The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom

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Self-improvement guru Phillip McGraw knows you're looking for "something that melts fat off like sun melts ice," but, he reminds you, "losing weight is not 'quick and easy' and you know it." McGraw, one of Oprah's favorite sidekicks and host of his own television show, promises that you will succeed with his methods, because you will change "from the inside out." McGraw's 7 Keys are sound--not quick. First, you have to understand and face your "personal truth"--what you think about yourself and your weight--and replace toxic messages with positive thoughts. Next, step by step, you learn how to counter emotional eating, change your environment, master impulse eating, choose foods, adopt an exercise habit, and assemble a support circle. Each step is clearly explained and personalized with case studies, fill-in charts, and self-tests. His nutrition plan emphasizes foods with high nutritional yields for few calories, and that cannot be eaten quickly (generally because they're high in fiber), so you're less likely to overeat. McGraw is the author of Life Strategies, Relationship Rescue, and Self Matters. Here he offers his unique, , tell-it-like-it-is, take-no-prisoners style to help you change "what you eat, why you eat, where you eat, when you eat, and how you eat," all in an individualized approach that's bound to be effective. Highly recommended. --Joan Price

You have a decision to make. Those are the opening words Dr. Phil uses in his new and groundbreaking weight loss book. You know he is talking to you if you are among the millions who have chased one fad diet after another, none of which ever works. Dr. Phil is talking about the decision you have to make to change all of that. You know those crash diets never last, and you have to quit lying to yourself and get real about making the ultimate choice to finally take control of your weight and your life. "If you are overweight, you are out of control. That's not a natural place to be," says Dr. Phil. The Ultimate Weight Solution will give you the control that you crave.

Dr. Phil wants to lead you to weight loss freedom. He's spent over thirty years working with overweight patients to get results that last. Now, in The Ultimate Weight Solution, he sounds his loudest wake-up call yet, giving the bottom-line truth and his unprecedented 7 Key approach to permanent weight loss.

You know all too well that the "diet" experience can be bitterly disappointing. The Ultimate Weight Solution will change the way you behave and think about food, weight loss, and, ultimately, yourself. In this landmark book, Dr. Phil delivers an action-oriented plan to give you immediate results, results that will last a lifetime. Forget counting calories or tracking carbs or fat. You'll get the real reasons you've lost control of your weight, with tools toidentify what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, and why you eat when you don't want to.

Knowledge is power, and you're about to "break the code" on how to get off of the weight loss roller coaster and fix this problem once and for all. Dr. Phil hands you the keys so that you can finally be in control of your weight instead of your weight being in control of you.

Congratulations! When you picked up The Ultimate Weight Solution, you took the first important step down the road to weight loss freedom. It's your health, it's your life, it's your decision.

Want to challenge you about your weight and yourself in a way that you have never been challenged before. We both know that the endless string of fad diets has done nothing but leave you heavier than before. The Ultimate Weight Solution is a book that is the product of thirty years of working with overweight patients and figuring out what really works. Giving you the real tools to permanent weight loss will change your life and its quality. I am determined to get you immediate results and do so in a way that will last a lifetime. Permanent weight loss is about changing many things in your life, and The Ultimate Weight Solution will help you do just that -- change yourself, change the way you think about dieting, change the way you think about food, change the way you think about your health. The 7 Keys that are in this book will open doors to a new life for you.

-- Dr. Phil

Customer Reviews:

  • Move over fat boy Phil.. take a lesson from Sly Stallone
    I read Dr Phil's life strategies which I thought was a pretty good book. However, once Dr Phil decided to write a book about weight loss, I started losing respect for him. It is quite clear that Fat boy Phil, decided a buck was to be made and he jumped at the opportunity.

    First, naming a book the 7 keys to weight loss is like training to make weight loss seem like such a tremendous challenge. The way to really lose weight is just 2 things. (1) eat reasonably healthy which means including a fair amount of vegetables and fruits in your diet and cut down on eating out.(2) Exercise regularly building up to at least 4-5 hours a week. Be patient and within a few years you will lose weight. It is that easy. There is no more psychology in it than that.Period.

    First, why has Dr Phil written a book, he clearly is not equipped to write. For instance, recently I ran a half marathon. I was never a runner and having done it, I am considering running a full marathon. Am I qualified about writing a book on how to run say the Boston Marathon? I would need to have run at least 11 marathons, before I can responsibly decide I am qualified enough to write a book on marathon running. Fat Ass Phil deciding to write a book on weight loss is a lot like some one who has run a 5 k deciding to write a book about running a marathon.

