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Dr. Stephen Gullo, one of America's most well known diet gurus, shares his new and ground-breaking model for weight control and his dramatically effective Anti-Deprivation Diet. Advice that clients pay thousands of dollars for is offered here.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; 1 edition (October 7, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044061354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440613541
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since beginning his practice four decades ago, Dr. Stephen Gullo has gained worldwide acclaim for his pioneering approach to weight control. Dr. Gullo is a rarity in the field: A man who understands the human psyche, and a man raised in the world of fine food; a weight loss expert who has served as the editor of a gourmet food and wine magazine and someone who took the lessons of his patients to heart and to his own issues with food. Thus, Dr. Gullo is the only diet doctor who can confidently claim to know both the science and seduction of food. In the world of food, Dr. Gullo is the ultimate insider.

For generations, Dr. Gullo's family has been associated with the production and marketing of fine Italian foods. As such, Dr. Gullo was raised in household filled with the smells of homemade breads, pasta, and crushed grapes that would be turned into family wines. In the Gullo household, five-star dining wasn't reserved for a special occasion but was an everyday event. There was no junk food and no eating out; for the finest restaurants couldn't compare with the foods served at home.

Dr. Gullo received his doctorate in psychology from Columbia University, and for two decades served as a professor and researcher on the health sciences faculty at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the former chair of the National Obesity and Weight Control Education Institute of the American Institute for Life-Threatening Illness at the Columbia University Medical Center. Upon stepping down from his position at Columbia, Dr. Gullo was honored by an international gathering of royalty, diplomats, colleagues and patients held at the United Nations under the president of the UN General Assembly, and presented with the Schoenberg Award for "the development of unique and creative modes of weight control."

Dr. Gullo's first book for popular audiences, Thin Tastes Better, was a national best seller, a fixture in USA Today's list of the top 100 books and alternative selection of the Literary Guild. People Magazine hailed Dr. Gullo's second book, The Thin Commandments Diet, as one the "best diet books of the new year," USA Today called it a "book filled with practical ideas," and Web MD, the #2 ranked health content website, commended it for "preaching strategy, not prayer, as the path to lifelong weight control."


Dr. Gullo is a familiar figure on television, radio, print and digital media--he has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and Barbara Walters, and made numerous appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News, Fox News, NBC's popular daytime make over program Starting Over, Extra TV, and Hard Copy. Dr. Gullo has been the subject of dozens of magazine features, three New York Times cover stories, and many articles in the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New York Daily News and the Hollywood Reporter.

When the New York Times conducted a survey of the nation's leading weight experts for their prestigious T-List, there was a consensus of just two names in the field of weight control--Dr. Gullo was one of those two. Harper's Bazaar put Dr. Gullo at the top of their list of America's best society diet doctors and Bottom Line named him to their team of giants in the field of weight control.

Dr. Gullo's voice has reached millions of readers as a contributing editor to Self Magazine, a weight consultant to Allure Magazine, and most recently, as a member of the editorial advisory board of Women's Health Magazine and the International Advisory Board for Chobani Yogurt.

Dr. Gullo was the first person to apply the motivational strategies of the advertising world to the field of weight control, and remains one of the most engaging and innovative voices in the field. He is currently president of the Center for Health and Weight Sciences in New York City. Dr. Gullo resides in New York City and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading this book, lent to me by a friend. I'm thinking now that I should buy my own copy! It gave me a whole new way of thinking about "dieting". This book doesn't tell me what I can or cannot eat, it just makes me think about what I REALLY want before I cram it in my mouth. In the few days since I began reading it, I have already caught myself using its advice. I'm sure it's going to be extremely useful to me, not only for losing weight (my immediate goal) but for living a healthy lifestyle without depriving myself of the little luxuries.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2000
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I've not only read the book, but I've been seeing Dr. Gullo for some time now (the book is much cheaper). I was appropriately skeptical in the beginning. Having lost 45 pounds and kept it off for over 2 years all I can say is - it works.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
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This was the first "diet" book that I read as I began this battle of losing weight. It's just the kind of straight talk I needed to get motivated to start evaluating my nutritional and health goals. Gullo's main focus is that it's your CHOICE whether or not you get healthy or lose weight. All these gurus tell us this and that are bad for our health, or that we must do such-and-such to lose the weight, but until you choose that you want to be slimmer and live a healthier life, it's never going to happen on its own. I really appreciated hearing that.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Frary on March 30, 1999
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This book helped me focus my mind on my weight loss. I lost 65 lbs. and have kept it off for a year now. I am buying multiple copies for my friends and relatives! The psychology of permanent weight loss is the most important thing, and this book really helped me change my way of thinking about food and exercise.
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68 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2002
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I saw Dr. Gullo for several years. I lost nearly 100 pounds. I thought I had finally found the help I needed with my life long compulsive eating problem. I did. My success lasted for three years. During that time, I didn't touch the "trigger foods" he helped me to identify. Imagine: Not one grain of sugar, not one morsel of flour not one drop of fat for three years! But compulsive eating is not only about food addiction. Therein lies the flaw. This strategy does not address the reasons for which we run to food in the first place. When the inevitable emotional jolts of life surface, where does one seek solace?
If the underlying emotional issues are not addressed, there is a real danger of exchanging one obsession for another. I became a "shop-aholic" instead of a "food-aholic." I found solace in Gullo's mantra "It's better to wear Italian than to eat Italian." I need not mention where that can lead. The ensuing eating binge was like a runaway freight train. I have gained back 90% of the weight that I lost and I'm still grappling with the emotion issues which caused the problem in the first place. That's what happens when you put a band-aid on festering sore.
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