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The Beck Diet Solution is the Missing Ingredient in Weight Loss
Lose weight with confidence and keep it off for a lifetime!
Battle your sabotaging habits! Resist tempting food - even if it's right in front of you! Confidently say, "No, thank you" to food pushers!
Put an end to emotional eating!
Confidently say, "No, thank you" to food pushers!
Conquer every excuse you've ever used to overeat, binge, or backslide!
Any sensible diet will help you lose weight, but the challenge for 90% of Americans is actually staying on the diet they choose. Enter Dr. Judith Beck and The Beck Diet Solution. Dr. Beck, one of the foremost authorities in the field of Cognitive Therapy, has created a six-week plan that will help people stick with their diet, lose weight with confidence, and keep weight off for a lifetime. This program is not only based on the author's personal success and on her success with her many clients, but also on published research. It all starts with how you think. With other programs, you think about nothing but food: counting, weighing, and worst of all, food you can't have. This way of thinking inevitably contributes to diet failure. The Beck Diet Solution is the only program that helps dieters use Cognitive Therapy methods--scientifically proven over 20 years--to forever change those treacherous thought patterns that lead to overeating, cheating, excuses, and other dieting downfalls.
This breakthrough six-week plan assures success by helping you assess the advantages of weight loss, pick a sensible diet and exercise program, set a goal, line up support, and prepare your environment--all this before starting any diet. This unique approach is key to preventing the downfalls that so often lead to failure.
A new task is presented each day to build psychological skills to deal with the challenges of hunger and craving, overeating, alcohol, eating out, special occasions, vacations, stress, and much more. Healthy habits are established with to-do lists, reasons and ways to do the tasks, and how to deal with negative thoughts. One day a week is designated to "Take a Breather."
Easy-to-use, flexible, and proven tools are found throughout the program, including daily goals; weekly planner pages; and motivational coping cards for handling time/energy hurdles, eating out, and other high-risk situations.
Excellent tips for losing weight on any diet plan. I've successfully lost 10lbs. I have 50lbs more to go and with the help of these invaluable tools it now seems easier....more info
- the missing piece
So many diet books focus on the mechanical aspects of losing weight -"this is what you should eat, or not eat, and this is how you should exercise," blah, blah, blah.
As a veteran of various diets over the years, I realized some years ago that I often eat for emotional reasons. But, I couldn't figure out how to change that, in spite of being a psychotherapist, and understanding the principles of cognitive therapy. Now I know.
Beck presents the ideas you need to know and the techniques to use along with a diet to combat your tendency to make excuses, sabotage yourself, or otherwise fail to stick to a weight loss plan. As she says, it's about learning how to think like a thin person. And it's not magic.
The book itself is not a diet plan but a companion to any reasonable diet you may choose. If you have a serious eating disorder like bulimia or anorexia, this is not the book for you. If you are a compulsive overeater, using this book along with your diet, and the help of a therapist would probably work well.
One of the first things she said made me laugh because I could see myself in it. It is "Hunger is not an emergency."...more info
- north shore mom reads
The book is everything I expected. Haven't finished it yet but I think it's good advice for everyone trying to stick to a food plan....more info
- Brain training.
Judith S. Beck, The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person (Oxmoor House, 2007)
The Beck Diet Solution is not a diet book in the strict sense; there are no eating plans to be found here. This is, more accurately, a diet book adjunct; Beck has designed this to be usable with any diet, whatever you work with. Even the grapefruit diet. (If you're crazy enough to try the grapefruit diet, of course.) Beck's goal here is not to change what you eat so much as the way you eat it, the way you think about eating it, and your habits while eating. After all, as millions of us are well aware, just changing what you eat is in no way guaranteed to shed pounds and keep them off. The idea is to read a chapter a day for six weeks, learning Beck's tips and techniques gradually in order to change your mindset towards food. Does it work? I know that since reading it, I've looked at a few things differently; it's certainly worth a try. *** ?...more info
- Helpfull in maintaining weight
I've lost 20 lbs with the Weight Watchers and want to maintain my weight. To do so I have to change my behavior when it comes to fool, with the help of cognitive therary. In her book Dr Beck gives some exercices to do to face emotional eating, to eliminate cravings, to 'Practice hunger tolerance', scary but very helpful, etc. This book is a reality check. No more games, no more lies, you have NO CHOICE if you're serious about staying slim and healthy, you have to learn how. ...more info
- Very Usefull
That was the best I ever read in this area. Helped me to change my habbits, which I never belived that I can do before. I recomend every one who needs help for dieting. Great !!...more info
- Follow this program and you will loose weight!