    The more I see Dr Phil, the more I realize that some things just don't add up. I used to regularly watch his TV shows and at times thought he made some good sense. But I do not see any consistency in the man. If you notice his style, 3 things become evident.

    1. Public Flogger: In the old days, if a women was unfaithful to her man, people would throw stones and every body would watch. Now,people watch Fat Ass Phil wiping the floor clean with his victims. Once he has pummelled them to the ground, he will then start his therapy.

    2.High Financier: Sure, Dr Phil can afford to send people on vacations or rehab centres to straighten out their heads, but that is not a practical form of therapy for ordinary folks.

    3.Clever Manipulator: Dr Phil will steadfastly stay away from issues that are complex and problematic. Some of his new shows are a second rate version of Jerry Springer. Once he talked about how one man made 2 women pregnant at the same time. Jerry, maybe you can send some of your guests to the Dr Phil show to get some therapy.

    I guess the main thing that really baffles me, is how he justifies this BS. First of all, therapy is supposed to be private and showing the dirty linnen of people in public is not therapy, it is crude entertainment. Does it ever occur to Dr Phil, that the victims once they leave the show have to endure the humiliation they got on national TV and they generally become the laughing stock of their neighbourhoods? Far from improving their self esteem, he has made the lives of the victims who saught his help far worse. Of course, we the audience, a lot like the Jerry Springer show enjoy the rap.

    Next, did it ever occur to Dr Phil that as a physchologist, in word and deed he is supposed to keep his patient information strictly confidential. This does not mean planting cameras in the rooms of his victims for 10 million viewers to watch. If he really is commited to the ethics behind his practice, he would not have taken up this show. What he should have done, is make the show like a decent discussion forum, where he can talk about issues that are important to him like life strategies etc.

    Of course, Dr Phil will tell you the reason why he does this show in this highly intrusive, often vulgar and crude manner, is that many people are being benefited by his therapy. Not true. First of all Dr Phil will have about 5-7 minutes of therapy out of 45 minutes. The rest of the time, we are watching the problems of Dr Phil's victims and we thank ourselves that we are not as crazy as them. Second of all,most people forget the details of the shows except for the sensational chessy one's. Finally destroying the lives of the victims after they leave the show may send some viewers cheering for Dr Phil, but should do little good for the heart of a phychologist who is meant to help his victims and not hurt them.

    If Dr Phil played tennis everyday and works out as much as he claims, then he should be in great shape instead of carrying that gut everywhere he goes. Of course, as a fat boy, he is in pretty good shape, but still I must add a fat boy. Perhaps if Dr Phil wrote a book called the " Fat man's guide to weight Loss" it would be somewhat more accurate though not fully so as Dr Phil is still fat and still needs to lose weight. I guess it is a perfect testimony to the fact that Dr Phil, even if he practices what he preaches, is not really qualified to write this book as it has not worked for him.

    Speaking of practicing what you preach, I recently picked up "Sly Moves" which is Stallone's book on health and exercise. I bought the book in a heart beat cause I know Stallone is a real expert on weight management,building mucles etc and when he tells you like it is, he is the real deal. Dr Phil, please take a lesson from fellow celebrity Sly Stallone and write a book you are qualified to write.

    I think you are qualified to write a book on Life Strategies and I give you high marks for that. But not weight loss.Yes, I know there are a lot of gullible people out there who will listen to your psycho babble about weight loss. I am not one of them.

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  • Viewpoint from doctor who treats overweight
    As a medical doctor (MD) who treats overweight persons, I found this book useful to recommend to certain of my patients. Not all people with obesity have emotional issues that need addressing, but many do. I think Dr. Phil has done us a favor with his practical, down-to-earth approach on dealing with these kinds of issues. He has helped a lot of people with a very difficult and life-threatening problem.

    For those reviewers who ignorantly refer to Dr. Phil as "obese", you need to get your facts straight - at 6'4" and 240 pounds he is NOT obese. His BMI (body mass index) is 29 which ranks him as "overweight" not obese.

    I have a word for the doubters. To say that an overweight person is not qualified to write a book about weight control is rather absurd. Does he claim to be perfect? Aren't we all "works in progress"? It is the equivalent of saying that Billy Graham shouldn't talk about sin because he himself is not perfect.

    Additionally, I thought it rather comical that most (if not all) of the 1 star reviews were written by what seemed to be angry and immature people with some sort of anti-Dr.Phil or anti-psychologist agenda. My advice to most of those writers is GROW UP - it'll do you (and the rest of us) a world of good !!

