Book Review: Total Body Diet for Dummies

Guest post by Marlina Phan, intern

This is not your average diet book—living up to its name, the Total Body Diet by Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN, LDN, delivers an easy approach for people who are interested in making nutritious food choices for their families and themselves. The author discusses not only the food aspects of dieting, but on the mental aspects as well. The key to success is a healthy mindset!

Instead of focusing on the ultimate end goal of every diet—losing weight, the Total Body Diet emphasizes weight-loss as a by-product of an overall healthy diet and fitness plan. The author, a Registered Dietitian, supports her concepts with facts that are backed up by research. In addition to the weight-loss theme, the author discusses: TBD Cover

  • keeping weight off once it’s lost
  • fending off preventable diseases
  • developing mindfulness to improve health

What makes Total Body Diet different?

In my opinion, the most innovative aspect of the book is that it offers resources, tips and tools to help put the author’s concepts into practice. Retelny suggests several lifestyle/coaching apps for those of you who can’t seem to put your phones down, along with advice on how to “shop” for healthcare professionals who can help support your goals.

Like all of the books in the Dummies series, Total Body Diet is easy to read and understand, partly because it’s divided into many little sections and is broken up with tips, easy-to-read figures, tables, and blurbs. The author keeps the reader engaged by asking questions and providing interesting self assessments and small activities. Lastly, Total Body Diet offers healthful, easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks. If you’re low on money, don’t worry — this book has got you covered: Retelny includes budget-friendly ideas for some recipes.

If you’re looking for a book that motivates you to achieve mental, physical, and nutrition wellness, but fits into your flexible schedule, look no more because you’ve found it!

Note: We did not receive any compensation for writing this book review, although we did receive a review copy of the book itself. We do not profit in any way from sales of the book.