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If I'm So Smart, Why Can't I Lose Weight?: Tools to Get it Done Paperback – April 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1419618475 ISBN-10: 1419618474 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1 edition (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419618474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419618475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Innovative and inspiring, Brooke Castillo has been studying weight loss for over fifteen years. Always interested in helping people and in understanding what makes them tick, she studied psychology at Santa Clara University. Her own struggles and frustration with losing seventy-five pounds guided her into putting together her unique weight-loss program, which quickly showed astonishing results. A certified North Star Coach, trained by Dr. Martha Beck and her associates, Brooke has a thriving coaching practice where she works one-on-one with clients. Brooke Castillo also offers seminars and online weight loss packages. Brooke, her husband and her two children live in Folsom, California.

More About the Author

Hi.

I am Brooke Castillo.

I used to struggle with my weight. Now I don't. I wrote a book (If I am So Smart, Why Can't I Lose Weight) on why, and helped thousands of other women stop the struggle. It is such an honor to have been able to help.

I found a way to manage my mind in a way that keeps me happy most of the time. (Self Coaching 101) After years of therapy, self help literature and coaching,it has been the most effective thing I have done to create happiness.

As a coach, I help clients all day long find a way to live that feels like a contribution. It Was Always Meant to Happen that Way is a collection of that work.


WHAT I HAVE LEARNED

Our thoughts create our reality- good or bad

We can change our thoughts

There are many tools that work effectively on changing thoughts

Our thoughts drive our actions

There is nothing we truly want that we can't have

It isn't what we get to do-but who we get to be

All of our power is in this moment right now,
but that doesn't mean we don't focus on the future in this powerful moment

It has to be fun or forget it


I take what I learn and apply it in a way that resonates

I simplify the lessons that work most effectively
I teach the lessons to others

I focus on my strengths
I never apologize for the truth
I believe everyone deserves heaps of joy in this lifetime
I know the past has no power over me
I live a life knowing that everything I want is within me now
I realize that intelligence is not just in the mind
I believe it is possible to be spiritually aligned and wealthy
I strive for the impossible so I can call on a strength greater than myself
I believe I was put on the planet to coach, teach, and Be
I believe my happiness is the best gift I have to give my children
I know my husband is the best thing that ever happened to me as a human
I am intense and focused
I love my clients and feel it is a privilege to work with them-not the other way around
I am not better than you and I am not worse than you
Reading is as important to me as showering (sometimes more so)

Customer Reviews

This was an easy read, and very clearly written.
Anna Bennett
I recommend this for anyone that has struggled to lose weight and/or keep it off.
tabbykiki
This book will change your life if you take the time to read it and do the work.
Marcy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Nora L. Ishibashi on April 3, 2007
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Among the many diet and weight loss books published each year, this is one that provides a realistic and effective program for changing your thinking about eating and dieting. Some of the book is about feelings, some of the book is about goal setting, some of the book is about self management and some of the book is about eating itself. While there are questions to write about, it is not just a book of self awareness exercises. The book explains a viewpoint that frees you from old habits of thinking related to food as well as your feelings about yourself. The process described helps you examine the deeper reasons it is hard to regulate yourself in any area of your life.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By michele on May 8, 2007
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I am a career dieter, so the last thing I needed was another menu plan to follow. What I needed was to change my way of thinking. Brooke Castillo has given me the tools that I needed. There are times that the words speak exactly what I feel. I have now bought 4 copies of the book to share, as well as the "coach in a box." I am confident and positive that I will be a thin person who takes care of herself. I get closer every day to that image. I can not urge anyone strongly enough to give themselves this book. To paraphrase Byron Katie (another great read whose work is referenced in this) It will change your life-- but only 100%!
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98 of 106 people found the following review helpful By L. Burnett on March 13, 2007
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This is a great book. I have referred friends to it. The first day I was only able to read 30 pages and learned A LOT just in those 30 pages. Simple ideas, but put into action, my friend and I each lost 4 lbs the first week. And we've walked for an hour every day for a year and a half, gone to the gym. But it was a simple change of eating fuel food when you are hungry.I am excited to continue eating like this to reach my goal weight. Love the book!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Graham on May 10, 2007
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This book looks at dieting from a demension usually not explored by other books. No focus on calories, fats, carbs, but instead, a mental challenge to find out why you eat what you eat and ways to motify or change these habits. I found the book well put together and well written.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Lee on July 4, 2007
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I have to admit I was skeptical, but this book does a great job of explaining eating in a healthy way. Forget trying to remember the proper portion size, because the way Castillo does it is way more simple and more attuned to your body. I go back to this book when I find myself starting to overeat or craving unhealthy food. It was definately worth the purchase!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Halpern on August 6, 2006
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Hello Folks,

I have first hand experience with Brooke's program, having been her client for 4 months last year and having read the book. Brooke is more than a coach; she is an amazing, rockin', healing, intuitive wonder. She has her finger on the pulse of where its at with weight loss; where we have socially evolved to and if you do what she says, you will succeed, no ifs ands or buts. She will support you every step of the way. I was so pleased to read her book and see how she was able to really capture the program so precisely in the book. Its a wonderful tool, full of her bright energy and power, and it will serve its users well. The work is deep and simple and real. Brooke will take you to where you want to go! Good luck and blessings!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By K. Repcik on March 17, 2007
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Great ideas and theories. No quick fixes here. Author emphasies getting in tune with your own body. A lot of self discovery and "homework" type worksheets.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Bollinger on December 12, 2006
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This book takes all the piece parts from all the diciplines-psychological, physical, and spiritual-and puts it together in a well organized program. Brooke doesn't just focus on diet, exercise, or emotional eating issues, but rather creates a integrated system, which can be applied to many life challenges. If you have finally come to realize that conquering a weight problem is not a simple or easy task, then this book will give you a concrete method to get your weight under control.
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