Okay, so this is true. Why only 3 stars you may ask? Well, basically because if you diet and exercise and write everything down and "think happy thoughts" and take responsibility for yourself and what you put in your mouth, you will loose weight. As long as you stick with it and actually do what the book says, you WILL loose weight, and the author takes you through this day by day for 6 weeks. This approach may work for some people, but for those of us who are procrastinators and seek inspiration instead of condemnation, this book will probably be a disappointment.
Maybe the workbook will be better. Oh, and the author makes it clear that if you have an eating disorder that you should not use this program. Most people think of aneroxia or bulimia when they think of eating disorders, but binging without purging, continuous overeating and the guilt and shame that accompany it are also eating disorders. If you have a problem with your relationship with food, you should go elsewhere. It is my opinion that most overweight people do have these types of issues, but hey, maybe I'm only speaking for myself and every overweight person I know.
- This isn't what cognitive behavioral training is for.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it clearly has helped some people to succeed at dieting and to lose weight, although there has never been a study on well this works in the long run. (One year is not "the long run"!) On the other hand, I think it promotes some incorrect ideas about what cognitive behavioral therapy is actually for, and what it can accomplish.
In my (informed) opinion, CBT in its original form, as first pioneered by Dr. Aaron Beck, really only works for things like minor depression and adjustment disorders. (Yes, Dr. Beck wrote the foreword, too.) I lead PHP (partial hospitalization groups) for a very large mental health provider. These are designed for people with very serious mental health issues-- bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder.
We use CBT techniques a lot, and it's true that CBT has been proven to show results for people with these serious mental illnesses. The problem, though, is that the way it works in this context is just not the same as the way it works for people who are, say, depressed because they have specific problems in their lives. This is a really important point, because I think it explains why this diet technique isn't any more likely to work for most people than any other technique is.
Nobody with minor, low-level depression has a biological need to think negative thoughts or make negative evaluations of situations. So a therapy like CBT, which is designed to correct these types of thoughts because they tend to lead to negative feelings, will work very well. But there is NO psychotherapy-- whether it's CBT or anything else-- that will work to control the symptoms of severe and persistent mental illnesses all by itself. The reason is that these symptoms ARE biologically based. It would be considered malpractice for any doctor to use only CBT for these mental illnesses. It can help, but there is just too much of a biological reason why the symptoms are there.
Similarly, people DO have a biological need to eat (quite apart from the whole world of psychosocial reasons why people eat how and as they do.) You just can't use CBT to control a biological urge. It doesn't work. If it did, then we wouldn't need drugs like lithium, Lamictal, and Seroquel. But trust me, we do! Some people with mental illnesses really are able to control them with therapies like CBT for a limited amount of time. A good example is a bipolar woman who becomes pregnant and can't take her normal medications. CBT can work in the short term to control her symptoms. (I have to be honest, though-- I've never actually seen this work very well at all.) But in the long run, it just doesn't happen. I have to say it-- I just plain don't believe that this diet works in the long run any more than any other diet does, except for a very small number of people. And I'm afraid that it provides the same setup for failure and self-hatred as all the other diets do. That's my .02 cents, and I'm sticking to it!...more info
- Inside the Mind of the Thin
This book uses cognitive psychology to help you lose weight. Cognitive psychology is based on the concept that the way you think affects how you feel and what you do. Cognitive therapy, then, helps you identify your self-defeating thinking and helps you respond to it so you can feel better and behave in helpful ways. Instead of leading you step-by-step through a diet plan, this book addresses the psychology behind why you can't get yourself to follow one and lose weight. In this book, you pick the diet (and an alternative as a back up), and the book helps you follow it.
The set-up of the book is a six-week plan. Week 1 is laying the groundwork, where you pick 2 diets. Week 2 is getting prepared to diet, Week 3 is starting the diet, Week 4 looks into responding to sabotaging thoughts, Week 5 is about overcoming challenges, such as staying in control when you go out to eat, and Week 6 is fine tuning things.
All-in-all, I'd have to say that its a great resource to address the psycholgical side of eating. There's no magic to it, just a little looking inside yourself and addressing any barriers you have that may be holding you back. ...more info
- Not worth the money!!!
