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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside Books; Original edition (13 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416592644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416592648
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From a therapist and expert in emotional eating, the first book to explore the link between weight gain and women who do too much, complete with proven techniques for dropping pounds. Many women put too much on their plates, both literally and fi

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Galros on 21 Feb. 2014
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OK so this won't be the full story as to why you're (or I'm!) fat - but it gives some good options too look at. I think the author hasn't caught up with the latest research on how diets mess with the metabolism or the long term effects of diets, but she has a good grasp of one reason (or one family of reasons) why women can gain weight.

I'd suggest Linda Bacon for a more science based approach on the reactions in the body etc, but for a psychological slant on the matter this is very good. it's four stars because it is the same message spread out over an entire book, and I think it could have been either a slimmer volume or covered more, but it's well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DB on 9 Jun. 2013
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I am neither overweight (nor too nice) but I had read Karen Koenig's "The Rules of Normal Eating" which helped me considerably and decided this looked interesting. It is another excellent book from the author.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By B. Blackburn on 12 July 2009
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I have a very large bookcase full of diet books, either telling me what to eat or not to eat or how to behave around food:eat slowly ,concentrate on what you eat etc.On the shelf are classics from the 1970s, through to the latest G.L diet. They are all there. Of all the books in my bookcase this has been the most helpful.Most serial dieter,like I am, know what to eat and not eat to lose weight and stay slim, so why can't they? This gives the answer.So if you have been on and off diets for years try this book.I am sure it will not disappoint.
Although it says girls on the title some of the men I have met at diet clubs could benefit from reading this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By b. howells on 9 Mar. 2015
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That's Why It's Called " Lean and "Mean" 3 July 2009
By Christina V. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I worked full-time in a demanding professional job for 26 years and packed on the weight. Work took 60 hours of my time each week....then there were all the demands on my time for the kids...and the house...and the rest of my family and friends. I always thought "If I didn't have to work, I'd be so thin. I'd work out all the time and really take care of myself".

Well guess what? I left my job and "retired". I felt a personal freedom I never had. One year into retirement, however, I was only 10 pounds lighter. Didn't even make a dent in my physique.

What happened? I filled all that extra time with volunteer work and trivial activities. I essentially substituted the time I spent on my job with time for other people. Never made the time to get myself in shape and on a wellness program.

I wasn't aware that I had done this until I read "Nice Finish Fat". The book was a wake-up call.

Now I put myself on my list of things to do each day and take much better care of myself. It's paying off big-time.

Someone once told me that when you are on an airplane, the safety instructions remind you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first. Then you can help others. This is what this book is all about.

Take care of yourself. First.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I saw myself 13 Jun. 2009
By Stella Nemeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Am I a nice girl? I honestly don't see myself that way, but I had no trouble seeing myself in the descriptions in the book or in the various people profiled in the book. So I guess I am.

I am one of those people who try to do too much. I used to take care of myself better than I do now, but yes, even with trying not to, I tend to take a back seat.

Karen Koenig has written other books, and I've read all three of her books for laypeople. And each of them has been quite different from the others. This is not one of those situations where if you've read one book, you probably have everything the author has to say in hand. One of Karen Loenig's books does a great job of teaching the rules and principles of normal eating, and another is a workbook about the feelings that drive a lot of us to eat too much or eat emotionally.

This one is about the underlying belief that we always need to be the nice girl who puts everyone first, and who thinks that taking care of themselves is selfish. Karen Koenig talks about how we got where we are, and about why we need to put ourselves first at least some of the time.

Like I said, I saw myself, and I learned a lot from reading the book. It is an extremely readable book, and going back the second time, I've got things to think about and journal about, and because of how the book is organized that is going to be very easy to do.

If you've learned about normal eating, and you are at peace with food most of the time, but there are still those emotional eating episodes, try reading this book as a second viewpoint on the situation. If you know nothing about normal eating, you might find a unique entry into learning how and why you eat too much, too often, or when you are too upset.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Nice Girl No More 5 July 2009
By Amy Matathias - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written very well and is also enjoyable to read. It's not your typical vacation reading but I read this while on vacation and I am glad I did.

I always knew I was a nice girl. I play by the rules and I do for everyone else. I didn't know that there was a link between being nice to others and neglecting myself, rewarding myself with food, or stuffing down the feelings with food. This book was enlightening and I saw myself in many of the women profiled.

If you are a woman who does it all but neglects herself this book is for you. If your niceness is keeping you from taking care of yourself then you need to read this book. Self care is not over rated and this book will help you take care of you. As a result you may develop a healthier relationship with food, I know it helped me.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This book changed my life. 14 Oct. 2010
By Joann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been struggling with my weight and stresses from people demanding so much of my time. I'm clinically depressed, and since people would criticize me for taking my medication, I wouldn't take it, and instead self-medicated with food. In my mind, I thought, somehow, I was depressed because I didn't have the self control to be able to be thin. I tried to make it up by just helping everyone every waking minute of the day. For example: I would drive hours to pick up my friend from the airport, and not only not get reimbursed for gas, but be treated like it was my duty. I thought somehow that that was my price to pay to have friends. I would never take time for myself, because I felt I didn't deserve it. I had an all or nothing mentality.
With the help of Ms. Koenig's book, I realized that I am worth it. I started taking time for myself every day. I've learned to say no. I almost completely eliminated emotional eating, and I've begun to deal with my emotions without dulling them with food. I eat when I need to, and very rarely do I overdo. I've begun running. I would highly recommend this book for people dealing with similar issues, especially emotional eating.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Putting Yourself First is Not a Negative Thing 2 Mar. 2010
By Barbara Small - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading "Nice Girls Finish Fat: Put Yourself First and Change Your Eating Forever" by colleague and coach, Karen Koenig. As a former emotional eating "nice girl", I really enjoyed and related to all the valuable ideas that Karen presented in her easy-to-read format. I especially liked her sense of humour and personal stories that were presented throughout. Karen wrote the book as though she was having a personal conversation with each and every reader. She directly addresses every "nice girl's" biggest concern - that not being a nice girl does not mean being mean to others - there is a lot of space in between. Her "Grab Your Thinking Cap" questions helps readers explore how the book relates to their own life and the "No More Nice Girl Manifesto" in each chapter lists concrete and practical tips for letting go of old and unhealthy habits.

Barbara Small, M.A., The No-Nonsense Coach, Speaker and Author.
If I Could Just Get Out of My Own Head: A No-Nonsense Guide to Communicating Effectively
What About Me, What Do I Want? Becoming Assertive
Blah, Blah, Blah...: Changing Your Negative Self-Talk
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