Diet-Free For Life: Get off the Roller Coaster

By Mel Thomassian (RD)


For many people who’ve been on countless diets in the past, the same old yo-yo dieting cycle gets a bit tired after a while.

In his new book, former marine, Robert Ferguson, promises you can get a dream body, without ever going on another diet.

But, does it deliver the goods?

Diet-Free For Life Principles

The main concept behind this book is that you can be free from the “dieting” mentality, which can be so crippling to success. The book attempts to demonstrate how you can eat a range of foods, and still lose weight.

The basis of the diet is eating lean proteins at each meal, with what Ferguson calls “fast and slow carbohydrate” combos. He also encourages a little healthy fat with meals, and eating every 2 to 3 hours.

For me, the best part about this book is the 21-Day Mindset Makeover. It’s like a step-by-step guide of daily prompts to help you in sustaining what you’ve already learned. And, it’s a nice addition, as many popular diets don’t even attempt to tackle changing your thoughts.

The section on exercise is also helpful, and it’s laid out in such a way that you can build up to the full workouts. I like Ferguson’s “Circufit,” which is really just circuit training. I actually tried one of the Circufit workouts yesterday morning, and it was a pretty challenging workout, but enjoyable.

Finally, there is a section on fat loss for vegetarians, which is often missing in diet books, and there are around 120 pages of recipes at the end of the book, if you need a little inspiration.

In Summary

The idea of fast and slow carb combos is basically the glycemic index, so nothing new there. However, I think this book strikes a good balance, since it doesn’t recommend avoiding certain foods, but rather if you are eating, for example, “fast carbs,” they should be combined with “slow carbs” and some lean protein, for best effect.

This book would be helpful for anyone trying to get off the diet roller coaster, so that they can lose weight in a balanced, healthy way.

Diet Free for Life is available on Amazon for $16.


  1. John

    People who read the book “Diet-Free for Life” say that they found it very easy and written in a very common sense kind of way. They are also say that this book is motivational without being over-the-top.
    I purchased the Food Lover Fat Loss System by Roberst Ferguson which is the best thing I ever spent my money on. I believe this book, “Diet-Free for Life”, will also be as good as other book.

    Thanks for the article. It’s very nice and informative.

  2. Melanie Thomassian R.D.

    Yes, you are right, it isn’t always necessary to get the help of someone else, but sometimes the support they can provide you with makes success so much quicker and easier.

  3. Melanie Thomassian R.D.

    Hi Susan,
    Good work, I wish you all the best your healthy changes 🙂

  4. Susan

    I was on the diet yo-yo cycle for the past few years. About a month ago I decided to try something new – eating whatever I want and tracking it. A few weeks in, I decided to also make sure that almost all my snacks are fruits and vegetables (except for one small serving of nuts per day and, when applicable, oil for my veggies). I haven’t lost much weight but I feel good, and I feel like I’m off the diet yo-yo. I don’t need a book.

  5. Salman K

    I’m on Food Lovers Fat Loss system which is very similar to what is taught in Diet-Free For Life.

    The education provided by Roger is very informative. Its just how badly someone is willing to change their lifestyle that is the challenge.

    Its been a lot of fun so far. I don’t starve myself, I don’t crave anything as I can eat anything within reason and I still manage to loose weight with my diet and exercise.

    All of this is possible without Robert Ferguson.. he just makes it easier while your going through this and increases your chances of success for the rest of your life 🙂

  6. Melanie Thomassian R.D.

    Yes, you are right Spectra… nothing new under the sun, eh? I think it’s useful for people are feel totally clueless about a healthy diet though.

    On emotional eating Ferguson talks about making sure your food decisions are led by thoughts not emotions. He also encourages meal planning, as a way of keeping food choices controlled, rather than directed by emotions.

    The main guidelines for snacks is that they have to be between 100 and 200 calories for women, and 100 and 300 for men. He encourages eating every 2 to 3 hours, so snacks are very important for fat loss.

  7. Spectra

    I don’t know–it sounds incredibly generic to me. I mean, come on, it’s just the same information that we’ve heard all along–lean protein, complex carbs, and exercise. I’d be curious as to how he addresses the problem of emotional eating and snacking.