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Think Thin, Be Thin: 101 Psychological Ways to Lose Weight Paperback – December 28, 2004
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The tips are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including Gestalt therapy, transactional awareness, compliance theory and cognitive-behavior therapy: all these sources these translate to "there's something for everyone". Old standards like keeping a food diary and finding simple ways to burn calories (like gardening or taking the stairs at work) are mixed with creative ideas like becoming your own advice columnist for a day and watching specific comedy movies that also offer encouragement for change (think Groundhog's Day). Whether you sit down and plow through the book in one sitting or pick and choose a few tips to follow for short time periods, you'll find the positive tone both relaxing and inspiring.
While the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss are the focal point, you'll also find a few tips aimed at the more practical side, like tracking your BMI (a charted is included as an appendix) and how many calories are burned by an assortment of activities. Whether it servers as a companion to a new gym membership or a refresher course in positive thinking, this book has plenty of helpful tips to keep you on track. --Jill Lightner
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my only complaint is that they don't have a table of contents that allows you to go directly to certain helpful passages, you sort of have to flip through the pages to find what was helpful.
This book addresses all of those aspects surrounding food outside of calories alone, beyond controlling your food. The book addresses how food (and all aspects of food) intervenes - psychologically - into the rest of your life. Therefore it addresses how your lifestyle is affected, or changing your lifestyle will change your weight. If you are not ready for change, you will not be ready for what the book presents.
The book offers a large range of "technique" for becoming less food-centric in your life. It does not, however, elaborate on moving those techniques into permanent behavior change. (It felt more like I was reading a laundry list of options rather than recipes for change.) The techniques are provided in the short chapters (and it does cover an exceptionally wide range of techniques - from the simplest pause between bites to aroma therapy) but I did feel it missed the point on elaboration. Breaking out of the short chapter mold and providing a couple of at length discussion chapters might have proven a useful idea.
The book is decidedly geared toward women (i.e. only women's body fat charts are provided, etc...).
I didn't find it life shattering, but rather a "survey" of technique - and you get to choose which of those techniques might work for you.
One EXCEPTIONAL idea that was presented was "Know Your Weights" these are your Dream, Happy, Acceptable, Disappointed, and Never-Again weights. This consciousness can help you watch yourself - stay aware of creeping instead of waiting until you get to an OH NO point again.Read more ›
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This book is a quick read, has short chapters, a single idea covered in each. It got me reading others, but it did not impact me as much as I had hoped. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Florida Kayaker
Just okay. It was recommended reading by a weight loss support group. It just wasn't for me. Other people I know have gotten a lot out of it though.Published 7 months ago by Vanderski
I have been overweight the last 60 of my 70 years of age.I have tried every weight loss plan and support group there is. Two years ago I was diagnosed Diabetic. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Don Bell
This book was a very useful tool. Though I read this for a book club choice (a fitness book club), it had some very interesting and insightful questions and advice for those that... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Alexandrea Ward
This one got me reading others, but it did not impact me more than that. I liked how to fit into your skinny jeans the best.Published on June 5, 2013 by L. Taylor
Pretty good book. If you have limited time to read, this book is perfect for you. Short chapters with information we already know but a great refresher course to mentally help... Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Seems possible to lose weight through changing your mindset. I am only a few days into the book and program, but I am confident the changes will happen....we'll see!Published on April 27, 2009 by Nathan Faurschou