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The Science of Skinny: Start Understanding Your Body's Chemistry--and Stop Dieting Forever [Kindle Edition]

Dee McCaffrey
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Book Description

With scientific research, her own chemistry background, and the traditional diets of our not-so-distant ancestors as her guide, Dee McCaffrey casts new light on an age-old wisdom: Eating foods in their closest-to-natural form is the true path to sustained weight loss and, in fact, the remedy for almost any health problem. We are so far removed from foods in their natural state that we now call them “health foods,” a sad admission that we’ve compromised our health for the sake of convenience. The Science of Skinny aims to create a space for change--to educate and enlighten readers on the value of proper nutrition so that they can find a healthier and more life-affirming relationship with their bodies and the food they eat.

Offering serial dieters a healthy and lifelong way to shed pounds--and keep them off-- The Science of Skinny includes: kick-start plans; guidelines for family- and kid-friendly meals; quick and delicious menus and more than 50 recipes; shopping lists and eating-on-the-go tips; easy fitness routines; and more.


Editorial Reviews


Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/12
“Sample menus, recipes and tips on how to avoid processed foods make this a helpful lifestyle guide.”

Booklist, 6/28/12
“Her personal story is compelling; the statistics she uses are alarming (today 38 states have obesity rates of more than 25 percent), and her theme is strong…Her passion and her personal story are so inspiring that her antidieting, pronatural foods book is worth a look.”

Taste for Life
, July 2012
“This eye-opening book…offers compelling scientific evidence of the harm junk foods inflict.”

Living Without, December/January 2012
“This is more than a cookbook. It’s instruction on how to change your diet and your lifestyle in order to successfully lose excess weight—and keep it off. A lifeline for overcoming food obsession.”

Energy Times, January 2013
“The Science of Skinny is designed to give people the knowledge they need to become responsible consumers."

About the Author

Dee McCaffrey is an organic chemist, nutrition educator, and cofounder of the Center for Processed-Free Living. She appears regularly on television and radio shows throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1967 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738215570
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (July 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3QEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read from a scientific viewpoint March 22, 2013
Note: I originally wrote this review for my blog, Real Appetite.

Read the first half of this book (the Science). And if you do decide to read the Skinny half, well, take it with the proverbial grain of salt.

The book starts out with the background of the author. She grew up disliking vegetables. She ate compulsively for emotional reasons. After her parents' divorce, the weight packed on and on. Her mom tried to move to a more natural diet, but she and her brother wouldn't have any of it! So back to the processed foods they went. The part-time job at Dairy Queen didn't help. Even a gallstone at 18 wasn't enough to jolt Dee back into reality. By the time she started college, her 4'10" frame carried more than 200 pounds (!).

She began to break free from processed foods by eliminating white sugar and white flour from her diet. This is important to note in itself, because if you or I decided to eliminate these two ingredients too, well, there wouldn't be many processed foods left to choose from, naturally pushing us toward a whole-food diet.

Her background as a chemist allows her to present a fascinating breakdown of ingredients all of us have been (probably unknowingly) eating for years, and how the processed food companies try to hide them from us - did you know that MSG has more than a dozen other names it appears as on ingredient lists?

Dee presents her 10 "Science of Skinny Laws," which can basically be summed up as: Eat more vegetables, don't eat refined sugar or flour.

The thing about processed foods, she argues, is that they've only been around for about 50-100 years. We still can't be sure about the long-term effects, but already we see more disease, obesity, and overall health problems than ever before.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Recommended! September 26, 2012
As a family doctor I have spent $150,000 for my medical education. I have learned more from Dee McCaffrey's book, "The Science of Skinny" than I learned throughout all of my years in medical school (and I only spent $16.99 on it!). I have Dee's book prominently displayed in all my exam rooms and I encourage all of my patients to read it. Every doctor and patient who is struggling with weight or poor health must read this book. In my 30 plus years of practicing medicine I have never encountered anything as life changing as this book! I give it my highest recommendation!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Eye Opener October 1, 2012
By R. Hawk
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes you just need that A-HAAAA! moment... the moment of awareness, backed with understandable science, to understand how what we eat affects our health, and how the "business" of producing food for our growing population in the USA has guided us toward unhealthy eating. But what to do about it? Until now, we knew junk food was bad, we thought white flour and sugar were probably something to avoid to keep the weight off or lose weight .... but we did not know how bad they are for us. And we knew all about diets, but diets only work temporarily..... lifestyle changes are difficult if you don't understand the why and why not of making the change.

Dee's book has become my guru of healthy eating. You need this book! There is a lot of information there, so just take it in a bit at a time.... start by embracing one change at a time, before you know it it becomes easy. I have fallen in love with my kitchen again! Dee's instruction to eat more veggies (weight loss is directly correlated with increased veggie consumption) was a challenge at many bowls of boring lettuce and tomatoes can you eat? I had no idea salads could be so creative and interesting! Now I use the food processor to finely chop veggies for amazing multi-veggie salads, and my new Vitamix is essential for my blended veggie shakes.... if you think that sounds strange, stop by a store with a Vitamix demo and taste the sorbet they make...with veggies and agave and a little fruit...YUM!!! that's the way to get your veggies in for the day!

