How Not to Diet

How Not to Diet

The internationally-renowned author, Michael Greger, MD, founder of, condenses the most important evidence-based research on the optimal components of successful remedies of obesity. They include: plant-based eating, calorie density, the insulin index, and the impact of foods on our microbiome. Other aids showing promise are less stress, intermittent fasting, and better sleep. His book statements are supported by over 5,000 references. All the proceeds he receives from his books and speaking is donated to charity.


How Not To Diet is one of the best books I’ve ever read on how to lose weight in sustainable ways that enhance health. Highly recommended! Dean Ornish, MD

Dr. Greger has created a monumental bastion of nutritional truth to lead our journey in eliminating chronic disease. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

I found this book to be exceptional. All recommendations were based on scientific data. KA 1/2021 

I learned a lot of the latest research on the causes of obesity and the most effective treatments for obesity. MH 1/2021

I used the information to do a nutrition workshop with breast cancer survivors. It is backed by solid, valid scientific research. MB 2021

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
Course Expiration Date: Apr-17-2026
Course Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 4.2.8, 8.1.2, 8.1.5, 8.3.6, 12.1.3
Product Name

Book Only (1890)

Regular price $22.00 $22.00

15 CE Online Test Only (W1891)

Regular price $123.00

27 CE Online Test Only (W1892)

Regular price $163.00

15 CE Book & Online Test (W1893)

Regular price $140.00

27 CE Book & Online Test (W1894)

Regular price $180.00

Book Details

Author Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
Year Published 2019
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Flatiron Books
ISBN 978-1529038705
Format Paperback
Page Count 608
CDR Activity Numbers
  • 15 CE Online Test Only: 175889
  • 27 CE Online Test Only: 175888
  • 15 CE Book & Online Test: 175889
  • 27 CE Book & Online Test: 175888

Course Objectives

Level 2 CPE

CPE Type: 740 for Web-based/Online Tests

Upon successful completion, the users will be able to:

1. Identify two misperceptions about the causes of weight gain.

2. Discuss three studied consequences of being very overweight and unfit.

3. Analyze why low-calorie density, low glycemic load, and legumes are included in the Ideal Weight Loss Diet.

4. Counsel clients/patients on at least four health benefits of a plant-based diet.

5. Explain two ways the microbiome and insulin index play roles in weight management and optimum health.

6. Discuss which substance ramps up AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in the body.

7. Compile a listing of five effective weight loss boosters know to influence a patient’s weight.

8. Analyze and compare fasting intermittently, ketogenic diets, and calorie restriction methods and results.

9. Assess how circadian patterns influence sleep and influence eating and weight.

10. Describe three ways satiety at mealtimes can be increased.

11. Critique and identify how physical activity and good sleep contribute to a person’s weight and health.

12. Discuss three reasons why establishing habits is a good idea for health.

13. Explain why eating small meals more often affects a person’s appetite.

14. Identify how many weeks of fasting it takes in an obese person for fat loss to be greater than loss of lean body mass.

15. Design two mindfulness strategies to use with patients to deal with food cravings.

Recommended For...

Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)
Dietetics Technician Registered (DTR/NDTR)
Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (CDCES)
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy Professional
American College of Sports Medicine

Why We Chose This Book

This book brings new awareness to dietitians about the volume of nutrition research world-wide that shows which foods, habits, and eating or lifestyle decisions provides lifelong weight management.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Greger is the physician behind the very popular website, He is a founding member and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. His review of nutrition research gives him exposure to unique perspectives on what really works to reverse or prevent unhealthy weight gain.