Break the Chains of Dieting

9 Fundamental Must Have Principles of Healthy Weight Loss

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
260 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2021
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

When his doctor told him he had to lose weight or risk having a heart attack by a chance of 95%, David Medansky knew something had to change about his eating habits. In writing Break the Chains of Dieting, David Medansky aims to separate the myths from the facts about weight loss and to guide readers to a healthy and sustainable weight loss through nine "must-have fundamental principles". The fundamental principles, which are born out of thousands of hours of research, enlighten readers about the adequate amount of water to drink per day, the dangers of processed and manufactured foods, maintaining healthy eating habits based on frequency and portions, and more helpful information. Break the Chains of Dieting takes readers through a less expensive weight-loss journey as it shows how it can be done without wasting money on costly diets and supplements, counting calories, and following particular exercise programs.

You know a book has left a significant impact on you if your choices and habits are affected by it before you even finish reading it. Break the Chains of Dieting explores several unconventional but logical suggestions that promise positive results. I was surprised to find out that the names of some harmful food products are changed to deceive customers. Even if you are not on a weight-loss journey, the insights about food provided in Break the Chains of Dieting are of astronomical importance for healthy living. David Medansky makes learning about healthy food choices both an exciting and thorough experience with several quotes from different brilliant minds, personal examples, straightforward and easy-to-understand language, and important research information. Everyone who cares about their health should read Break the Chains of Dieting ASAP!

Joe Wisinski

Break the Chains of Dieting: 9 Fundamental Must Have Principles of Healthy Weight Loss isn’t a typical “eat this, not that” book. Instead, author David Medansky lists nine principles for losing weight and keeping it off. Medansky says that following the principles will not only bring weight loss but more energy and an improvement to overall health. He says the principles will also help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. This is not a diet book. Instead, Medansky says weight loss can occur without dieting. The book includes a detailed explanation of the “nutrition facts” label found on most foods and another that explains how much protein, carbohydrates, fat, sugar, and fiber people should take in each day. Part of the book discusses how the food industry encourages overeating for its own profit. There’s also a list of recommended reading.

Break the Chains of Dieting is a different kind of weight loss book. Author David Medansky doesn’t tell readers what to eat; he tells them how to eat. Medansky writes in an easy-to-understand way by including anecdotes and placing important points in bulleted and numbered lists. The book is well researched, with many references to other works about losing weight and how our bodies operate. However, this book isn’t just about facts. It’s highly inspirational. Two of the appendices provide inspirational axioms and affirmations for those who want to lose weight. Medansky references his own weight loss battle and there’s an entire chapter devoted to what to do when the inevitable “falling off the wagon” occurs. There are no guarantees in life; however, it’s as close to a guarantee as possible that anyone who follows the advice in this book will lose weight. Equally important, they’ll keep it off. I recommend this book to anyone who’s serious about losing weight.

Tommy Wong

When David Medansky wrote Break the Chains of Dieting: 9 Fundamental Must Have Principles for Healthy Weight Loss, he had a mission. It was to help readers learn how to improve and elevate their eating routines, behaviors, and habits so that they could lose weight in a healthy and sustainable manner without going on a diet. What a noble mission! He also had a goal which was to make an impact by being an example and encouraging those who wanted to be healthier. Is there a better way to learn than from somebody who has done it before? David Medansky not only lost 50 pounds in four months but has also successfully kept the weight off. So, whatever David Medansky wrote is not just theory, but from his actual experience. In the book, he shares the nine fundamental principles for healthy weight loss. He states the principles in the beginning of the book, and then elaborates on them in the subsequent chapters.

Being overweight is clearly a problem in today’s society as there are thousands of books and thousands of blogs and articles on diet, nutrition, fitness, and exercise. In Break the Chains of Dieting, David Medansky helps readers to sort out the myths from the facts and to be a guide along their weight loss journey. I particularly liked the chapters “No One is Born Overweight or Fat” and “Lose Weight One Pound at a Time”. I also liked the way David Medansky uses a story to illustrate a point. For example, he used “The Pot Roast Story” to illustrate the point that before any change can happen, readers need to know why they are doing what they are doing. Break the Chains of Dieting is worth its weight in gold when it comes to weight loss (pun intended)!

Justine Reyes

Losing weight isn't about vanity; losing weight is about your health. David Medansky's Break the Chains of Dieting will reframe your perspective of what it means to be healthy in our modern era. He breaks down facts and statistics and mixes them with short philosophical stories. Break the Chains of Dieting is an informative self-help book and a step in the right direction if you're looking to become a healthier person, both physically and mentally.

I was a young teen at the beginning of the social media boom in the 2010s. From my perspective, I can see why people my age might turn away from this book. Medansky criticizes our politically correct society because he believes it has harmed people, especially those who need to lose weight to be healthier. He raises these concerns without malice and writes that part of becoming a healthier person is honesty, acceptance, and patience with yourself. Medansky isn't just all talk either. He wrote this book because he went through the trials and tribulations of being overweight. He doesn't want his readers to waste any more time or money on things that will eventually just hurt their well-being. He would like to reframe their thinking on what it means to be healthy and why it matters. I would recommend Break the Chains of Dieting to people of any age, whether they are looking to lose weight or not. It's a good and easy read. It certainly opened my eyes to things I didn't know and had never considered.

Renee Guill

Break the Chains of Dieting: 9 Fundamental Must Have Principles of Healthy Weight Loss by David Medansky is a non-fiction self-help book. He uses 9 principles to help you lose weight. He uses stories and fables to help explain what they are. He also uses famous celebrities and doctors to help prove his point. David Mendasky uses his life to help motivate you into losing weight and keeping the weight off.

I thought that Break the Chains of Dieting by David Mendasky was very inspirational. I really loved the disclaimer, and hope that people read it. He explains that you should see a doctor before starting a diet of any kind, that his book is just for educational purposes. I liked how he not only defines things but explains how they help. My favorite one was about exercising. I never thought of it like that; it gave me an aha moment. The water info was fascinating too. I liked that David Mendasky used stories and fables to help explain things; the one I liked most was the one about the King and the boulder. I thought the quotes from famous celebrities were a nice touch; these added more motivation to the process.

I really loved how he said you do not have to do it all, and that you are bound to make mistakes but you should not be upset by them. He also has a website that you can check out for more info. If you are trying to lose weight or even just want to be healthier, then I recommend Break the Chains of Dieting; it is very informative and motivational.