Just another learn-how-to-diet book: Extremely low calorie diet, write your heart out in a journal, affirmation cards, and, oh yeah, if you don't succeed, it's your fault because your didn't do the work. Nothing new or inspiring in this book despite its claims. Instead, I would recommend The Rules of "Normal" Eating: A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Undereaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between! or The UnDiet: Painless Baby Steps to Permanent Weight Loss (without a day on a diet) or Water With Lemon: An Inspiring Story of Diet-free, Guilt-free Weight Loss! (although I do NOT recommend the cookbook mentioned in the Water with Lemon book). All three of these books are about healthy lifestyle choices - and shouldn't that be our real goal?...more info
- Best diet support book I've read!
This is not a specific diet. It is supposed to support whatever diet you choose. But it actually covers what is a big problem for a lot of us - its not the food, its the reasons why we over-eat: the "emotional" eating, the "boredom" eating, the "stress" eating. I've lost 125 pounds and am now maintaining and I keep this book close because the mind games never leave. Food isn't like alcohol, we can't just stop eating, we have to learn to use it for what its meant for - substenance....more info
- The REAL Solution: The Beck Diet Solution
I've gained and lost weight many times since I was a teenager, and I have probably read most of the diet books ever published. This book is THE answer. We all know that you have to change your habits and lifestyle to maintain weight loss. This is the only book that I've seen that tells you how to do it. It's not a magic pill - you have to practice, practice, practice. But when you do, it's magic! You now have the new habits and you can think, eat, and live like a thin person....more info
- Tired of dieting? Try behavior modification!
If you're searching for another diet book, this isn't it. Most of us already could name the calories, fat grams and carbohydrates of nearly any food on the menu. Judith Beck doesn't even espouse a diet. In fact, she lets you choose your own. What she does do is hold your hand and walk you through why you eat as you do and how to change your ways. This is a six week...or longer program. Each day you will read another chapter and try one more small step. By the end of the six weeks, you will have a new frame of mind towards your body and what you put into it.
I found several particular steps to be helpful. One is writing out the response cards. Why you do what you do. If you get into a certain situation, such as eating out, how will you plan ahead what you are going to do? One exercise I was really dreading was to go hungry, actually to miss a meal, most likely lunch. I had quite some angst over this as I've experienced low blood sugar in the past. I wasn't sure how I would be able to handle missing lunch. In fact, it was easy. My stomach growled a couple of times, then I just got over it. This was probably one of the most eye-opening exercises for me as I realized that I do not have to feel full, that I can be hungry and still survive, that I have control over my body and what I put into it.
Other exercises I found helpful was to name some role models and ask myself what they would do or eat under certain circumstances. Also, to anticipate food pushers or situations where I am likely to be faced with an abundance of food.
This is not a diet book but it is a new approach to dieting and changing eating habits. I think many people would benefit by reading this book and following its simple program....more info
- Cognitive Therapy at work!
I'm on my 2nd 6-week focus. The book hit me hard and I found myself talking myself out of doing the daily assignments. Now, I'm re-reading the book and it's amazing how much I just ignored doing. The words are new to me! It's not easy .. however, the 1st reading allowed me to grasp some aspects that have stuck with me like: NO CHOICE.
The cards are really helping me even though it does seem weird. However, I am finding the words popping up in my head more and more.
I recommend this book for anyone who is an emotional eater. Just be prepared to have to re-read the book and do the exercises repeatedly over and over again. The more you practice them, the easier it gets. And it really does boil down to: eat less, exercise more, and deal with your sabotaging thoughts....more info
- Excellent book
I highly recommend this book. I had a great deal of trouble losing 20 pounds. I followed this book and I was successful. It is logical not magical. It is great practical advice on how to lose weight and keep it off.
- Hope you have nothing else to do with your day
Hopefully, you don't have a life, because if you do, it's going to be tough to stick to this plan. Between scheduling charts, diet notebooks, counting your "credits" and on and on and on, you're not going to have much time to do anything else. Maybe that's how the diet works, you're keeping your hands busy writing and you can't eat.
If you want to lose weight, I think there are better books out there....more info
- The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
Judith Beck's book for dieters is a definite thumbs up! This could indeed be the last diet book one has to read/work through. Her use of cognitive therapy, or, in my own words, positive self talk, is a lasting way to prepare one to lose weight and maintain that weight loss for life. She is very concrete in her suggestions and moves from step one onward througout the book. I especially like her advice on how to deal with "sabatoging thoughts" and the normal discouragement one feels as one diets and the weight loss slows down or plateaus.
I look forward to the publication later this year of her workbook that complements this book. ...more info
- I lost five pounds with barely any effort just following one rule from this book!
