Never Say Diet

Never Say Diet


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Chantel Hobbs lost two hundred pounds without the help of surgery, pills, point systems, or a trendy diet. And just as important, she kept the weight off.

Her dramatic turnaround began with five decisions–personal, no-excuses commitments that kept her from losing sight of her goals. It worked for Chantel and it will work for you. Once you unconditionally change your mind your body will follow, and your life will never be the same.

In this book you will discover:

·How to move beyond past failures and get over your old excuses
·How changing your eating patterns can break food’s hold over you
·Why winning the weight-loss battle must come from the inside out
·The simple workouts that deliver lasting results and are fun to do
·How to overcome the naysayers, the diet police, and your own nagging doubts
·How to prioritize your health, juggle family and career, and stay motivated when life takes unexpected turns
·Why the diet industry wants you to keep coming back
·And much more!

You will find straight talk on developing the determination, commitment, and personal responsibility it takes to achieve weight loss that lasts. It’s time to stop getting ready for the event and start getting ready for life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400074495
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chantel Hobbs was twenty-nine years old and weighed three hundred forty-nine pounds when she reached a point of desperation. Her decision to change her life led to the development of a nutrition, exercise, and motivation program that resulted in the loss of two hundred pounds. Her inspiring story has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, the Bravo Network, and as a cover story in People.

Chantel ran her first marathon in 2005 and has run several more since. She is a certified spinning instructor, a personal trainer, and a running coach. A frequent motivational speaker, Chantel’s no-nonsense approach to weight loss and fitness has won her a grateful following nationwide, and she keeps her fans committed to healthy living through her newsletters and Web advice. Chantel lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with her husband and their four children.

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Never Say Diet

Make Five Decisions and Break the Fat Habit for Good
By Chantel Hobbs

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2007 Chantel Hobbs
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781400074495

Introduction: Say Good-Bye to Your Excuses

Believe it or not, it is still difficult for me to say the words “I once weighed nearly 350 pounds.” Not because I’m ashamed of the person I was, but because I no longer define myself–or others–by weight.

For most of my life, I focused on the number that appeared on the scale and how I appeared in the mirror. Winning my weight war was not quick or easy. Being overweight is a personal battle that makes you feel insecure and weak. Trust me, I tried diets and fads and trendy weight-loss programs, but I kept repeating the same cycle of losing and regaining. Simply put, diets don’t work. And it’s not always the program that’s at fault. If you have tried–and failed–to lose weight and keep it off, the reason you continue to struggle lies in your approach.

I’ll bet I’ve used every excuse you’ve ever thought of, maybe even several that you haven’t. There are plenty of excuses to go around. In fact, at the end of this introduction, I’ll list the top twenty excuses I have either used or heard.

You must get beyond all of them. Your only hope for success is to decide notto allow anything to stand in your way. Why do we allow our excuses to control our lives and damage our health and ultimate happiness? I could write a book about self-doubt, denial, and self-hatred. That’s where I lived for many years. But I finally reached the point where I was done with living that way. Success began after I made some hard decisions, and I will show you how to make the same decisions so you can tell your own success story.


If you are ready to get serious about claiming optimal health and fitness, you are about to begin a life-altering journey. You can achieve much more than you ever dreamed. I know this because it happened to me. I was the woman who could barely squeeze into a seat at the movies and had to stop and rest while walking around Disney World with my kids. Today I’m a marathon runner. I don’t have anything special inside me that you don’t have. I just got tired of disappointment.

If my story doesn’t make you believe in yourself again, then perhaps nothing will. This is your time to start becoming the best you can be, to accept the challenge, and to make a personal commitment to never say diet again. It will require discipline and hard work, but the return is greater than you can imagine: a permanent life change. This time you will break the fat habit for good!

Over a period of nearly two years, I lost 200 pounds and got a job as a Spinning instructor. I later started running marathons, and I now work as a personal trainer and life coach. I’ve seen a great variety of people change their lives by doing the same things I did. In this book I’ll show you how to lose weight and keep it off–whether it’s 15 pounds or 50 or 150. But much more important than that, I’ll show you how to change your life for good. You can reclaim your health and achieve fitness and do it all while juggling the responsibilities of everyday life. Having a demanding job, being a wife and mother, or facing special challenges is no reason to sacrifice your well-being. Never Say Diet works in the midst of real life. We will walk through the program together, and you will begin a new life course.

We’ve all heard that to lose weight long term, you must have a lifestyle change. But that advice is incomplete. To achieve any life change, you must first experience a Brain Change. The good news is that it can happen in a moment, immediately, even though getting weight off takes time. Truthfully, if you don’t first change your brain, you will almost certainly fail to permanently change anything in your life. Before you can retrain your body, you must first retrain the way you think about the solutions.

