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Why ‘The 5 Skinny Habits’ is different:

What is the difference between hunger and cravings?

Is it possible to lose weight without cutting out any food groups?

What is the connection between the subconscious mind and our eating habits?

How can you transform the way you perceive food?

Why is mindfulness important for health and weight loss?

How can you turn setbacks into building blocks for success?

The 5 Skinny Habits (Rodale Publishers) explains all of these concepts and more. It provides a workable, realistic system that allows you to go on living your own particular lifestyle while you gradually transform your life.

Most diets fail because weight loss goes well beyond the numbers on the scale! We are creatures of habit and since we eat many times a day, our eating habits are firmly engrained in our behavior patterns and tie into some of the deepest workings of our minds. Willpower is not sufficient because motivation wanes. There is only so long we can fight against human nature before we snap back into our old bad habits.

In order to make lasting, positive changes, I show you how you can recondition your mind and your perceptions. Our main goal is to restore your body’s natural rhythm. This is done at the right pace – making just one habit change a week for 5 weeks. There are no forbidden foods or food groups. 


I wanted to thank you wholeheartedly for a weight loss system that has helped me to create a healthier self. To date, I have lost 95 pounds, and I hope to continue applying these positive habits to my daily life…

Lost 95 Pounds

Esther, Oak Park, Michigan, USA, Read More

I have been following the principles of the 5 Skinny Habits and I have lost 40 pounds. My type 2 diabetes is under control, and I am no longer on medication for it…

Type 2 Diabetes

Kevin, Ohio, LA, Read More

I like the idea of combining ancient sources with current opinion. The current medical literature and advice is all sound and well researched. The eating plan itself certainly fits all the current recommended guidelines…

Dr. Charlene Wolberg

Medical Director , Read More

Zulberg has now expanded his research on Maimonides and classic and contemporary sources on behavior modification, a technique that can be both psychotherapeutic as well as personally pragmatic...

R' Dr. Abraham Twerski

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david zulberg

In my 20s, I searched for the best way to drop my excess weight for good. After a string of failed fad diets that made me feel restricted and overwhelmed, I became aware that literature on the subject of good health, diet, and exercise dated to antiquity. Consequently, I began investigating master philosophers and physicians: Maimonides, Hippocrates, and Galen. They stress the importance of habit formation as it relates to making any life change, and specifically regarding health and fitness. This was a total eureka moment for me! I realized that my issue wasn’t just a matter of choosing healthy foods, but of altering my basic habits in my “same-old routine”…  > Read More

About David:

David Zulberg is considered one of the foremost experts in Maimonides’ medical works. Zulberg holds a Masters from Columbia University and is an ACE-certified fitness specialist and health coach. He is the author of the best-selling Life Transforming Diet (Feldheim Publishers) and The 5 Skinny Habits (Rodale Publishers). He is also a prolific writer of current health challenges, which have appeared in many popular online and print media publications. He has also been interviewed on ABC, CBS and PIX 11.

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