Seriously, one of the rules is never eat standing up. So, now I don't. I lost five pounds the first two weeks, changing NOTHING else. I never realized how many calories I was eating just by grabbing a handful here and there. I bought this on CD and listen to it daily over and over for two weeks. It just takes a few weeks to break bad habits and you're good to go. I've always had a good diet, been an exerciser and kept a food diary so I was half way there anyway. It's a good book. You'll train yourself to understand the difference between hunger and a craving and can mentally talk yourself out of eating based on cravings. Worked so far for me. Get the CD and just keep listening to it in the car. ...more info
- All I can say is.... AMEN!
I didn't buy this book, but I bought her AUDIO CD version. I listened to the whole book in 1 day (while I'm at work), then I listened to it again the next day, and this time sinking into my thinking and subconsious. I am amazed how it changed my way of thinking towards food, and helps me combat cravings. I am in my 3 weeks now and I lost 12 pounds with the help of running 5 days a week (originally 202.5 lbs when I started, I'm 5'8"). The audio book seems like Dr. Beck is talking to me directly. It is so convincing! My aim is to lose 40 or more pounds, and I will continue to strive to that goal. Whenever I have time, I just listen to it with my iPod, along with the other free Podcasts regarding WeightLoss topics (Podcasts can be downloaded in ITunes for free). I highly recommend this book/audiobook especially if you need motivation to start up.
5th week update:
I strayed from my exercise due to a work-related stress, but kept my diet. I lost another 2 pounds after week 3, now I'm 188 lbs (202 lbs originally). Still very happy, and will continue moving forward. I still listen to the audiobook at least 3 times a week. Very handy....more info
- Saved my life!
I read an article about this book in Oprah's magazine while I was away on a trip. I was interested to see that there could be a plan to change your behavior surrounding food. I was about 45 lbs overweight, and had been struggling to lose it since I turned 40. Weight watchers, South Beach, E-diet, Weigh Down Workshop and Atkins were some of the many ways I tried to lose weight. Each time I would lose weight only to gain it all back again. Through Dr. Beck and her behavior modification techniques I have lost 16 lbs in 8 weeks and I am still going strong. I learned how my thoughts sabotage my efforts and keep me from learning how to eat healthy. The book is set out in a day by day format which makes it very easy to keep going for the full six weeks of the program. If you do EVERYTHING that she tells you to do you will be amazed at how easily the weight comes off. As she says there is no magic diet. You must eat less calores and exercise to lose weight. This books help you to learn how to do it successfully. ...more info
- this book can change your life
this has wonderful ways to look at our self-talk. i enjoyed this book so much i pre-ordered the workbook....more info
- Beck Diet Solution
This book is great for anyone who wants to lose weight and keep it off. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is the same thing I used to quit smoking 20 years ago, and it really works. The book is written in layman's terms so it's easy to understand, yet not condescending. I highly recommend it....more info
- This is the one for me!
Obesity is a complex problem, and there are many reasons why it occurs. No one book will ever be written that solves everybody's problems. If you're considering this one, read the reviews, and use the 'search inside' feature to take a look at it.
There was a time in my life when I was thin, and although I just got the book, I can tell that this is what will lead me back to a normal weight. I used to resist food simply by using the techniques that are outlined in this book. When tempted, I thought about all the reasons why I wanted to keep my weight down, just like this book recommends. A lot of the other things I did then, are also recommended for changes to make on subsequent days. When I stopped caring; when I started nurturing myself with food (a subject Beck also addresses), is when I started gaining weight.
If you have found diets that you think would be workable for you if you could only stick to them; if you want to change the way you think about food and the role it plays in your life, if you're willing to put forth some effort in return for results, this book will help you. The author discusses how to deal with hunger and how to distinguish it from desire and from cravings. She addresses all the issues I need to address. If you're looking to change your thinking, so that you can control your weight for the rest of your life, help is right here. There's no BS in this book. You have to pay attention, you have to try. You have to risk. This is an honest approach to weight loss that works with people, as they really are. The affirmations aren't "I am a good person" affirmations. They are affirmations that come from your own hopes and dreams for yourself.
If you want a quick fix, and to effortlessly drop a bunch of pounds and have them magically stay gone, this ain't it. Go watch an infomercial.
If you have OCD or anorexia, this might not be the book for you. But not all overweight people are overweight because of those problems. If you suspect you need to take a problem-solving approach because you've succumbed to a bunch of bad habits, and listened to too much advertising, this is the way to go. If you put food in your mouth, not understanding why, and are upset because you don't know how to stop doing that, buy this book.
