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The Thin Woman's Brain: Re-wiring the Brain for Permanent Weight Loss [Kindle Edition]

Dilia Suriel , Kate Fotopoulos , Denise Seldon , Subin Parokkottil
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Why are certain women able to stay thin and never, ever diet? What is different between these naturally thin women and those that can only struggle to thinness through obsessive diet-like behaviors? The book explains the significant body of science which finally reveals the differences between the brains of thin and overweight women. It details the alterations in the brain that occur from years of overeating and dieting – and how to reverse them. In a personal and accessible style the author guides the reader through an easy to follow step-by-step program based on cognitive behavioral therapy. The book’s program does not include any food restrictions, or recipes. It does not prescribe any specific exercise program as its sole objective is to restore the brain to its healthy relationship with food.

You will learn how modern foods and ancient survival mechanisms have interacted to create an obesity epidemic. “Famine” brain, high-stress lifestyles, reduced pleasure from food and other factors are examined. Once you understand how your brain has inadvertently gone awry, you will appreciate this sensible approach to “rewiring” you brain back to its natural state – the thin woman’s brain.


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Even though I am trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I was skeptical. Is it really possible to rewire my brain to behave like a thin woman? After years of dieting I was willing to give it a try and OMG, my life has changed in ways that I could have never imagined.

For the first time in years, I'm allowing myself to enjoy mayonnaise, eating things like cheese sandwiches, feeling satisfied after four bites of my gooey chocolate birthday cake. I can't tell you how this amazing book has contributed to the quality of my life. For the first time since the Nixon Administration I am actually enjoying cooking. My poor husband, who has lived through my many failed diets, is thrilled that he doesn't have to find out how many ways I can cook Kale!

The Thin Woman's Brain is a unique and fresh combination of solid scientific data with lessons in mindful eating which equates to mindful living.

I always blame myself for why I could not make any of the many diets that I tried over many years, work in the long run. But this compelling work not only explains why diets fail, it teaches you to eat in a way which takes you on a journey of self-awareness. This little gem is packed full of solid scientific research combined with behavioral steps to ignite your transformation. Stop dieting and start living now!

Kathy HultQuist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Much to my dismay, at age 40 my weight began to creep up. I assumed it was because of my age, a slower metabolism and hormonal changes. But after reading the Thin Woman's Brain, I realized this was not so! I had tried EVERY diet program, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins as well as medically supervised programs with hunger suppressing medications. Each was successful to varying degrees. However, I ALWAYS gained the weight back. How could this happen? How could I be so weak? I have been on a weight loss/weight gain roller coaster for the last 20 years. That is until I read the Thin Woman s Brain, and then my life changed.

I was beyond excitement as I read this book because there is actually real science, published credible studies on why people overeat. And there are tools to fix it at the root cause your brain - permanently! Oh my no more yo-yo diet failures, and no more shame that goes along with those failures.

When I first read the book, I was so excited, but somewhat skeptical. How could a person like me who could eat an entire pint of ice cream in one setting, feel satisfied with a small amount? But now I do! And I was certain that my afternoon sugar cravings were real hunger. They were not! Being able to recognize that some of these automatic behaviors, such as going to the vending machine at work for a candy bar, really meant I just needed to take a short break.

I did this program along with two friends. While the weight was falling off of them, mine remained the same. I was following the protocol faithfully, but my weight didn't budge. And then I revisited the Insulin Resistance section and thought could I be one of those 5% of the population that is Insulin Resistant? Once I realized that this might be the culprit to my weight loss challenges I consulted with my doctor and he confirmed that I was insulin resistant and I began to employ the tools outlined in Appendix B and lost five pounds in four days! Now I am well on my way to achieving my weight loss goals, but would never have done so if I hadn't read this book. --Dianne Osborne, Denver, Colorado

Enlightening and life-altering are words that I use to describe this book.

This book is a must read for anyone who has dieted and failed or never achieved their weight goals long-term. My life has improved beyond my expressive ability as I have lots more energy and a much better outlook. This is truly a discovery of what is at the root of why the dieting approach did not work for me. I have denied myself so many foods and yet year after year I kept putting on more and more weight. I did not trust myself that I could eat mindfully. Once I accepted that I could trust myself and chose foods that truly feed me, I have been able to shed that part of my faulty wiring and along with my goal of 50 pounds!

The book explains the difference in a Thin Women's Brain versus an overweight woman from bonefide, irrefutable, massive amount of scientific data. A good amount of research and evidence is also provided to support her proof that we can restore our brains to our pre-diet food obsessive, compulsive overeating days. You will never diet again and you will be much more fulfilled in many ways never anticipated while becoming the Thin Woman you always knew was possible.

