My first thought when I started reading "Stop Dieting and Lose Weight" was that the title was a contradiction. Up until I read Philip’s book, I thought dieting and weight loss went hand in hand. How could you lose weight if you’re not dieting? Philip provides the answer to this (and many more questions that I had personally) in the first few chapters of his book. What’s more, he does it with an uncomplicated and back-to-basics approach.
My previous experience of most nutritional advice or guidance is that it gets bogged down in too much science, too quickly which has usually resulted in me having more questions than answers and defaulting back to familiar habits. Or they avoid science completely and take the prescriptive approach of telling you to "eat this, not that", without ever explaining why. With Stop Dieting and Lose Weight, I personally felt like I was being told what questions I should ask before I eat something. To me, this is a distinguishing feature about this book: it's made adjusting my eating habits sustainable because I finally understand how to make better choices.
As a parent trying to raise a healthy family, and as an adult approaching an age where many of my peers and colleagues seem to be getting afflicted with chronic illnesses brought on by lifestyle choices over the years, I feel like this book has been a long overdue wake-up call. By dispelling some common myths that I’ve long held as truths (such as breakfast being the most important meal of the day, or the fact that you can offset unhealthy eating by exercising regularly), as well as including small food hacks that pack huge benefits (see the sections on apple cider vinegar and psyllium husk), this is a book that has enabled me to start making smarter food choices for myself and my family.
by Robert Whitaker
As someone who has tried most diets out there, this book resonated with me. It is such an optimistic approach. Philip provides a practical and do-able approach to weight loss. The problem with diets is that willpower weakens over time and as soon as "life happens" or we have a moment of weakness, we revert right back to our old habits. It doesn’t help that the Food Industry is doing everything in its power to help us make the wrong choices!
The best about the ideas in this book, are that they’re so simple and anyone can do them. This book is a must read for anyone who has been unsuccessful losing weight in the past and full of helpful information and tips to lead you in the right direction. Basically it is a book of common sense where weight loss is concerned. I highly recommend it! It certainly makes you think about what you put in your mouth.
by Marne Schneider
This is the first book I've read that helped me understand what's really going on when I eat...and why I want to eat more!! I've already started to think differently and change my eating habits. It really is a must read for anyone fed up with just dieting and not getting anywhere. Terrific piece of work.
by Stewart Davies