- Changing behaviors not just diet
Well-organized and well-written approach on how to change behaviors and ways of thinking about food in order to facilitate long term weight loss. A daily step by step plan can help the reader formulate concrete strategies to lose weight and, most importantly, keep the weight off. I recommend this book to anyone who has lost weight only to regain it. Lose weight and shed behaviors and thoughts that sabotage long term success....more info
- One of the best decisions I ever made
I'm so glad I got this book. I am actually a therapist, and very familiar with CBT, and the idea of applying it to weight loss makes profound sense. I heard Dr. Beck on NPR, and I was not in the mood to listen to what she had to say, but then it made so much sense, I started to take notes! And even though I didn't feel like making an effort to follow a diet, I got the book anyway. And I liked how it went one day at a time, and very slowly. I recommend this book because it's just plain reasonable, useful, and it works. So far I've lost 27 pounds, since the first point in the book where I had to weigh in, so at this point, I've probably actually lost at least 30 pounds. I'm doing this with a friend and she's lost 15 pounds. Before I read this book, I believed I was overweight because I was the wrong kind of person to be thin: too in love with food and addicted to it and I'm too fun and too spontaneous for a diet, etc., etc., but it was encouraging to find out that I can learn how to think like a thin person. Now I know how to "strengthen my resistance muscle and weaken my giving-in muscle" and it's paying off! I look forward to moving along five pounds at a time until I reach my ideal weight. I'm really proud of what I've been able to achieve by following this. I'm using many concepts from this book in my own therapeutic practice for cognitive and behavioral skill-building, also, and finding it helpful in that way, too. ...more info
- Mind Over Matter
by Rosally Saltsman
Ever wonder why no matter what you do, you can't lose weight? Dr. Beck has the answer - it's because you're not thinking like a thin person.
According to Dr. Beck, the problem isn't the diet you're on. In fact she says her program works with any diet. What's different about her program is that it focuses on cognitive nutrition, about thinking about food and eating in a new way.
For example, a thin person eats till they're full or slightly full and stops. An overweight person keeps on eating even if they're not hungry. Why? Because they perceive food differently.
In a six week program comprising 42 succinct lesson plans, Dr. Beck gives people the tools they need to change their relationship with food so that they can follow a diet, lose weight and keep it off. Using cognitive therapy, she teaches how changing your thoughts changes your behavior. It's simple, it's straightforward and it's easy to implement. Well, not terribly difficult anyway.
Dr. Beck provides techniques, choices and troubleshooting tips to help insure a successful result and continued maintenance once you achieve your goal weight. She also discusses how to set realistic goals.
The Beck Diet Solution isn't about food, it's about food for thought. We mistakenly believe that dieting is about eating less and how long we can stand it. But Dr. Beck provides techniques for life that will keep us - if not reed thin - at least in control of the food we consume and not the other way around. This is a diet plan that works because it's all in the mind. Well, you might have to eat some rice cakes.
An added bonus is that the theory can conceivably work on any bad habit. Though the tools are geared toward weight loss, they can be applied to help quit smoking, overspending or any bad habit because the program works on changing your behavior by changing your mindset.
If you follow the recipe for weight loss in this book and apply the cerebral strategies outlined therein, it is likely you will lose the weight you've been unsuccessfully trying to lose, especially if you haven't been thinking along the right lines. I highly recommend it and that's not to be taken lightly.
- The Beck Diet Solution
The book arrived in excellent shape. I have also found it to be a very helpful book....more info
- Interim Review 2
In this interim review, I give the plan all 5 stars. I am in week 4 of the 6-week plan and, so far, have really taken to the concepts. The first 2 weeks prepare the reader for dieting. Beck does not push a diet plan, but rather leaves the choice of a plan to the reader. The book is for people serious about not only losing weight, but also about learning how to approach eating from a healthy, non-shameful perspective. There are two books -- one of them a workbook -- both with overlapping information. I am working between both of them, and find that they compliment one another well. I already have significant control over what and when I eat. The true test, of course, will be a year and two years from now. If I fail, it will be hard to blame the book.
May 15, 2008 - Am continuing to do well. Finished the book and now review on an as-needed basis. Have lost 26 lbs and when I have stumbled, have recovered almost immediately. I still give it all stars.
