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Thursday, May 7, 2015

No Time For Diets: Book Review


Well, this book review will be brief.  Not just because the book is short, but because I have very little to say about it.  You know, as your mother always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say..."

No Time for Diets is written by a registered dietician in the U.S. with many years of experience, so I had hope, when it was sent to me for review, that it would be a sensible guide for people looking to lose and manage their weight in a healthy way.

The book is self published by author, L. Raynes, and while I have no problem with self-publishing, I think a manuscript being sold on Amazon and other places, should at least be edited by someone who knows what they're doing!  Not only is the book repetitive (like she could have fit all the unique relevant points into 9 rather than 129 pages), but there are numerous grammatical errors and typos.  Not cool!

The title also doesn't seem to really represent what the book is about...although its really tough to know what this book is actually about because its kind of unfocused rambling.  The first chapter isn't horrible and she makes some valid points like:

"...whether you think that you can or you can't accomplish something...you're right!" 

Set small, manageable goals, like, "What do you want to accomplish today."

"Always be goal setting." (i.e. don't set a weight loss goal and then reach it and go right back to your old lifestyle)

And a few more in Chapter 2:

"Success in losing weight permanently will be more likely to occur in an environment of positive thoughts."

After that it all breaks down and becomes extremely redundant, as she repeats these things over and over.  A few anecdotes about some past clients are thrown in as examples, but the book has no focus, it is all over the place.  The content of chapters, in my opinion, doesn't match their titles.  Its like she wrote down her random musings and stream of consciousness about weight loss, without organizing them.  There is no bibliography, no foot notes and just a few references to (very dated) journal articles.

So do I recommend this book?  What do you think?

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary copy of this book to review but all opinions on this blog are my own.

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