Better Foods. But, that is only number two now for number 3: Calorie Heavy Foods and four: Cheap, Convenient Food.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By para on December 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
** Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book. This has in no way influenced my review. **

The Diet Dropout's Guide approaches weight loss from the point of view that diet's don't work because they focus on short term change and results, and that to permanently reduce weight changes in everyday habits are needed. This is a great point and putting it forefront in discussions is a smart approach to the subject. This books covers the standard important ideas (eat less, be more active and avoid excess snacking and emotion driven eating) but also goes a step further and talks about how common habits hamper these efforts and gives tips to change these in small steps.

As the book helpfully points out in the introduction it isn't a diet or exercise plan nor is it design for quick weight loss that may return. It's meant to examine underlying causes and give you ideas on how to address them in your own time, in as brief a manner as possible. The main text is an easily approachable 90 pages, with the remainder containing a few pages of simple (but useful) recipes and a lengthly bibliography.

While there's nothing particularly new here if you've read other books in this vein, The Diet Dropout's Guide is thorough, has been distilled down to the key points and is presented very well. It focuses on suggestions for helping to eat better, reduce stress and limit portion sizes rather than just telling you to do so. As such it isn't a bad book for anyone looking for healthier habits to have, in addition to being a quick, easy reference for those pursuing the goal of gradual, hopefully permanent, weight loss.
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