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Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy: The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Diet (Hardcover)
by Linda Spangle (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
The traditional emphasis on diet and exercise fails to address the underlying psychological causes of overeating, argues this engaging self-help book. Instead of eating to satisfy physical hunger, we indulge in "emotional eating" to make up for low self-esteem, to distract ourselves from unpleasant moods (anger and frustration make us crave crunchy, chewy foods, while loneliness and depression demand creamy comfort foods) or to act out and defuse suppressed feelings. Spangle, a registered nurse and weight-loss counselor, recommends a number of techniques, including writing projects, hugging exercises and positive-thinking mantras to help overeaters unearth and deal with their food-related emotions, and gives practical advice on sticking to weight-loss regimens. She writes insightfully of the ways people interact emotionally with food, and includes first-person confessionals from her clients; by turns poignant ("eating helps me stop thinking about how much I hate my life" says one lost soul) and lascivious ("I pull out a stack of curved golden morsels" writes a woman on a Pringles binge, who finds the munching sounds "soothing, like water lapping softly on the beach"), these attest to food's psychic power. But her tips are sometimes silly ("Pound on your pillow until your arms are too tired to lift food to your mouth") and her five-step-plan to combat cravings (which, with some practice, you can "flash through" in "less than a minute") can seem inadequate to deal with the emotional traumas she feels are at the root of obesity.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Ann Louise Gittleman
Linda Spangle beautifully and gently illumines the source--not just the symptoms--behind emotional eating. This book is destined to --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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by Nick, M.D. Yphantides (Author), Mike Yorkey (Author)
(5 customer reviews)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Good Motivation for those who are having trouble getting started..., July 1, 2005

Reviewer:Maidnstone (Middle Tennessee) - See all my reviews
I found Dr Nick's story to be a source of great motivation. He chronicles what it was like to be a 467 pound hard working and productive Doctor, the paradox he faced between his profession and his patients, the challenges and health risks of living an obese life and the constant frustration of trying to do something about it. But Dr Nick was able to create a plan for himself that has helped to fuel my own efforts with weight loss and fitness. I needed a boost in my recovery and started looking for good material to keep me going. I stumbled up this book and was so jazzed to find such a success story that I could relate to. Dr Nick is very candid about his situation and the way he opens up his journey will help raise the success for others who struggle to overcome obesity and motivates on the how and why to make a change in your own life. It is not easy to come to terms with morbid obesity and that fear can keep you from your own recovery. Witnessing Dr Nick go through this process and kick start his program will take the sting out of it and get you thinking, planning and working your own program. I get very charged up when I listen to this audio book and have enjoyed listening to it several times. I plan to purchase the printed book as well to help me continue to fine tune my own program and build on the excitement of experiencing this success story. It will make you want to get busy! ;-) I have heard that 10% of obese people who lose their weight will keep it off for more than a year. This book will help raise that number. I was also very please to see that Dr Nick has an equally motivating website [...] My Big Fat Greek Diet: HOW A 467-POUND PHYSICIAN HIT HIS IDEAL WEIGHT AND YOU CAN TOO: Books: Nick, M.D. Yphantides,Mike Yorkey
PCOS Diet Book: How You Can Use the Nutritional Approach to Deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Paperback)
by Colette Harris, Theresa Francis-Cheung


Book Description
How you can use the nutritional approach to deal with polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition which affects one in ten women

The nutritional answer for all women sufferers of polycystic ovary syndrome. Colette Harris provides a practical plan for sufferers of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with the "PCOS Diet Book". She explains how - with the right nutritional approach - you can lose weight, improve your skin, and overcome exhaustion, depression and mood swings. Various diets to suit each individual are provided with accessible explanations of nutritional science and hormonal health, and combined with an emphasis upon personal and emotional well-being.

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Dr.Atkin's New Diet Revolution, Revised (Hardcover)
by Robert C. Atkins (Author)

