• Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked)

  • 11 Science-Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great About Your Body
  • By: Jaclyn London
  • Narrated by: Jaclyn London
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked)

By: Jaclyn London
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Publisher's Summary

Debunk diet myths and make better food choices with this helpful guide that will transform the way you think about nutrition and health.

Whether it's a new fad, "detox" diet, news report, or a celebrity-endorsed supplement, the constant flow of diet information is cluttered, conflicting, and often devoid of scientific research - leaving millions of us confused, overwhelmed, and feeling totally helpless in taking ownership of our health and making better food choices.

In Dressing on the Side, Jaclyn London - the nutrition director of Good Housekeeping - debunks the diet myths and mental blocks that keep you from reaching your health and weight-loss goals. In this audiobook filled with accessible information, simple strategies, and practical application of scientific research, London breaks down what's at the heart of the issue and offers tools, shortcuts, and solutions that work within any scenario, including:

  • Using your schedule to inform your food choices
  • Identifying "fake" nutrition news
  • Eating to feel satisfied, not just "full"
  • Making the choice to eat dessert - daily

London empowers us to form lifelong habits that result in real, long-lasting change - while meeting the demands of our busier-than-ever lifestyles. Dressing on the Side is the anti-diet audiobook that will completely transform the way you think (and speak!) about food and health - and help you lose weight for good.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jacyln London (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sound advice from a pragmatic hedonist! Jackie London brings a common sense approach to healthier eating that you can stick with. It's time to dump dieting and learn how to eat the right way. This book has my seal of approval." [Hank Cardello, senior fellow and director, Food Policy Center at Hudson Institute and author of Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat]

"The diet landscape is cluttered with so many - often conflicting - do's and don'ts. Dressing on the Side dishes out sound and realistic advice in a way that's easy to understand and simple to incorporate into any busy lifestyle. If you're one of the many people looking to eat more healthfully or slim down and want solid (delicious!) guidance, then this is the book for you." (Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, health and nutrition expert for NBC's Today show, best-selling author of Joy's Simple Food Remedies, and founder of Nourish Snacks)

"Bracing and blunt, honest and insightful, holistic and humorous and oh-so-human, Dressing on the Side is the very antithesis of a traditional 'weight-loss diet.' Rather, it's a master plan for making yourself immune to just such nonsense. This is an exceptionally nourishing feast of empowering information; I encourage everyone who finds eating well a challenge to partake, and enjoy." (Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM; founder and president, True Health Initiative, CEO at DQPN, and founding director, Yale University Prevention Research Center Griffin Hospital)

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Like meeting with a dietician

I was expecting this book to be more about examining weight loss science and debunking myths, but, while there is some of that, I wouldn't say it's the focus. The author is not a scientist or science journalist, but a dietitian, who spent years working with clients one and one. And that is what this book feels like, an extended meeting with a dietitian. The focus is on practical advice, pep talks, and reframing thoughts and feelings around food. There were a couple of principles that I am optimistic about implementing, like focusing on what you're eating more of (vegetables), rather than avoiding foods, but while I think it's worth trying, she didn't actually back that advice up with anything, just repeated it many times. As far as I know, eating unlimited fruits and vegetables is just as likely to make me gain weight as lose it. On another note, this book is aimed at urban, professional, young millennial women. There is a whole chapter (out of 11) about how to handle happy hour, another on how to order delivery, another on not being affected by food bloggers and bragging social media posts. None of these things apply to me in the least, and I'm actually a city dwelling, millennial woman... just an anti-social one who lives in a restaurant desert. If you are the intended audience, and want to see a dietitian without seeing a dietitian, I do recommend the book. The narration and writing style are very personable. There is definitely some good information, especially for people who are relative beginners, or have been tossed in the winds of fad diets. If you're already a pro at reading labels, eating whole, primarily plant based foods, and could tell with a glance that ketogenic is bs, you might be a little bored.

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I wish I had not purchased this title. So much off color language. It distracts from the message. No need for it for this kind of presentation

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for the average overeating, overweight Joe

it's pretty generic across the board she's a little over annoying. nothing new and nothing special about it

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Informative and funny!

Loved how approachable and insightful this book is - all with sharp wit and digestible information to help live a healthier, well balanced life.

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Great book about making healthy informed decisions

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Jaclyn London cuts through the junk "science" and provides easy to understand advice. She has the credentials to back it up. This book isn't about completely changing your lifestyle. Instead, it provides practical tips so that you can make more gradual changes to improve your health. This book empowers you to make informed choices that are right for you. The narration is great. Overall, this was a very entertaining and informative listen.

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Approachable, rational, helpful, and funny!

Dressing On The Side is without a doubt the best food-related book I have ever read. The author possesses something incredibly important, a feature that nearly every other writer in this space lacks: CREDENTIALS. This important book signals a shift from the pseudo-science and wishy-washy self-help characteristics of past "health and diet" books to something real, approachable, and based in facts. Jaclyn London does an incredible job entertaining us while making eating better both realistic and fun. I bought the book AND listened to the audiobook so it would really sink in...then I bought it for my parents and friends.

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Game changing

Jaclyn is a genius author, narrator, and dietician with endless helpful knowledge about how I can live a more nutritious life. Who knew healthy eating could be so much fun? I particularly enjoyed her voice (and I never say that about audio books, ever). You can tell she’s brilliant and clever and compelling. When’s the sequel?

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Increased awareness.

Great read, helps to build awareness and confidence and encourages you to design your own healthy lifestyle that fits with your life and needs.

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F*cking Brilliant- so practical and realistic!

This book has been a game changer for me. I wasn’t eating “badly” per se but thoughtlessly. This book helped me to 1. Get in touch with how to eat in a more healthy way with a little planning and some simple rules of thumb 2. Recognise that anything can be ok to eat - as long as it’s a choice to eat (and really pay attention to) and enjoy 3. Take away the shame-y stuff and be able to more objectively view what fuel I’m choosing to put in my body. It has great practical resources and encouragement along the way. The realness of the author/reader (who drops an occasional brilliantly timed F bomb) is refreshing and relatable. Already recommended to many friends who appreciate a science based, fad busting approach to how to make and keep healthy habits.