This is not an ordinary fitness book, because it’s not simply a recipe for losing weight. Neither is it about physical beauty. The goal is health, fitness, and choosing to live a life of passion and achievement, with no more regret.

Therefore, being the best you can be each day is your primary focus. Once you make the Five Decisions and accomplish your Brain Change, you will discover that you automatically choose every day to do what it takes to live this new, exciting, and fulfilling life.

Along with the mental techniques that will get you started and keep you focused, you will learn how to make the best food choices and how to put a realistic system in place for regular exercise. Though I designed my own program when I lost 200 pounds, in this book I have worked closely with experts to make sure the program is as effective as possible for everyone. The nutrition portion is endorsed by Lon Ben-Asher, MS, RD, a clinical dietitian. The cardio and strength-training portion is one I designed with Dr. Joe Tedesco, a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist with a doctorate from Duke University. A medical doctor, Barry Ross, lent his expertise as well, to assure the soundness of the Never Say Diet approach. Still, you should consult your personal physician before beginning this or any other nutrition, exercise, and fitness program.

I am blessed to be able to share my story with you. As you begin to make a permanent life change, you can look forward to a lot of fun and the excitement of finding out what it feels like to believe in yourself and your abilities.

You will break the barriers that have held you back for too long. Be done with disappointment, and dare to be remarkable!

The Top Twenty Excuses Why You “Can’t” Get Fit:

It’s important to look at the excuses that have prevented you from succeeding in the past. Having been there for most of my life, I’m more than familiar with the leading reasons why people fail to change. These are the twenty excuses I hear most often, either from new clients or from women

I meet who say they admire what I’ve done but know it could never work for them. I used plenty of these myself before I decided to make a permanent change in my life.

See if you recognize some of these excuses–and if you agree with my reasons why they are lame!

1. I don’t have enough hours in the day.
The longer you put off addressing your weight and health issues, the more years of life you lose. The time you invest in exercise is returned with interest in extra years of healthy living.

2. I can’t afford a gym membership.
Great news: exercise is still free! This book includes workout options that don’t cost a cent.

3. I don’t want to be judged on my outer appearance.
Too late. We all are.

4. I’m addicted to sugar.
Good, because with this program you get to eat a lot of fruit–nature’s candy.

5. I don’t like to work out.
Do you love heart doctors and medication? Do you love looking in the mirror and hating yourself?

6. I don’t think this is the right timing.
Would it be better to wait until after your next nervous breakdown?

7. I’m too old to do this.
You’re still breathing on your own. The older you are, the more you need to do this.

8. I just want to use diet pills.
If there were any that worked, don’t you think Oprah would have done a show about them already?

9. I’ll get started as soon as I find a partner to do this with.
Right, so that when your partner lets you down, it won’t be your fault.

10. I have too much weight to lose.
That excuse kept me from getting started for years. Don’t think about what you have to lose. You have too much to gain not to start today.

11. I can’t stand being hungry when I try to diet.
Your body has not been truly hungry in years. You need to retrain your body to know what it needs.

12. Can’t I just get lipo instead?
Why use a short-term patch job when you haven’t fixed the problem– unless you can afford to keep a plastic surgeon on retainer?

13. I have the fat gene.
Yeah, so do I.

14. I always fail.
Nobody can maintain that perfect record forever. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right!

15. Isn’t healthy food expensive?
Doctor visits are expensive. Lipitor prescriptions are expensive. Natural foods like eggs, apples, greens, and oatmeal are cheap.

16. I need to lose this weight as fast as possible.
Studies show that rapid weight loss leads to subsequent rapid weight gain. Put the time in to learn how to make weight loss last forever.

17. I hate paying attention to calories.
Bad news! Losing weight requires math. But we’ll keep it like kindergarten, not calculus.

18. I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder.
The workouts in this program are designed to make you lean and fit, not bulky.

19. I might give this a shot. I have nothing to lose.
Wrong attitude. You’ve already got one foot out the door. When you’re ready to commit 100 percent to success, come back.

