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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK; First Edition edition (6 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848503245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848503243
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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American lifestyle guru (Daily Express)

Being overweight is a spiritual issue. And spiritual growth is required to overcome it. This is a truth I have learned through public trial and error...The miracle we've been waiting for. (Oprah Winfrey 2010-12-01)

Looks at the psychological weight-loss battle, to help readers overcome the cycle of emotional eating. (Easy Living Magazine 2011-02-01)

A refreshing alternative to fad diets and quick-fix weight-loss plans (Women's Fitness 2011-01-01)

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Lose the weight on your mind and start running your life! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C Brighton on 27 Oct 2011
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I have read many books on weight loss and all of them have helped in in some way. I wanted to review this book after I had read it to give an honest review.

First of all I was able to connect to this book more having read Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard and also because I am spiritually open minded. I had not heard much about the art of forgiveness until I read Gary Renard's book which I found extremely powerful.

In a Course in Weight Loss, once you get past the references to God (which is God as in your higher self/soul/all that is, not the one sitting on the clouds looking down or who is at the mercy of tragic religious conflicts) it is a lovely book of love written well by Marianne Williamson. I didn't complete all the actions but I did them up until about 6th or 7th action because I have already done quite a bit of clearing on my weight issues and they didn't all necessarily relate to me. I definitely felt the power of writing the letters to myself and although it might feel a bit funny, it's all about guiding yourself to clear out all the rubbish and negative baggage you are carrying around in your unconscious. To be able to forgive EVERYONE who has had an impact on you negatively is the biggest liberation you will ever give yourself. Why punish yourself for someone else's wrong doing?

It's common that weight issues are related to fear but often the person is not aware of the fear that is stopping them from losing weight. In my personal experience, there have been so many factors attributed to my weight issues, it hasn't just been about overeating but a negative pattern of behaviour that was personal to my own life experiences. The solution for me wasn't just about a bit of hypnotherapy or reading a Paul McKenna book, it's been that and much more.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Anna Nolan on 13 Jan 2011
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As a dietician I am always interested in methods and approaches that help people achieve long-term weight loss. Understanding that being overweight is not about being greedy, but about feeding a part of the soul that is not being nurtured or loved by other means is the core issue in understanding tackling weight management.

Marianne Williamson targets this precisely and focuses on negative feelings as the cause of weight problems. My only criticism of this book is that the clue is in the title - "spiritual". Marianne invites the reader to call upon God for help and invoke his Divinity. This is all good and well if you have a faith and is difficult to interpret if you don't.

I advise those who have a faith to make an investment in this book. If not, you may get confused or angered by the frequent references to God and his divineness.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ace on 14 Mar 2013
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I am a fan of Williamson and there are many areas of this book that are every well thought out. The central theme being that in order to be healthy we must love ourselves, surrender to God and find our true selves through meditation, pray, eating well and exercise. The chapters on food are brilliant and Williamson introduces a new and healthy way of looking at food and also eating. I also liked the chapters on identifying why you have put weight on (her examples of why she did not like her body were very enlightening) and also the exercise on how to get in tune with your true self.

My disappointment came in the layout and the way in which the book was written. There were many times I was frustrated with the lack of direction, repetition and the constant uselessness of paragraphs in this book. The gems are there, but you really have to look hard to find them. The book could be reduced by half, the exercises could easily be layed out at the end of each chapter, and the book could incorporate a 'in a nutshell' section at the end of each chapter.

I did not buy this book but loaned it from my local library - and I am really glad I did! Overall 3/5 stars because of the frustrations behind looking for the gems in the content.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jean.t on 12 Feb 2013
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From reading through this book first to get an overall idea, I would say this is a course for compulsive overeaters and not really for the general public who perhaps have more of a diet mentality and a poor body image , or who are just not happy with their size and want to get off the diet rollercoaster for once and for all.
But it's a book worth reading I think , as some parts and lessons are centered on self-care and self-love which is the key to healing eating disorders and issues , and not on dieting and losing weight. When the mind is healed , the issues are healed also and food and diet come naturally , not in a controlled self-abusing way like most people end up obsessing about calories and what foods to eat.
Marianne Williamson goes at this issue the right way, that its the mind first and then the body follows, its an inner journey to get outer results.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Wanderluster on 13 Dec 2010
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I've read hundreds of diet books and not one has really made a difference to my weight loss. This week I was shocked to discover that I have effortlessly lost 5 lbs and I know this book is doing something to my head without me realising it. I guess the magic here is that A Course in Weight Loss is not a diet book at all - there are no recipes or exercise moves. What the author does bring up a lot are words like "god" and "pray" which had me a bit squeamish to begin with, but I just went with it and decided it to give my best effort. I feel so much more at peace now that I have accepted Marianne's gentle notion that food cravings are not something we should get angry with ourselves about, or feel that we should be strong enough to control them. The truth is that we aren't strong enough to do this on our own, or so many of us would have finally succeeded after all these years of trying! The book is written beautifully and is so easy to read. There are also helpful written exercises to try in each chapter. Try the spiritual approach, I think it will surprise you.
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