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The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person Paperback – February 3, 2009
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Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and the daughter of Aaron Beck—the founding father of Cognitive Therapy. The Beck name is known throughout the world—Dr. Beck’s father is known as one of the top 10 most influential psychotherapists in history, on the same list as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Nationally distributed newspapers and magazines frequently seek out Dr. Beck for her expertise on a range of psychological topics. She is also a frequent guest on national television and radio news broadcasts.
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Take heart - I bought this book about 5 years prior to my success, perused it, liked it but did not wholly commit myself to following the steps. Needless to say I did not succeed that first time. When I was at my most desperate moment I picked up the book again and I committed to follow the first 14 days. It was working, so I started over again and went through all 42 days and journaled all along the way and here I am - one of the success stories. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as (efklutz)
Beck's approach is to see dieting as a matter of skill, not will; of habits, not fad diets. She is entirely agnostic about the specific diet a reader chooses (other than being a reasonable and healthy choice); instead, the book is about how to make better choices and how to do it as simply and forcefully as possible.
For me, at least and thus far, it has worked.
If you've told yourself "I am willing to do whatever it takes to lose weight!" then you're probably ready for this life-changing book. If not, then I wouldn't recommend it. To lose weight the right way means changing old habits that die hard & take patience, work and time. And Dr Beck will help you every step of the way....but you really gotta be fed up & ready, ya know?
I've been a size 6 my entire life. Even after four kids, I always lost the extra weight right away. That was, until *POOF * I turned 40 and my body's metabolism just suddenly changed. I guess nature just tries to slow you down and your metabolism comes to a screeching halt? I have no idea why. But it was scary. I've never ever struggled with my weight until then.
This book helped me lose 20 lbs last summer. I chose to simply reduce my calories to 1500/day. I used an app on my phone to record everything I ate (which is a one of the pillars for her program). This is extremely annoying & time consuming at first, but you just have to get over it & soon you get used to it and it only takes a few minutes a day. But 10 lbs quickly crept back on because I sort of skipped over the "how to maintain" parts of the book. I felt sure once I was a size 6 again everything would be peachy. But I'm reading it now for the second time and getting much more out of it.
One of the biggest breakthroughs for me, was the idea that "being hungry is not an emergency!" I get headaches when I don't eat right away, so this was hard to fathom. But I soon learned that when I'm avoiding sugary snacks & soda, my headaches went away.
Some advice: talk to a doctor before choosing a diet. I lost 20 pounds, but then something awful happened: most of my hair fell out. I went to the doctor and she said I was too small to reduce my calories to a 1500 cal diet restriction. And also I forgot to take a multivitamin while losing weight. Hence the wicked hair loss.