    For those interested in a helpful resource that addresses an important aspect of weight control (and relapse avoidance), I recommend this book....more info
  • Memorize Chapter One and Chapter Nine...
    The most important idea in this book is in Chapter 1 (I'm a physician who treats people for obesity). Before I point out the idea, let me tell you the erroneous idea that infects most overweight people: "I know what to do--I just need more will power." (I'm also going to tell you why I think Dr. Phil is over weight).

    Over and over, I see people beat themselves up about lack of will power. Well, Dr. Phil got it right in chapter 1 with this idea: Most people have plenty of "will power." Most over weight people are lacking in skill power. You say you just need to eat less and exercise more. But what exercise do you do? When do you find time? What do you do with your children and your boss when it's time to exercise. How much less do you need to eat and how do you eat less and not make yourself miserable (you won't do it for the rest of your life if you're miserable)?

    Most people who are overweight don't have good answers to the above questions. Most people of normal weight answer the questions their lives and don't use time, job, children, or weather as reasons for not exercising. Read chapter 1 over and over again if you are over weight until you decide to learn how to increase skills so you need less will power.

    Chapter 9 also makes the book worth buying. Good research (multiple studies) show that most people will be over weight until they get adequate exercise. Chapter 9 drives home this point and should be read over and over.

    Now...why I think Dr. Phil is mildly obese...

    Though Chapter 9 should be read because it stresses the importance of exercise, it misses the degree to which most people need to exercise in order to keep their weight normal. Dr. Phil over estimates the calories burned in some exercises and recommends some exercises which just don't result in significant weight loss.

    Good research shows that most Americans would not be over weight if they walked 20 or more miles per week (that's with NO change in diet). Some can make it on 15 per week. Some need 25. But, the vast majority need at least 20 miles per week. If you're saying that seems like a huge amount (about 3 miles on the average 365 days a year no matter what the weather), then you're demonstrating why around 70% of Americans are overweight (including Dr. Phil whom I estimate averages less than 15 miles a week most weeks of the year and tries to use other exercises which are less helpful for weight maintenance).

    The most recent government revision of the food pyramid ( shows a person running up the side of the pyramid and the official recomendation accompanying the pyramid is 60 to 90 minutes of walking EVERY DAY (which at the average speed of 20 minutes per mile, implies walking around 20 to 30 miles a week every week). Over-use injuries escalate over 25 miles per week, and I've yet to meet the 21-mile-per-week-every-week person with a real weight problem; so, 21 miles per week should do the trick. Now, if you're still saying you don't have time for this much walking, try reading the appendix of Steven Covey's book "The 8th Habit."

    To try to break the 20 mile rule is like trying to figure out how to not be tired with less than 3 hours sleep most nights of the book, supplement, medication, or will power will keep you alert if you only find time to sleep 3 hours per night most nights. It seems that the analogy holds true for keeping a normal weight with less than 20 miles per week of walking (and by the way, if walking at work did the trick then most nurses, cooks, and waitresses would have a normal weight).

    But, for Chapter One and Chapter Nine alone, you should run or walk to buy this book: hopefully your store is about 1.5 miles away or 3 miles round trip. Better yet, buy it from Amazon and also buy the CD's so you can listen to the book while you go for a walk.

    Charles Runels, MD
    Author of "Anytime...for as Long as You Want: Strength, Genius, Libido, and Erection by Integrative Sex Transmutation"

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  • Advice from a fat man
    This book has very good advive and sound reasoning as usual from Dr. Phil. But I just do not think a fat man should be writing a diet book seeing he is still fat....more info
  • An o.k book
    While this book defenatly has it's Moment, The odor of Dr.Phils
    Self-glorification clealry smells....more info
  • I'm just starting to read it but am appalled... what people are saying in their reviews! If Dr. Phil is "Fat", I say "Bring it on!" As someone who has struggled with weight her whole life, I'd give anything to be as "fat" as he is!
    If you don't like a book, give constructive critism, without throwing personal stones. It's annoying to more mature audiences.
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  • Spectacular Book
    This Book has changed my way of thinking about losing Weight. I would recommend this book to all. I lost 12 Pounds in 2 1/2 weeks and still losing . I only wish I would have bought this book way before I did. You will not be disappointed in this book. ...more info
  • The book is mostly about self esteem and not weight loss
    Dr Phil in the start of his show says " If you are gonna talk to me you are gonna have to be honest". I wonder why that statement does not apply to Dr Phil.

