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Book Review: The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin by Dr. Stan Spencer

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The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin by Dr. Stan Spencer is an important book for losing weight and maintaining the weight loss permanently. The author deals with the classic problem areas like the environment, food portions, junk food, emotional eating, taming cravings, and much more.

Spencer spends a lot of time describing the environment for getting fat. Too much food is convenient, highly palatable, quickly digestible, presented in large portions, associated with entertainment, or labeled/advertised in a misleading way.

Most importantly, Spencer provides examples of what to eat together with recommended portions. The basic food groups are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. Sample snack preparations are provided, such as homemade yogurt, Greek yogurt, Tzatziki or cucumber yogurt sauce, yogurt salad dressing, yogurt parfait, yogurt fruit dip, and mango yogurt drinks.

The author makes readers aware of the price involved in consuming sugar. For instance, a single soft drink requires an hour of moderate exercise to burn off. A beauty of the book is the Spencer’s discussion of metabolism. The basic computation for the resting metabolic rate is: fat free weight times 10 plus 500 calories. The book provides ways to boost the metabolism, such as, muscle – building exercises.

Spencer provides dieters with good strategies to counter binge eating. For instance, he suggests stocking fresh fruits, frozen vegetables, nuts, seeds, low-fat yogurt, herbs, and plenty of water. Armed with these health foods, dieters have good choices readily available to counter binge eating on junk food.

Another strategy is to do some kind of physical activity or exercise daily. This can include walking, gymnastics, weight lifting, and other activities which assist in burning unwanted calories.

Natural Weight Loss – Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin by Dr. Stan Spencer is an excellent reference book for losing weight and maintaining the weight loss. The presentation is easy to read with frequent diagrams and practical examples. The reference section is extensive with 14 pages of citations from authoritative sources like Nature Neuroscience, Psychological Medicine, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Wellness, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and many others.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.