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Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Foreverby Roger L. Gould
Synopses & Reviews
Emotional eating is by far the most common cause of weight gain. As you'll learn in Shrink Yourself, all the diets, exercise regimens, and surgical procedures in the world will not free you from this vicious cycle. Why? Because they don't address your reasons for overeating.
Shrink Yourself, a supportive, unique, and ground-breaking guide written by a world-renowned therapist who has helped thousands of people lose weight and keep it off, gets to the heart of the problem. Shrink Yourself gives you the equivalent of eight expensive sessions with the best weight-loss therapist in the world for the price of a single book.
Yo-yo dieting is an endless cycle. You diet and lose weight. Then you eat "comfort food"—that piece of cake, huge bowl of ice cream, or enormous bag of potato chips you devour to smother your feelings of fear, anxiety, stress, anger, boredom, loneliness, frustration, or so many other feelings. The comfort doesn't last long. Soon you feel guilty for breaking your diet, so you displace the guilt with another helping. Before long, you're unpacking your fat clothes again and berating yourself for your lack of willpower. Then, warily, you contemplate the next diet.
With Shrink Yourself, renowned psychiatrist and emotional eating expert Dr. Roger Gould offers the first step-by-step analysis of the connection between eating and emotion. Dr. Gould explains why the connection is so powerful and shows you how to break the emotional eating cycle, shed all your excess pounds, and keep them off for good. Based on Dr. Gould's unique method and his work involving more than twenty thousand people, this revolutionary eight-session program reveals that your uncontrollable hunger is connected to feelings of powerlessness in your life. You'll discover the five layers of powerlessness and you'll learn how to recognize and cope with each of them by:
Food may be a relatively inexpensive "over-the-counter tranquilizer," but its side effects can be devastating. So before you rush to try the next fad diet or start binge eating after a stressful day, ask yourself, "Is this the way I want to live?" Then read Shrink Yourself and learn how to take control of your emotions to slim down permanently? without ever counting calories again. You can truly shrink yourself.
Studies show that the reason why many people gain weight—and keep it on—is emotional eating, not physical eating. Now Dr. Roger Gould, a psychotherapist and a leading authority on emotional eating, shows how to overcome fear, anxiety, and other stresses and stop using food as an over-the-counter tranquilizer that can cause weight gain. With 12 practical ways to stop emotional eating and an eight-session program, Dr. Gould helps you become your own eating therapist and shrink yourself for good.
Dr. Gould presents his well-tested strategy for helping readers conquer what leads to emotional eating--fear, anxiety, stress, and other factors--and slim down.
About the Author
Roger Gould, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author, and former head of Community Psychiatry and Outpatient Psychiatry at UCLA. Dr. Gould is one of the world's leading authorities on emotional eating and adult development. His work on the life cycle was used by Gail Sheehy in her #1 bestselling book, Passages, and in his own book Transformations. Dr. Gould has pioneered the use of online therapy sessions focusing on weight loss and other issues, and he has been acknowledged by the Smithsonian Institute as a pioneer in the innovative use of computers in psychiatry. His Web site on emotional eating is shrinkyourself.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Emotional Eating 101.
Chapter 2. Food, the Over-the-Counter Tranquilizer.
Chapter 3. The Costs of Powerlessness.
Chapter 4. Your Self-Doubt Layer.
Chapter 5. Your Frustration/Reward Layer.
Chapter 6. Your Safety Layer.
Chapter 7. Your Rebellion Layer.
Chapter 8. Your Emptiness Layer.
Chapter 9. Recovering Your Power.
Chapter 10. Session 1: Getting Started.
Chapter 11. Session 2: Conquering the Feeling Phobia.
Chapter 12. Session 3: Waking Up from the Food Trance.
Chapter 13. Session 4: Challenging Your Self-Doubts.
Chapter 14. Session 5: Defeat Your Defeatism.
Chapter 15. Session 6: Creating Real Safety.
Chapter 16. Session 7: Maturely Dealing with Anger.
Chapter 17. Session 8: Fill Yourself Up.
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