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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.”

--Men’s Health

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:

  • Rethink your eating habits
  • Reinvent your body image
  • Say goodbye to quick-fix diets and pills forever
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Learn to enjoy eating again—without guilt
  • Experience a more active, fulfilling life
  • "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.

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    Product Details

    • Hardcover: 256 pages
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 18, 2005)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0071442065
    • ISBN-13: 978-0071442060
    • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    In addition to my professional interest in obesity I have a personal interest since both my mother and brother died from weight-related causes. As a child I was overweight and wore "husky" clothes. As an adult I've been at least 15 lbs. heavier than I am now. It would have been easier to have prevented the weight gain in childhood than it was to lose it as an adult. My new book, "It's NOT Just Baby Fat!" shows parents how to help their child avoid getting fat.

    Although I've never been a jock, and was very inactive as a young adult I currently work out at a local gym at least twice a week and try to walk whenever I can. Initially it was hard to get started with an exercise routine but I've been doing it long enough so that I feel badly if I miss too many days. I know I couldn't have maintained my weight in the normal range by dieting. Instead, I am very aware of what I eat and why I'm eating it. I use many of the techniques described in my earlier book, "Body Intelligence" to control my weight. I enjoy giving workshops to help others develop healthy eating and exercise habits for themselves and their kids.

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    Book is informative with clear, pertinent advice.
    Wordy
    If you have ever struggled to lose weight, been on a "yo-yo diet," or are confused as to why you eat the way you do, I highly recommend this book.
    EJS
    At first I was skeptical that this book would be like all the other diet books.
    S. Eger

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2005
    Format: Hardcover
    How many of us have read and tried to follow the advice of countless diet books, and walked away more frustrated then when we began? Inside the covers we read, do this, do that, eat this, don't eat that; and the list goes on. Not so in this outstanding work by author Edward Abram. Yes,there is hope for you and for me.

    Our author goes to the root of the problem of not being able to maintain a healthy weight by diving into our thought patterns and showing us how they affect the way we eat, see ourselves and live. Believe me he will write about things you have long ago filed in your mind but you really have not forgotten. You will be shocked to see how these memories affect your weight and life.

    I enjoyed this book; learned a lot and I truly believe it is a real eye opener.

    If you have tried every diet you can find and feel as if nothing will ever work for you; I strongly suggest you give this book a try. I believe by understanding the information given in this book you will finally breath a sigh of relief and get on the right track to a healthier you.

    Highly recommended.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Eger on April 28, 2006
    Format: Hardcover
    At first I was skeptical that this book would be like all the other diet books. But after doing some research on the author I found that he is an award winning Psychologist who is an expert in weight loss. I have been a yoyo dieter for many years I went from 250lbs to 165lbs at age 16 and gained it all back after I lost my girlfriend at age 19 by eating 8 whoppers a day(2before class, 2 after class, 2 during work, and 2 after work).

    After reading this book I found something that I really agree with. I found that one of the main reasons that I have a problem in losing weight is that it isn't the foods that I am eating it is the amount. At the office I spend all day in front of a computer and when I get bored or frustrated I go to the kitchen to look for a snack. My company is one of those tech companies that order $2000 dollars worth of junk food from Costco to keep developers full of energy. I ended up binging on all that junk food. Today I watch my self when I go to the kitchen and I ask my self am I really hungry or is it that I am bored, frustrated, depressed, etc. Once I find the cause of my hunger I am able to work on the real problem, my emotions. Thanks Dr. Abramson for writing this book, I don't know how else to thank you but to write this review.

    Thanks,

    Sam
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Stern on September 21, 2005
    Format: Hardcover
    I thought Body Intelligence was great. I've been a diet junkie for years. Atkins, South Beach, Jenny Craig, you name it, I've tried it. I lose a few pounds but always give-up, feel awful, and go back to my old ways. The idea of Body Intelligence makes sense to me. Since reading the book I think I understand the reasons why I eat, and I'm starting to change some of these habits. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's tired of yo-yo dieting.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TT on August 23, 2005
    Format: Hardcover
    If you're still looking for the quick and easy, effortless diet, forget this book. This is for people who are tired of the dieting hype and want to learn why you eat the way you do, and how to change. It is full of very useful tips. I especially liked the sections on how to eat chocolate (Oh ya!!) and how to improve your body image. Oprah is gonna like this one as much as I do!! TT
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Pitchford on May 6, 2007
    Format: Hardcover
    So far this book is very informative and hits right at home for anyone trying to overcome emotional eating or eating for other reasons but hunger.
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    By Wordy on November 4, 2012
    Format: Hardcover
    Book is informative with clear, pertinent advice. Helps one analyze your personal issues. It's definitely worth the time and effort to find direction to stop overheating
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    This is one of my most frequent goto books on the subject. I found this book five years ago and I refer to it frequently. It's a wonderful guide with real life methods to help diminish the power that emotions have on our eating behavior.
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