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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (January 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935097288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935097280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Anderson is a wonder. He summarizes and clarifies diet issues so clearly and well. Anyone serious about health and weight management needs to read The Anderson Method.-- Allen E. Ivey, EdD, ABPP, 
Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) University of Massachusetts, Amherst; 
Courtesy Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa

Revolutionary. The Anderson Method is a profoundly practical book.  If you need to lose significant weight, I highly recommend this book. -- Robert Pretlow, MD,
Pediatrician, Obesity Researcher
Childhood Obesity News


This book will change lives. I think many will be able to succeed just by reading the book. --Linda Carson, ABC7 news anchor who lost 70 pounds and has maintained her success for years, as a client of The Anderson Method

I have seen more weight loss and lasting success in patients using The Anderson Method than with any other treatment. It is far superior to medications, diets, or surgery an entirely different approach. --Mark Lupo, M.D., President, Academy of Clinical Thyroidologists

Well written and easy to read, it shows us a new way to understand and beat obesity, by someone who has done it and proven he can teach others . . . It has the potential to make lives better, to help reverse the obesity epidemic and make the world a better place for all of us. --Waldo Proffitt, Columnist and Editor Emeritus, Herald-Tribune Media Group

From the Author

I wrote this book for all the people out there who have suffered with being overweight as I did, and endured all the misery it brings. I wrote it for you if you've been teased or shamed, scolded or discriminated against, bullied or lectured and tried thousands of times to lose weight, only to suffer more pain with each defeat. I wrote it for you, once again daring to hope you might be able to solve your weight problem.

The two most significant experiences in my life have been 1) Being obese and unable to change it for 25 years and suffering all that overweight people do, and 2) Discovering how to solve the problem, losing the weight, and enjoying happiness for the last 30 years with what I learned that I share here. You've probably had my #1 miserable experience. I'd like to give you my #2, the happiness and joy of being able to succeed. I know I can. I've been successful for years helping people to succeed one-on-one, and I know that I can do it with this book because I have. It came out in 2009, and now, in 2013, I have a collection of "thank you" messages from people all over the world who have succeeded with what they've learned from this book. I wrote this book for you. I hope you like it and I hope you get as much benefit from what you learn here as I have.

More About the Author

William Anderson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in Sarasota FL, a featured writer and weight loss expert at The Huffington Post, a featured expert on food addiction and weight loss at ChooseHelp.com, and Director of The Anderson Method Therapist Network. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his graduate studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. He credits his unique expertise and knowledge not so much to his clinical training as to his 25 years of struggle to lose weight culminating in his breakthrough success with his unique program of behavioral therapy that resulted in his remarkable success in 1984, losing 140 pounds in 18 months and keeping it off since, almost thirty years, without much difficulty.

Customer Reviews

If you need to lose significant weight, I highly recommend this book.
Robert Pretlow, MD
This book by Bill Anderson provides the psychological techniques that help you learn how to undereat and lose weight, while also enjoying food even more.
Craig Twehues
If you are ready to make a difference in your life and change your bad habits I highly recommend reading this book.
Johnny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Linda on August 8, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I lost 73 pounds on the Anderson method several years ago. I kept it off for a long time and decided I had my problem solved. But after much junk food, 20 pounds came back. So I used the book and it's working like a charm. By following the Anderson Method step by step, it really works on my brain, and makes me feel good about myself and in control of every part of my life as the pounds melt off. I have learned how to stop my "mindless" eating and bad habits in other parts of my life along the way, and I feel strong and in control again. This book has been a miracle for me. And I love having it on my Kindle.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rcarter on August 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I lost 55 pounds using the Anderson Method and have kept the weight off for over a year now. The Anderson Method addresses both the mental and physical aspects of weight loss; the author gives you techniques and tips and tricks that actually make it easy because you don't have to rely on will power. Best of all, the book is easy and fun to read because he seems to relate directly to the reader in a positive, profound and often funny way. Even if you think you're a hopeless case (as I did), this book can change your life. This is the one.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Stone on January 28, 2011
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A good kick in the butt weight loss book that reminds you to be honest with yourself, and doesn't make you stick to any fad diet, just the science of calories in, calories out. My only complaint: It was too short, I read it in a couple of hours (I have the Kindle edition, which at 1994 locations, is small for $10!). I wish there would have been more in depth information on how to train yourself, but I think this might just be a taste so that people actually sign up with his certified therapists. Really, this book can be summed up as: Think positive, tell yourself you can do it, eat far below your metabolism, deal with the hunger pangs and just starve yourself thin on the weekdays, and eat up to your base metabolic intake on weekends. Then, when you get thin, don't eat any more than you need to - for a 5'4" woman, regardless of weight, that should be NO more than 1,800 calories a day. Less on some days if you want to eat more on others. Super simple, really smart advice, and he suggests you take a long, hard look at your habits and don't lie to yourself - because we're all just fat because we eat too much! That's it. I find it interesting that all of the other people who reviewed this little book ALL gave it 5 stars and none of them have ever reviewed any other books. It made me skeptical to buy it, but, I gave it 4 stars since it renewed my enthusiasm to try again, and I can tell you, the advice DOES work since it's just plain science and I've done it before. Add in exercise to about 1,000 calorie diet and you will be dropping weight like crazy.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on February 6, 2012
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Please do not use this book as a means to lose weight. Although it has great points about weight loss due to calories in vs calories out rather than fad diets, it does not teach you what this method is all about. The only information I was able to ascertain is that he teaches you to be an "undereater" rather than overeater, but outside of prescribing 150 calories for breakfast, 150 calories for lunch and a feast at dinner (which, by the way, is called binging), I cannot see the merits of this "method". He also advocates keeping yourself hungry so you can say "I am burning so many calories by keeping myself hungry, burn baby, burn". These principles fly in the face of all of the extensive research done about metabolism and making sure your body is consistently fueled to avoid blood sugar crashes and overeating.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Melinda R. on August 18, 2010
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A few months ago I hated my body. I couldn't believe I was at that desperate place again. Then I came across The Anderson Method and decided to read it, even though I believed at my age I was just destined to be overweight. Now I'm at my lowest adult body weight ever and have so much energy. I'm also using the techniques I've learned to make positive changes in other areas of my life as well. You really can be healthy again, read the book and decide for yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela Quattrano on June 28, 2012
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After having visited the author's website, I put this book on my list and finally purchased it. I wish I had bought it sooner. It is full of good ideas about strategies for losing weight and keeping it off.

That said, it does say in the book that not everyone will be able to use the book to set up their own weight loss program. It is simply not a weight loss program in and of itself. The issue with so many weight loss programs is that they are designed for people who are the same, and people are different.

I am a hypnotherapist developing my own weight loss program based on some of the same concepts that Anderson has described here, so I have a background that is different from others who have reviewed the book. I recommend buying it if you are curious and like to look for new ideas, because his program is based on concepts that make it not very much like most other weight loss programs I have investigated, and you will find lots of useful stuff in there.

For instance, nowhere else have I seen described the idea that our ideal body weight is what our calorie needs are based on. This means that no matter how overweight you are, you burn the same number of calories that you would at your ideal weight, because fat stores require no calories for maintenance. Weight loss programs that calculate your caloric needs by your present bodyweight ignore this and give erroneous results, despite the fact that every overweight dieter is aware that fat people really don't eat more than thin people. Naturally thin people pig out, too. But there's nobody noticing.

The question is, how can we learn to think like a thin person, or a person who has lost weight and developed strategies to maintain that weight loss?
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