Get a free audiobook

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The F*ck It Diet is not only hilarious, it is scientifically and medically sound. A must read for any chronic dieter.” (Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

From comedian and ex-diet junkie Caroline Dooner, an inspirational guide that will help you stop dieting, reboot your relationship with food, and regain your personal power.

Dieting doesn't work.

Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us. Why can’t we stick to our simple plan of grapefruit and tuna fish? Why are we so hungry? What is wrong with us? 

We berate ourselves for being lazy and weak, double down on our belief that losing weight is the key to our everlasting happiness, and resolve to do better tomorrow. But it’s time we called a spade a spade: Constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So f--k eating like that. 

In The F*ck It Diet, Caroline Dooner tackles the inherent flaws of dieting and diet culture and offers listeners a counterintuitively simple path to healing their physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food. What’s the secret anti-diet? Eat. Whatever you want. Honor your appetite and listen to your hunger. Trust that your body knows what it is doing. Oh, and don’t forget to rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself while you’re at it. 

Once you get yourself out of survival mode, it will become easier and easier to eat what your body really needs - a healthier relationship with food ultimately leads to a healthier you. 

An ex-yo-yo dieter herself, Dooner knows how terrifying it can be to break free of the vicious cycle, but with her signature sharp humor and compassion, she shows listeners that a sustainable, easy relationship with food is possible. 

Irreverent and empowering, The F*ck It Diet is call to arms for anyone who feels guilt or pain over food, weight, or their body. It’s time to give up the shame and start thriving. Welcome to the f--k it diet. Let’s eat.

©2019 Caroline Dooner (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about The F*ck It Diet

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    100
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    4
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    94
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    82
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Good ideas but repetitive and not for everyone

I really wanted to love this book but I didn't. It's really repetitive and glosses over a lot of information that would have been helpful. It felt a bit condescending at times and didn't have the substance I expected. If you're coming from a place of restriction and need help getting back to eating regularly, I think this would be helpful. It isn't helpful if you're an overeater or need help learning what to eat. It's fine to say "f*ck it, eat whatever you want when you're hungry" but if the only thing I want to eat is Pepsi and potato chips, I need more guidance than that.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Proof is in the Pudding

Having been a long time fan of Caroline, I preordered this book to support her, even though I feel like I am now a normal eater (thanks in large part to TFID podcast). Still, I couldn’t stop listening, and I definitely got some great ideas and takeaways, and felt armed with even more confidence that I’m doing the right thing for my body (and mind - this, you'll learn, is a big part of TFID approach).

My story is eerily similar to Caroline's. Having grown up with a well-intentioned mother, she would painstakingly prepare homemade bread, alfalfa sprouts and the like, and even plenty of desserts (made mostly with some sort of whole grain flour or veggie thrown in for an extra nutritional boost). She was and still is an amazing home cook. Yet, I felt something was amiss. I would beg for all of the fun stuff my friends seemed to have in abundance in their homes. And when I got my hands on them, I would gorge on them. Fast forward to my teen years, numerous other social factors, and a self conscious hormonal teen, and I started dieting. I can't get too far into it, but much like Caroline, I tried many diets, and eventually would label myself as orthorexic, feeling superior for eating so healthy and even evangelizing my pure approach to eating to others. But then, there I'd be, binging on the closest thing I could find to junk food in my house (cue chickpea brownies!), and feeling out of control. I wondered what was up with my emotional eating and felt ashamed of myself. I felt crazy around food. I knew that I couldn't live this way for the rest of my life. I started searching for a better way and discovered Intuitive Eating (IE) and Health at Every Size (HAES), eventually stumbling upon TFID podcast.

I feel like this is a book that could help literally everyone I know. We are so entrenched in diet culture. Even those more "normal eaters" I know have weird hang ups and beliefs around eating. I feel like Caroline does a great job of making anti-diet easy and approachable, but in the most non-judgemental way possible. There is so much judgement already, and it could be easy to get as . She reminds us to be compassionate with others, and ourselves. We've all been there.

If you've been exploring the IE approach, and it doesn't feel quite right for you (some might find it overwhelming and turn the principles into rules, therefore feel like it's another diet), Caroline's approach is even more simple - that is - allow all food. If you're hungry eat. If you're not hungry but want to eat, you should do that too. When I reflect back on my approach, I really did what Caroline recommended. I didn't stick exactly to the IE principles (I found the hunger fullness scale annoying, although I think many people do like to use the scale).

