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The Complete Beck Diet for Life: The Five-Stage Program for Permanent Weight Loss Hardcover – December 23, 2008
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More About the Author
Dr. Beck directs the three major functions of Beck Institute:
Professional education and training in cognitive therapy
Dr. Beck divides her time among administration, supervision and teaching, clinical work, program development, research, and writing. She has been a consultant for several National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studies, has developed widely adopted assessment scales for children and adolescents, and has presented hundreds of workshops nationally and internationally on various applications of cognitive therapy. She is also a Distinguished Founding Fellow and Past President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Dr. Beck has written nearly 100 articles and chapters on different aspects of cognitive therapy. She is the author of the primary text in the field, which has been translated into 20 languages, as well as books, workbooks, and pamphlets for consumers. Her publications include:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond (2nd ed)
Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to Do When the Basics Don't Work
The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy
Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders
The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook
The Complete Beck Diet for Life
Top Customer Reviews
It is true that I have a different mindset as a thin person than I ever had a fat person. I am a new person and I owe a lot of that to the Diet Solution.
So the question I had in my mind was.... I already have the Diet Solution book and workbook, do I really need this new book?? Is this book different in any way from the Diet Solution?
The answer is yes -- Even though this book uses many of the exact same techniques and therapy, it is presented in a whole different way and uses a different time frame. I actually think that the way the stages are presented in this book is more logical to me and seemed easier to follow than the Diet Solution book. They are both great books in different ways, but if I had to choose one over the other, I like this one better.
I made myself new set of cards when I went through this book and it has amazed me how much my thinking has changed over the past year from my last cards and how many more things still need to change. I have only had the book for a week so far, but I have read through it twice and I plan on re-doing the entire program from scratch, using the stages.Read more ›
Do you see the problem in this? While I am able to lose weight following a specific diet, it doesn't stay off, and I wind up having to go back onto "a diet" once more to lose what I've regained.
When I ordered this book, I was not aware of its particular premise, that of lifetime weight loss. (Yeah, the title should've been a clue, I know!) But I had noticed the scale and thought, "Uh oh, time for another diet." I picked this simply because it was a diet book, but I think this is the answer to my on-and-off weight problem!
So what's it about? Well, Dr. Beck -- a psychologist, expert in Cognitive Therapy -- methodically teaches you the tools to rethink how you approach food, how you think about yourself and your weight, and what it means to "diet." I was initially concerned that this was merely a follow-up book to her previous release. While it builds on those concepts, it is completely stand-alone.
The book is clear, gentle, deliberate, and yet firm. Start by simply reading the book. Next, begin Stage One, which has you set up motivational cards to read every day, track your weight, learn to plan your meals, realize that getting hungry is not a disaster, eat slowly, exercise daily, and work with a diet buddy. Sounds like a lot, hm? We're not even actually dieting yet! I lost five pounds doing this stage.
Further stages add eating a certain amount of calories per day -- a surprisingly generous amount! -- and learning how to fit the initially rigid meal plan into real life, with restaurant outings, parties, and stressful times.Read more ›
I was hit with hard reality by concepts in the 1st few chapters that I've never read in other books. For example, Dr. Beck says: "Every time you don't feel like practicing a skill [that she teaches you] but you do it anyway, you strengthen your resistance muscle...every time you eat something you hadn't planned to eat, you weaken your resistance muscle, and strengthen your "giving-in" muscle." ALso, this is the 1st book I've ever read that termed that feeling we have when told "you need to only eat 1 piece of that pizza" as simply "rebelliouness." This was eye-opening for me, as I thought of giving in to a craving as "weakness" -- a totally different beast. She stresses that rebelliousness and the resulting "I don't want to do that" can't co-exist with permanent weight loss. This, then, puts doing the daily skills needed to lose weight in the "NO CHOICE" category.
I wanted to read this book through once and then go back to read it a second time to begin learning the skills that she teaches, which I will do shortly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Beck Diet for Life is not going to be the easiest program to follow - it takes will and WORK. That said, it focuses on permanent behavioral changes that are reasonable and... Read morePublished 22 days ago by H. Hambrick
I don't think I could ever follow a diet with no cheat days, with no days where you can just eat things without knowing the calorie count, where you can go to a potluck and just... Read morePublished 6 months ago by hapathy
I became bored with the information...same stuff you find anywhere else just worded differently.Published 8 months ago by Goldieknox
Great book for dieting... The thought proceeds your actions!Published 9 months ago by Susan Jonassen
WARNING: inside in small print is a disclaimer stating that if you are depressed or (basically) have anything mentally wrong with you that this program IS NOT FOR YOU! Read morePublished 11 months ago by jeffrey lund
I ordered The Complete Beck Diet for Life and the Beck Diet Solution books. Both books cover the same information, but the Complete edition offers recipes and some checklists. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nancy