The Weight-Loss Diaries

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The Weight-Loss Diaries

From Shape magazine’s popular “Weight-Loss Diary” columnist comes a hilarious, sometimes heartwrenching look at the daily struggle of dieting In this frank and funny book, Courtney Rubin shares what she learned about dieting–and herself–in more than two years of chronicling her battle to keep food from consuming her life. As engaging as her famous column, The Weight-Loss Diaries is part memoir, part how-to, and always entertaining. An honest and brave account of what it feels lik

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  1. Carla Baku "newbaku reads" says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The Story Isn’t Finished, July 13, 2004
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    Carla Baku “newbaku reads” (Behind the Redwood Curtain) –
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    This review is from: The Weight-Loss Diaries (Paperback)

    The first thing that grabbed me was the title. As a three-plus decade veteran of the food wars, I always want to know how it works for other people. Then I saw that Courtney Rubin was the author. Like many other reviewers, I followed Rubin’s Shape articles faithfully…now I get to see how the story ended!

    Well, not really.

    I love Courtney’s voice; her wit and down-in-the-trenches honesty make the book a serious page turner. There were so many “Yes! That’s exactly what it’s like!!” moments while I read. As for her observations about others–isn’t that how we all think when we are stressed and struggling? How refreshing to hear someone admit that there are times when it feels like no one on earth can understand how low you really are. When food has become your confidant and medication, a lack of food leaves a big hole. If you haven’t felt it, you’ll never get it.

    The reason I give the book three stars (3-and-a-half, actually) is that the latter third of the book felt like it floundered. The narrative thread that was so strong in the beginning seemed to unravel and lead to a very vague and nebulous ending. I understand that rarely are there neat and tidy ends to real life stories. Courtney is young and her story is still happening. For me, though, the book would have felt more solid with something a bit more conclusive. By “Month 20″ I was starting to get frustrated by a sense of redundancy that was capped off by a fast fade…”Okay, enough of this, story over.” Maybe this book should have simmered a few more years before coming to press.

    I do wish Courtney Rubin all the best and thank her for a glimpse into her struggles and victories.

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  2. YB says:
    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Absolute truth, October 26, 2005
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    YB (Murrieta, CA United States) –

    This review is from: The Weight-Loss Diaries (Paperback)

    I couldn’t put this book down. The people who left bad reviews apparently have no clue what it is to battle an eating disorder.
    The words like “stop blaming your parents and just take responsibility and stop eating” make me realize that:
    a) Lots of people have no clue that our behaviors come from our parents.
    b) It’s easy to say “stop eating”…. It’s like telling a drug addict to stop doing drugs.
    c) Yes, for us ( people with eating disorders, who were taught to always be good and given high, very high standards to follow)food IS a drug of choice. We couldn’t show up at home drunk nor stoned for the fear of our parents, but we definitely could show up full of food.
    Well, take it as it is. I loved the book. This book made me take a look at myself from the side. Yes, this book made changes in my life and NO, it didn’t make me think that i am free to eat or do what i want and don’t have take responsibility for my actions.

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  3. Karen Cohn says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not Your Typical Diet Book, March 2, 2006
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    Karen Cohn (Clifton Park, NY) –
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    This review is from: The Weight-Loss Diaries (Paperback)

    If you have ever experienced the daily struggle that is dieting, you will find a familiar voice in Courtney Rubin. Honest to a fault, she presents a diet journey unlike any other, and courageously says out loud the things we have all thought at one time or another. It’s a relief to know that someone shares our pain. The only problem I had is that I was waiting for her “aha” moment, when she would at least get on the right road, and it never came. If you don’t need to find “the answer”, this book is definitely worthwhile, because ultimately, isn’t it true that we all need to find our own way? And while you’re finding it, isn’t it nice to know you have a friend like Courtney struggling along with you? It certainly was that way for me.

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