TFID approach works. Yes, I did gain weight. Yes, I did eat a lot in the beginning. But, the sooner that I surrendered and trusted my body, the sooner I found peace around food. I can now confidently say that I can have my former trigger foods in the house and they get stale. I never feel bad or repent on what I eat. Although I don't weigh myself, I'm confident that I'm near my set point healthy weight. I don't want to say this will happen to everyone, but I went up a few pant sizes, and slowly notice my pants feeling a little looser lately. This entire process took about 8 months for me. If you want to feel free around food, give this book a read or listen. There is enough science and logic to satisfy any skeptic and Carolne's delivery will keep anyone from yawning. Just eat the damn pudding already!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good Read

Great information delivered in an easy to understand format. Should be mandatory reading for our children.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

very enjoyable.

it reminds you what is important in life, and talks to you in a honest and compassionate way that we really need to be talking to our self in. this book is changing my life!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

It didn't sink in until the second listen!

The first time I listened to The F It Diet was about a year ago, I loved it, but I was just coming off a "successful" run on the Keto Diet. I say successful because I lost a bunch of weight, but it was unsuccessful because of some concerning chest pains. My doctor said no more keto, and within 2 months, I gained back a bunch of weight I had lost. I found this unacceptable so I went on a completely fat-free, low calorie, plant-based diet. I lost exactly 0 pounds in 8 months. My excuses included: my body holds on to carbs, I just can't lose weight without doing keto, I was diagnosed with PCOS a long time ago..., etc.

Then, for over 100 days, I was intermittently fasting. It started as an 8-hour eating window, averaging about 1400 calories a day. No weight-loss. So, I restricted to one eating-hour a day, 1200 calories, 23 hours fasting. I did well for about a month. I lost 10 pounds. And then one day at work, I couldn't fit in all my food into that one hour, I didn't want to eat it all. Then I began to panic about how long it would take me to eat my food for that day. Would I ruin my fast? I began to panic. I felt hungry all night and obsessed over food and what I would eat. I was in complete despair.

The next day, I woke up, after 25 years of dieting off and on and decided I was done. That's when I listened to this book again, and this time I got it. I really got it. If you're looking for a specific plan and you don't know what to eat - that is your diet mentality talking to you. You are supposed to eat whatever you want, even if that's chips and soda, because guess what? One day, sooner than you think, you won't just want chips and soda. Caroline teaches that the sooner you let go of your diet mentality and honor your hunger - no matter how scary that feels - the better!

So I am 4 weeks in. I have eaten way more than I have ever allowed myself to before. I don't check the mirror, I don't associate guilt with what I eat, I don't go on the scale, my clothes are snug - I consider this re-feeding my hungry ass self. Yes, there were cookies, so many cookies in the first week. Now, I think about them WAY less. I can see that I don't obsess over food as much already. I looked at my dozens of cookbooks today - and told them to eff off. Look, I am just done dieting. The cycle of deprivation and bingeing makes so much sense. I understand now that it is not my fault, no one can restrict their diet, over-exercise, and hate their bodies forever and have any semblance of a life. I am already thinking about food way less, and that feels like a huge win already.

So, my advice? If you are really tired of hating yourself, falling off the diet wagon, trying every new Whole30, WW, Keto, Paleo, BeachBody program - you are ready for this book. You will gain weight when you allow yourself food, when you no longer restrict, but over time, you won't want so much food - you won't even think about it like you once did. You know, when you felt like a ravenous animal totally out of control? That wasn't you! That was a symptom of restriction and dieting.

Thank you Caroline for going through this process and telling us how you did it.

If you do like more structure and "steps" you may like the book Intuitive Eating, I have read that too, but I'm so over steps and being told how and what to eat or that exercise is "good for me" - yeah thanks, I will file this info under my "Duh" file. Real intuitive eating is just what Caroline says, throw out all the rules, eat, rest, move if it makes you feel good. You will eat more in the beginning, but once your brain understands that nothing is off limits, you won't eat as much. Our bodies are smarter than any app or calorie counter. Trust it.

Other resources I like on this topic: Stephanie Buttermore and Kayla Rose on YouTube.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thank you! Thank you!

I've been stuck in the yo-yo since I was 10. My body and mind are done. This was so informative and eye-opening. I love how it was presented to the reader as well... a good F bomb here and there.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Better books out there

Her message is very repetitive and I couldn’t finish listening.
There are better more informative books out there.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars

Attention Everyone - Please Read

everyone needs to read this it will help you heal your relationship with food and your body

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I was making good progress until I read this book

Well written but... I was testing out "intuitive eating" and was making good progress until I read this book, which tells you to honor your body no matter what. Eat when you're hungry as well as when you crave things (even if it's emotional). I think it's great for changing your outlook on the food and diet industry but a terrible guide (I know it's not intended as a guide) for people who struggle from an existing ED. I think perhaps the idea of the "fuck it diet" is intriguing but not for everyone, and I'm a part of that. If it helps you then kudos.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Healing your relationship with food and your body

This is a fantastic book for people who have struggled with dieting, binge eating and their weight. It gives you the tools to take care of your body and mind in a way that is food and weight neutral.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-14

Love it

The information is relevant for everyone who wants to diet or is dieting. I want to start a diet. But I will for sure not ignore my instincs after this book. ( I m not a native speaker so please excuse my poor writing)

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Angela
  • 2020-01-31

Extremely helpful.

