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Why Your Last Diet Failed You

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Why Your Last Diet Failed You And how this Book Won’t Help you on Your Next One.

What a title, huh? It made me laugh aloud when I read it. So did the back cover with quotes like…

"It’s like a blog, but on REAL paper"
-Some Guy on the Internet

"Three thumbs up"
-Combined praise from eight of the authors relatives.

Being someone who doesn’t mind a little self analyzing and laughing at themselves, I appreciated the author’s humor and this book was right up my alley. Charlie Hills seemed like someone I can relate to.

Then I started reading.

"Relate to" is a complete understatement!

I have never met a MAN who shared almost my EXACT diet history. I mean from his experiences on the holidays, to taco nights, his take on diets and the low carb craze I never nodded and chuckled more while reading a book in my life. I mean he even tried bodyFlex! I thought I was the only one that fell prey that craziness! It was as if we lived parallel lives (even though I am a bit younger then him-sorry, had to get THAT dig in ;~P)

And I only emphasize MAN, because I met quite a few women I can really relate to (or that can relate to me), having similar body image issues, and yo yo dieting cycles, but a MAN? I don’t mean to be sexist here, but I never think of men as having similar food issues (go ahead male readers, all three of you, comment away). I guess it’s because I married Mr. HighMetabolism and had a father was so obsessed with the weight of his daughter he’d never let himself put on a few pounds. No, it was the women in my family that seemed to struggle, and let’s be honest here, we are the ones that have more to live up to on the images media tends to put out.

But Charlie had me reconsidering my stance on men and diets. I guess men ARE people too. ;~P They can fall prey to all the food cycles women do.

Leafing through the book as I write this, I must have dog eared about 100 pages that I wanted to remember and share with you. Right now I’m mad at myself for not just taking a highlighter to the darn thing! Here’s a few quotes and insights that just struck me…

Two hundred and nineteen point five! I suddenly found myself pining for the days when I thought 205 was a big number. How much worse could this get? I’m a reasonable intelligent person. I understand the mechanics of caloric theory. But why did I seemingly no control over it.

Needless to say, this triggered yet another Day One.

On the occasions I am lucky enough to keep [jeans] for longer then a week, I then have to wrestle with the prospect of washing them. I try to put this off for as long as humanly possible, ignoring mustard and grease stains for far longer then is socially acceptable. Laura will sneak into the closet while I’m, asleep, throw them in the washer, and replace them before I’m ever aware of what happened. The next day, in an attempt to put them on, I find I can only get them half way up my tree trunks. "Arrrrgh!" Never mess with a fat guy’s jeans…

I could go on and on. Honestly, this is a great read. It’s funny, it’s insightful and if you have struggled with your weight at all you will relate to Charlie. Plus in the 80’s, he was a big Incredible Hulk fan. That just sealed the deal for me, we are definitely long lost siblings. ;~P

If you are interested in purchasing Why Your Last Diet Failed You and How This Book Won’t Help You on Your Next One click here. Also check out Charlie’s Blog, Back to the Fridge. AND Charlie is a member of BlogToLose so you can catch up with him there too. Geesh, he may be busier then I am!

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There are 13 comments so far.


    October 28, 2008

    OMG at that Body Flex video…I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in 2 minutes EVER!!!! This book actually sounds great…I’m going to check it out!

    Laura Brandon

    October 28, 2008

    this book sounds great, and now i have a new blog to subscribe too. thanks for the review, roni, i’ll have to pick it up!

    Check out Laura Brandons last blog post..I’m One Of Those Whiny Blogs

    KK (Running Through Life)

    October 28, 2008

    Sounds like a great book…..I will have to pick up a copy!

    Check out KK (Running Through Life)s last blog post..A Belated 7 Month Recap


    October 28, 2008

    sounds very cool!!!! I need something funny in my life at the moment besides 2 yr olds putting toys in their ears :)

    Check out Annettes last blog post..6 Months~~~~~A Practical Benefit of Weight Loss


    October 28, 2008

    yep…i bought body flex back in the early 90’s too…(((PAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!)) Ok, those of you who bought it, know what that was- LOL! And I know other people in real life who did too….I wonder where that Blake (wasnt that her name?) is now….:)


    October 28, 2008

    I checked out Charlie’s site. Thanks for the link. It’s great. I love a little humor with my diet!

    Check out Christies last blog post..Eating Together as Husband and Wife . . .


    October 28, 2008

    Went to his blog and loved it!

    Check out Jens last blog post..Turkey Tostadas


    October 28, 2008

    It’s great to read some excerpts about the weight-gain/weight-loss roller coaster coming from a male perspective. Thanks for this book review!

    Check out Lizs last blog post..Winds of Change


    October 28, 2008

    This book is way too funny to have been written by a man… I think Charlie is a nickname for Charlene! ;)
    Great review!

    Check out MaryBs last blog post..Charlie Hills

    Madison (FollowMyWeigh)

    October 28, 2008

    cool charlie wrote a book! he definitely has the talent to! =P

    Check out Madison (FollowMyWeigh)s last blog post..shabu shabu

    Natalia Burleson

    October 29, 2008

    Love it! I recently heard, somewhere, that boys are facing the same problem as girls with body image. The men on our movie screens that are so buff! When will it end?

    Check out Natalia Burlesons last blog post..The day ended well. :)


    October 29, 2008

    Charlie’s blog is great!! I had no idea he wrote a book- good for him!


    October 31, 2008

    Great post Roni! Charlie is my brother, and even if he weren’t my brother, this book is really funny!