Free To Be Thin Review

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Free to be Thin is a Christian-oriented diet book written by Neva Coyle and Marie Chapian, which focuses on behavior modification instead of a strict diet plan to achieve results. Free to be Thin first gained popularity in the 1990′s as a revolutionary approach to dieting, and is now in its second edition. Coyle specifically focuses on prayer and religion instead of normal diet practices to meet weight goals, supplemented with calorie counting and normal exercise. As simple as it sounds, millions of Christians consider this book their diet gospel.

Coyle believes that overeating behavior is the result of underlying issues, and that through positive reinforcement and evaluation, people can overcome it and lose weight. Coyle was formerly a psychotherapist and uses some of her teachings in her book. Coyle’s current edition is available in stores and popular online retailers for $13.99. Basically, Coyle and Free to be Thin target a person’s underlying motives instead of diet, but some question if this approach is enough to motivate people to lose weight – and keep it off for good.


Free to be Thin only consists of a book, therefore there are no ingredients to list.

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Free to be Thin’s Christian approach to dieting is the only type of its kind available, and Christians love her Christian-based approach to weight loss. Coyle first focuses on finding the cause of a person’s weight gain through prayer, meditation, and self-therapy techniques, using proven techniques she learned during her work as a psychotherapist. Some of the procedures are done with a group for the most benefit. Coyle then focuses on proper diet and exercise, although she is not specific. Dieters are encouraged to pray to find the right solution for themselves. This spiritual-based approach might appeal to some Christians, but dieters who practice other religions will find it hard to practice Coyle’s Christian-based exercises. This approach focuses too little on proper diet and exercise also, which are the fundamentals of losing weight safely and effectively.

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  • Free to be Thin focuses on a person’s behavior to find the cause of weight gain.
  • This is not a strict diet plan, which is ideal for people who need more freedom (i.e. people with busy work schedules or full-time mothers).


  • Free to be Thin focuses too little on diet and exercise – Coyle does not recommend exercise in some cases.
  • It is only geared towards Christians.
  • Some exercises involve group participation.
  • Not all users may find the structure our guidance that they require with this diet, since its faith-based approach leaves things very open ended.


Coyle’s Christian-based approach might appeal to Christians who want guidance over restriction, but her approach is too limited and offers no diet support. Nevertheless, this book offers practical and spiritual advice that serves better as a motivational tool than as a dieting tool. People who need practical, concrete advice on diet and exercise should check out other dieting programs or look into diet aid supplements for better long-term solutions.

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    Linda Blevins

    You used to have a cassette tape series that went along with the daily devotionals and food diarys. Have they been updated? Any DVD’s now? I am thinking about starting a group at church & need updated information. Thanks