I’ve struggled a lot with an eating disorder for about ten years now. I was always looking at all these different diets trying to lose weight and starving myself, only to slip up and then binge. I’d feel terrible about myself then began the vicious cycle again and again and AGAIN. This book brought out a lot of experiences and emotions and helped me see my relationship with food and eating in a new light. I’m not miraculously healed, but this book really inspired me to take a much needed step in the right direction. She provides a lot of examples and “have you ever..?” And I could relate to all of it. Knowing that there’s people out there who have felt the same and gotten through it really helps. For so long, I felt like a failure because the diets that worked for what seems like everyone in this world didn’t work for me. This book helped me realize there’s more to food than diets. Truly an inspirational book and will definitely be rereading. Truly thankful to have come across this book!!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Yury
  • 2020-01-10

This is crazy

I really liked this book, but I have to admit everything she says about dieting sounds CRAZY! I kept thinking the whole time "that is just impossible".... The author is the narrator and she is extremely good, she made the book fast and fun to listen...but again, I can't see myself doing this diet.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • w49859845
  • 2020-03-02

I cannot believe this actually got published

This book is terrible. In summary, eat however you want, feel good about being overweight because it's actually healthier, eating poorly is perfectly fine, no junk food is unhealthy, so be happy at whatever weight you wind up being. Although I agree you should feel good about yourself no matter what weight you are, and that yo-yo dieting is bad, absolutely nothing else in this book makes sense. Utterly terrible.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kinny Kay
  • 2020-01-13

“Eat what you want and settle for the outcome”

I enjoyed the sassy and snarky aspect on Dieting...but this book didn’t really do much for me. I think, perhaps, I’m not her preferred clientele. The book had a harsh aspect on living a “fit life”. Most people “diet” in order to sustain or compliment working out. There are absolutely items that need to go into your body to recover and to make progress. This book only states that you should eat what you want and learn to live with the body you end up it. Although I can understand the message she is sending to a point, I think it needs to be marketed differently.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • electricity
  • 2019-03-27

Well-written and excellently narrated!

A wonderful anti-diet manifesto narrated with the beautiful tones of the author herself! This was a true pleasure to listen to, as the author's expressive voice accurately conveys the love, humor, and biting wit of the book itself. I also appreciated a few small writing changes made specifically for the audible version ie "it may make sense for you to listen to this book twice" instead of "read this book twice," as it showed an attention to detail that I appreciate!

This book is a wonderful feminist and anti-'Big Diet' narrative that delves into freedom of personal choice and all the other issues tied to dieting. I would highly recommend it.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Misty Moreno
  • 2019-04-06

Freaking Amazing

The most common sense approach to eating and living! Everyone needs to read this! I will several times!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Erin
  • 2021-01-05

Great book!

I ordered this book at the recommendation of my Psychologist. I have had a lengthy history of body dysmorphia, disordered eating and yo-yo dieting. This book is 100% dead on. It’s funny and so helpful. I initially just bought the audio book to listen to while driving but I am now getting the paper copy to go through again as it has such valuable information. Definitely recommend to anyone!!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Greg
  • 2021-01-05

Must read/listen!

I have the physical book and the audiobook, both are so helpful, I’ve gone back to specific passages time and time again and used them to help others understand my past with disordered eating. This is the most freeing and most healthy relationship with food and my body I’ve ever had, could not recommend enough!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • susan Horgan
  • 2020-10-21

Last Diet Book You'll Ever Need to Read

Being a 73 year old woman who has been on diets since I was six, I can say categorically that this is the sanest, funniest, factual, sensible and entertainingly humorous book I have ever encountered on the subject of food. I have been on every diet there is and read almost every book. Let me save you the trouble, this is the only book any of us will ever need. This book sets the madness of diet culture on its end in the most charming and powerful way. Caroline's logic and presentation lays out a way of living and eating that makes inarguable sense. I am on my second listen because there is so much wisdom and have downloaded the book to my kindle to do the exercises. Reading it just once changed my relationship to food and continues to do so every day. I am now happy, not obsessed or stressed over food because this book has shown me the only way to live. Thank you Caroline from the bottom of my heart!

1 person found this helpful