Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked): 11 Science-Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great about Your Body (Paperback)

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From the Head of Nutrition and Wellness at WW and former Good Housekeeping Nutrition Director comes a scientifically-based, simple and straightforward guide to healthful habits for weight loss.
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 our health and making better food choices.

In Dressing on the Side, Jaclyn London -- head of Nutrition and Wellness at WW and former Nutrition Director of Good Housekeeping -- debunks the diet myths and mental blocks that keep you from reaching your health and weight-loss goals. Filled with accessible information, simple strategies, and practical application of scientific research, London breaks what's at the heart of the issue and offers tools, short-cuts, 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 life-long 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 book that will completely transform the way you think (and speak!) about food and health -- and help you lose weight for good.

Praise For…

"Better (not perfect) health depends on eliminating your self-shaming and cognitive distortions of your own abilities. [London] wants us to focus on achieving our personal best [with] simple to understand nutritional workarounds for all sorts of real-life situations."—New York Times Book Review

"Filled with accessible, well-researched information and easy-to-follow
strategies on developing healthy eating habits, it is essentially an
antithesis of a typical diet book."—Forbes, "BestFitness and Nutrition Books of 2019"

"Jackie London doesn't just have her finger on the pulse-she IS the pulse. She is a trailblazer who radiates the kind of savvy, fun, smart-girl approach to wellness that makes you hang on her every word-but even better, she has the insight and credentials to back it all up. The world needs a 'detox' from diets right now, and Jackie is the woman to deliver it!"
Ellie Krieger, RD, award-winning author and host of Ellie's Real Good Food on Public Television

"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

"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, bestselling author of Joy's Simple Food Remedies, and founder of Nourish Snacks

"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 & Director, Food Policy Center at Hudson Institute and author of Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat

"In an energetic and easy-to-follow guide, London, nutrition director at Good Housekeeping magazine, cuts through the clutter of diets, myths, and trends to help her audience create a 'do less' strategy for weight loss and eating a healthier diet...Concluding that 'no one knows what's best for you better than you do,' London will leave dieters feeling inspired and reassured.—Publishers Weekly

"Blunt, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, London brings a fresh perspective on diets to the self-help genre...this book is accessible and a pleasure to read and browse...her insights, advice, and observations will engage everyone interested in staying healthy, informed, and balanced."—Booklist

"When it comes to dieting news, there's a lot of misinformation out there. This book helps tackle the major diet myths and provides science-based info to help you reach your goals, whatever they may be."—Bookriot

"Faddy trends, hot takes and spurious claims - nutrition director Jaclyn London has heard it all. Dressing on the Side (And Other Diet Myths Debunked) addresses those common myths surrounding healthy eating and dieting with fact-based evidence and expert advice. It's a book that's as easy to skim for information pertaining to the reader as it is fascinating to sit down with and read cover to cover.—Clean Eating

"With countless fad diets and detoxes out there, it's hard to separate science from the noise. Enter: Dressing on the Side...London debunks common diet myths and breaks down how to identify "fake" nutrition news. She also provides great advice on how to clear mental blocks that keep you from reaching your weight-loss goals and improving your overall health."—Prevention

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538747469
ISBN-10: 1538747464
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: June 13th, 2025
Pages: 320
Language: English