July 18, 2008. Am continuing to do well. Have not lost more than 26 lbs, but so far am maintaining what I have lost. Husband reading book. I still give it all stars.
The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin PersonBeck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook: The 6-week Plan to Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person...more info
- Fantastic book
excellent book--I have been dieting for over a year and this book has provided me with fantastic advice. I recommend purchasing this book to anyone wanting to lose weight. ...more info
- Good book
This is a book written by a cognitive behavioral therapist so it gives good behavioral techniques to help you deal with emotional eating. The information is helpful and if you use the techniques they will make a difference. Like many things in life, losing weight usually comes down to one question: how bad do you want it. Reading this book isn't going to magically make you lose weight but it can give you some techniques to use when you are struggling to put the cupcake down. ...more info
- diet books
This book is a great deal of work, but worth it. I have lost 5 pounds, which does not sound like a lot. But I have also been working out and also lost 3 inches. This book is at the heart of it. It really is about changing the way you think about food and about dieting. Some caution is in order, however. It really is a great deal of work. No kidding. It is based on cognitive therapy, which means changing the way you think and you must do numerous daily exercises to get there. I honestly believe most people don't want to do all this stuff and for them it will probably be a waste of money. If you are willing to actually do the exercises, however, something magical does happen. You learn to conquer hunger (my favorite), not overeat because of (name the ocassion), keep track of what you acually eating, eat more slowly and so on. It really works, but it is not easy. BTW, you pick your own diet - she only recommends that it be healthy and that you also exercise....more info
- Twenty-five Pounds Lighter
I found this book at our local library and thought it looked promising. I had been slowly but steadily gaining weight for the past few years and even though I am a former Weight Watcher's leader I could not seem to stick to the program. I stared working my way through Dr. Beck's book and realized that I needed to own the book since the behavior changes that I would be making would probably need reinforcement. At the time I started I hoped to lose 10 to 12 pounds and return to my lifetime member weight. Six months later I have lost more than 25 pounds and feel fantastic. Using Dr. Beck's techniques I was able to easily stay with my food plan (Weight Watchers Flex) and be satisfied. Thinking like a thin person makes all the difference. For instance I learned that feeling a little hungry doesn't mean I need to eat immediately. Actually feeling a little hungry for a couple of hours before a meal is completely normal. In this book I found strategies to help with all my personal challenges. I have developed good habits to replace detrimental ones. And I don't feel the list bit deprived because my food plan allows me choices. If you are ready to invest the time in learning a new way of thinking that will give you permanent results this book is certainly worth purchasing. Dr. Beck doesn't give you a quick fix nor does she recommend the specific diet plan you should follow. She does give you the tools to follow your plan and make the permanent changes you need to maintain your weight loss. Good luck....more info
- No more "fat-head" thinking
This book gives you the tools to stop the thinking that got you fat in the first place. Deal with your head and the rest will follow. Really love the tools given in the book. I have read a ton of diet books - this isn't what to eat, its about controlling why you eat. Best on this subject I have read....more info
- Not bad, but not good
The Beck Diet touches on the surface of the core issue. All diets work - short term. Unfortunately emotions are the reason why 95% of people can't sustain weight loss. Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Dr. Norton L. Williams found the only way to sustain weight loss is to change your habits...one at a time (also see Robert Mikkelsen's book The Story of Big Belly Bob).
Funny how this research gets brushed under the carpet.
Below is some additional info:
Dr. Norton L. Williams, psychiatrist, said recently that modern man's anxiety and insecurity stemmed from a lack of "self-realization," and that inner security can only be found "in finding in oneself an individuality, uniqueness and distinctiveness. Our currently held beliefs, whether good or bad, true or false, were formed without effort, with no sense of strain, and without the exercise of "will power." Our habits, whether good or bad. were formed in the same way. It follows that we must employ the same process in forming new beliefs, or new habits, that is, in a relaxed condition. It has been amply demonstrated that attempting to use effort or will power to cure bad habits has an adverse rather than a beneficial effect.
Emile Coue` The little French pharmacist who astonished the world around 1920 with the results he obtained with "the power of suggestion," insisted that effort was the one big reason most people failed to utilize their inner powers. "Your suggestions (ideal goals) must be made without effort if they are to be effective," he said. Another famous Coue` saying was his "Law of Reversed Effort": "When the will and the imagination are in conflict, the imagination invariably will win."
- Awesome book!
I am always telling people to buy this book. I have made a friend buy it. Now the tricky part is sitting down and doing it daily. It is a process. I can't wait for the workbook to come out in Oct 2007. This book needs the workbook. It should have been thought out before. ...more info
- Food for Thought...
