Review, Author Interview & Giveaway: Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD

Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD

Tillinger Johansen Publishing, LLC, 2015

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When it comes to eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, knowledge is power. Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD is packed with information.

After many years of yo-yo dieting, my personal belief is that my goal should be to make good lifestyle changes by choosing better foods and exercising.  In order to do this, I need to learn and become more aware of what is good for me.  So, when iRead Book Tours offered this book for review, I was excited to read it.

There is so much detail in this book, that I must admit, I skimmed some of it.

There are two parts to this book: Part I: The Skinny and Part Two: The Plan.

In the first part of the book, author Lisa Tillinger Johansen, gives a thorough overview of a large number of diets, including famous, fad & celebrity diets.  She goes into great detail about each one and discusses the pros and cons.  She interjects humor into her discussion which makes me think I would like her to be my dietitian.  It is obvious that a lot of research went into this part.

Part two goes into ‘The Plan’.

“Because what’s the takeaway here?  Fad diets aren’t good.  They’re not a long-term plan and they can be detrimental to our health.” p. 163

For a general idea of what to eat, we look at the plate:  Using her slightly different plate model as a guide, author Lisa Tillinger Johansen discusses how to select the best types of foods and presents many helpful and specific tips.


Portion size is also highlighted.  This plate, mentally, should be 9″.  Most real plates today are larger.  In this book we are shown visuals to give us ideas about better portion size.  For example,

“A deck of cards equals approximately 3 ounces of meat, poultry or fish.” p.187

The importance of being hydrated and fluid consumption is discussed.  Nutrition labels and nutrients are discussed.

Tips on better eating habits are given.  My husband and I eat out frequently.  I was glad to see the section on how to make better choices.  There is a section devoted to the stages of change we go through when making changes in our lives.

“I tell my clients that we don’t have to change everything overnight.  I’ve already touched on a lot of things you may want to tweak, including portion control, healthier food picks, and engaging in physical activity.  Start with a few things and then build on those.  Mix simpler ones like reading nutrition fact labels with more challenging ones.  Keep it going.  Small steps lead to big changes.” p. 275

The author mentions some diet plans that may be helpful for additional support and guidance, such as the reversal diet, the DASH diet, and the Mediterranean diet as well as Weight Watchers and Volumetrics.

I only touched on a handful of the many topics discussed.  This book will most likely become a go-to reference and reinforcement source when I have questions about my diet choices.

Author’s BioLisa Tillinger Johansen

LISA TILLINGER JOHANSEN is a Registered Dietitian who counsels clients on a wide range of health issues. Her debut nutrition book, Fast Food Vindication, received the Discovery Award (sponsored by USA Today, Kirkus and The Huffington Post). She lives in Southern California.

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How did you do research for your book?
As a practicing dietitian doing clinical and health education work, I drew a lot from my own knowledge and personal and professional experiences for my bestselling book, Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! I researched all of the diets I discuss in my book. And I’m one of those people who like to look at the physical book, so I had quite the stack of research! In addition to the various diet and medical books I referenced, I reviewed numerous scientific studies in journals and kept tabs on all of the different newspapers and medical websites for pertinent information. It was a very thorough and exhaustive research journey!

What made you write a book about fad, bad and good diets?
I speak with so many people who’ve been on many fad diets with no long-term weight-loss results. Unfortunately, there are so many diets out there that are appealing to people because of the “quick fix” possibility. But a lot of these weight-loss plans aren’t healthy for us. As a dietitian, this bothers me.
Maintaining a healthy weight can help us live longer lives. It’s my professional mission to help people do just that. So I wrote Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! to explain what many of the most popular diets out there involve and if they can be harmful to our health. I then provide my reader with a healthy eating plan for life and answer the questions so many of us have on how to stay on the good nutrition path.

There are so many books out there about diet and weight loss. What makes your different?
Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! is a one-stop, comprehensive diet and nutrition guide. And it isn’t gimmicky. Nor does it offer a quick-weight loss scheme. It’s an honest, reliable book written by a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutritional science. All this makes my book different from the other books in this genre.

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
I don’t typically snack while I’m writing. I usually have a steaming cup of decaf tea nearby. If I get hungry, I’ll get a Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt. I love it!

Do you write every day?
I don’t write every day. I teach health and nutrition classes, counsel clients and speak at a variety of venues, so some days I’m too busy to carve out writing time.

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I’d like to thank the author, Lisa Tillinger Johansen, and iRead Book Tours for proving me with a copy of  ‘Stop The Diet – I Want To Get Off!‘  for review.


Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book free from the publisher, Tillinger Johansen Publishing, LLC, as a tour host with iRead Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. Gosh there would be very few women who haven’t dieted I would think and not always healthy ones. This sounds so sensible, love the idea of small steps and small changes. As a dietician she would have a lot of knowledge to share, and as well she looks healthy herself!


  2. Pat, thank you for hosting this fabulous giveaway! The book sounds like it is packed with useful health information. I am health-conscious and interested in reading this book. I will add this giveaway to my blog’s sidebar. 🙂


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