    First about weight loss. Bob Green, the author of " Get with the program" got it right when he said that you have to kick start your metabolism by exercising and then you can adjust your eating habits etc. In my opinion, in the case of weight loss, 3 things are most important and in this very order.

    1. Exercise vigorously anywhere between 6-8 hours a week depending on your weight.
    2. Eat reasonably healthy
    3. Try to spend 10 minutes a day to improve your self esteem.

    Dr Phil, goes the other way with this and tries to explain why you need to get your internal dialogue right. I would imagine that these ideas are probably lifted out of "self matters", and though I agree they are important in their own right, they are not as central to the discussion of weight loss as Dr Phil would have you believe.

    The danger in going from an inside out approach, is that the process of trying to improve your self esteem is a life time job. We all live with hurt, have all experienced injustice and will at times grab that brownie to medicate ourselves. The important thing to remember is that you can eat what you want as long as you are willing to burn it off with vigorous exercise. This means that if you occasionally have that chocolate cake,
    just make sure the next day you walk an hour and a half to burn it off. Program your self to work out 4 hours cardio and 2 hours weights every week. Taking 2 rest days in a week is fine. Eat sensibly and be patient. That is what is really involved.

    Why I find the book lacking in credibility is the fact that the author is not qualified to talk about weight loss. I think he mentioned on his show that he has some 30 years of counselling overweight people. I really do not know how true that is. I am not in the habit of checking any one's facts, but a simple time line of his career shows that between 80-89 he was a phsychologist, following which he worked in court room sciences inc where he met Oprah and of course the rest we know is history. I am not saying that he has not counselled overweight patients, but saying he has done it for 30 years sounds somewhat tenuous.

    In another area of the book he mentions that he has been an athelete his entire life. I just don't buy that. If he exercised as an athelete all his life, he really would be in excellent shape. By the way, I also do not buy his being 240 pounds in weight. I myself am over 200 pounds and if I was standing next to Dr Phil, I would look like half his size. In my estimation he is about 265-280 pounds that makes his pretty overweight.

    I remember the days when Dr Phil was a refreshing new face in the world of self help. His book, "Life Strategies" was refreshing as it was not a rip off from the Classic "Think and Grow Rich". Some of the chapters, like "we teach people how to treat us" were very original and useful. I have not read "Self Matters", but I am sure it is a good book as Dr Phil is qualified to write about it.

    However with his foray into the world of weight loss and his hastily prepared new book Family First, it would seem reasonable to even the most die hard Dr Phil fan that he is making a lot of hay when the sun shines and is writing about subjects he not completely qualified to write about.

    I would have no problem if he wrote a follow up to Life Strategies and made some good money on it. But writing about weight loss when you cannot walk your own talk is in my opinion not right. I guess there is no end to chanelling your limited expertise into a broader market and making a lot of money in the process, but is it responsible? I am not so sure.

    I am forever indebted to a friend of mine who taught me that a man must have principles. If you are not fully qualified for a job, you should not do it at a very high pay. I do not want to sound judgemental, but people do look up to Dr Phil as to some extent a moral compass. I think it may be necessary for Dr Phil, to take that phrase out " If you are gonna talk to me, your gonna have to be honest" as I think that same standard does not apply to him.

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  • I highly recommend it!
    I personally have read the book and think that it is just good common sense advice concerning eating and portion size. He speaks about not "banning" foods and learning how to eat average portion-sized foods in moderation, including your favorite foods (i.e. cake). He also helps you to evaluate yourself so that you can try to figure out why you are possibly overeating so that you can solve the real problem. This book also includes a pretty thorough list of healthy foods and foods to really exercise true moderation. I have exercised and controlled my eating using different methods, but this just seems like the no nonsense way of doing it without deprivation.

    In addition, I think that you can't look at his shape and determine whether or not he's healthy when you aren't 100% sure about your own health. Besides, he's not 20 years old and maybe his goal isn't to look like Adonis, just to live longer than him. In the end it won't be looks that will help to protect you from the wear and tear of gravity and time, it will be GOOD HEALTH. Also, he never said that he was the complete and final authority on weight loss, he's just offering his ADVICE. You can follow it or not. If it works for you, great. If it doesn't work for you, accept it and continue to search for a method that WORKS FOR YOU, PERSONALLY.