I ordered a used book, & couldn't tell it wasn't new, very pleased with that indeed. Contents are really food for thought, no menus or diets, just cognitive thinking ideas & much to think about & choose from...a very informative book I find....more info
I've been wanting to lose weight for a long time, but I just could not get motivated. After seeing a review in the newspaper saying this was the best diet book ever written I thought I would give it a try. The author gives you the tools to follow through. After the introduction the reader has a few pages to read every day and follow the new behavior patterns. The author takes it so slow that by day 14 when you actually start the diet I was more than ready. This book isn't a diet, but a cognitive training tool to think in a healthy way. In fact you get to pick any diet you want to go along with the book. I picked no flour, no sugar, and portion control, but any diet you have ever tried will do. I am recommending this diet to any of my friends who want to lose weight, whether it be 10 pounds or 110 pounds....more info
- Learn to think like a thin person
I have used this book to very good results with my weight loss plan.
Sunny in MN...more info
- Fantastic Tool
If you need tools to lose weight and keep it off, this is a fabulous help. The book is written for use in daily chunks, so you only read a few pages at a time, and only work on one new idea each day. Very manageable and easy to do....more info
- Life Changing
While it is not easy, the changes that are in the book do work. Nothing earth shattering but gives you a road map to stick to a healthy food plan. ...more info
- Some good ideas...but...
This book had many thoughtful strategies, and Beck well understands the push-pull process of struggling with food decisions.
However there's an authoritarian, stern undercurrent here that almost reinforces the guilt it purports to help dissipate.
"Sabotaging thoughts allow you to disregard the advice in this book."
"Do not skip this important exercise. It is not optional."
"Did you read this part of the chapter without creating your Advantages Response Card? Please don't fool yourself that you can skip this step."
She repeatedly warns that failure to follow her strict prescription of inspirational cards, written scheduling, priority listing, craving-rating and logging means you are--sabotaging yourself.
I praise Beck for her insight about eating issues. But her astringency about following her 42-step protocol dumbs this book down and talks down to the reader.
- Changed my life!
I bought this book after reading an ariticle about it in O Magazine, followed by the comment that the article author had continued to lose weight using the Beck ideas. I am a believer in the "change your thinking, change your life" premise, and this plan has proved it out for me. I have tried repeatedly to lose 25 lbs and had about given up. The loss was (and is) very slow going (Weight Watchers), and I would always lose patience and go back to my "regular" eating. After following the daily tasks in the Beck plan, I finally am down 15 lbs. still losing, and do believe I'm thinking like a thin person. I recommend this book to everyone. But you must really go through the process, not just skim the ideas. I finished the basic program about 9 weeks ago. A great break through for me....more info
- This works
I have found this book to be very helpful. I have been obese since childhood and have had no success at weight loss. Its been 8 weeks since I started reading the book and I have, so far, lost 28 pounds. (UPDATE: 28 weeks, 75 lbs lost.) What's amazing is the fact that it has been easy and pretty much painless.
Here's the catch. For this to work, you must be willing to change the way you think, to admit that you might have flawed thoughts that need to be addressed. I was ready to swallow my pride, admit that it was possible that my thinking wasn't always as crystal clear as I believed, and to give this approach an honest effort. I'm glad I did.
Cognitive Therapy involves homework, and this book requires you to do some exercises every day. I doubt you can have success without doing the exercises. This book talks nothing about what diet is best. Its all about how to think about eating...and exercise as well.
I think Dr. Beck is really on to something here. I heartily recommend this to anyone who wants results. Personally, I have every confidence that I will continue to lose weight (I have a long way to go) over the next year. And that I will keep the weight off forever....more info
- You won't believe it until you are able to do it!
I have been using the skills taught in the Beck Diet Solution for about three months and have lost over 20 pounds. This solution is no quick fix, but helps a person lose slowly over time, which is the way to change lifestyle behaviors.
The most effective lesson taught in the book for me personally was making an Advantage card listing all the reasons why I want to lose weight. When I am tempted to eat something I know is not on my own unique eating plan and is unhealthy, I dig out my card and review the 30 reasons I came up with for why I would rather be thin than eat that Twinkie or that piece of pie. Self talk really works to overcome temptation. Also Judy Beck suggests phrases to repeat, repeat, repeat when that little voice inside tells you it is okay to "just this once" have a little bite of something (which leads to disaster!)
