How Not to Diet Out Now

How Not to Diet Out Now!

The big day is here! How Not to Diet is now available in book stores across the U.S.—I can’t wait until people start digging in!

If you haven’t seen it yet, the book trailer is live here on, so you can get a peek at what the book is all about. 

Trailer for How Not to Diet Dr. Greger’s Guide to Weight Loss

For even more of a sneak peek, we have both the written preface and the audio introduction up on the book page, for free download! 

Attention UK residents: Sorry, you have to wait two days! The book comes out on December 12 in the UK, but you can pre-order your copy here now.  And for everyone else, we will continue announcing global releases as they come up. How Not to Die was eventually released in 34 languages, and I assume we’ll reach the same critical mass with this one.

What people are saying:

“This book is ground zero, redefining weight management for the generations to come, by way of preventative approaches to combating the leading causes of death and disease. There is a sincere warmth that emanates from Dr Greger’s words in How Not to Diet, that creates a safe atmosphere around an emotionally charged topic. His big picture examination of the factors that affect weight are presented in a way that comprehensively demystifies, with credible evidence based science, perhaps the most convoluted health subject of our time.”
-Stephanie Patterson, writer and documentarian

“Dr. Greger has done it again! With so much confusion constantly surrounding diet and healthy food choices, Dr. Greger explains in ‘How Not To Diet’ that weight loss can equal satiation, not deprivation. He brings evidence-based science to us in such an easily digestible way. He gives us many little tips, to avoid making big mistakes, that make a huge difference. ‘How not to Diet’ is totally motivating and fun to read! I highly recommend everyone ‘Put it to the test!'”
-Gianna Simone, actress and producer 

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live, year-in-review presentations:


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. I got the email this morning , that the pre ordered book is on it’s way . I can not recall if anyone asked how I want it delivered . In any case the estimated Dec 26th is the arrival date .
    I must have checked the box
    Delivery by Pony express.
    or maybe
    3 Canadians in a canoe.
    Just kidding , glad it’s on it’s way . Just in time to make new years resolutions .

    1. Audible has an audio version.

      There is a free trial if you aren’t already a member.

      Also, I went to Amazon and in the “Look inside” section is something like 138 pages of the book – more or less. It skips sections, but if you want a head start, it’s in there.

      1. The audio version is 23 hours and 42 minutes long or something like that.

        I am wondering whether it is that long because someone kept reminding Dr. Greger to talk slowly or whether that is his fast-talk version.

        I also want the rest of the book. The author’s version. I am wondering what he cut out to make it less than 24 hours long.

    2. “3 Canadians in a canoe” sounds rather racist Mrpinkerton! Please keep these kind of insulting comments to yourself or better yet- change your mindset to appreciate all walks of life.

  2. “How Not to Die” and the app “Daily Dozen” have been a great help to me. As the result, I have been waiting for this book, “How Not to Diet”. I purchased the ebook late last night as soon as it was available and will get a hard copy later this month. I greatly appreciate the work of Dr. Greger and of this website!

  3. Dear,

    Will “How not to Diet” be available as an e-book? If yes: when? (Not only Kindle via Amazon)
    And will it be available in Dutch ? If yes: Any idea of availability date?

    Thank you for your information

    1. Hello Hans, How Not to Diet is available on Kobo also, and possibly some other ebook vendors ( As for translations, we know that the publisher is working on selling the book for translations but do not have a timeline of specifics yet. We will be announcing translations in the our e-newsletter as they come out, though!

      1. I have been taking 1/4 tsp of the regular cumin and the supplemental turmeric. I was wondering since turmeric and cumin are so similar, is it okay for both or is this overkill.

  4. I’m reading how not to diet now and want to clarify the calories of day consumed in the 1970s and latest national survey on page 147 (physical book edition) at footnote 1362. It is printed 743 in 1970s and 747 now. Is this correct or a typo?

