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- Publisher: Twirl Media (February 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B9JKNBC
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How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too: Stop Binge Eating, Overeating and Dieting For Good Get the Naturally Thin Body You Crave From the Inside Out (Binge Eating Solution Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Update June 7, 2017: I've lost another 3 pounds today and I just finished some fried chicken. I've never stuck with anything this long but not only does this way of approaching food and lifestyle work for me in the form of weight loss, it has brought me tremendous freedom and comfort in my feelings about food and myself. The main purpose of the book is to enable a person to have a sane approach to food and eating. Food is not the enemy, you are not the enemy, but I have learned sadly that dieting behavior of any kind is my enemy and will thwart any efforts to apply the principles of this book successfully. I wrote a little more about that in the comments.
There are many rave reviews here and they inspired me to get the book, but I do note that so many of them don't seem to be written after the reviewer has spent a long time with the new way of eating. After reading so many diet books and so many reviews of diets (so...many....), and after raving to my friends and family about this new diet or that new diet, I'm feeling awfully gunshy. I've been trying to implement the guidelines in this book for about 9 days or so, I've lost three pounds and finding this extremely easy...but it's still very new. So what I want to do is mention a few of the things that I find very valuable about this book that have changed my entire perspective about eating (regardless of how much weight I lose), and I will also try to keep this review updated from time to time.
I just really needed to hunker down and find a way to eat that I could live for the rest of my life. That's all I wanted. I've had weight loss surgery, I have done many different diets, I have worked out a ton (and enjoyed it even when it didn't help me lose weight on the scale). I have been committed to fasting, I have been committed to low carb. I monitor everything I eat and weighed myself every day for years, keeping a nice running chart. I weigh my food. I track everything in myfitnesspal. But most of the time, even when I was doing any or all of those things, I failed a lot. Like, super-failed. I couldn't even stick to any diet for more than about a month and I'd struggle the whole month. I just kept jumping from diet to diet. So while I tracked my food every day, I was still tracking lots of binges. And while I weighed myself every day, it was always just a fight not to regain or to lose the regain. I gave up on actually becoming thinner. I just wanted to find a way to eat that I could live with and not gain 50 pounds, which for me meant not restricting any kind of food for "external" reasons. I couldn't make my food choices based on what other people thought was best because it would never, ever last. I just...wanted a way to eat that would allow pizza to be my favorite food. Fatty, cheesy pizza with meat and thick crust. My nutritionist tried to help me stop with this "rebellious" eating but it really had to be my way. I just had to find my way.
This book has really opened my eyes and I will always appreciate my body more because of the things I learned with the help of this book. One of the first mind-blowing things I learned: having a slow metabolism is not a bad thing. If your metabolism is "slow" that also tends to mean you're not as hungry as others. This shocked me because having a "slow" or "low" metabolism is the bane of the dieting world and there is so much advice aimed at keeping your metabolism running high. Eat every three hours. Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking. Don't eat at night. Eat this precise balance of ratios at every meal. Eat this or that metabolism-boosting food, but definitely not this or that metabolism-killer. And so on.
Never before had I personally encountered the idea that having a slow metabolism could actually work to my benefit. I have always been kind of low-energy, the kid that can read for hours but gets exhausted at the thought of climbing a tree (not even doing it, just the thought). I've never liked eating breakfast. I could go hours and hours before desiring anything at all, in fact, forcing myself to eat first thing makes me sick. I know my metabolism is slow. And I knew that my problem was overeating because I didn't feel good, I didn't feel comfortable after eating "that extra bit", I just felt worse. And I knew that overeating is what killed the many diets I tried. Overeating and feeling like I had to fight my stubborn body. But what if I stopped fighting completely and just paid attention to how I actually felt? Not how other people feel, not how other people eat.
