The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss

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Trade Softcover, 6 x 9, 152 pages
Publication 1/1/2013
Health & Fitness
Appendices, References, Index, 6 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9835717-0-4

Intended Audience: health-conscious adults, repeat dieters

Fine Life Books

Wholesale Distributors: Ingram, Baker & Taylor

Publicity/Author Contact: or 951-977-1301

Stan Spencer, PhD, is a biological consultant and former research scientist. He has conducted laboratory studies in biochemistry at Brigham Young University, in botany and evolution at Claremont Graduate University, and in genetics at the Smithsonian Institution. Doctor Spencer lives in southern California and blogs on natural weight loss at

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Book Description

Dr. Stan Spencer takes a look at why we gain weight and why the fat we lose by dieting almost always comes back. He then presents an array of science-based weight loss tools, from improving nutrition and exercise, to boosting metabolism, calming cravings, and controlling emotional eating. In the final chapter, he has us create a personal weight loss plan based on our unique set of needs, abilities, and preferences. The plan outlines our easiest path to being naturally thin by reshaping the habits that cause excess weight. Simple recipes are provided for weight loss foods that reduce cravings and prolong satisfaction.

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No hype. No fluff. This slim book is packed with myth-busting facts and practical advice. You will learn

  • The truth about common weight loss myths
  • Why “fat genes” can’t keep you from being thin
  • How to naturally boost your metabolism
  • How to calm cravings and quit emotional eating
  • How to keep a slip from becoming a binge
  • How to get more exercise and enjoy it
  • How to eat less without going hungry
  • And much more

With this book you will create your own weight loss plan—your easiest path to naturally thin. Take your first steps on the path today and leave dieting behind forever.


This is not a diet book. You can lose weight on almost any diet. But diets end, and when they do, the weight returns.

This book is about natural, permanent weight loss. Natural weight loss simply consists of changing the situations, habits, and thought patterns that have caused you to gain weight in the first place. If you make those changes permanent, your weight loss will be permanent also. That’s it. You don’t need supplements, specially formulated shakes, delivered meals, drugs, surgery, fancy exercise equipment, or any other weight loss product. You don’t even need to track calories, follow detailed meal plans, or learn complex recipes. If your ancestors could be thin without following a special diet or buying the latest weight loss product, you can too.

Hundreds of scientific studies relevant to natural weight loss have been conducted over the past few years. This book takes the most useful information from those studies and presents it simply, cutting through diet hype and weight loss myths to provide scientifically supported facts and practical advice for lasting weight loss.

In the short time it will take you to read this book, you will learn thinking and lifestyle habits that will allow your body to naturally slim down. With this information, you will be able to create a personalized weight loss plan—your own easiest path to naturally thin—in about five minutes. As you follow this path, you will gradually stop gaining weight and start losing it. And the best part is, because of the permanent lifestyle changes you are making, the weight won’t come back!

Why Diets Fail

Besides emptying your pocketbook, the main problem with most popular diets is that they give you an excuse to procrastinate the permanent changes in lifestyle and thinking that are required for lasting weight loss.

You can lose weight with any diet that restricts calories, and all you have to do to keep the weight off is stay on the diet. In reality, most diets are so unpleasant, inconvenient, boring, confusing, complex, or expensive that they are difficult to stick with for very long. As you fall back into old habits, the weight returns. After slipping back to the same old weight two or three times, you start to believe that it must be your “natural” weight, and you quit trying altogether.

A group of University of California researchers reviewed many scientific studies of the long-term effects of dieting. They found that most of the weight dieters lost was regained within four or five years. In fact, in a majority of the appropriate studies they analyzed, a history of dieting appeared to lead to more weight gain, not less, over time. They concluded that dieters who manage to keep the weight off “are the rare exception rather than the rule” and that “there is little support for the notion that diets lead to lasting weight loss or health benefits.”

Top health experts agree that lasting weight loss for most people is best accomplished by making permanent changes in eating habits and physical activity. Changing habits takes time, but without real changes in lifestyle and thinking habits, any weight you lose will soon return.