Geneen Roth estimates that she’s gained and lost more than 1,000 pounds during her life. That makes her uniquely qualified to write this, her sixth book, which delivers exactly what its subtitle indicates: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy (When You Feel Anything But). It’s sure to appeal to her considerable cult of readers who’ve bought her other feel-good, anti-diet books including the bestselling When Food Is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy and Why Weight?: A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating. It’s for the estimated 25 million women in America alone who are on diets; for those who find that they’re never happy because they delay gratification (”I’ll be happy when I lose 10 pounds”), and those who punish themselves for eating one too many chocolate chip cookies.
Roth’s advice is simple, but often beyond the realm of thinking of someone obsessed with calorie counting. She recommends that you eat at least one hot meal every day, as a slice of hot pizza will make you feel more full than a cold and cardboardy one will; that you should do one “exquisitely kind” thing for yourself every day, be it buying new underwear or taking a sledgehammer to your scale; and that you should “separate the desire to be thin from the desire to be cherished.” She also gives straight diet advice that can’t be found in publications along the lines of Cosmo: “Too much fat makes you fat. But too little makes you fat, too, because you usually make up for eating nonfat foods by eating twice as much. I suggest you allow yourself to eat enough fat to feel full. Part of the reason that many of us feel as if we could start eating at one end of our kitchens and chomp our way clear across the United States is that we never give ourselves permission to feel full without feeling guilty, to eat enough fat when it’s not on a binge.” Amen. –Erica Jorgensen
5 Stars Very Funny!
This is my first Geneen Roth book, it was fantastic! She brought humor and experience to each tip she offered. The book was filled with insightful ways to overcome emotional eating, and the tips have been extremely helpful on my weight loss journey. She is a “no dieting” supporter, and her work supports such. I read the book in conjunction with doing WW and still found the book really useful! This book will remain on my nightstand for future encouragement!
5 Stars Couldn’t put it down!
I purchased this based on reviews, but also not knowing exactly what to expect.
I couldn’t put it down when I started reading. There were a lot of things in the book that I could identify with myself. If you haven’t read this and you’re debating, stop debating and get it! You won’t regret it.
5 Stars Tapas for your soul
This book is just a continuation of the amazing wisdom of Geneen Roth’s insite to Life. It is not just about food, it is about how you live your life and enjoy each delicious minute of it. I call it Tapas for the soul because it has a little wisdom in each of the 50 tips and they are so filling you will want to share with friends.
5 Stars Funny and thought provoking
This was a “required” text for one of my college courses; and for the first time it turned into “pleasure” reading as well. There were so many different “angles” on food, dieting, self-concept than I had heard/read/thought in the past it really gave a great new perspective!
5 Stars you are funny Geene
In light of the struggle, Geneen ends the book in the most hilarious way. You crack me up. ( better than going to the fridge ) and I feel lighter already. Kudos to you Geneen.