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Finally ready to jump off the diet merry-go-round? Are you fed up with risking your health on diet pills and supplements that don’t deliver on their promises? Have you had it with feeling ashamed about your weight and guilty about every bite you eat? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Body Intelligenceoffers you a smart, mature alternative to diets, pills, and surgical procedures that can help you shed excess weight and keep it off—for life.
Nobody is born with a dysfunctional relationship with food or a negative body image. In fact, babies are very good at regulating their food intake; guided by instincts evolved over millions of years, they know when to eat and when they’ve had enough. In Body Intelligence, psychologist, Dr. Edward Abramson explains how, as we develop, our perceptions of food and of our bodies can become warped by countless advertising messages, peer pressure, and sometimes, even our parents’ good intentions. More importantly, he shows you how to rid yourself of that negative programming and reconnect with the body intelligence you were born with.
In Body Intelligence you won’t find rigid meal plans, low-fat recipes, carb counters or any of the other crutches that stop people from achieving a healthy, balanced relationship with food. Instead you get a simple, safe three-step program for learning how to eat intelligently, look at your body intelligently, and use your body intelligently. Dr. Abramson arms you with science-based strategies developed in his work with hundreds of people with eating disorders and weight problems, along with self-quizzes, exercises, journaling techniques and other powerful tools that let you:
- Zero in on the sources of your unhealthy cravings and bad eating habits
- Understand your feelings about food and free yourself from the cycle of quick-fix diets
- Develop a realistic, positive body image
- Rediscover the joy of movement and leading an active, healthy life
- Enjoy eating like you never have before—without guilt!
The time has come to free yourself from the emotional and psychological traps that are keeping you overweight and unhappy. The intelligent alternative to fad diets and “miracle cures,” Body Intelligence is your ticket to the healthy, fulfilling life you were born to lead.
A breakthrough plan for conquering the psychological and emotional barriers to weight loss—without dieting
“Ed Abramson is the go-to authority on the ‘why’ of weight gain.”
By now you’ve probably realized that dieting just doesn’t work and that the real key to weight loss can be summed up with one simple equation: eat less + exercise more. So what’s stopping you from losing that weight and keeping it off? Find out in Body Intelligence.
Not another fad diet, Body Intelligence is a smart, safe, effective way to eat well, lose weight, and live life to the fullest. Here a leading international expert on eating and weight disorders helps you identify the emotional and psychological knots that keep you tied up in an unhappy cycle of dieting and guilty overeating. More importantly, it arms you with a simple, three-step program for opening your mind and transforming your body—without diets. You'll learn how to:
"Based on sound science and years of clinical experience, Dr. Abramson's readable, practical guide shows you how to replace restrictive diets with sustainable, positive, and healthy strategies for weight management."--Barbara J. Rolls, Ph.D., author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan and Professor and Guthrie Chair in Nutrition, Penn State University
"Dr. Abramson's book provides guidance for people to gain self-control of their physical, social and emotional relationship to food, eating and their body experience."--Gilbert H. Newman, Ph.D., President-elect, California Psychological Association and Director of Clinical Training, The Wright Institute
About the Author
Edward Abramson, Ph.D. is an internationally-recognized expert on eating and weight disorders who lectures to professional and lay audiences around the world. He is a professor of psychology at California State University and a former director of the Eating Disorders Center at Chico Community Hospital. Dr. Abramson has appeared on “Hard Copy,” “20/20,” PBS, “Good Day LA,” “Joan Rivers,” and other TV and radio programs, and his work has been written about in Reader’s Digest, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, Self, theNew York Times, The LA Times, the Washington Post, and other major publications.