Ok, sounds great. But the binging. Oh God the binging. The week before I read this book, I had a day where I ate a 14 inch pizza, plus a "pizza for one", plus 8 deep fried brownie bites, plus a regular brownie for good measure, and some popcorn chicken too. And I forced myself to have a big bowl of "healthy" cereal for breakfast. I know because I never stopped tracking, not even that other day where literally all I ate was a giant bag of animal crackers when I was supposed to be "fasting". How in the world was I going to stop "eating the world" like that? Just how? And don't just tell me "only eat when you're hungry" (thankfully, Josie doesn't). And don't just tell me "listen to your body" either because what does that even mean? My body says it wants lots of brownies every day, I was certain of it.
Nope. I can tell you that this week I had two hot fudgy brownies in.my.home and I said "eh" and left them alone. I had pizza and I saved most of it for the.next.day. How? Thankfully, the book is full-to-bursting of strategies and principles that help you figure out what "hunger-directed eating" means for you. You can try to implement all of them at once or you can just start working on a few at a time and see what happens. Like, did you know the reason food stops tasting as good as the first bite is because your body is letting you know it's pretty satisfied? I didn't know. I tested this. I found this to be true. Instant epiphany, because now I don't have to feel like I'm missing out if I stop eating. I'm totally not missing out when the food's not delicious anymore. If the second chocolate bar is nowhere near as good as the first, what's the point? The book is full of info like this and all kinds of things to test and try for yourself and in the process, you're training yourself to recognize what's going on inside your own body. So I'll keep going, even though I'm still certain it must fall apart because this is kind of ridiculously easy and nothing is easy...right?
I look forward to continuing on my journey and I'm confident with her tactics I can be successful.
I thought I would add some to my story to try and help others. A lot of the reviews about this book talk about how fantastic it is and how quickly they were able to jump into hunger directed eating and they just started eating really healthy all the time because they wanted to. For me it was not that fast and simple. Don't get me wrong, this is an excellent book and one I highly recommend for anyone struggling with dieting. Before finding the book I had lost about 50 lbs. over the course of two years with a series of different diets and was at what was supposed to be my 'happy weight'. But honestly I was more miserable than before I lost the weight because I was so obsessed with food and dieting. I would gain and lose 10 lbs. over and over again and was just plain miserable. I knew there had to be a better way. But for me personally it really took some time to implement the practices. I think for a long time I tested the theory of really "opening the gates". I definitely went through a 'donuts and Doritos' stage because I really didn't believe I would let go of dieting. I remember when I first read the book I was a little sad that I would never again eat sweets or candy because quite frankly before this book the only time I allowed myself to eat those kind of things was during a binge. I slowly realized over time that I could eat those things in a non-binge way. It also took some time before I started losing weight. But once I started losing, the weight literally fell off without me trying. I lost about 15 lbs in 4 months and was thinner and healthier than I had ever been on any diet.
You will have little moments of victory and if you're patient it will happen with time. For me a really big victory came when I went to lunch with some co-workers at a Mexican restaurant. I used to either eat two baskets of chips because I was blowing my diet anyway or only allow myself to have 12 chips because I knew how many (WW) points that was. At this particular lunch I didn't even think about it and it wasn't until we were leaving that I realized I wasn't overly full or still hungry. I didn't make any kind of conscious effort to not overeat, it just sort of happened. That was a HUGE moment for me and to be honest one I never would have imagined being possible. But keep in mind, this was months after I had first read Intuitive Eating (another book on listening to your body) so it wasn't something that happened overnight.
I think the best thing you can do with this book is take the advice that works for you and ignore the stuff that doesn't. For me personally I really don't do well when I'm not weighing myself. Often after a binge I imagine that I've gained at least five lbs. so if I step on the scale and I'm only up one lb. it actually helps me mentally. Also, I really don't like the idea of having a pair of pants or whatever that you try on periodically because this just makes me feel like a failure when they don't fit as quickly as I want them to.
And lastly, as I mentioned earlier I did fall in the diet trap after a couple years of intuitive eating. I honestly forgot what it was like to be in that diet mentality and got caught up with a "super healthy" eating plan at my gym by convincing myself it wasn't a diet. It has taken me a long time to get out of the diet mentality again so please do yourself a favor and never go on a diet again! Best of luck!
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