      1. Dr., I started eating the way the scientific evidence points for a week and a half now, and today, to ny dismay, I have gained 1 1/2 lbs! Perhaps my morning bowl of oatmeal is too big and my beans at lunch or dinner too many? A friend told me that beans and oatmeal make you gain weight. I am not adding any sugars and I am eating almost all the spices! Are there PORTION amounts to follow? I am drinking a lot of water (some alkaline.)Thank you so much. I will be ordering your book soon, but have been watching so many if your wonderful videos.

        1. We don’t know what you’re eating or how you’re cooking it so we can’t comment. If you list what you’re eating, what goes into it and how much, then maybe we can help. There are tips and tricks as well. You’d be doing yourself a big favor if you started every meal with a big salad made with greens, onions and tomatoes before you eat anything else…and of course this lifestyle does not support use of any oil whatsoever.

  5. 14 five star reviews on Amazon almost immediately.

    Congratulations, Dr Greger!

    You have done it again and this is the last diet book anyone needs to read are the two comments I will be agreeing with when I give my 5-star review.

    1. The fact that I had already read the Look Inside section of the book before it was officially released, and the fact that the audio version is almost 24-hours, some of them must be speed readers.

  6. I received my pre-ordered copy yesterday, and just started reading it today — and WOW!!

    I am only up to page 27, and I’ve already learned a lot!

    It’s wonderful to have all this information presented together as a coherent whole. I enjoy the videos, but I feel as though I have bits and pieces of knowledge but somewhat scattered and untethered to a solid framework. The book puts it all together, and more. And the style is so accessible, and engaging. (I hear Dr. Greger’s “voice” in every sentence.)

    I’m looking forward to reading more.

    Thank you, Dr. Greger and your whole team. An incredible feat.

    ps: 570 pages of text; almost 5000 sources/citations. Another WOW!

  7. Dear Dr Greger. I have been reading your book “How Not to Diet” and I reached the section around pg 110 ish where you were talking about leptin resistance and the hypothalamus. You wrote that saturated fat caused inflammation of the hypothalamus leading to leptin resistance. I do not think that is quite the case empirically and from the evidence. A more accurate statement is the ratio of unsaturated fat to saturated fat, UF/SF has an effect. An avocado has as much saturated fat as two eggs, but I do not believe that you do not advocate eating avocados or nuts because they contain saturated fats. Also, empirically, studies show eating nuts which has a decent amount of saturated fat does not increase weight, insulin resistance or leptin resistance. I believe that the RATIO of UNSATURATED FAT to SATURATED FATS is what is relevant. Consuming nuts and flaxseeds increase the ratio of UF/SF thus improving leptin resistance. There several studies that support the ratio of UF/SF as the relevant factor rather than just saturated fat. Please consider doing a video on the benefits of a high ratio of UF/SF. Thanks.

  8. Dr. Greger, thank you for the amazing book !

    I would like one clarification.

    Every day, 1.5-2 hours before lunch, I drink tea (green or white), and one hour before bedtime, I drink green leafy beverages (for example this week I use dried basil).
    However, the information in your book made me wonder if the beverage before bedtime affects the circadian rhythm.

    I do not fear that I may gain weight (BMI is 20,5), but I wonder if it has any negative affects, and it may be better to drink it in another time of the day.

    For example you refer that we should eat the 2 pistachios 2.5 hours before bedtime. You do not say “before bedtime” or “1 hour bedtime”, and I am not quite sure if that recommendation is based only calories or based on something else.

    Do you think that it is ok to drink green leafy beverages (dried basil, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, spearmint, rosemary) before bedtime ? Or, should I select another time earlier in the day ?

    Thank you for your time, and keep up the excellent work

    Best Regards

      1. Hello, spring03 !
        Thank you for the reply.

        Well, it is working for me and I feel fine
        However, I do not know if it is working for my body also.
        I mean how I know that this is not causing any kind of dysfunction.

        Anyway, thank you for your time

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