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The Missing Factor in Many Diet Books--Psychological Aspects
on March 22, 2010
This is a WONDERFUL book! On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it at least a 10!
Bill REALLY gets down into the emotional issues of dieting and provides practical take-away tools to really help you, if you are willing to do the work. I consider myself a "professional" dieter because I have spent 90 % of my entire life dealing with weight issues. I have had to fight extremely hard to lose weight as well as to keep from gaining weight. Many years ago, I gave up, until something inside me woke up. I lost 60 pounds and because of my experiences before, during, and following the loss, I can personally attest to many of the things Bill writes about as "right on the mark"!
I usually know in the first 20 pages or less if I am going to like a book. Bill hooked me BIG TIME on page 11. As he speaks to his own past experiences, he tells us, "For most of my adult life, I INTENTIONALLY gained two or three pounds every year until I was almost 250 pounds. I say I was intentionally overweight because I have never ACCIDENTALLY eaten anything.. . "
(OUCH! I have made every excuse known to mankind to myself over the years, but this hits home! Has anyone out there EVER eaten anything without the total awareness of EXACTLY what they were doing? The internal dialog is more like, "Yeah, I know this xxxx has about 700 calories in it, but the heck with it. I had a rough day and I deserve it. Besides, I will cut back tomorrow." Then tomorrow is another excuse, or maybe you do this only once a week, and every 5 weeks, you just gained another pound.
Bill writes this book around the cognitive/thinking processes that our minds go through and how we can channel that process to help our weight loss efforts rather than hinder them. He provides a process with tools, so that each step of the way, you stop and assess your thinking and re-shape it to your advantage. This is like a lesson workbook. As you journey through the lesson, you stop and work an exercise. The exercises build in a helpful way to help you achieve. This is not a novel that you sit down and read through one night when you cannot sleep. On the contrary, I suggest that you work through the book slowly and get into the exercises--take time for them.
The exercises are adult learning tools. If you do not want to write in your book, or need more space, Bill provides a website where you can download the forms. You can print them out and review them as you work through the book. This book is designed to effectuate permanent and positive life style changes to help you lose the weight, keep it off, and adapt a healthier life style. Most diet books fall short on changing behavior patterns and many people fail as a result. This book also uses the power of visualization, positive thinking and the Law of Attraction--a winning combination!
An example form would be the form/tool on page 25. "My Blueprint for Success" is where you visualize how the future YOU will look--what you look like--what size you wear--how you feel--some affirmations. Then you describe your new behavior--what you do--how you feel--what you eat. Writing these things down, and referring back to them, will help you to visualize the new you, and to focus on that image until you achieve it. This is only one exercise. The book is loaded with them.
If you have a normal metabolism, your journey will be that much easier. But even if your metabolism is slow like mine, I believe this book has the potential to benefit you immensely--if you are willing to work through the exercises and try for about 30 days--long enough to break your bad habits and set new behavioral patterns. I would say this book is a MUST for your personal library, if you need weight control help. I keep going back to the bottom line--"I never ate anything accidentally"! That, kinda, says it all. If I ate it, I knew EXACTLY what I was doing and chose to do it, regardless of any BS excuse I might come up with.
A side note from your friendly Amazon reviewer--losing and maintaining your preferred weight will likely take time and be a lifelong process. You must 1) love yourself, 2) be patient with yourself, 3) really want to do this, and 4) keep going, even if you mess up. There are no magic bullets. There is no magic pill. Even operations don't seem to do what people expect. (I have known several people who got them.) For most people, weight loss is a slow process and you must be prepared for that. I only lost 5 lbs a month. But before I knew it, a year had passed and 60 lbs went with it. NEVER GIVE UP!