    I like using this site which allows me get some idea about the books I purchase; however, I wish that people who find it mentally challenging to offer CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM ONLY would stop using it. This is not a form of personal therapy so that you may vent about your problems/failures in your own life by criticizing a book you've most likely never even touched. Since most of us don't know you, and therefore can't sympathize with your situation, you leave us no choice but to question your age and/or level of intelligence. So please leave us with a good impression of yourself. "Your review is a reflection of you"

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  • I am angry!
    I'd like to give this book a - star, but there is no option for this.
    In the first 60 pages Phil is bragging about how his 7 keys (which he mentiones on nearly every page) will work for you, like a magigian who is going to reveal a secret, you'll haave to go through the doors, get the keys, and have to understand them of course to succeed.
    Than finally Phil starts with his magic, he has put together everything that is out there allready and might only be interesting for someone who has never red an article on weightloss in his/her life, an neither any book about it (then it might be interested).
    I think though that because Phil is pretending to talk just to you many people have a warm feeling that this dr cq warm teddy-bear is out there to help you besides the sympathy he has from many, that this specific one on one formula might encourage them to make some changes, this can be the only explanation (IMO).

    There is nothing new in his book, how dare he talking about 100 % guarantee to succeed (if you get it that is), where are the magic keys is was bragging about 60 pages long?

    He helped overweight people for 30 years with a 80% success, why he waited so long to share all this delicate information (ythe 7 keys)?

    He also contradicts himself in nearly every chapter, he tells you: be realistic, do not want to loose 100 pounds etc., but 2 pages before that he was succesfull in helping people loosing 200/300 pounds, how unrealistic of him!

    Phil took all the books in the market, putted all the bits together and presents it as a brandnew formula with a 100% guanrantee (if you get it (Phil's words) you have to do how Phil says, alltough for some really tough aspects he just tells tou to dont do that anymore without learning you HOW not to do that anymore, it's very easy ta talk like that.

    I think of Phil as a good guy, I have allways found him sympathetic and have trouble seeing him as someone who wante to make a quick buck, but i've just red that Phil has products on the market right now? (he promises 100% succes with the 7 keys), so he is again contradicting himself.

    Maybe he is just trying to do his best, maybe if you believe Phil can help you there might be a placebo effect to this book and you'll loose weight.

    IMO the 7 keys to loose weight is a fraud, sorry dr Phil, maybe yoy ment it well, maybe others talked you into this, you seem a sweet guy, but I cannot take this serious.

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  • Very Inspirational Book - It Reinforces the Proper Foods to Eat (The Common Sense Diet Approach)
    I bought this book about a year ago, along with Dr. Phil's other book which goes along with this one; The Food Guide book that teaches you about High Yield-High Response Foods vs. Low Yield-Low Response Foods. These books basically give you inspiration and advice about what to eat vs. junk food. About a week ago, I started following the advice, gave up junk food and starting eating natural fruits instead of candy and cookies, etc. to curb my unbelievable sweet tooth and it works! I no longer crave donuts, and all that other junk, and already have much more energy! Also, I'm eating lots of vegetables to fill up on instead of junk like mashed potatoes, pasta, etc. I have already lost 5 lbs. in a week just by changing my eating habits. You can actually eat alot more of the high yield foods and eat more often because the foods you are eating are much lower in calories. I'm a major snacker and night time eater, but I can still do this, because I am now eating the right foods.
    I highly recommend this book. It's just common sense, but it reinforces you and inspires you on what to eat and the pay-offs for doing it....more info
  • Doctor recommended
    My doctor recommended this book, so I bought the book and book on CD to listen to on the way to work.

    Dr. Phil - like him or hate him - has some very good information here. Weight loss and diet control still boils down to the basics: Eat less and move more...but you have to start with eating healthy and getting your habits and mindset ready to get yourself more healthy.

    Old habits are hard to break, but Dr. Phil's solutions are not rocket science, and could save you from many health problems and weight gains. They are simple, easy to follow instructions and mindsets that will help you suceed.

    It's working for me, and I know if you have a family health history as I did, it can work for you to. You may not like Dr. Phil, but his advise, foundation, and information is right on the mark....more info
  • Nice book.
    Helped me and my mother loose 8 lbs. Still trying for more....more info
  • The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 keys to weight loss freedom
    Non shaming, compassionate approach to weight loss. Workable plan, practical suggestions...more info
  • The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution
    The book arrived in excellent - like new - condition. The book itself is excellent as well. This is the first weight loss books that I've actually read from cover to cover. Great book. Solid information....more info
  • Fat was "safe".
    I enjoyed Dr. Phil's no-nonsense approach to weight loss. I also discovered what was holding me back from "getting thin". The food I was eating wasn't the problem - the problem was within my belief system. As Dr. Phil says "what you're not aware of, you can't fix". Now that I "get it" I can fix it. So far since listening to the CD's, I've lost almost 9 lbs. in a month and will go on to lose the rest [22 lbs]. Thank you Dr. Phil....more info
  • hmmm a fat guy selling a weight loss book?
    in the old days these guys were known as snake oil salesmen, hucksters, and charlatans. how the heck does the fattest guy on tv outside of 'the biggest loser' put his name on a weight loss book? unbelievable......more info
  • Excellent Weight Loss Guide

