Bread Is the Devil

Win the Weight Loss Battle by Taking Control of Your Diet Demons

Heather Bauer, R.D., C.D.N., and Kathy Matthews

St. Martin's Press

Stop mindlessly inhaling the breadbasket and stop shoveling in the M&M'S–Bread is the Devil is the solution to all of our diet saboteurs.

Nutritionist Heather Bauer can count on the fingers of one hand the number of her clients who don't already know what they should eat to lose weight. So why can’t they (and their best friend and their neighbor) lose weight? Because Bread is the Devil! Yes, that's Bauer’s shorthand for the inevitable, demonic pull that certain bad habits exert on people who try to change their eating routines to drop the pounds. Many of us have been there: You had a sensible, healthy breakfast, high in protein with complex carbs. Ditto for lunch—soup and a salad with a warm rush of accomplishment and self control for dessert. But now it's dinnertime and you're out with friends: enter a large basket of warm, sliced, crusty sourdough bread with a little tub of chive butter. Suddenly you're in the seventh circle of hell—the one reserved for gluttons. Bread’s not your devil? How about ice cream or chips or that big slab of buttercream-frosted birthday cake?

Bread Is the Devil will help you fight those hellish cravings that stop you from losing the weight you want. By identifying how certain factors promote overeating, Heather will:

* Identify the top-ten Diet Devils that challenge healthy eating

* Provide specific, proven strategies that free you from these devils once and for all

* Offer up a simple, flexible guide that will help you reach your goal in twenty-one days and make eating fun again

* Suggest an easy, affordable, and doable shopping list for eating at home as well as great meal choices when eating out

Bread is the Devil will help you say good-bye to your devils, for good.


Read an Excerpt

Bread Is the Devil
Part 1Unmasking Your Diet DevilsWhen I meet a client in my office for the first time, I become a diet detective. My job is to try and figure out why this person can't lose weight. Most people come to me having done a host of diets, pills, shakes, cleanses, hypnotherapy, diet spas, ashram visits ... you name it. So I begin asking questions. What's going on in your life? Are you single? Married? A workaholic? A commuter? Do you have kids? Live alone? Which diet worked best for you in the past? This last question tells me if you can eat carbs or if carbs are a trigger, and if


Praise for Bread Is the Devil

“Heather helps you successfully identify and attack your diet devils—and helps you set a path for healthy eating!”
--Jennifer Maanavi, founder of Physique 57

“Heather’s advice on how to lose weight is right on the mark! You will not only lose weight but also have healthier, more radiant skin.”
--Doris Day, MD

"Heather Bauer is the only angel you need on your shoulder when facing the many everyday eating temptations. She has identified what plagues us most and simplified the solution into insightful, actionable and doable tactics. Amen!"
--Amanda Freeman, co-founder of Vital Juice

"If Bread is the Devil, then Heather Bauer is the Angel. Heather describes the “pitfalls’ we all face trying to maintain healthy lifestyles – emotional eating, carb & other food overeats, and stress eating – as “devils” that we need to recognize & conquer. As a mother of two sets of twins and a pediatrician/entrepreneur, I was blown away by Heather’s approach to the behavioral connections to healthy nutrition & balance. She’s the real deal!"
--Dr. Jen Canter (Dr. Jen®), Pediatrician

"Bread Is the Devil answers every question you have ever had about diet and nutrition. It's a life changer!”
--Cooper Lawrence, author of The Yoga Club and radio personality

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Heather Bauer, R.D., C.D.N., and Kathy Matthews

  • HEATHER BAUER R.D., C.D.N., is a nationally recognized nutritionist and mother of three. She has taught thousands of people how to safely lose weight and keep it off through her nutrition counseling company, Nu-Train. In 2012, she founded Bestowed (bestowed.com) a nutrition and lifestyle subscription service. Her first book was called The Wall Street Diet. She has been featured in The New York Times, People, Shape, and Ladies Home Journal, and has appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, CNN, and the CBS Early Show.

    KATHY MATTHEWS lives and writes on Shelter Island and in Westchester, New York.

  • Heather Bauer RD © Mary McIlvaine
    Heather Bauer RD


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Bread Is the Devil

Win the Weight Loss Battle by Taking Control of Your Diet Demons

Heather Bauer, R.D., C.D.N., and Kathy Matthews



St. Martin's Press