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Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat Hardcover – December 27, 2011

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Diet Rehab is a smart, innovative, science-based way to end the cravings that are stealing your life. It is filled with practical tips that will make a big difference almost immediately.”—Daniel G. Amen, M.D., author of The Amen Solution
 

“Dr. Mike’s plan will help you change the emotional eating and food addiction that are preventing you from having the body you’ve always wanted.” —Jackie Warner, author of This is Why You're Fat

“Dr. Mike Dow’s Diet Rehab is the best program out there for making meaningful, lost-lasting changes in treating your food addiction and changing your life.” —J.J. Virgin, cohost of TLC's Freaky Eaters and author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless

“In Diet Rehab, Dr. Mike Dow offers a simple plan that will help readers break free from the painful bondage of food cravings and restore balance to their lives.” —W. Michael Carragher III, D.O., Medical Director and founder of The Body Well, L.A.

“Dr. Mike does a brilliant job of exploring how our hormones and emotions are truly powerful in regard to food and weight—and most important, how we can take control of them!”—Keri Glassman, author of The O2 Diet


 

About the Author

Dr. Mike Dow has studied with Dr. Harville Hendrix and been trained in the treatment of addiction at the Betty Ford Center's Professionals in Residence Program. He lives in Los Angeles.
ANTONIA BLYTH is a health and beauty writer who works with such publications as US Weekly and Marie Claire UK.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1st edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781583334423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334423
  • ASIN: 1583334424
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
All of us can stay on a diet for a week or two, and many of us have "edited" our food intake to modify how we eat--I have, or else I'd be in real trouble. Fried food, ice cream, butter, milk, bread, these are some foods I've made infrequent in my diet. But like everybody else, I crave what isn't good for me and I "backslide" from time to time. And it's funny, I don't actually enjoy it after I've snacked on something naughty. It's great in the mouth but afterwards....I don't even feel so great. So what if there was a way to stop even wanting to eat, say, ice cream or bread and stay on a healthy course? Dr. Dow takes you on a month's journey to change habits, and it does take four to six weeks to reprogram anything we do habitually.

So what's in this book? The first section describes how food cravings and food chemically affect the brain, with examples how carbs, sugar, fats can work like Ecstasy (an illegal recreational drug.) The next section describes how to add serotonin (relaxation-production) or dopamine-enhancing (stimulant-craving) foods depending on your physiology. Some of us crave things that sedate us, some of us want things that stimulate. Knowing your own brain biochemistry can help you pick foods to feed the need, and avoid the craving. This is revolutionary to me--pick foods, not just because they are low carb, low glycemic, high fiber, low cholesterol, but to directly interact with the part of the brain that drives food "addiction" or cravings. In other words, it's not lack of willpower, it's a neurological drive that you can modify by eating what calms the brain down. Calorie counting is not part of this, either. You eat what is going to work for your biochemistry.
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This book has been a life changing for me. I had tried many diets in the past as many of them, always failing. This book has made me realize that dieting does not have to be a chore. It is a way of life, with the right amount of food and exercise, I have already lost 4 pounds with the first week of reading the book. It made it easy for me as many of my negative feelings turned into positive thinking as it informed me that it isn't my fault. I liked the diagrams which is easy to understand. I already order 8 books for my friends so they can all help to get motivated for the new year with me!
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I've read countless diet books, and this one was the first one that actually addressed my problem. I've been on probably 25 or more diets and none of them have actually helped me to keep weight off. This one makes so much sense, and once I read all the stuff about brain chemistry, I feel optimistic. And it also didn't vilify me now that I know that the food I've eating actually affects my brain like drugs. I'm on day 4 and am feeling pretty good.
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My doctor told me on my last visit that I am headed for diabetes and/or a heart attack. Sugar not only contributes to metabolic syndrome and diabetes, it causes inflammation that affects the liver and circulatory system as well. I joined a gym the second week of January and according to the body fat analysis I had 43% body at 135 pounds (five feet tall).

I have known for a long time that I need to get a handle on my eating, but my resolutions last about 12 hours... or less. The cravings for carbs and sweets are so powerful, I have feel out of control and desperate.

I have been working on the program in the book for about 5 weeks now and have lost 6 pounds so far. That doesn't sound like a lot but for the past six months I would spend 6 to 8 days to lose a couple of pounds then gain it all back over the weekend.

I have also lost inches from my waist, thighs and arms. I haven't actually implemented all of the "booster" foods and activities yet. I have been thinking about an iced sugar cookie from the mall food court for over 24 hours now, but at least I haven't hopped into the car and gone to get it. Hopefully as I continue with the program The obsessive thoughts will fade away.
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The best part of this book is the part where the author gives you the HOW. HOW in the world am I going to give up my trigger foods? No other "diet book" does this. He provides real life solutions to deal with those moments that you just want to give up an go through the drive thru. Take a deep breath..... and remember that it"s NOT YOUR FAULT. The food companies and fast food conglomerates spend millions trying to hook you. This book helps you unravel the pieces and create a realistic game plan to once and for all conquer your addictions. Best of Luck to you! You CAN DO THIS.
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This book really makes sense. I like how Dr. Mike not only helps you change food habits, but also gives you daily tasks to enhance your life and make it fuller. I'm going to give it a try. His philosophy for eating is based on research and facts, so I'm hoping for great results.
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I have been going to O.A. meetings for over a year and this book helps me form a good healthy eating plan. It doesn't make anything off limits. I just need to watch how much of the 'pitfall" foods I eat. I love the "booster" foods and activities. I'm trying new foods, new meals, and new actions.

According to the book, I'm both seratonin and dopamine deprived. I have noticed that by week three I feel much more peace, and happiness. I'm actually getting to places on time, and really enjoying life.
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