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on 23 April 2014
This book is absolutely amazing.
I downloaded it a few weeks ago, after a particularly bad binge. I knew it was time to seek help, as diets weren't working, and hadn't been working for a long time. I read the first half of the book over the course of 4-5 days, and it was like it was written about me. I didn't know 'Binge Eating Disorder' was a recognized eating disorder; I hadn't even heard of it before. I thought I was just greedy and had zero willpower. This book made me realize that diets don't work for me (or anyone with this disorder), and that I now have the promise of a fresh new approach to finally tackling my binge eating for once and for all. But I also felt sad too. Sad that I had wasted so much of my life on stupid diets!
Last week, I started on the second half of the book, and Step 1 of the program. It involved monitoring everything I ate, times, places, feelings, weight, etc., and this was such an eye opener. I discovered triggers I didn't even know I had, what my main binge foods were, and also that short term binging didn't lead to weight gain for me. And because I had monitored myself religiously for the week, I felt ready to move onto Step 2.
I'm only a few days into this, and it is harder, so I'll be sticking with this for longer before I feel ready to move on to the next Step. Sometimes I feel empty, raw and without something to soothe myself - it's like someone took my comfort blanket away. But I also feel very hopeful for my future, thanks to this program. I just want to be able to to eat normally without worrying about every calorie I consume, and without my usual 'all or nothing' attitude, and I feel this book is already helping me immeasurably.