Not Just Another Diet Book: Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs

by Ruddigar Simpson on February 12, 2013

in Reviews

If you have been following my articles, then you know I have been on a journey to lose weight. I started my journey at 241 lbs. in December of 2010. I have lost 85 lbs. so far and I am 16 lbs. away from my goal. I have a lot of people ask me what I am doing to lose the weight.

It is easy for me to say I am eating right and exercising, but there is a foundation underneath these things. I feel that losing weight is more mental than physical. I have learned to deal with a lot of the mental aspect of losing weight from a book that I got at the very beginning of my journey.

Never Say Diet Book Review

Including God

I knew that I wanted to include God in my weight loss journey because I had tried it without him in the past and found no success. It was very important to me, so I decided to look at weight loss books at the Christian bookstore. I looked over many books and one really stood out to me.

Never Say Diet: Make Five Decisions and Break the Fat Habit for Good by Chantel Hobbs has really changed my life. Who wouldn’t like the idea of never saying diet? I was immediately intrigued, so I bought the book. I am not a huge reader, and finishing an entire book is a feat. I finished this book in one evening. I couldn’t put it down. There are parts in the book that bring Christ into the journey, but it isn’t overwhelming and I feel that someone who isn’t a Christian would still benefit greatly from this book.

Everything I read made sense to me. I think the reason I liked it so much was because I felt like I could really relate to her. Chantel shares her personal journey that resulted in her losing 200 pounds. It wasn’t over night for her, she had many obstacles, and she had a family to take care of. I didn’t feel like this was some professional giving me advice, but rather a friend guiding me along the way. There is so much in this book to take in.

I have read it three times along the journey, and I have been able to relate to it at many different stages.

What makes this book different than any other weight loss book?

Never Say Diet doesn’t just tell you what to eat, what foods to avoid, and when to exercise. It starts at the very foundation of weight loss: the brain. Chantel talks about a brain-change that needs to happen in order to move forward and be successful on the journey. She gives five decisions that need to be made in order to change the mind so that you can make weight loss and great health a reality.

She uses humor along with raw emotions to make you really evaluate your lifestyle and habits. Never Say Diet lit the fire in me and gave me the courage to start my weight loss journey the right way. Along with setting foundations in the mind, she talks about her 80/20 eating strategy. She eats very clean 80% of the time and enjoys the foods that many would consider off limits 20% of the time.

This is the model that I follow on my own journey. This means that you don’t have to give up the foods you love. She also eases you into an exercise of your choice. It isn’t one big change overnight, but little changes over time.


I highly recommend this book to someone who is desperate to lose weight or someone in the middle of their journey. No matter where you are in the journey, Never Say Diet can impact you. If you have tried many books about losing weight in the past, don’t just dismiss this book as just another diet book.

It is probably more geared toward women because a lot of it is founded on her journey and experiences, but there are parts in this book that would be highly beneficial to men as well.

Where are you in your journey? Where do you want to be?

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