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Scientific American, February 2015
"This is possibly the best book on weight loss ever written."

Taste for Life 9/1/15
“For those who are tired of quick-fix diets, the approach to weight control outlined in this book may be a welcome relief. There are no strict rules about what and how much you can eat. Instead you’ll find a psychological and commonsense approach to losing weight and sustaining that loss long-term. Information on how to analyze your habits and follow a week-by-week plan to make gradual and lasting changes is offered.”

About the Author

Charlotte N. Markey, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at Rutgers University (Camden). She routinely writes for the award-winning website ScienceofRelationships.com, focusing primarily on how romantic partners are relevant to individuals' eating behaviors, body image, and health. Her research has garnered widespread media attention, and she has been featured in and interviewed by The New York Times, The Economist, US News and World Report, Health Day, ABC News, Time Magazine, Health Psychology, The Washington Post, Science Daily, NBC News, Psych Central, Men's Health, Psychology Today, as well a as a host of others. She currently directs the Healthy Development Lab at Rutgers University and serves as a consultant to the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Markey collaborates in her research endeavors with her husband, Dr. Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University, who changed his entire lifestyle (and gradually lost 40 pounds) following her approach to weight management. She has two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (December 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738217719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738217710
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I LOVED this book. It had a lot of useful and practical advice. It was a refreshing change from the usual "Diet" book and a great way to start off the new year after indulging way too much after the holidays. I liked that it had personal anecdotes about the author and her journey and that the info in the book is based on health research. I trust Dr. Markey's knowledge on this topic given that she is a health researcher and professor at Rutgers.
The book itself is a realistic take on health and weight management that advocates for small lifestyle changes that you can adopt for life. It doesn't suggest that you starve or cut out all the food you love. In fact, it suggests that indulging now and then is a good way to stay on track. I plan to download the companion app "SmartenFit" so that I can monitor my exercise and what I eat better and get suggestions from their healthy options database. I always feel like I run out of healthy ideas and end up eating whatever is in the pantry. The biggest message that I got from the book was that it is important to be aware of our numbers (weight, BMI, etc.) and monitor our food and exercise habits, but not to the point of becoming obsessed because that can backfire in a big way. I have never been the type who was able to count every single calorie that I eat in a day or wear a pedometer to count my steps. But I can definitely benefit from monitoring what I eat in a general way and tracking how much exercise I am getting on a weekly basis. Hopefully the app will pick up where the book left off and allow me to do that.
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Smart People Don't Diet provides an entertaining and informative overview of the science of eating and health. If you want to know why fad diets fail, how food affects mood and memory, what to emphasize in promoting healthy eating in children, and much, much more about eating and health, this is the book for you.

Most importantly, the book provides a road map for healthy eating. It turns out that it's not as difficult as I thought to eat well; through monitoring what one eats, and occasional substitution of healthy foods for ones high in calories, it's possible to enjoy eating and at the same time reach one's ideal weight. I look forward to finding out if this works for me!
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On this day of resolutions, I thought I'd recommend a book to anyone who wants positive feedback on how to have a healthy relationship with weight management. I think it's hard to live in America and not face this at one point or another. I've struggled with it my whole life and am finally in a pretty good place. Smart People Don't Diet is just the affirmation I needed to feel like I'm finally on the right track. It's refreshing to have an approach that isn't a countdown to thin (30 days to fit, 20 lbs in 30 days etc.) but rather a sane and healthy way to think about one's health and body image. Thank you!
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I really liked this book. Very good to hear someone put on paper everything I've been trying to tell myself for years. I have been yo-yo dieting since I was 16. I think 25 years of dieting on and off has made me gain more weight and become unhappier than I ever imagined. Charlotte discusses why you should take the word "diet" completely out of your vocabulary and focus on small, realistic changes that you can maintain your entire life. The best part for me was reading about how weight loss is not a race. There is no finish line. This is my life and I can never stop being healthy. I'm only giving the book 4 stars because I wish she had gone into a little more detail about specific changes that could be made. I know that she is trying not to be too prescriptive, and I truly appreciate that, but I think I could have used a little more help identifying all of my bad habits. I think it would be worth seeing a nutritionist and bringing this book with me!
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As I read the book, I felt like I was sitting down with a wise friend. I wasn’t being lectured about my weight. I was being encouraged to ask questions, to think about my eating habits and to make some positive choices . Reading the book and reflecting on each chapter was a helpful brainstorming session between myself and the author. Instead of getting a lot of rules that work for awhile, I felt that I was working through what was going to be successful and best for me in the long run. It felt empowering to eat the things I liked, knowing I could make some changes that were more healthy. Laura
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This book was great!!! I've tried a lot of the fad diets and now I know why it doesn't work for me! I'm happy to know that small changes are much more likely to be successful and this books gives me ideas on how to make that work for me. I think this book is different because its all evidence/research-based unlike others who feel free to give irresponsible advice that is based on just opinion. It was a nice & easy entertaining read, couldn't come at a better time of year for me! I feel better equipped and more educated now that I have read this book, so I know what I need to do and it seems simpler than I thought.
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By Allie on January 15, 2015
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I absolutely love this book. I have used so many suggestions, from downloading health-related apps to modifying some of my favorite recipes to make them healthier, and it makes becoming healthy easy and guilt-free. I also love the idea of using science to back claims - something fad diets are not capable of doing. This book really puts being an average, healthy person into great perspective. I would recommend it to anyone looking to change their habits without changing themselves too much. It's such a breath of fresh air to NOT be criticized for loving food, and to have an entire book of suggestions and support to help manage our behaviors.
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