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Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin Hardcover – October 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211053
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this intimate story, Zadoff describes his "twenty-eight years fighting a war against food, fat, and my body," and the "food addict" diagnosis that finally made sense of it: "sneaky, secretive, dishonest, and deceptive... I behaved like a junkie with food." Imparting "what I wish I'd known all those years," as well as raising the profile of overeaters' plight, Zadoff's book begins with snappy chapters detailing his dysfunctional relationship with food, followed by strategies for recovery. A good first step, he suggests, is to create a food "traffic light" list in which "red" foods are triggers to avoid: "Like an alcoholic, if I put a trigger food in my mouth, I will once again be at its mercy." Readers won't find a "magic formula," but will learn not only that commitment and discipline pay off, but that they don't need to overwhelm: "When I wake up in the morning, I commit to eating three meals, just for today." Zadoff occasionally relies on self-help clichés (happiness "is like a muscle... If I don't exercise it, it atrophies"), but his compelling first-person insight into a largely misunderstood condition, not to mention his common-sense solutions (heavy on the need for a support network of family, friends and professionals), is valuable, encouraging reading for problem eaters of all kinds and those trying to help them.
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"There's no shortage of books on how to lose weight. Hungry is not that sort of book. It's about the importance of understanding the emotional sources of hunger, about how much more effective that understanding is than any diet could ever be, about the myths we create about our bodies that must be debunked. Its gentle, non-preachy, funny and forgiving tone is uncommonly appealing." -- Los Angeles Times

"[Zadoff's] compelling first-person insight into a largely misunderstood condition, not to mention his common-sense solutions (heavy on the need for a support network of family, friends and professionals), is valuable, encouraging reading for problem eaters of all kinds and those trying to help them." -- Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

Thank you Mr Zadoff for so honestly sharing your story.
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This is a great read for anyone who has ever struggled with their weight.
Jennifer D Riggs
It can be depressing to feel this way and Allen Zadoff has been there.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What if your problem with weight had more to do with a deep hunger for meaning in the world rather than for that big slice of chocolate cake staring at you? Could our obesity not really have anything at all to do with calories, but rather attaining the hopes and dreams we don't even know we want yet? Deep questions like these are what Allen Zadoff explores in his book entitled Hungry.

After allowing his weight to get up to 350 pounds in his late 20s, Zadoff thought he knew why he got to be so big. It had to be a whole host of reasons--a slow metabolism, not enough willpower, a big appetite, a desire to be manly and eat that way, big boned, and it made him happy. But in the end, he wasn't happy and traveled down a path that led him to lose over 100 pounds while gaining a whole new perspective on life.

Hungry takes you down this road that Allen Zadoff took to shed the pounds and turn his world upside down. It's an inspiring story of hope for better tomorrow with behavioral methods concerning food that would intrigue a psychologist for weeks! And before you ask, his diet had very little to do with what kind of food he ate. That didn't matter to him (and he doesn't think it should matter to you).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. McDaniel on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazingly heartfelt. It gets you in the gut--no pun intended! A friend recommended this book because it's so funny and true. It's not just about food and weight--the author delves into the roller-coaster emotions and fears of self-worth that we all share as people, regardless of our body type. Anybody who's ever chased the latest diet hoping to find happiness needs to read this book!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Clavin on November 1, 2007
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This book is the real deal. It is the true memoir of a man who lost 150 lbs simply by experiencing a shift in perception. He put on a new pair of glasses to see a bigger picture of the world that he had never seen before. The book is nicely divided into small bite sized chapters that get right to the point with Allen's elegant and witty writing style.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Pascucci on May 22, 2008
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I really enjoyed this book. In clear, no nonsense language Allen Zadoff managed to convey to the reader the pain of being very over weight with no self pity, no real excuses. He ate too much at one time. Period. Then, somehow after reaching 300+ pounds, he looked inside of himself and accepted a truth. He needed to eat less. So - no more dieting for him. He decided to establish a traffic light of an idea. Red light for dangerous food, yellow light for foods that need to be approached with caution and green food - the kind one can eat lots of and manage to stay slim. I loved this idea. I don't have a huge weight problem, but I do eat too much at times for a variety of reasons. I swear - as soon as I did what Zadoff said, wrote down my red, yellow and green foods, I began to eat less. And I began to lose weight. Wow. Thanks, Mr. Zadoff. You did a great job. I hope everyone who has ever struggled with weight reads this book. It's short but the message is clear. Look at what you eat. Identify problem foods. Approach them with caution. I guess he said it all.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann Marsh on November 20, 2007
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Hungry is really a romance novel. Make that a rom-dram-com. Yes, it will make you laugh, cry - and hungry! It's a hilarious and touching story about all the ways author Allen Zadoff got through his childhood and young adult years making love to Devil Dogs and Lenders bagels, only to discover, slowly and painstakingly, how to fall in love with his own life and every moment in it. Oh, and to lose (and keep off) well over 100 pounds, too. If you've ever struggled with a love of food, you will love this book. Even if you've never over-indulged, you will savor Zadoff's ability to spin a yarn. Hungry is a compulsively fast read that delivers plenty of thoughtful moments and belly laughs along the way. Bon appetit!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Fischer on October 30, 2007
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I'm inspired after reading Allen Zadoff's book. "Hungry" is poignant and hilarious and I truly admire his honesty and integrity around his relationship to food. I laughed and nodded my head when I related...it really is a treat to read a book that's both thought-provoking and seriously funny. And it's so nice to know I'm not alone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zelda on February 7, 2011
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This book is not just about eating issues, it is a book about being lost and getting distracted from your real self, then the amazing joy of self discovery when one becomes brave enough to look inside. It shows how we can turn inward and see our true selves and love who we are. This book has changed the way I look at food and it has helped me find my self after loosing who I am. To respond to the person who commented on this book "left hungry for a real book" - Allen wrote about his experience and how he has changed. Sharing that alone is inspiring, he did not claim to help anyone and I do believe he has a very different approach to the addiction problem - it is not a physical thing but a state of mind and he gave us a wonderful example of heart and mind over matter. It is a wonderful book, worth more than the price. I read it cover to cover without putting it down.
Thank you Allen for your inspiring story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Watt on December 3, 2007
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Hungry is a book about a man's struggle with addiction (in this case food), and his ongoing journey toward self-acceptance. It's a clear-eyed glimpse into the mind and heart of an addict, and it is a tribute to Allen Zadoff that he manages to bring a light touch to such a serious subject. Utterly non-pedantic, it is actually a fun, even breezy read, touching and insightful. As a man with his own particular allergy, I related to that obsessive hungering for a substance outside of myself that can lead to self-destruction.
I'm wary of books that promote 'spirituality' but Mr. Zadoff doesn't force his ideas on the reader so much as offer a glimmer of hope to the hopeless. I recommend this book to the faithful and faithless alike. Bon Appetit!
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More About the Author

Allen Zadoff is the author of the thriller series THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN (I AM THE WEAPON #1, I AM THE MISSION #2) which debuted to starred reviews and was a 2014 YALSA Top Ten Pick for Reluctant Readers and a finalist for Best YA Novel in the 2014 International Thriller Awards. He was born in Boston and went on to live in upstate New York, Manhattan, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. A former stage director, he is a graduate of Cornell University, the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theater Training, and the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop. His novel Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have received the Sid Fleishman Humor Award and was a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults.

Visit Allen on the web at www.allenzadoff.com.

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