|Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever
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Studies show that the reason why many people gain weight—and keep it on—is emotional eating, not physical eating. Now Dr. Roger Gould, a psychotherapist and a leading authority on emotional eating, shows how to overcome fear, anxiety, and other stresses and stop using food as an over-the-counter tranquilizer that can cause weight gain. With 12 practical ways to stop emotional eating and an eight-session program, Dr. Gould helps you become your own eating therapist and shrink yourself for good.
Italian and jewish parents and grandparents and wonderful cuisine ensured stuffing my face for the good life and good moods. The idea was to leave the table unable to eat more! NOT GOOD! Dr. Gould made the connection for me between a sense of emotional well being and gluttony. Broke the habit painlessly! Less time working it off in the gym. Lower blood pressure! Terrific breakthrough for all of us who love food and robust eating.
Pete Abrahams, Winegrower...more info
- Excellent! By far one of the most influential books I've read.
I first saw Dr Gould on my favorite local morning news show and I was impressed with him and the facts and information he spoke of in regards to "true" weight control. I have been struggling with losing 20lbs for at least 2 yrs and something clicked when I saw him that morning --I knew he spoke the truth. I guess I always knew it was me and my thought patterns, that was contributing to my eating & weight issues. I only did not know the path to take to make successful changes in my life and my health. So I ordered his book the following week and have been literally in awe in how poignant and precise the information is. It really hits home. I had many 'ah-ha' moments, and continue to re-read it as I tackle my eating habits with new insight....more info
- shrink yourself
This was the best book I have read to date on emotional eating. At times I felt like I was reading my own biography. I recommend it to anyone who battles emotional eating like I do....more info
- A Permanent Solution
It's really wonderful to see a book that offers an intelligent approach to permanent weightloss, that explains why diets don't work and offers solutions.
We eat, in many cases, to stop the pain. We learned this most basic food instinct in infancy, and we've refined the concept of pain to include physical and emotional pain. It is really helpful to understand that when you are nervous, you grab something to eat, in part, because one of your oldest memories is of feeling better after your bottle.
And when you understand that years of eating has programmed us to know that food equals relief and comfort, then it's easy to understand why we return to that behavior in times of stress. Fortunately, in this book, you will learn how to change those behaviors by identifying the specific stressor-prompts that cause you to over-eat, and how to disempower them.
This is a powerful must-read book for anyone who wants to lose weight....more info
- This review refers to the Summary....
I noticed that the lower reviews came from persons who felt that the book didn't cover specifics on what to do to loose the weight. What I felt the author is offering is the "tool" to help you recognize WHY you're overweight and the steps you can take to correct the WHY, which is emotional eating. Now everyone's emotional reasons are different, hence it would be a very lengthy book to read, and it would be too general if "tools" where given. When reading the summary version of this book I was shaking my head in amazed agreement of how relevant and on-point the book was for me. I agreed with the material presented and recognized that if put into practice, I can begin to turn my current situation around emotionally, physically and spiritually. When I purchase the book I will come back to amend my rating....more info
- Great Ideas
I am an avid reader of all self help books on emotional eating-this author so far has been frank and painfully honest about the real reasons we eat when we do not need food....more info
- Shrink Yourself
It is an excellent Book. I have read only half of it. I have lost 30 pounds
gone from 240 to 210 and still losing. I am 75 and am having to get smaller pants....more info
- Shrink Yourself
I am very satisfied with the book. It was listed as used, but appears to be brand new. It arrived in a timely manner and I will order from this seller again....more info
- After 40 Years of Searching, Somthing that Works
I have spent 40 years trying to lose weight without success. But, after reading this book and doing the on-line course (I'm still in the final, 12th week) I can say that my emotional eating has been greatly reduced--as has my size. 30 pounds lost in a period that included Christmas and some of the sort of stressful events that, in the past, would have me gorging on food in order to zone out and escape the problems. During those 11 weeks, I followed no diet, just the advice in this book that enabled me to cut down on emotional eating. I also enjoyed all the usual Christmas fare--plum pudding, mince pies, chocolates--the lot--and I enjoyed them all the more because I didn't stuff myself sick.
The journey Shrink Yourself encourages you to take isn't necessarily an easy one. Honestly facing fears, seeing the benefits being overweight has brought you, working out more productive (or, at least, less damaging) ways to deal with problems than eating are called for and, at times, are highly uncomfortable. That, said, the process is an empowering one. At the end of the day, you are helped to take real control of your life. Losing weight is only one of the improvements you can make with the help of this book.
Best of all, I do not fear slipping back into my old patterns of emotional eating. Seeing through emotional eating's empty promises of comfort is like seeing through the Emperor's new clothes. You can't go back. I'm not sure I ever would made these changes were it not for this book.
