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3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely convinced, 27 Jun. 2009
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I certainly would not dissuade anybody from buying this book. It seems to have worked for a lot of people but I prefered Overcoming Overeating: Conquer Your Obsession with Food Forever by Jane R. Hirschmann and Carol H. Munter. Riley condemns diets, which I applaud but the pyschological techniques she introduces to prevent overeating did not fully work for me. Whereas Riley attempts to steer you away from certain "addictive" foods and suggests that hunger is not entirly reliable, Hirschmann and Munter encourage you to listen to your body and eat what you really want. I think that there are similar ideas in these two books but they are presented quite differently. Riley outlines the choice that we all have which is to satisfy our food addiction by bingeing or to reap the benefits of not giving in to this need. Defining this choice did not stop me bingeing but made me feel more guilty for doing so, although I am sure this was not her intention. Hirscmann and Munter on the other hand advocate a softer approach. I have learnt not to hate myself when I do give in to my cravings and consequently I do so less and less. Their book has changed my life.
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2010 11:04:09 GMT
Thank you - a very succinct comparison of these two books.

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 19:17:59 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2015 14:54:28 GMT
Martin P says:
Thanks for these comments. It's great to read some really reasoned responses to this book, which I've read several times, without managing to implement any changes to my eating. I'm going to leave my own review, as most of the ones on Amazon are either wholly positive or incomprehensibly negative! I haven't done so because I'm still confused by the book. Yes, minimising addictive eating and trying to eliminate unhealthy foods feels to me more like dieting than moderate calorie-counting. But I keep returning to Gillian's book to see if I've got the wrong end of the stick. Focussing on increasing health and self esteem instead of slimming doesn't seem to mean much to my lower self - the self that wants to eat chocolate. And yet, Gillian Riley writes with such authority that I think it must be me that's just not getting it...! It's great to know I'm not alone in taking this book seriously, yet not being wholly convinced. I sometimes worry that the book has actually messed up my head and made my eating worse!
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