20. I have negative people around me.
Good. Let me bring them to my family reunion! They’ll feel right at home.


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Table of Contents

Foreword   Barry S. Ross, MD     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Say Good-Bye to Your Excuses     1
The Night That Changed My Life: How to Choose to Do the Best Job of Living     9
"You Have Such a Pretty Face": Facing the Pain of How Others See You     21
Why Diets Don't Work: It's Time to Stop Being Scammed!     37
No Looking Back: Is This Your Turning Point?     47
When Was Your Last Peak Moment?: It's Time to Take Your Life Off Pause     65
The Five Brain-Change Decisions: Decide Not to Let Life Pass You By!     75
Phase 1: Get a Move On!: Weeks 1-4     89
Phase 2: Take Charge!: Weeks 5-8     103
Phase 3: Make Food Boring: Weeks 9-12     125
Phase 4: Get Strong: Weeks 13-16     157
Phase 5: Make It Real: Week 17-Eternity     179
What You Need to Know About Real Weight Loss: Your Questions Answered with Nothing Held Back     191
Five Ways to Get Your Family Fit: It's Never Too Soon to Start     207
Live with Purpose!: You Are Strong Enough to Finish Anything     215
Epilogue: I Want to Hear from You!     219
Notes     221

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Never Say Diet 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
Like every other diet book on the market this one has many ideas that will work. The difference is that Chantel recognizes that diets don't work in the long run because of our mind set. Her book is about how to change your mind set, how to recognize what will work for you and what wont. She had her defining moment, then she approached losing weight and getting fit as a "job". We go to our job whether we want to or not, same for exercising and nutrition, do it whether you want to or not. Of course, she also has a chapter on how to incorporate your spiritual reliance on God into your program. Her workbook lays out the 16 week course in a manner that is easy to follow, if your mind is set that way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be inspirational in the fact that someone with such a huge weight loss did it the way it should be done. She struggled and never told her audience it was easy but she did show how much it was worth it. The only complaint I have is a small one. I'm not a religious person and she seems to account her success to god. I could do without her involving that but then it wouldn't be her story so in the end it's a great book either way.
AC Hawkins More than 1 year ago
i love this book because it addresses all of lies we accept as dieters,
lauranav on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was well done. She approaches it honestly and with the right attitude and information. This has to be a mental change as much as anything and until you are ready to do it, just searching for quick fixes like diets won't help.I thought she did a good job of weaving her story in and using it to provide motivation. I admit, if a 260 pound woman can do a spinning class, I certainly feel like I have no right to be afraid of it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Chantel 'the author', I've been dieting since I was a young girl. I come from a family of obese women. Reading Chantel's testimony was like the answer that I've always searched for but never knew how to get there. I needed a plan. One that I can stick to. One that fit my lifestyle and one that I can do for life. This is a Christian book, but if you're not a Christian, you will still benefit from reading this book. Chantel is beautiful all around and her success will pour into your soul from the first to the last word. This is a MUST READ for anyone whose sick and tired of tried and failed commercial, fad diets. Like Chantel says, the answer is not found in the latest Hollywood diet. It's not found by having a company deliver food to your home. It's not found in counting points. The answer is found in you. This book will transform your life. I promise it will. If you are ready to change your life for good, you must purchase this book today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read practically ever diet book ever written, and as a Nurse and someone who has struggled with body image issues her whole life, I have to say this is absolutely the best one I have ever read. It is a solid plan, that really starts where the heart of the problem is- in our heads. It condensed all the knowledge about diet and exercise into a plan that's realistic to follow for a lifetime, one that will make a true life change, not just a plan to lose a few pounds that you'll re-gain after you finish it. Her story is so familiar it is both heart breaking and enlightening and encouraging at the same time. I've read it over and over since buying it, and I'm still inspired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing Chantel on Oprah and then reading her book, I am now going on the right track and not thinking DIET! Remember.....if you lose weight it can always find you, therefore, you need to get rid of the weight for good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book nearly two weeks ago from a pre-oder and I don't think I will ever be the same. I am now realizing that I have been looking in the wrong direction for the answer to my weight battle. If this woman can do it with 4 kids- i will too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only an inspirational story of triumph, Chantel's simple message of changing your brain as it relates to eating healthy and regular exercising simple hits the right chord.
ogh More than 1 year ago
When I first say the book, Never Say Diet, I thought to myself..¿Another Diet Book.¿ But after reading the first chapter my opinion quickly changed. Author, Chantel Hobbs, explains that in order to lose weight you have to have a ¿brain change.¿ In this book, Never say Diet, there are five decisions you must make if you are serious about losing weight. They are: 1) Be Truthful, 2) Be Forgiving, 3) Be Committed, 4) Be Interested, and 5) Surrender.

The thing I liked about this book is that it did not just give you advice. Another Diet Book tells you what you¿ll need to have to lose weight, what you¿ll need to know to lose weight & what you¿ll need to do to lose weight. Another Diet Book also has exercise pictured so there is no question on how to do them. And then the last chapter has answers to questions about weight loss that everyone wants to know but will never ask.

This book, another Diet Book, is a great tool for someone who is ready and committed to losing weight. I highly recommend purchasing this one. I¿ve started my weight loss program and anxious to find the new me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard this woman on Oprah and Good Morning American- she is very inspiring-