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The Self-Hypnosis Diet: Use the Power of Your Mind to Reach Your Perfect Weight Hardcover – January 1, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated; Book and CD edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591794757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591794752
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Gurgevich, Ph.D. is a health psychologist specializing in mind-body medicine. He is a faculty member at the University of Arizona¿s College of Medicine, where he teaches mindbody medicine to physicians at Dr. Andrew Weil¿s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and he is a Fellow and Approved Consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Joy Gurgevich is a behavioral nutritionist, specializing in helping individuals make wholesome food choices for a healthy lifestyle. She is a preceptor at Dr. Andrew Weil¿s Program in Integrative Medicine and the Behavioral Nutrition Expert at both of Dr. Weil¿s Web sites.

Andrew Weil, one of America's best known advocates of alternative medicine and holistic healing, attended Harvard Medical School. He has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and the Harvard Botanical Museum. He is the founder of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and Associate Director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine, University of Arizona. Weil's books include Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.

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Dr. Steven Gurgevich is a psychologist specializing in Mind-Body Medicine. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, and Director of The Mind-Body Clinic within Dr. Andrew Weil's Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Gurgevich continues his thirty-seven years of private practices at Behavioral Medicine, Ltd, and Sabino Canyon Integrative Medicine, LLC, in Tucson, Arizona.

He is a Fellow, Approved Consultant, and faculty of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Other memberships include: the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the American Psychological Association, state and local psychological societies.

Dr. Gurgevich's most recent book is Hypnosis House Call which includes a 2-hour DVD (published by Sterling, Jan. 2011). He is author of the Sounds True publications: The Self-Hypnosis Home Study Course, Relax Rx, Relieve Anxiety with Medical Hypnosis, The Self-Hypnosis Diet (audio), The Self-Hypnosis Diet (book, co-author Joy Gurgevich), and Heal Yourself with Medical Hypnosis (co-author Andrew Weil, MD) and Relieve Stress with Medical Hypnosis. He is also the author of over 60 titles of medical hypnosis applications published by Tranceformation Works' Healing with Hypnosis Series, numerous textbook chapters and professional papers about medical hypnosis.

Dr. Gurgevich and his wife, Joy, live and practice near Sabino Canyon National Park in Tucson, Arizona, and have a virtual home at

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The Self-Hypnosis Diet Book and CD have worked wonders for me.
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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful By C. Chauhan on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have successfully lost weight in the past being mean to myself, hating my body, and punishing myself with very low calories, forbidding any fun, and hard workouts. In the end--I still wasn't happy, or happy with my body, and I even injured my knee pushing too hard in a workout.

The Gurgeviches offer a better way. I love this program. I teach yoga, and these 'self hypnosis' sessions closely resemble guided relaxation and yoga nidra. As proof: today, in line at the grocery store, I picked up the new dark chocolate bar. After a few moments, I put it back! That's HUGE! It's the little things, like really learning to listen to yourself and 'eating whatever you want while reaching and maintaining your perfect weight'.

I work at a health food store, and people constantly spend up to $100 on pills, hoping they'll find the magic one that effortlessly melts the pounds from their body, and in the meantime putting some potentially dangerous stuff in their bodies. Try a healthier, more positive way! With this program you will end up LIKING yourself as well as looking and feeling healthier, which is what it's all about.

Warning: you might just get the magic solution! It really is wonderful to make some of these small choices, like forgoing a candy bar without being deprived. It's a change of paradigm, or just a different way of thinking about food and our relationship with it. I am learning to want the best for myself. Americans can definitely learn more in this department!

The book suggests you read the first three chapters, then you can begin using the cd and finishing the book. It has wonderful inspirational quotes, and background into the history and research behind self-hypnosis. It even has a foreword from Dr.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Penelope A. Kendall on September 25, 2007
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I've bought hypnosis self-improvement tapes before and soon abandoned them. I was too impatient! This time I've discovered that persistence and repetion is the key. You really can change your subsconscious "tapes" but it is not a quick process. Just hang in there, and repeat, repeat.. As to this book and CD set, I did not find the book very enlightening. If you are completely new to the subject, perhaps you will. However, the CD is GREAT! Mr. G. has one of the most soothing voices I have ever heard from a hypnotist. He does not do very lengthly inductions, which I like. He also has another set of three CDs on Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss that doesn't come with a book. Those CDs are different from the one that comes with this book and are just as good. If you are really serious, I recommend buying them as well. Good Luck!
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mary VINE VOICE on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Before I was hypothyroid never had to worry about my weight, so becoming hypothyroid was a major rude awakening. Where before I could lose weight by cutting out a few sodas and chips each week, after my thyroid problem started, I not only couldn't lose weight, I actually gained weight following stringent diets. It was awful. I was so relieved when I finally was able to start losing weight again, by optimizing my thyroid function, changing what I ate, and adding in supplements and appropriate exercise (an approach I've outlined in detail in my book, The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss). But that doesn't mean that I don't work at this every single day. I always have more to lose it seems, because it's easy to gain, holidays and wintertime can be setback periods, and I'm by nature not an athletic or active person. So weight loss and management is a lifestyle for me, not just something I can do once and forget about!

So, with all this in mind, I have to say that s Steven and Joy Gurgevich's book/CD, The Self-Hypnosis Diet, is a resource that I consider pretty much indispensable, no matter what type of diet you are following -- helping make any diet successful -- whether you're following my Thyroid Diet, or you're doing Weight Watchers, or Ediets, or low-carbing it, South Beach, or making up your own diet as you go.

I've been using this book and companion CD for more than a year, and I consider it absolutely essential to my ongoing diet and weight loss efforts. Dr. Gurgevich is a member of the faculty at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine, where he is the Director of the Mind-Body Clinic and teaches mind/body medicine to physicians.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cath on January 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for anyone whether you need to lose weight or gain weight... or even if you don't need to lose or gain but just need to eat more nutritiously this book is for you. It is wonderful because the focus is on eating foods that are nutritious and healthy... or foods that "support your perfect weight" It's not about dieting at all! And the self-hypnosis Cd in the back of the book helps you crave foods that support a healthy weight and helps you desire portions that are just right for you. If you are at all familiar with Dr Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet you will agree that The Self Hypnosis-Diet Book and Cd wonderfully support it. This book is for everyone... and it works!
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