“The F*ck It Diet is not only hilarious, it is scientifically and medically sound. A must read for any chronic dieter.” –Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
From comedian and ex-diet junkie Caroline Dooner, an inspirational guide that will help you stop dieting, reboot your relationship with food, and regain your personal power
DIETING DOESN’T WORK
Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us. Why can’t we stick to our simple plan of grapefruit and tuna fish??? Why are we so hungry? What is wrong with us??? We berate ourselves for being lazy and weak, double down on our belief that losing weight is the key to our everlasting happiness, and resolve to do better tomorrow. But it’s time we called a spade a spade: Constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So fuck eating like that.
In The F*ck It Diet, Caroline Dooner tackles the inherent flaws of dieting and diet culture, and offers readers a counterintuitively simple path to healing their physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food. What’s the secret anti-diet? Eat. Whatever you want. Honor your appetite and listen to your hunger. Trust that your body knows what it is doing. Oh, and don’t forget to rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself while you’re at it. Once you get yourself out of survival mode, it will become easier and easier to eat what your body really needs—a healthier relationship with food ultimately leads to a healthier you.
An ex-yo-yo dieter herself, Dooner knows how terrifying it can be to break free of the vicious cycle, but with her signature sharp humor and compassion, she shows readers that a sustainable, easy relationship with food is possible.
Irreverent and empowering, The F*ck It Diet is call to arms for anyone who feels guilt or pain over food, weight, or their body. It’s time to give up the shame and start thriving. Welcome to the F*ck It Diet. Let’s Eat.
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About the Author
Caroline Dooner is a writer, storyteller, performer and yoga teacher (who mostly just teaches resting), a former yo-yo dieter, and the creator of The Fuck It Diet. She studied improv at UCB and received a BFA in acting from NYU, and consequently spent her early twenties in leotards, or standing in front of casting directors who told you what kind of person you looked like.
After putting herself through over a decade of obsessive, chronic, miserable dieting and bingeing, her own deep misery and dysfunction led her to investigate, research, and create another way: The Fuck It Diet. Caroline hosts a podcast on her approach to food and teaches online courses in intuitive eating and self-acceptance. This is her first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a well thought out book that contained a good deal of research on dieting. The author makes a great case for anti-dieting and healing your relationship with food by using truly intuitive approach- not one that uses self-assessment of hunger or fullness levels. It was entertaining, filled with humor, and incredibly freeing to read.
From the title and the synopsis, I was intrigued enough to want to read this book. Over the years my weight has crept up and I’ve gone from being this size 8 young woman in my early 20s to a size 16 in my 40s. In my teens, I had an eating disorder and I lived on one Mars Bar a day. I was exceptionally slim – In fact, I used to be called a ‘stick of licorice’ as I only ever wore black clothes and was super skinny. However, from the opening in which the author talks about this book being for those that have spent years yo-yo dieting I wasn’t sure it was a book for me. You see I don’t diet as such. I have weeks where I might cut out sugar or wheat but my issue is that I have gotten into a cycle of not eating and this isn’t something that will ever be a quick fix. I don’t eat breakfast, rarely eat lunch and my first meal is often my evening meal and lots of people see those that carry extra weight as someone who eats rubbish all day long! This book talks about how damaging yo-yo dieting is. It quotes studies that have been done on what not eating properly does to your body and highlights that being overweight does not mean you are not healthy and the same the other way around, there are some people who are slim and look healthy, yet they are not. After the initial information about what dieting is doing to your body and your mind, the author then talks you through helping yourself to break that cycle and join The F*ck It Diet which comes in four parts – Physical, Emotional, Mental and Thriving parts. I got part way through the Physical Part section when I came across a sentence that sent shivers down my spine. The author explains that to help you break the yo-yo dieting and to become a happier, healthier you, you need to eat and this means that you need to resist putting on weight. At this point, I will admit I kind of said ‘hell no’ and closed the book. I can’t afford to put on weight, truly I can’t afford a new wardrobe of clothes. After a few days, I picked the book back up again and carried on reading. I understand fully where the author is coming from, it’s just scary to think about putting on more weight. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet. It speaks volumes about eating what you want to eat and listening to your body – Eat when you are hungry, don’t starve yourself. Will this work for me, I doubt it as the damage to my body is done. For over 20 years I’ve eaten so little that I don’t know when I’m hungry. What I have done is to try to eat more. Sounds daft but it is hard work trying to force yourself to eat when you don’t want to but if I am to get my body out of the starvation mode that it has been in for many, many years then this is what I need to do. It is a great book that is easy to read and simple to understand. It is broken down in small steps and you are made to feel at ease whilst reading it. I truly believe that those that do yo-yo diet need to read this book, it may just open your eyes and help you live the rest of your life happier with your weight.
This book is one more tool that I'm using to help heal my relationship with my body and food. It's not only funny and easy to read - it's well-organized - it's backed up by studies and science (all footnotes are in the index) so I can go check out that material as well. I read it not only to help myself, but to make sure that I don't pass on hatred of the body to my kids. Caroline also seems very likeable - you can follow her on instagram and find her on her website. This book gives solid reasons why diets just don't work.
A must read.