- End Emotional Eating
When you're ready to really do the work to end your emotional eating, this book will be a godsend. You can't just read it - you actually have to do all the journaling exercises and actually work the program, but if you do that this book will work for you. I highly recommend joining the online program in conjunction with the book. This is not a diet, but a program that deals with the emotional aspect of overeating and binge eating. ...more info
- Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Shrink Yourself: Break Free from
THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE ON THE BEST BOOK LIST FOR THE OVERWEIGHT
(OBESITY) ISSUE...ONE OF THE BEST I EVER READ IT STANDS WITH ANOTHER BOOK I LOVE ALSO "WHEN FOOD IS LOVE" BY GENEEN ROTH.....BOTH OF THEM ARE EXCEPTIONAL,,,, GETTING YOU TO EXAMINE THE GUT REASONS WHY WE OVER EAT AND STAY "FAT".IT HELPS YOU TO LOOK "DEEP" INSIDE YOUR HEART,MIND,,,,AND SELF,,,,
FORCE'S YOU TO THINK AND FACE THE REALITIE OF WHY,WE DO IT...THEN GUIDE'S YOU TO GRADUALY,,, START YOUR RECOVERY. HELPING YOU TO STOP BEING HUNGRY
FOR THE OBSESSION OF FEEDING THE EMOTIONAL HUNGER WITH THE SUSTITUDE WE
USE TO COVER OVER,,, TO STUFF DOWN WITH FOOD THE HURT,, ANGER,,SADNESS, LONLENESS, DISSAPPOINTMENTS ETC. THAT WE DO NOT ADDRESS BECAUSE WE NUMB OURSELS WTH FOOD THE SHORT TEMPERARY FIX TO SUFF ALL OF THESE DOWN,,, DOWN ,, DOWN,, INTO OR BODYS. WHILE MAKING US BIG,, BIG,,,BIG,,, AND BIGGER !!!! THANK YOU ,,,, THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE TOOLS IN HELPING ME IN MY RECOVERY!!!!!!
- The thoughtful evening and diet solution
I stumbled upon Dr. Gould's book after listening to a radio interview he gave promoting his book. I am glad I wrote his name down because I could not remember the title. (A little gimmicky) I was skeptical that a psychiatrist could really help you lose weight through therapeutic techniques. I mean, just start exercising and eating less, right? I read the Beck Diet Solution and found it rather dull.
Anyway, I could not put his book down, I finished it in 2 days...which for me is huge. And I have been on my best eating behavior. I am now consciously controlling my appetite...no binge eating and no late night snacking. I think Dr. Gould gave me great advice on how to understand the signals that lead to fill yourself with food. I think it would work for other applications as well, but I guess that is for another book. BTW, There are practical lessons in chapter 3 that I keep re-reading.
Now I bought it for some co-workers who I thought would benefit....more info
- Puts It Together
This is a great book to help you really understand your specific triggers for emotional eating. I have found it especially helpful when used with his online course which you can find on his website.
The course adds substantially to personalizing my experience. I was at a party the other day and it was so clear what the dynamics were that would cause me to overeat as I'd read the book and also gone through practice scenarios of my own on the online course.
I've read tons of books like this - this one was by far the best. Read Water with Lemon by Zonya Foco (Water With Lemon: An Inspiring Story of Diet-free, Guilt-free Weight Loss!) either before or after and also The Craving Cure(The Craving Cure) and The Right Weigh by Rena Greenberg (The Right Weigh: Six Steps to Permanent Weight Loss) - they really helped me put my emotional eating in perspective spiritually, emotionally, and with a practical approach.
It's really working well for me, thank goodness. Used by More Than 100,000 PeopleASIN:0071477365 Lickety-Split Meals: For Health Conscious People on the Go!...more info
- Do You want to Get Better?
this is the first time I have ever written a review for a book before. I have read tons of diet books, been on just about every diet there is, have reached my highest weight yet, and was just about to give up!
I bought this book with some skepticism. I knew I ate for emotional reasons, but just was so tired of failing time after time. I cannot tell you this book has changed my life, but I have some real hope that it will. It is not a diet - in that it doesn't tell you WHAT to eat. But it will help you identify WHY you eat.
I was so tired of white knuckle diets that I could never maintain for a lifetime. In church one day, the homily was about spiritual growth. What does this have to do with losing weight? Well, it was compared to a diet, in that so many of us start a diet, and then end up at some point going off of it, returning to our old "habits" and end up regaining most all of the weight back, and then some. For lasting change, it requires CONVERSION, a change of heart, a change in lifestyle!
