The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner – Book Review
The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner – Book Review
The F*ck It Diet
Eating Should Be Easy
Author – Caroline Dooner
Publisher – HQ
Pages – 304
Released – 21st March 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-0008339838
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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The anti-diet bible that calls time’s up to poisonous beliefs about food, weight and worth.
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.
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 f*ck it.
Caroline Dooner tackles the inherent flaws of dieting and diet culture, and offers readers a simple path to healing their physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food. What’s the secret anti-diet? Eat. Whatever you want. Trust that your body knows what it is doing. Oh, and don’t forget to rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself.
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.
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.
Book Reviewer – Stacey
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About the Author
I write funny self-help for chronic dieters, and my first book, The F*ck It Diet, is out nowww. Before I became a full-time writer on this subject, I spent years as a performer, trying really hard to fit into the tiny/beautiful category.
I believed I was a food addict, and so I dieted like it was my job (because it kind of was), and hoped it would help me meet my destiny, but all it did was crush my soul and hurt my body.
I live in Philadelphia with my dog, Molly Weasley. I love to try and scrape by doing the bare minimum. And still occasionally act/sing.