The Thin Commandments Diet: The Ten No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss

Version: Abridged
Author: Stephen Gullo
Narrator: Stephen Gullo
Genres: Health & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Diet & Nutrition
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 30 minutes
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Calories are only half of the weight-loss equation ... welcome to the other half.

In The Thin Commandments Diet, Dr. Stephen Gullo lets you in on his unique weight-loss program that has a success rate that is many times higher than the national average. His two-part approach replaces willpower with strategy and deprivation dining with great-tasting gourmet fare.

In the first part, he reveals his strategy secrets -- the 10 Thin Commandments -- including:

Think historically, not just calorically -- identify trigger foods that can undermine your weight loss.

Slips should teach you, not defeat you -- uncover the "24-hour secret" and never gain weight from binging again.

The problem may be in the food, not in you -- learn the strategies to take control of your favorite foods.
In the second part, Dr. Gullo outlines his simple diet which will put you on the shortest path to safe and rapid weight loss -- without depriving you of the foods you love. He takes the guesswork out of dieting and offers a program that helps melt pounds away quickly and easily.

Reviews (7)

Written by Mesha Philley on August 6th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

One reviewer called this accent "Yankee" I would describe it as Billy Crystal's character in Princess Bride on Zanax. So slow and stereotypically new Turkish that I had to fight to stay awake and focused. I suppose there are some good ideas, but most did not seem too unusual, though this is the first diet book I've read and I don't know how it compares to others in this genre.

The Best "Diet" Book

Written by Doris on December 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is so motivating and has the best insight into the "whys" of not being able to lose weight. He has you looking into your past and present lifestyles and the way that you were raised. These things are so important to your attitude towards food right now. He will show you how to get control of these attitudes to reduce your weight. The author will have you thinking about foods in a whole different way by the time you get to the ends. It isn't a "diet" book, but a new way of thinking that will have you eating healthier and have you facing food with a whole new attitude. I have only read the book, not listened to it on CD so I can't respond to the voice issue. If the CD is so hard to listen to, I would recommend that you get the book and read it. It is well worth the time spent!!!

Good Common Sense Tips

Written by csigel on September 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The author should have gotten a professional reader, his voice was highly annoying, and I did find that many times you were not sure where one commandment started and the last one ended, but otherwise there was some great practical advise.

Thin Commanments Diet

Written by Gayle on August 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book has some very practical advice to help one stick to a diet of common sense. It helps you to figure out what works for each person's personality types and what triggers you to eat the wrong foods. Some very sound advice.

Organized thought with practical suggestions

Written by Anonymous on April 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Yes, the voice is annoying at times, especially if the listener is from the South. The reader has a Yankee accent. Otherwise, I listened twice to all 3 cd's, the whole book. It made sense. The information was not preachy like Dr. Phil's book. I obtained several good practices from this book.

The Thin Commandments

Written by Selective from Los Angeles, CA on March 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I commend anyone who can actually endure listening to this author's voice, which is so incredibly grating that it almost sounds like a parody. If any book cries out for a professional reader in lieu of the author, it's this one. I'm giving it a 3 because he had some good ideas, but I couldn't stay with his voice for the long haul. It drove me mad, and not in a good way.

Thin Commandments Diet: The Ten No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss

Written by Anonymous on January 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was highly motivated by this book. It approaches weight loss in a different way that makes better sense than a lot of other books I've listened to lately. I would recommend this book to anyone who is dieting.

Author Details

Author Details

Gullo, Stephen

Dr. Stephen Gullo received his doctorate in psychology from Columbia University, and for more than a decade, he was a professor and researcher at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the former chair of the National Obesity and Weight Control Education Program of the American Institute for Life-Threatening Illness at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. His first book, Thin Tastes Better, was a national bestseller. Dr. Gullo is currently president of the Institute for Health and Weight Sciences' Center for Healthful Living in New York City.