I have reconnected with food in a more meaningful way and truly enjoy it again; especially since I no longer fear binging on any forbidden foods. I have learned to plan the food I want to prepare to keep my body healthy and adopting the mindful practices recommended in The Thin Woman's Brain has helped me to neurologically rewire my brain that much faster. I continue to practice the mindfulness that keeps me eating healthy but I am experiencing joy and self-nurturing that I have not experienced in a very long time. This healing has been amazing and everyone is noticing the "new" me. It has been beautiful to accept a correction between my weight and my brain wiring to "uncovering a whole new me." This is an exciting journey that allows me to have as much as I want; a place I was once uncomfortable is now where I am finally most comfortable.

Thank you for an enlightening and life-altering gift; I am eternally grateful... --Michele Christmann, Western Region Director, OSMRE

Enlightening and life-altering are words that I use to describe this book.
This book is a must read for anyone who has dieted and failed or never achieved their weight goals long-term. My life has improved beyond my expressive ability as I have lots more energy and a much better outlook. This is truly a discovery of what is at the root of why the dieting approach did not work for me.
I have denied myself so many foods and yet year after year I kept putting more and more weight. I did not trust myself that I could eat mindfully. Once I accepted that I could trust myself and chose foods that truly feed me, I have been able to shed that part of my faulty wiring and along with 30 pounds, so far!
The book explains the difference in a Thin Women's Brain versus an overweight woman from bonefide, irrefutable, massive amount of scientific data. A good amount of research and evidence is also provided to support her proof that we can restore our brains to our pre-diet food obsessive, compulsive overeating days. You will never diet again and you will be much more fulfilled in many ways never anticipated while becoming the Thin Woman you always known was possible.
I have reconnected with food in a more meaningful way and truly enjoy it again; especially since I no longer fear binging on any forbidden foods. I have learned to plan the food I want to prepare to keep my body healthy and adopting the mindful practices recommended in The Thin Woman s Brain has helped me to neurologically rewire my brain that much faster. I continue to lose weight as my goal is an additional 20 pounds but I am experiencing a joy and self-nurturing that I have not experienced in a very long time.
This healing has been amazing and everyone is noticing the 'new' me. It has been beautiful to accept a correction between my weight and my brain wiring to uncovering a whole new you. This is an exciting journey that allows me to have as much as I want; a place I was once uncomfortable is now where I am finally most comfortable. Thank you for an enlightening and life-altering gift; I am eternally grateful...
My life has improved immensely as I have lots more energy and a much better outlook. This is through the discovery of what is at the root of my shame and suppressed feelings. Once I was able to free that emotion I have been able to shed that part of my faulty wiring and along with now about 30 lbs. I have reconnected with food in a more meaningful way and truly enjoy it again; especially since I no longer have a fear of a binge on any forbidden foods since you will have none. I have learned to plan the food I want to prepare to keep my body healthy and meditation helps the brain to rewire neurologically that much faster. I expect to keep losing weight and toning my mind and body while I experience more joy and self nurturing activities. --Michele Christmann, Western Region Director, OSMRE

About the Author

Dilia Suriel was trained as a scientist and majored in physics and mathematics at a prestigious university. After undergraduate school, she pursued a master s degree first in electrical engineering, finally settling into computer science. For her entire professional career she has worked in the computer industry culminating at director-level at various international consulting engagements.

Ms. Suriel is a world-class analyst with an impressive track record of solving complex corporate problems and has worked in eight distinct cultures in South and North America.

Ms. Suriel woke up one day knowing that she needed to use her analytical talents to end the chronic diet hell that she endured for far too many years. The Thin Woman s Brain is not only an account of Ms. Suriel's personal triumph in ending the insidious dieting cycle, but more importantly a passionate and thoroughly researched, scientifically based explanation of what options women like Ms. Suriel have to return to their natural eating behaviors.


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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Life Changing! October 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Much to my dismay, at age 40 my weight began to creep up. I assumed it was because of my age, a slower metabolism and hormonal changes. But after reading the Thin Woman's Brain, I realized this was not so! I had tried EVERY diet program, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins as well as medically supervised programs with hunger suppressing medications. Each was successful to varying degrees. However, I ALWAYS gained the weight back. How could this happen? How could I be so weak? I have been on a weight loss/weight gain roller coaster for the last 20 years. That is until I read the Thin Woman's Brain, and then my life changed.

I was beyond excitement as I read this book because there is actually real science, published credible studies on why people overeat. And there are tools to fix it at the root cause - your brain - permanently! Oh my - no more yoyo diet failures, and no more shame that goes along with those failures.

