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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
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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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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23 of 25 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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12 of 13 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! November 20, 2013
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Last year I opened a new business. I spend most of my time sitting at my desk writing for my clients. For the first time in ten years, I found myself over eating, physically inactive and consequently gaining weight. I overate when I was sad or anxious. I stopped exercising because I told myself that my days were too busy working. My dog got frustrated because he wasn’t getting decent walks, and my clothes started to feel tight. My self-image took a nosedive. Up until then, I had a good physical self-image.

I started to cut back on my food and increased my exercise (only walking). Isn't that supposed to work to lose weight? Well, it didn't. Every day I weighed myself, and the darned needle wouldn’t budge. I was depressed. And hungry. Really hungry.

Then I found this book. From the minute I started reading this it, I knew the author was presenting something very different from thousands of other "diet books". I use quotes because I feel this is book is not about dieting as much as it is about changing a person's relationship with food, as well as with her/himself.

The author is a scientist. Her extensive research on the brain and neural circuitry was fascinating. The information she presents, however, is completely accessible to non-scientists. Ms. Suriel presents sophisticated concepts in a manner than makes them easy to understand. I have read many books on neuroscience, and I know that we can actually change our brains. Her research and recommendations are credible.

The book explains how the habits of thin people differ from those struggling with weight loss. She explains about the vicious cycle of “dieting-craving-consuming” effects out brains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
This is a must read for all women that want to be thin. The book really got me excited about feeling clean and pure. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
After only a week I can tell that my eating habits are significantly changing. It's amazing how much less food I eat now when I actually focus on mindful eating. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Marcie Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Taught me about insulin resistance
GREAT BOOK, Very straighforward and to the point. I love it... it changed my whole outlook on my body and food. Instead of feeling sorry for myself and am now taking charge.
Published 1 month ago by Free Falling
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
This book is worth more than the last 10 "diet" books I've purchased. It completely changed the way that I view my eating impulses and how to deal with them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wrentzu
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
For anyone looking for a positive way to modify their eating habits I highly recommend this book. I first listed to the book on Audible and was so impressed with it I purchased a... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing book
I found this book very helpful and I highly recommend it. I now have a much deeper understanding of what causes my urges to eat when not hungry and what I can actually do about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monte
3.0 out of 5 stars too much info
I find myself feeling even more obsessed about my food thoughts! I'm trying to break that ugh! Some things make sense but in my busy life I don't have time to do all this stuff she... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Audi
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I have struggled with food issues for a very long time. At least 20 years. I managed to keep my weight at a reasonable number with yoyo dieting, but a few years ago everything... Read more
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After looking for many years...for a weight loss book that focuses on the mind rather than the food...finally it is here. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this!
This book offers peace to all woman who have struggled with their weight! Something I though I would never find after several diet and exercise programs. Read more
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