I like that Dee guides you toward how to buy organic when you are on a budget, does not turn you into a vegetarian (unless you are already one), and shows you how to manage the sweet tooth with healthy treats that don't set you out of control. I have to say, since I have followed this plan, I have lost my intense craving for sweets -- this is a first! Try it, you will not be disappointed!
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65 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful bits, but not as good as I expected October 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a firm believer in eating local, whole, organic foods, I had high hopes after hearing about this book. I expected it to combine the latest scientific information about processed foods along with some practical advice, and some of that is indeed here. However, I wasn't anticipating that so many of the studies cited would be many decades old, nor did I expect so much preaching and cliched self help language.

It's also interesting that the author, in spite of being very up front about her history of a pathological relationship to food, seems unaware of how much her emotional issues with food still appear to be dictating her relationship to it. If unhealthy foods were once her only friends and comforters, they are now enemies, as though she went through a bitter divorce from them. Thus white sugar, rather than being simply unhealthy or even toxic, is "deranged" and evil. The book has 'science' in it's title, but the author's approach to eating really is more like an old testament religion, and eating processed foods is the sin.

So - much like a sugarcane processing plant, I will extract what I find useful from the book and make molasses with the rest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best and most informative books for health
One of the best and most informative books for health, nutrition and educating yourself on healthy eating. Read more
Published 8 days ago by plushpup
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
This book is an eye-opener. It's not a diet book. It's a book about food and the body, written by a chemist who understands how the two are meant to interact. Read more
Published 10 days ago by ishmael
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book.
Not just for losing weight, but for learning about food, how it works and what we are eating and what we are doing to ourselves, our kids......
Great book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all!
I was recommended this book by a friend and once I began to read it i could not put it down! The amount of detailed information in this book is priceless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John S Lauter
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book, with one big caveat
An unusual situation - I considered giving this book three or four stars, but decided on five. Basically, the information in it is fantastic, very authoritative and comprehensive... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hillary Rettig
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Life
Excellent information for everyone! Makes one take a new look at food and the industry in this country - and wonder less about why we have an obesity problem.
Published 1 month ago by Rascal's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book that explained my actual experience
Almost a year ago we went completely organic and processed food free trying to sort out behavioral issues for my son. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Huang
2.0 out of 5 stars Biased and Repetitive
So-so advice, the author spends much of her time trying to convince the reader of her qualifications as a serious chemist. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BA
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book/It has changed my life.
I changed to all organic and now that "Shop Rite" and "Ocean State Job Lot" carry many of the items in the raw, they really don't cost more than I was spending. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karyn Meneses
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
All the information in this book was very helpful and interesting. Although I can not afford nor feel someones "plan" is for me, the information alone is very valueable.
Published 2 months ago by AuntE
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More About the Author

Dee McCaffrey is an organic chemist and nutritionist who lost 100 pounds and has kept the weight off for over 20 years. Her passion lies in teaching others how to shop, cook, and eat healthfully, while serving as a role model and inspiration for sustainable weight loss and healthy living. Woven throughout her books, videos, seminars, cooking classes, and food products, is a personal message of hope, empowerment, and courage for making lasting lifestyle changes.

Dee earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry from San Jose State University. During her 19-year career as an organic analytical chemist, she became intimately familiar with the chemical names and toxic properties of the majority of common environmental pollutants, particularly those used in and on America's food supply. She made the connection that pesticides, preservatives, flavorings, colorings, and refined carbohydrates affect body chemistry in such a way that balanced health is difficult to sustain. It was this understanding that led to her dramatic transformation.

During and after her weight loss, Dee spent countless hours researching the most effective and balanced path to optimal health. She also spent a great deal of time in the kitchen creating healthier versions of her favorite comfort foods.

In 2000, she returned to the classroom to become formally trained in nutrition education at Bauman College. Since then, Dee has become a trailblazer, coining the term "processed-free" to describe her nutrition philosophy of moving away from processed foods to eating foods in their closest-to-natural form. Her private nutrition counseling practice specializes in personalized diet counseling to help clients find the right nutritional balance for their health goals and lifestyle.

Her books Plan-D: The Amazing Anti-Diet That Will Change Your Life Forever and the accompanying Plan-D Cookbook: Flourless and Sugarless Cuisine, and now The Science of Skinny have sold in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, helping thousands of people to change their approach to food, eating and balanced health.

Dee frequently conducts live webinars, teleclasses,lectures and cooking classes. Dee's weight loss story, books, and recipes have been featured in local and national print, including Quick and Simple Magazine and Obesity Help Magazine. She appears regularly on network and cable television, and has been a guest on radio shows throughout the United States and Canada.

She is the co-owner and president of Dee's Naturals, a brand of "processed-free" food products including flourless oat bran muffins, whole grain tortillas, and flourless gluten-free cookies sold in natural food markets. Dee and her husband Michael McCaffrey are the founders of Processed-Free America, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating childhood and adult obesity through nutrition education and advocacy.

Dee is a professional member of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. She lives in Tempe, Arizona. To learn more, visit and

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