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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised Edition edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557049157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557049155
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This easy-to-read guide has a simple philosophy behind it: If students know nutrition basics, they will make healthier food choices."—The New York Times

"This is a great book to pack between the extra-long twin sheets and study lamp."—Publishers Weekly

"A survival guide to eating healthfully and exercising during the precarious time when parental controls are off."—Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Daphne Oz believes in happy, healthy living based on the successful strategies she developed to permanently shed more than thirty pounds while still enjoying all the foods she loves. She is all about finding innovative ways to fill her life with smart, accessible luxury and sharing her practical tips for making the process fun and easy. A 2008 Princeton University graduate, she is cohost of ABC's hit show The Chew, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Chew: Food. Life. Fun., and author of the national bestseller The Dorm Room Diet. Daphne has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, People, and US Weekly; cohosted The View; and appeared on Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, and NPR's Weekend Edition. Daphne received her chef's degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She lives with her husband, John, in New York City.


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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Summer on October 12, 2010
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In high school I got fed up with my body. In the middle of my junior year, I decided to change that. I found out that I was ignorant of how to lose weight so I began to read books such as The Diet for Teenagers Only, Toning for Teens: The 20-Minute Workout that Makes You Look Good and Feel Great!, and Weight Loss Confidential: How Teens Lose Weight and Keep It Off -- and What They Wish Parents Knew. I found that they were filled with valuable information on not only how to lose weight but how to become healthy. I have lost 60 lbs. to this day by changing my eating habits and getting active. I had the perfect eating/fitness routine until I got to college... then it all changed! I purchased this book to help me become aware of the traps we fall into in college. It is VERY informative and helpful. It ranges from teaching you what to avoid, what's necessary for survival, and even what to eat during an "all nighter." I recommend this book to anyone that wants to change their lifestyle completely or to someone that just needs a refresher in the course of healthy living. It is also an enjoyable read!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kay N. on August 24, 2010
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I bought this book for my daughter who is in college. Her first year took a toll on her diet, exercise and previously healthy lifestyle, so I gave this to her to help her improve her overall well-being. The first thing she said after starting the book was, "this book is about me!" She has devoured the book and picked up many great tips on improving things from now on. (Some things I thought I had told her, but mom's word is not often listened to). Therein lies the beauty of this book. It is written by a young women in language and attitude of the young, so it is very easily read and digested by college age kids (young working adults too). It is well laid out and extremely readable. The advice is excellent and there are many sensible (and student relevant) tips that can be easily followed. Knowing that Dr. Mehmet Oz (the author's father) is the medical backing to this book makes it an extremely safe and recommended guide for young people just starting their life away from home.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karling Rutenbeck on August 6, 2013
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I have a pretty similar eating/exercising profile as the author when she was my age. Healthy food but too much of it and little exercise. She had me in the introduction. I saw reflected in her childhood nickname of 'Bulldozer" my own experiences of subtle verbal abuse ("Piggy, Barrel"). Her story is relatable. But it comes at a price of lacking expert credibility.

Which brings us to another problem; most of the information in the book is coming from outside sources. Her father included. Any information from the nutritionist/medical field is being regurgitated by her and often looses some of its value. It was clear that the information she was conveying came with her own opinion. If you are looking for a serious discussion of nutrition and the complexity of the human body, pick a different book.

The nutrition advice is that of a layman. Eat a balanced diet. Exercise. Take supplements. It is easy to repeat the USDA's guidelines for a healthy lifestyle. What is not so easy is figuring out a way to abide by those guidelines in a world that isn't on your side. There are a few helpful tips like drinking water before meals, not eating while distracted, and reading Fast Food Nation. However, those are few and far between. The rest of the book is a repetitive reminder to eat vegetables and keep the cake to a minimum.

What I found this book to most lack was sympathy. One of the biggest problems I see with so many diet programs is the lack of true encouragement. Changing habits and losing weight takes overcoming your biggest obstacle. Yourself. That part of your brain that says every night "I deserve a piece of cake... or two." Just because you know that you should exercise doesn’t make it easier.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Jason on September 18, 2013
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I have given this book as a graduation gift to several girls going off to college and have had very positive responses. I really like Daphne Oz. She is not only a college graduate who experienced weight gain in college but has studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute which give her great credibility in my mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie on August 5, 2014
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This is a really informative, interesting, and inspiring book. It had all of the information I wanted to know without sounding dry like a textbook. Everything in here is applicable to people of any age- it's just aimed at college girls because it is typically the first time they are responsible for their own decisions. Everything suggested in the book is totally doable (it isn't a diet at all, it's just explaining the importance and benefits of being conscious about what you're eating and when you're eating it as well as why "diets" don't work).
There are plenty of lists throughout the book with recommendations of what you should and shouldn't eat and why it is good or bad for you. It is full of fascinating facts about foods and nutrition in general.
Most importantly, this book gives me the confidence to know eating healthily isn't a challenge and it won't hinder my college experience (or my college experience won't hinder my health).
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