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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062201255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062201256
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Darya is my favorite kind of scientist--she finds the simple in the complex, the beauty in the chaos. If anyone will make you love (and rediscover) food, it’s her.” (Tim Ferriss)

“In Foodist, Darya Pino gives the most sensible advice I’ve read about attaining and maintaining healthy weight without dieting. Her science-based approach tells you how to enjoy real food, make the best food choices, and not deny yourself the pleasures of eating. I recommend this book.” (Andrew Weil, M.D.)

From the Back Cover

Foodist is a manifesto about real food and real science that proves once and for all that sustainable weight loss is possible by incorporating fresh, seasonal—and delicious—ingredients into every meal.

If you picked up this book, there's a good chance this is not the first time you hoped a new eating plan would help you lose weight. Dieting is a popular hobby in the twenty-first century, and the result is typically a slow but steady weight gain over the years. Oops. Diets fail because they rely on willpower and restriction for achieving health goals, and ignore the reasons these tactics always backfire. Becoming a foodist helps you give up dieting forever and get on the real path to healthy, lasting weight control.

Foodist is an approach that actually celebrates food while taking you through the nutrition and psychology involved in eating well to help you move beyond the daily obstacles and bad habits that keep the tasteless, empty, and unsatisfying food-like products on your plate. Losing weight no longer has to be about sacrifice, deprivation, and willpower, and food will turn from something you fight into something you can actually love again. As Darya writes, "You don't need a diet. You need an upgrade."

Smart, accessible, and engaging, Foodist will help you tailor your eating habits to match your lifestyle and your food preferences, making sure the path you choose works for you in the short- and long-term. Not only will you permanently build healthier habits into your daily life, you'll lose weight and enjoy food like never before.

More About the Author

I'm Darya Pino Rose, a PhDork and dedicated foodist, currently residing in foggy San Francisco. I spend most of my time thinking and writing about food, health and science. I eat amazing things daily and haven't even considered "going on a diet" since 2007.

I was born and raised on the sunny beaches of southern California. Before becoming a foodist I tried and succeeded at every weight loss plan under the sun.

In 2010, I completed my Ph.D in neuroscience at UC San Francisco. About a year before graduating I started writing about food and health at my website, Summer Tomato. By the time I defended my thesis, I had a new career.

Summer Tomato was one of TIME's 50 Best Websites of 2011. I have a bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and was recognized as one of the top students in my graduating class of 2003. I also play Zelda.

As you can see, I'm a total geek.

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Customer Reviews

Easy read.....very good information.
TJ Schick
So excited to have this knowledge and more in Foodist, Darya's book about living a healthy life.
It is by far one of the best "diet" books I've ever had the pleasure to read.
Debra K Gordon

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Shayne Sweeney on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Foodist provides wonderful examples of how being healthy starts with changing the way you think, not what you eat. Too many books focus on what it is you're eating, while Foodist's approach to healthy eating starts with changing the way you think about health and happiness.

I've kept over 125lbs off for over 5 years now and time and again I'm reminded that it's never been a quick diet, a strict set of foods or a miracle device that's gotten me here. 5 years ago I started thinking about food differently, making better decisions that are now second nature. Foodist does a excellent job at providing plain understanding, which for me, was key for reshaping my approach to better health. The book was a great reminder that how happy you can be while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Todd Hurst, MD on May 16, 2013
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If you want to get healthier, look and feel younger or lose weight, Foodist is the blueprint you need.

I'm a cardiologist. Over the years, I've seen countless patients that wanted to eat better, be more active or lose some weight.

And I've seen most of them not succeed.

Some had success with the latest diet craze .....for a while. But a year later, almost all of them regain those hard lost pounds. They end up discouraged and feeling like failures, but eventually I learned that it's not them that failed.

I started asking those patients that got healthier or lost weight and kept it off how they did it. Almost always, it was because they started eating real food, minimized processed food, and started moving more. As it turns out, there is no "miracle" diet or supplement or drug....those are the failures.

Darya gets it. Follow her plan. Put all of that energy expended on restrictive, miserable diets into real food, eating at home and moving more and it will make you healthier. And being healthier will help you attain your weight goal. The Foodist plan is easier and more enjoyable than dieting and it works (and frankly it's the only thing that does for most).

Foodist is not only a great plan but it's a really good read. It's well written, provocative, thoughtful and even funny at times.

This book is going to change a lot of lives for the better.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Richard Nikoley on May 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This one is a pleasure to review. And to read as well. Darya Pino Rose, "PhDork" (neuroscience), is the blogger-proprietor of Summer Tomato, which over a few years now has been the only foodist blog I check out anymore. She does science well, spurns "Conventional Wisdom" (hint: saturated fat and cholesterol), and simply has a true and abiding love of good, real food.

...A cool, sassy sense of humor, too--and she let's a dirty word slip in now & then.

Plus, she's up in San Francisco, so I often get to read of familiar references, like to certain restaurants, the most awesomest in the whole world Farmers Market at the Ferry Building, and of local producers of quality meats, seafood, and produce. Plenty of wonderful pictures of various arrays of colorful, in-season, local organic fruits and vegetables too--which almost makes me want to try one, some day. :)

She's the only PhD scientist who addresses me "dude," or "homie." I first came across her work just over three years ago when she was still working on finishing up that dork degree and she took just a bit of a swipe at Paleo on her blog. If you check out the comments you'll see a number of familiar names & faces defending Paleo, including myself. You'll also see appreciation for what most everyone regarded as a pretty balanced & fair piece, and she handled it all well.

Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting carries into book form what Darya has emphasized and promoted on her blog all along. Most simply? Ya gotta enjoy yur life, dude!
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83 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bartels on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly awaited the review copy of this book. Darya seems like a very honest, non fad, down to earth person. If she could put that into a book - it should be great.

I was very disappointed.

About 20% of the books are just opinions of Darya. Like her Paleo-esque take on dairy and gluten. Nutritionist debate whether those foods are bad or good - Darya doesn't have a background in nutritional science so I don't see how her option adds much to the debate. If you write a book about how willpower is limited, why do suggest the reader avoids ground flour or most dairy products?

The other 80% are even worse. They state extremely obvious facts. Eating fast food and processed food in general is unhealthy! You will more likely stick to a healthy diet (sorry, I mean eating habit) if you enjoy eating healthy foods and don't need to force yourself! Eat seasonal food that didn't travel far, its better for the environment! Exercise more!

So what do you get if you buy this book? Mostly what you get in all other diet books out there. Like most diet books out there, Darya claims her method works, doesn't require calorie counting and isn't a diet in the first place. After you read this book, you just will enjoy eating cauliflower and lifting weights.

There are hundreds of other books on exercising out there, written by people who worked with clients for years. If you want to know more about this topic, why would you read this book, and not "Starting Strength"? There are literally thousands of books about diets and willpower. Why should you prefer Darya over authors that did actual research and have a background in nutrition science? If it's because of the ads you've seen, if it's because of Tweets by Kevin Rose or Tim Ferriss or if it's because of the many 5 star reviews by friends of hers, please reconsider. I was excited by those things too, and was very disappointed.
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