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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
This book is an inspiration. I'm currently doing a PhD in science and I often struggle with the lack of scientific background in many self-help/diet books out there. Then I read this book! It was a breath of fresh air seeing so many references and seeing a scientific explanation for my overrating.

The biggest realisation reading the book was just how mindlessly I was eating. A meal wasn't a meal unless my butt was firmly on the sofa and the TV was on. I paid no attention to what was going in, what it tasted like or whether I had had enough. Another AHA moment was being able to pinpoint that I ate when I was bored. I had my first baby 9 months ago and I was often so tired (and often bored as well) during his naps that the only thing I thought was feasible was to lie in front of the TV with some 'treats'. Through reading the book I also realised I had made not only big associations - like emotional eating and food, but little associations as well that led me to eating mindlessly. For example, it got to a point where I couldn't have a cup of tea without something sweet to accompany it. And I live in England so that was a lot of cups of tea!

Since starting to read the book I have been been practicing mindfulness every day. This not only is affecting the way I eat, but its' effects have leaked into several areas of my life influencing my attitudes, emotions and experience of life.

Things are far from perfect but thanks to this book I have seen so much progress. I'm so grateful Dilia wrote this book and that I came across it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2014
I hated the title as it sounded so un-pc, but then I looked through the contents and some reviews and bought the book. I usually addictively buy books to help me though situations, and find they disappoint. I had just lost 60kg and was wanting advice on how to not fall into the trap of putting all the weight back on.

Immediately I was hooked by the different approach - getting into what the title really means. Thin women - women who are naturally thin and do not calorie count, diet, eat chaotically etc. - do not get fat. So how are they different to me ? And then looking at how the brain works, using cognitive behaviour techniques and mindfulness - both techniques I have known for many years but never yet put together - I really believe this book has got the answers for me. Not just for food issues but much addictive, 'non-thin' thinking. Now the book may have the answers, but I have to do my part and it is a demanding process - but you have to be in it to win it, and being motivated and making that decision to change is important. Committing to it and carrying it through are necessary or old habits take over. Too many books promise the world the easy way - there isn't one.

Personally I like the style, but it is quite dense and heavy going in places. There is a lot of information in a thin book and it takes a while to digest. I am about to reread it and use the author's website for a program which I strongly believe will put me in the 2% of people who keep the weight off after they lose it.

Many thanks to the author - this is powerful stuff.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
There are just not enough stars for this book.

I am still reading the book at the moment (via Kindle app) but the change in eating patterns and my entire outlook on life has changed in such a short time. Everything in this book makes sense and you can re-wire your brain.

Buying this book was the single best thing I have done for a very long time!

Well done Dilia :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2015
I would recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the ups and downs of yo-yo dieting, to anyone who feels that food has control over them, to anyone who feels like they are not living their life. This book provides a clear method to reclaim your life, and recover from dysfunctional eating. This is how you lose weight without dieting or making yourself miserable. Not only has this book shown me how to eat normally and break free from the cycle of shame, but it has shown me that happiness with myself and my life is right there for the taking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2013
If you are in the right mindset this will reset your brain, great book! I thoroughly recommend it for anyone who overeats!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2014
Excellent can't wait to put this into practice , after dieting then regaining constantly , hopefully won't be doing that any more
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
A brilliant book. Without competition - the best self-help book I have ever read. Clear, easy to follow, extremely well written. Thank you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2014
This book is amazing.

I came across Dilia's book by happy chance while searching for yet another title to help me deal with my toxic relationship with food. From the moment I started reading, I knew this one was different. She speaks with compassion in an erudite, accessible style .Clear descriptions of the latest neuroscience, CBT and mindfulness are here, Dilia discusses the transition from compulsion to complete freedom in natural eating through laying down new neural nets. The change happens in twenty one days, then through repetition the nets are strengthened. The science is beautifully described, but my main impression is of Dilia's humanity. She truly wants to make a difference to our lives.

The world seemed to shift as I continued to read. I found her statement that we become addicted to the cycle of shame associated with compulsive eating particularly powerful. I completed the book in two days and started to change my life the following morning. I'm a busy full time career woman and mother of three, but the changes were so simple with immediate, I had no problems at all in using them consistently. I found it easy to be compassionate with myself, allowing just a few extra minutes a day over the following three weeks to focus on my eating and short periods of meditation. I used the app from the second week; it was a great way to remind myself to slow down and focus initially, but I was enjoying myself so much I had no need to use it by day 21. The transition was effortless, because the results were immediate. I checked my results on the Yale food addiction scale on days one and twenty one; I moved from severely addicted to not addicted.

That was two months ago. I've just returned from a holiday where I was able to experience bountiful delicious food every day. For the first time since childhood, there was no fear around eating. As Dilia promised, I'm now looking for nutritious sensuous food, rather than cruising around the kitchen like an anxious land shark! With no need to constantly think about food and my compulsion, my mind and body have reconnected. I have more 'headspace'' -my creative energy has flourished, with an early impact on the rest of my life.. I don't believe in weighing myself but my clothes tell me I'm shedding my toxic blanket of fat. It's served its purpose in soaking up emotional distress, but I no longer have any need for it. I can feel my sleek, natural self emerging.

I've recommended the book and app to friends and family with promising results. I truly believe this is the way forward out of the pain of compulsive emotional eating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2015
Everything you have ever read and suspected about yourself in one place , plus simple and meaningful solutions. I have read all the way through and and have already recommended. Now I am going back over it in a stepwise fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2014
This book has given me the guidance and courage to embark on a journey I didn't even know existed. Thank you. Packed with information and tools, it is life changing when put into practice
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