Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat Review

by The Diet Critic on August 4, 2014

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat review
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Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle, is a book and a diet plan created by Michelle May, MD. In essence, the point of the book/diet is that you don’t have to give up the foods you love to lose weight. According to Dr. May’s official website for Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, the book encourages dieters to eat the food they love “without fear, without guilt, and without bingeing.” This diet plan focuses on helping dieters achieve a healthy lifestyle, without the need for rigid exercise routines, strict rules, food substitutions, and diet drugs.

Michelle May, MD has openly stated on her website that she is “a recovered yo-yo dieter”. Dr. May struggled for years with dieting and weight loss. The diet plan that is outlined in her book isn’t just about healthy eating, but understanding emotional eating. This is when a person overeats (usually junk food) in response to how they are feeling, not because they are actually hungry.

Before eating, those who follow this program are told to ask themselves if the reason they want the food is because they are actually hungry or if it is because they are feeling lonely, angry, stressed, bored, depressed, etc. In addition to knowing why you are eating, the book also instructs dieters to stop eating once they feel full. Recognizing feelings of fullness occurs when you pay attention to what you eat, by concentrating on textures, flavors, colors, etc.

Dieters don’t have to give up the foods that they love, they simply should enjoy them in moderation. They are also encouraged to try and include certain foods in their diet, such as high-fiber fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, low-fat and non-fat dairy products, lean cuts of meat, skinless poultry, seafood, etc. Sweet treats and alcohol are allowed, but only a small amount and only if the dieter really wants it (ex. a single glass of red wine per day instead of several glasses).


This diet plan doesn’t have many limitations. Aside from purchasing the book, which can be found for sale at several reputable sites online, there is no extra cost when following this diet program, as it does not require you to make drastic changes to your grocery shopping. Since no specific diet is recommended, anyone can follow it. It doesn’t matter if you are vegetarian, vegan or have food sensitivities. Regular exercise is part of this plan and the book provides ideas for exercises that are fun and motivating.

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat has received a lot of praise and has also won several awards. On the official book website, there is information about the author, about the diet, as well as links to several independent book reviews. The first chapter of the book is also available for free on the site.


This diet plan will not lead to fast weight loss results. It is also not ideal for those who require or who want to follow a regimented diet that tells them what to eat and when. Additionally, it will not appeal to those who do not believe that emotional eating is the result of their weight gain.

Before making any drastic changes to your diet or starting a new diet program, it is strongly recommended that you first speak with your healthcare provider.

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