The book isn't a diet in the sense that it tells you what to eat. Most people know what foods will be convenient to prepare and what they like to eat and even what is healthy. Beck lets us be adults and do it our way, in moderation of course.
She also recommends counting calories, because every bite does count. There are many internet sites that will count the calories for you if you just enter what you have eaten that day, every day.
Also get a good digital scale and weigh every day. Even if you have only lost one-tenth of a pound the previous day, at least you know you are making progress. I also record my weight on a chart like she suggests, which is hugely motivating.
Don't expect to drop 10 pounds in a week. That would not be healthy. Hang in there and re-read the book when tempted to weaken. Honestly I can't believe I have been able to do this without getting hungry and giving up. This book has been a miracle for me. I am 60 years old and decided it was time to do something besides take pills for high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the obesity diseases. I still have 20 pounds to go and have every confidence that I will make it this time. Highly recommend this book to anyone who has tried and failed over and over. Try it, what have you got to lose besides weight?...more info
- A Real "Solution"
Having been through many different weight loss programs, from soup diets to hypnosis since childhood, I lost 100 pounds at Weight Watchers about 20 years ago. The struggle is endless, and over the years I gained back as much as 50 of those pounds. At the point I discovered this book, which has changed my life, I was about 35 pounds over my goal weight.
Because this program works in conjunction with any diet program, it was easy to adapt to, and IT WORKS! I know my problems are emotional, and Dr, Beck went straight for the brain. Every rationalization I ever had was there in the book, and her answer for it was what I needed. I have trained myself through repetition and thinking the right thoughts, reading my cards over and over, and "rationalizing" the right way. I am on the right track now, and feel that I will never gain that weight back (the most confidence I've ever had with any program).
As part of the program, I found a "diet Coach" online (or as we like to call ourselves, diet buddies). We e-mail and discuss our eating, our struggles and successes, and menus every day - we have for over a year and a half now. We have both lost over 30 pounds and it has stayed off over a year and shows no signs of EVER returning. We still read and re-read the book, and refer to it often.
We both had the great fortune to be able to speak with Dr Beck a few weeks ago, and to ask questions and discuss diet issues. She is lovely, and I can't thank her enough for getting me (and my buddy) to the place I am today. I can't wait for the next book!...more info
I am completely floored by how much this book changed my thinking about food, diet, and exercise - especially exercise! I never would have imagined that reading one book, and CALENDARING my exercise appointments, would make the difference. At my exercise appointment times, I still think about how much I don't like going to the gym, but I find myself doing this griping while I'm putting on my gym clothes and running shoes, and next thing I know I have made it to the treadmill. And over time I have griped less and less. It is unbelievable.
They key is you MUST do the written and mental exercises in the book, and plan meals the way it recommends. It truly, truly works. The writing exercises really do make it sink in, more than you think they will. It seems so basic and simple, but that's what works, for me at least. Also, the way Beck responds to many of our excuses for overeating or not exercising cut straight to the point, the heart of the issue. I am left with no argument or excuse, because she makes so much sense.
I will admit I do not have a diet coach like she recommends, but my husband and I kind of coach each other. I read the book in 4 days, have been on the program for 3 weeks, and I have lost 4 pounds.
Since I have been on this program, I have managed my eating very well in several social situations, including a wedding reception where I ate exactly as planned! I have slightly overeaten only one day, and it was a birthday celebration. I didn't go crazy, but ate a little more than I had planned. Afterward, I did not feel like I had totally blown my diet. Instead, I felt absolutely compelled to exercise the next morning (unscheduled!), not as a punishment, but because my body felt like it needed it.
These are things I never would have done before! The techniques in this book are exactly what I needed....more info
- This approach works!
I lost 40 lbs over about 6 months and am now at my "ideal weight" (from size 14 to size 6) -- something that I haven't seen during my adult life (I'm turning 50 this year). The book revealed the simple truth that my problem was not really WHAT I ate or even WHY I ate, but HOW I ate, which of course links to the others but is something you can systematically control. Seemingly simple changes in behavior (do not eat standing up) had both huge direct benefits and also made me realize how much control I have over my own behavior. Interestingly, in addition to dealing PERMANENTLY with eating and exercise issues, I've figured out how to apply the Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach to other problems in my life, to good effect. Very powerful stuff. (Of note: I got the audiobook version, and I think that was helpful in really "implanting" the voice of reason into my head, plus I can get a "refresher" easily when I'm driving to work or even out to dinner!!)...more info
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