    A visit to a doctor just over two months ago revealed that I was obese, with a high body fat percentage and low muscle mass level. It was made clear to me that unless I reduced my weight from 80 kg (176 lbs) to at least 70 kg (154 lbs), I was at high risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure or stroke. I had to reduce my weight and hence I needed a good book to guide me through the process. "The Ultimate Weight Solution" is among the best book that I got hold of.

    The book provides realistic and well researched advise on how to reduce weight. The book teaches how to behave and think about food and the appropriate exercises to lose weight on a lasting basis. The book explains how people often lose control of their weight. Methodically and step-by-step, the book explains how to identify what to eat and when to eat and the right kinds of exercises that help to burn the fat and develop muscle. The book has a number of questions for you to answer and help audit yourself which I found very illuminating and useful. The comprehensive food list in the Appendix is also an excellent bonus that you can use as a quick reference guide

    Well, I followed Dr Phil's instructions and now I have got into the habit of eating the right kind of foods in the right quantity consistently, I have an exercising schedule and I consistently engage in habits that avoid harming my body such as not smoking or drinking alcohol.

    Thanks to the advice in this book, I am on my way to the optimum weight, and I now experience high level of health, energy, vitality and control over my life.
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  • In defence of Dr Phil
    Once a person reaches a certain level of celebrity two things are likely to happen.(1) They are held to an unsually high standard of competence (2) People look for imperfections and throw potshots at them. So here goes my take on this...

    Dr Phil is using his platform and considerable resources and power he has by being associated with Oprah to educate, empower and bring awareness to several issues that need addressing. He is a PHD holder and has therefore paid his dues in the education field. His direct approach though initially a little intimidating is effective.Sometimes the painful truth needs to be told and we have to be strong enough to take action to improve ourselves. Although some people may say that therapy should be private, there are probably a lot of people who are too scared to take up therapy due to the negative connotations associated with taking that up. So many people are actually being benefited to an extent.

    Dr Phil may not be the fittest guy in the block, but that is irrelevant here. I think some one compared his book to Sly Stallone's one. For one thing, Stallone is an exceptional athelete and Dr Phil does not claim to be any where near Stallone's fitness. Sly's book is terrific, particularly for those who want guidance in terms of how to exercise... but so is Dr Phil's book which looks at the psychology behind weight loss. Well researched and well documented, the book talks about common sense ways in which to lose weight and perhaps it's only main weakness is accentuating the importance of exercise towards the end of the book than at the beginning. Dr Phil also does not claim to work alone on the book but does use the help of other experts in the field of medicine.

    Soemwhere else, some one thinks that Dr Phil was a divorcee so should not writing a book on family first. Is it at all possible for some one to get it wrong the first time round and then get it right? About half the people have had a divorce some where in their lives... does that mean that their perspective is not valuable in terms of raising a family? The fact that Dr Phil has a delightful wife, Robin and excellent well adjusted sons in Jay and Jordon is proof that he does know to a fair extent what he is talking about.

    Some argue that Dr Phil is making hay when the sun shines... tell me who isn't? At least he has got a doctorate and works pretty hard for the 25 million or so he makes. At least 60-70% of the books that he writes is his own unique perspective. For some books like self matters and life strategies... you get about 80% of Dr Phil's own perspective. The fact that he has had to think about complex issues during his PHD and later in his practice is well presented in his books.