This book is not easy. But it is about transformatiom, creating a new life. One where food returns to its correct place in our lives - for fuel, not for tranquilizing. For once, I have hope that I can do the work necessary, and change my life for the better. What about the weight? Well, I trust that it will slowly come off as I do the work to change the reasons I eat in the first place.
I feel like a tightly closed bud of a flower, and as I do the work to change and grow emotionally, it will open up and become a beautiful flower. Need another analogy? I am a caterpillar, locked into a cocoon that food has placed me in. As I learn new habits and release old fears, I will break open the cocoon and finally be FREE!...more info
- Good but a little dry
I have found the book to be good but it is a bit dry in some places but if your suffer from Emotional Eating then this book is a must read....more info
- I'm free!
I've had this book sitting on my nightstand for quite some time. I've started it, then got busy, so I had to start again, and on and on. After being at my highest weight EVER and having three weeks of bingeing on sweets, I finally sat down and decided to read it. I only wish I'd read it when I got it.
I've read and heard others say this, but after starting the parts where the real work begins my cravings stopped. I literally stopped craving sweets. I thought it was a gimmick when people mentioned that, how could I ever NOT crave sweets? For the past three weeks I could think about nothing but donuts, Milk Duds, chocolate everything, pie, etc. and would go out of my way to get them. Today I thought some sweets would be yummy, but I couldn't even tempt myself to eat some chocolate that was right in front of me. It was like a switch had been flipped and I saw food as nourishment and not a comforting friend.
I highly recommend reading this. If you're on the road to being obese like I am, this could literally save your life....more info
- gets to the core of your issues
[[ASIN:0470275375 Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever]I'm currently reading this book and i am reading it very slowly, allowing his statements to digest! the author is an MD psychiatrist and bases a lot of the examples on his patients, i'm sure. i've read many diet and emotional eating books, but this one is one of the better ones out there. the words relate to overeating, but these principles could apply to other disorders (bad relationships, substance abuse, procrastination).
because of his vast experience with actual cases, Gould hits it at the points where you can relate. i've been to a therapist for some other issues, and whenever she'd ask me "why do you feel/do/need this?" and i honestly couldn't answer her for the longest time. Gould's book is helpful in that he provides a concise list of what could be bugging you underneath causing you to overeat.
i'm in ch. 5, and already i have lost 3 pounds. you don't have to go thru a lengthy process (as in Martha Beck's book or Judith Beck's book) to start succeeding....more info
- THIS IS THE ONE!
ANYONE WHO HAS EVER STRUGGLED, WHO HAS FIFTY MILLION DIET BOOKS ON THEIR BOOKSHELF - LOOK NO FURTHER..this book is the one!!! I have 21 diet books, have read them all, tried them all...but this one struck a chord somehow. It explained things in a way that I haven't found before..both my girlfriend and I are reading it and we have already found drastic improvements in the first week. We no longer binge, we stop - we realise no "goal" we make in regards to our weight can control our desire to eat. We have learnt to not lose weight for our husbands, for a dress size, for a weight on the scales - we are no longer thinking of a number to attain - we are just so excited to have found a solution that we can work with. The book is TREMENDOUS - we are in Australia and will be ordering more copies. THANK YOU ROGER!!!!! YOU ARE A GENIUS - THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE THERAPISTS SECRETS - you have saved us heaps of money and lots of emotional pain. Kind regards from two aussie gals happy and well on our way!!...more info
- Great Help!
I have struggled with Emotional Eating all my life. Even after loosing 208 pounds following gatric by-pass surgery this will still an issue for me. This book truly touchs the heart of the matter and has enabled me to begin the healing process!...more info
- Helped a lot
I have struggled with weight nearly all my life and finally found a way to start losing it successfully. However, there was always the draw of food-especially sweets. Since reading this book, I realized I was using food to hide behind and it only made things worse. After coming to this realization, food no longer has power over me. I have power over food to eat healthy and I simply do not have the food cravings that I had struggled with for years and years. If a person reads this book and looks honestly at themselves it will be of tremendous value to them and may literally change their lives. It has changed mine....more info
- Great book.
Practical, useful and in-depth. Really helpful. Lots of good info on the book's website too: www.shrinkyourself.com...more info
- Great Book!
I've known Dr. Gould for several years, having helped him with his website. He taught me a great deal about my own eating issues, and I've seen firsthand how his methods have helped many people overcome their eating challenges.
He is brilliant, kind, and deeply cares about helping people - he's spent a lifetime devoted to this area. This book is thoughtful and well-written. It provides an intelligent framework for reflection and increased awareness of self and eating challenges. With awareness comes the possibility for change. With this book, you will not only learn how to overcome your eating challenges, you will learn to know yourself better and grow in fruitful ways.
The fact that I have only written two reviews in 8 years speaks to how strongly I feel about this book. ...more info
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