Editorial Reviews Reviews
Designed to catapult your body into a state of fat meltdown, Dr. Atkins's diet has taken America by storm. It targets insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The bodies of most overeaters are continually in a state of hyperinsulinism; their bodies are so adept at releasing insulin to help convert excess carbohydrates to fat that there's always too much of the hormone circulating through the body. This puts the body into a bind; it always wants to store fat. Even when people with hyperinsulinism try to lose weight--especially when they cut fat but increase carbohydrate consumption--their efforts will fail. This is why Dr. Atkins refers to insulin as "the fat-producing hormone." Dr. Atkins's diet is extremely low in carbohydrates, which helps to regulate insulin production and decrease circulating insulin; less insulin soon results in less fat storage and fewer food cravings. The diet is far from torturous, though--those who've tried it attest that hunger is not a part of this plan. Ninety percent of Dr. Atkins's patients--more than 25,000 of them--have experienced dramatic weight loss. The book includes recipes for such luscious, low-carb dishes as lobster soup, zabaglione, sea bass, and blueberry ice cream, and even includes a carbohydrate gram counter and menus. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Twenty years after publication of his bestselling Diet Revolution , Dr. Atkins is back and ready to raise a new ruckus. Once again, he contends that weight gain has little to do with fat intake; indeed, he will demonstrate "how much fat you can burn off, while eating liberally, even luxuriously."79 He encourages dieters to revel in traditional sources of protein like red meat, and to eat eggs and bacon for breakfast82-3 . Rapid weight loss, he promises, will be achieved through his 14-day "induction" diet, in which almost all carbohydrates are virtually banned from the table, forcing the body to go into a fat-burning metabolic state called ketosis. He still urges broad-based vitamin supplements to take up any nutritional slack. So what's changed in 20 years? Atkins says he now is more interested in "complete wellness" than in dropping pounds quickly; he stresses that the "induction" is not to be considered a lifetime regimen unless, of course, the dieter has particularly stubborn "metabolic resistance." Readers of his last book may notice some defensiveness--two decades of criticism clearly have taken their toll. Nonetheless, there is enough of the old Atkins to make this the most arrogant diet book to appear in a long while. sic, ital " I hope to amaze you ," he writes, " as I amazed millions of dieters in the past ." And that's when he's in his modest mode. 75,000 first printing; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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noticed no one has been here 4 a while-- this place is quite dusty...

anyways,putting Dr. Phil's The Ultimate Weight Solution up on the shelf for discussion.
Even though I'm on CD. I've been reading this one. It's kept me amused :D Neris and India's Idiot-proof Diet: Books: India Knight,Neris Thomas

Neris and India's Idiot-proof Diet
From the Author
I thought it might be an idea to pop up on here and explain a bit about the book, since it's an unusual one - a diet book that tells you jokes, gives you genuinely delicious recipes, and lets you into our heads as well as our stomachs.

Basically, my friend Neris and I got fat. Really fat, like size 22. And one day we finally decided to do something about it.
So we went and found out about diets, about what worked and what didn't; we cherry-picked, we fiddled about - we wanted, for instance, to eventually be able to drink and to have the odd piece of chocolate - and, armed with our own version of a high-protein, low-carb diet, away we went.
It worked: we lost five stone each in a year, and we haven't put any of it back on. So we thought we'd write about how we'd done it, in blow-by-blow detail, charting the emotional ups and downs, providing recipes, and all sorts of other stuff we found useful, like trying to unravel the reasons behind our overeating. I'll bet you a roast potato they're the reasons you overeat, too. We think unravelling them is crucial if you're going to keep the weight off.
We also thought - completely insanely, in retrospect - that we should be photographed wearing leotards and tights at every stage of the diet, and leave the pictures absolutely un-retouched, so readers could see for themselves that it really works. The pictures - they're really quite grim - are all in there. So that's something to look forward to.
The other thing we really wanted to do was to write a diet book for real people - people like us, with kids, jobs, dogs and the rest, who didn't have the time or the energy to cook themselves separate meals, or to sit miserably in the corner with a lettuce leaf. People who actually had a life, liked going out, went to the pub - and who wanted to carry on with all of these things while dieting.

Above all, we wanted to write a diet book that started off from a place of love. We are so sick of women being made to feel terrible about the way they look. During our research, we came across a pile of diet books - many, though not all, written by middle-aged blokes - whose basic premise was 'You're a fat freak and you're killing yourself'. That approach - see also 'your insides are like sewers,' naming no names - is appalling. We start off with the premise that you're pretty fabulous, and that you're going to be even MORE fabulous when you slip into that tiny little dress you thought you'd never in a million years fit into. It's not about body fascism: we're not interested in dropping from a size 12 to a size 2. But from a 22 to a 14? Yes please.

We're really, really pleased with the way the book has turned out. If you're at that stage where you think, 'You know what? Sod it. I'll just stay this size and avoid full-length mirrors,' then please buy it. We've so been there. Plus we're busy, greedy and undisciplined. We did it none the less. You can too.