    Luck is when preparation meets opportunity and sure when Oprah came in, Dr Phil was ready.There is no denying that he has some substance and some justification for being where he is. His books are useful and his show is informative... and yes he is not perfect, but he does not claim to be. For the simple, everyday man, he can be a good life coach or teacher and even if 10% of the people who watch his shows or read his books are benefited that is still pretty darn good in my opinion....more info
  • This is the Ultimate Weight Loss Solution!!
    This book is a sure thing for anyone who is looking for the root of their eating problems. This book explores the reason why we eat and the habits we need to change in order to succeed in defeating those habits. With the help of this book I have lost 30 pounds. It is amazing when you do some real soul searching and read EVERY PAGE of this book what determination you will find in yourself!! Dr. Phil is right on!!!...more info
  • too fat to write about dieting
    Look at him, he is fat, he obviously does not know a thing about going on a diet. This book is valuable only as a gag gift....more info
  • Dr. Phil, although tremendously overweight himself, has a good weight loss plan for us.
    While all the other so-called weight-loss books out there concentrate on the old routine of ..healthy diet...exercise...discipline...blah..blah...blah.., Dr. Phil takes a significantly new approach which I find extremely refreshing and reaffirming. He does not concentrate on the old good-nutrition/physical activity bibble-di-babble. It's mostly about keeping a positive attitude about who you are. This is the only true path to weight loss freedom. As Dr.Phil has shown me, assigning some arbitrary numerical value to what is an acceptable weight for me would be absurd. Although the AMA literature may state that I, and even Dr. Phil himself, may be 60 or 70 pounds overweight, only we can make that determination for ourselves. If we are comfortable with how we look and comfortable in the knowledge that our so-called "excess" weight may lead to heart disorders, diabetes and a shortened life-span, then we have truly achieved Weight-Loss Freedom. Thank you Dr. Phil, for shedding this new light in your folksy, tell-it-like-it-is, no beatin' around the bush, no-holds barred, down-home Texas way on an issue millions of us have been so confused about.

    The only suggestion I would make for future printings is that the good, honorable doctor provide an address where we can send him some more money, so that he may run some kind of Dr. Phil Foundation, dedicated to the ideals of self-awareness, weight-loss freedom, tellin-it-like-it-is, tough love and all that. I would be the first contributor. ...more info
  • What's next?
    What's a fat guy like Phil McGraw doing, writing a guide to losing weight. What's next? A manual on hair grooming? ...more info
  • Excellent in Dr Phil's Voice
    This is the first book I have ever gotten on CD. It is like Dr Phil is talking only to you. It is informative, different and makes you think about weight loss in a totally different mindset. It is an excellent listen. ...more info
  • Lose weight and Live a Healthy Vibrant Life.
    The Ultimate Weight Solution is a down to earth book, explaining to people why they have weight challenges. Dr. Phil ties in the weight challenges to our emotions problems, and our poor life style. He teaches us that we can conquer our weight challenges by, modifying our diet, adapting a new life style, and a new mental attitude. This is a positive book that teaches us how to make changes, in our life,so we can live a healthy vibrant life....more info
  • A Total Look
    I feel that Dr. Phil looks at all of the issues surrounding why a person is overweight. Understanding these issues gives us power to deal with them and fix them/ change them.

    I'm only embarking on this journey myself. I've read it, now I have to put the plan into action--food is unlike any other addiciton. People addicted to eating, have to learn to deal with it and eat food moderately. When I stopped smoking, it wasn't easy, but I could stop entirely, I didn't have to learn how to have 3 cigarettes a day, but I do have to figure out have to use food wisely.......more info
  • He's right on!
    EVERYONE says that you can lose weight just by eating this differently or try this pill or wear this lap band. Maybe if I exercise long enough I'll get thin! I've been jogging on and off for the past 10 years and my body has remained 15-50 lbs overweight (fluctuates depending on the year! ha!). When I read Dr. Phil, I kept nodding with him because he FINALLY got to the root of my problem!! There's a REASON why I eat the way I do and why exercise doesn't solve anything.

    Dr. Phil gets to the bottom of the problem. If a person doesn't fix the root of the problem, he/she will continue to reap ROTTEN FRUIT. Dr. Phil helped me see the real problem in this book. Fix the root then you fix the fruit!

    Of all the ways to lose weight, this is the answer... *THE* ANSWER because it not only will fix your body but it will address the problems one might have that CAUSE the fat body. If you don't ever figure out the problem deep inside the perpetuates the fat, then you'll just stay fat. Fat thinking/fat issues/pain covered up with fat/etc. = fat person. Fix the issues, fix the fat!!

    Dr. Phil is dead on with this book and I recommend it to EVERY PERSON OUT THERE who struggles with weight. EVERY!!!!

