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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,243 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, 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 want to change your life, read this book.
Thank you for writing "The Anderson Method" so that others across the nation and the world can learn the secrets of a healthy, happy life.
V. Dyer
If you need to lose significant weight, I highly recommend this book.
Robert Pretlow, MD

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23 of 24 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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17 of 18 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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23 of 26 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Showalter on October 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
You can find countless books on weight loss, dieting, nutrition, metabolism, the food industry, and so on. All will claim to have the missing information you need. I find that few to none address weight management - as you would treat time management or money management.

That is the essential difference between The Anderson Method and other reads.

We want to believe that reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is very complicated (and it is) but, as with time and money, we focus on the wrong complexity and miss the big one: psychological principles of behavior modification.

I watched William Anderson on Facebook for a while before I decided that, when I thought I was ready to address my extra weight in a permanent way, his method is the first I would try.

I didn't spend a dime. I told him that I was planning to do it on my own and that if I found I needed help I would contact him. He seemed truly happy and did not in the least try to convince me to buy a thing. Then I checked the book out from the library, read it, made notes, and promptly lost more weight than I had ever been able to do with my already healthy diet (I love kale!) and exercise regimen (recommended levels for my age). I was patient - committed to a healthy rate of loss - and took off 25 pounds in 3.5 months. It has stayed off because I know that healthy eating habits will always require attention and I now have the confidence and skill to do it with relative ease, having put in the initial time and practice - an investment as important as any savings account or IRA. You may have more to lose or you may want more help with the behavioral strategies than what the book provide. This was just my experience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dawn McCain on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I first learned of Will Anderson's weight loss methods I sent him an email asking if there were any therapists in the Houston, TX area trained in his methodology, like all obese people I was looking for the easy fix and thought that by going to a therapist they would work their magic and "cure" me! He was quick to reply and unfortunately (or rather fortunately) the answer was no. He was honest when he told me that the book would outline the methodology but would not be successful if I was not willing to put the time and effort into doing this, he told me that I had to be willing to put myself and my needs first and to look at my family and job as secondary and tertiary priorities in my life. I was never going to regain my health by putting myself and my needs last in line, I needed to treat myself as the number one most important person and job.

I purchased the digital version through my ereader early last year. After reading the book in 2 days I started practicing the methodology outlined in the book, it was like turning on a switch in my head. I noticed almost immediately that I had willpower to turn away from sweets and other foods that were of no nutritional value and started wanting to eat the kind of food that my body needed for energy. I began to look at food differently and no longer desired the sinful snacks but started to look at my body as a fine tuned engine that required fuel to make it function more efficiently. It didn't take long when I started to notice the pounds drop. Gaining a little more confidence in myself I began exercising as well, nothing hard, just walking. I started off with about 1 mile and then worked up to 5+ miles 5-6 times per week.
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