When I first read the book, I was so excited, but somewhat skeptical. How could a person like me who could eat an entire pint of ice cream in one setting, feel satisfied with a small amount? But now I do! And I was certain that my afternoon sugar cravings were real hunger. They were not! Being able to recognize that some of these automatic behaviors, such as going to the vending machine at work for a candy bar, really meant I just needed to take a short break.

I did this program along with two friends. While the weight was falling off of them, mine remained the same. I was following the protocol faithfully, but my weight didn't budge. And then I revisited the Insulin Resistance section and thought could I be one of those 5% of the population that is Insulin Resistant?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENLIGHTENING AND LIFE-ALTERING September 30, 2013
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Enlightening and life-altering are words that I use to describe this book.
This book is a must read for anyone who has dieted and failed or never achieved their weight goals long-term. My life has improved beyond my expressive ability as I have lots more energy and a much better outlook. This is truly a discovery of what is at the root of why the dieting approach did not work for me. I have denied myself so many foods and yet year after year I kept putting on more and more weight. I did not trust myself that I could eat mindfully. Once I accepted that I could trust myself and chose foods that truly feed me, I have been able to shed that part of my faulty wiring and along with 30 pounds, so far!
The book explains the difference in a Thin Women's Brain versus an overweight woman from bonefide, irrefutable, massive amount of scientific data. A good amount of research and evidence is also provided to support her proof that we can restore our brains to our pre-diet food obsessive, compulsive overeating days. You will never diet again and you will be much more fulfilled in many ways never anticipated while becoming the Thin Woman you always knew was possible.
I have reconnected with food in a more meaningful way and truly enjoy it again; especially since I no longer fear binging on any forbidden foods. I have learned to plan the food I want to prepare to keep my body healthy and adopting the mindful practices recommended in The Thin Woman's Brain has helped me to neurologically rewire my brain that much faster. I continue to lose weight as my goal is an additional 20 pounds but I am experiencing joy and self-nurturing that I have not experienced in a very long time.
This healing has been amazing and everyone is noticing the "new" me.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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In principle, this book got it right. Dieting and forbidden foods promote obsession with food, which leads to binging and overeating. It's a mind game, and the more you push the issue, the more push back you will experience, and you will be right on track to yo yo dieting. This book is all about how to get off this treadmill, by being mindful of the subconscious mechanisms that direct our behaviors, and how to learn to say no.

Unfortunately, this book left me rather anxious. There is this big 'laundry list' you have to work on before change is supposed to happen. Throw out the scale and start meditating. The author insists that you need to tackle the issues and traumas in your past and present that lead to our problem relationship with food. She tells you to embrace the fact to be just human in order to end up being the amazing, vibrant and thin female you are meant to be. In other words, embrace imperfection to become a better you and have a more perfect live. While there is nothing wrong with all this, don't think it is necessary to stop overeating.

I believe that more often than not, overeating is nothing more than a bad habit that was left behind after a difficult time in your past. The issues are gone, the traumas healed, but the bad habits (like running to the fridge when stressed) remain. Oftentimes all you need is to recognize the pattern, relax, and chose not to act on it. I don't think everybody has to develop perfect stress coping skills first for this concept to work. There is nothing wrong with the goal of improved stress management, it might even be very helpful, but it is not required to learn healthy eating skills.

All in all, this book left me a little bit overwhelmed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! This book will permanently challenge your assumptions and is...
You will not regret reading this. With rare humility and poignant clarity, Dilia neither anesthetizes with mind-numbing research nor oversells with unsustainable enthusiasm. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Marla O Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
Informative. A good read. I would recommend this. It makes you view things from a different perspective, and makes you feel like you are not alone, which you are not!
Published 1 day ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars No more landshark!
This book is amazing.

I came across Dilia's book by happy chance while searching for yet another title to help me deal with my toxic relationship with food. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Shona
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read!
I've read at least 30 (probably even more) books in the past 7 or so years on the subjects of overeating, binging, eating disorders, etc. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Errrin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Definitely some useful info. I liked the scientific backing she included.
Published 7 days ago by Erin M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
This book explains why I react the way I do with food. I like the way the author speaks from her own experience. She's done the work and provides the research to back it up. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lynda Siciliano
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally something that really makes sense.
Finally something that actually makes sense. I have faith that using the concepts in this book, I will be able to get food out of my head, once and for all. Read more
Published 8 days ago by AliciaS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
Lots of very good insights. Really helpful to shed light on the mechanism that makes us be controlled by food and the way to reverse it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Flo
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
It has changed my life! I never read anything that identified so fully with the struggle of overeating....magnificent book! Read it!
Published 9 days ago by Charlotte lady
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Not your same old, same old, that's for sure! This program peels back the root causes of food addiction, provides the latest mental technologies to reprogram old beliefs and... Read more
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