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  • Dr Phil's weight loss book
    This book was very informative, and helpful. It was enlighting to me in a number of ways, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone is tryng to loose weight permanently....more info
  • Great resource!
    Great book that is very real! It's a "get real book" that helps get past the excuses that keep us overweight. A great read. Anyone following the advise should lose weight. This book is not based on one diet, but on eatting well for life and not over eating....more info
  • Programming Yourself for Success
    "Prioritize exercise in your life. It is just too powerful a fat fighter for you not to have it on your side. There is absolutely no way you can control your weight for a lifetime without it." ~ pg. 199

    If you are tired of fad diets, there is a better solution. Dr. Phil promises success if you are willing to change your diet permanently and exercise regularly. First, he shows you how to break free from destructive behaviors and your reliance on willpower. Instead he explains how you can program yourself for success. This involves getting a handle on your internal dialogue, tackling emotional eating and dealing with overeating.

    The section on High-Yield Nutrition is interesting. Sample meal plans show you how you should be eating. This is more than just a diet it is a program that identifies areas of your life that have been causing you to fail at weight loss. The program relies heavily on exercise and getting your eating under control. For the most part this book is encouraging and will help you to reach your weight loss goals.

    If you have tried everything and still can't lose weight (you are eating right and exercising) then there is a chapter that deals with some of the reasons you may be weight loss resistant.

    ~The Rebecca Review
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  • It Worked for Me!
    I've read this book and applied the "Keys" and as of this writing, I've released 34 lbs (...)...and I intend in keeping them off with this life style change. This book works for people that understand that weight release is not just about's about mentally releasing old past beliefs, attitudes and values that no longer serve the individual as well as taking action and following through.
    Don't just buy the it and be it!...more info
  • does self-help even work?
    Does Dr. Phil have any business writing diet books in the first place? Is Phil McGraw really the best person to be guiding consumers through life's major decisions? Is self-help in general cost-effective? If so, where's the proof? Which types of self-help are worthwhile--and which are outright scams? Is it possible that self-help can do more harm than good to you and the people you love? Do its basic premises make sense...or do they break down under deeper scrutiny? Is there a downside to being uplifted? What have been the wider social costs of self-help to society, industry, and American children?

    You won't find the answers to these important questions in books written by people named McGraw (Phil, Jay, or Robin), Gray, Williamson, Robbins, Schlessinger, or any of the other established icons or rising stars of the self-help industry. (And make no mistake: Self-help is an industry--to the tune of some $8.56 billion in annual revenues.) The more you feel that you want or need a little help in life, the more you owe it to yourself to take a look at my book, SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless. (You can find it right here on Amazon.) It's a painstaking, carefully documented look at the self-help industry. You have nothing to lose and much to gain (or at least save!)
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  • lost 150 pounds
    This book can end your lifetime struggle with weight if you follow it. I lost 150 pounds following the plan and highly recommend it. ...more info
  • Helpful tool...
    When I read this book I was excited to learn some new tools to help me. It has helpful guidelines and tools to get you through the normal blocks of weight loss.

    His track record of weight loss participants says it all!


    Pocket of Pearls: A 30-day pocket workbook to start hearing a softer voice inside of you!...more info
  • Works for me
    This book is fantastic - having tried many different diets and fads in the past, the ideas in this book constitute the only eating 'style' that I can realistically keep going.

    I know some people have criticised Dr Phil as being overweight and possibly a divorcee and he shouldn't be writing these books - I'm not sure why he's viewed as overweight??...but I know I'd rather read books written by someone whose been there and learnt from it, than someone who had it all together from day one and doesn't understand the struggle of trying to improve their life.

    It doesn't mean this book is for everyone - but for me the aspects of thinking about why I eat (or ate!) the way I do (did) really helped to keep me focussed on what I was doing. I knew what I was supposed to be doing before I read the book, I just didn't know why I was continuing to do what I did before. I am thrilled that by getting into the habit of eating better and being more active I'll be able to help my kids to have a healthy lifestyle too - its the least I owe them as a parent.

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  • Great info and a great read
    This book is full of good information as well as alot of encouragement. He knows his stuff and is willing to share!...more info
  • The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Free
    I love this book! This is the only "diet" book that has changed my lifestyle. I had actually lost weight (fat) & that has never happend to me in my life. Please don't let the fact that people turn away from this book, because they believe Dr. Phil is "fat", keep you from reading it. My life has actually taking a turn in the right direction & it's incredible! He address that large area inbetween eating right & exercising that deals with emotions, psychology, food triggers & habits, etc... I felt like this book was written about me. I honestly believe that it can help anyone whether you 500 overweight or just need to lose a few pounds. He never leaves you hanging, you goes through everything with you step by step & tells you exactly how to change it. It's not a mind game book, it's factual & it has worked for several of my friends & family as well. This book breeds hope & success, I know it works!...more info


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