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English psychologist Rankin asserts that when it comes to losing weight "information and education are valuable, but they're a small piece of the puzzle." Those who want to slim down would do well to follow the tenets of the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) organization, he says, which embrace the emotions involved in weight issues, such as insecurity, fear, hope, self-worth and identity. Although this touchy-feely approach is surely not for everyone-it forces people to thoroughly examine how they perceive themselves and does not delve into specific dietary regimes or exercise plans-it could help those with deep-rooted weight issues. Rankin divides his book into two main sections ("Attitudes" and "Skills") and offers chapters on subjects like self-acceptance, courage, excuses and spirituality, as well as on strengths, such as patience, planning, self-control and setting goals. Contributions from people who have struggled with losing weight lend the book a sobering note that's often absent in weight-loss books.
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About the Author

Howard J. Rankin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with an international reputation in the areas of relationships, wellness, and weight loss. A former academic who has written more than 50 scientific papers and edited prestigious, scholarly journals, Rankin has held appointments at the universities of London, Oxford, and South Carolina. He’s been a consultant to the World Health Organization, and he’s the psychological advisor to the international nonprofit weight-loss support group Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). He has written several books, including Inspired to Lose, ISBN: 0965826147; 7 Steps to Wellness, ISBN: 0965826112; 10 Steps to a Great Relationship, ISBN: 0965826120; and Power Talk: The Art of Effective Communication, ISBN: 0965826139. Rankin’s work has been frequently featured in the print media, and he has appeared many times on radio and television. His pioneering work on temptation management was featured on the ABC newsmagazine 20/20.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401901565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401901561
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have been in TOPS for 6 years, I am below my goal weight and I still love this book. I personally think it should be a "must read" for every TOPS member and anyone who wants to lose weight. Losing weight is simple eat less, and exercise more, Dr. Rankin explaines why we have weight problems. We have to understand ourselves and motivate ourselves to change our lifestyles.
Read this book, change your life, and enjoy all the wellness, fitnesss, happiness, wonderful life that you are entitled too.
Don't ask to borrow my book, I won't lend it out, I will however tell you how to get one on Amazon.com!
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This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I do not usually make such a statement. Simply, Dr. Rankin has put years of research into a readable volume helping those who want to lose
weight to understand the attitudes and skills we must have. After two chapters of introduction (essential reading to help us
see that while exercise and diet are important, what is vital is what is happening "between our ears") the rest of the book consists of personal stories to illustrate attitudes such as "resilience" or skills such as "assertiveness". These stories will grip the reader who will be able to relate to many of the struggles illustrated in them. After each story there is a short
summary of the key points on each topic and then a list of
"things to do" - clearly and helpfully put.
Chapter l: The Power of Group Healing covers the vital support the individual can get from being part of a similarly motivated
group, such as TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 2:
addresses The Motivational Journey. I consider these chapters
brilliant, clear and incisive, yet supportive and empathic.
I highly recommend this book.
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This book combines real life experiences of overweight/obese people and how they overcame this disease--how they struggled, how they found self-esteem, how they began exercising when they had felt it was impossible, etc. More than just personal diaries, the author tells it like it is--these are the things you must do to lose the weight and here are the skills needed to do it. The part I like the best, is the list of step by step things to do at the end of each chapter, ie. "Whenever you feel an excuse coming on, remind yourself: I'm my only problem, and I'm my only solution. Repeat this mantra every day." p. 69 This book should be read by anyone overweight/obese whether a TOPS member or not. It WILL encourage you in your weight loss program.
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I love this book !!
No gimmicks. No special foods. Just eat regular food and take a little "me" time each day to walk, ride bike, dance, or whatever is fun. My "me" time is 20 minutes. I have lost weight !!! Now I want more "me" time.
It talks about hanging out with people who will support you in eating healthy / losing weight. I have found that to be very helpful. Was lucky to find a TOPS support group.
It is a great book to read and follow. It is all common sense. Eat healthier food, be aware of how much you actually need, and move a little more. I don't deny myself what I like to eat. I just eat less junk and curb my appetite with healthier food.
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Many struggle and success stories here! I love reading about how people are able to succeed at weight loss and getting healthier even after many failed attempts. Very inspirational! TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly - has been around for over 70 years, still non-profit, still meeting in church basements and other local places, all with the goal of getting people together to help each other with this struggle to lose weight without going crazy in the attempt. This book just shows how some people have done it.
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By Retired MST on December 4, 2012
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Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Instead of fads and a glitzy name...weight loss is not easy but this is a practical way to make a life style change. Not just something to do for a little while but a everyday, for always way to lose weight.
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By nancy belle on April 21, 2014
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FOUND THIS TO BE VERY INTERESTING, AND HAVE JOINED A TOPS CHAPTER,,I LOVE THERE OUT LOOK ON WEIGHT LOSS AND WOULD RECOMMENED IT TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY,,I AM LOSING WEIGHT VERY SAFLEY AND FIND ALL THERE INPUT VERY HELPFUL
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Helpful stories from people trying to overcome obstacles I could relate to...
I am a TOPS member and this is a great addition to my go to library to cope day to day.
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