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Some decent advice but lacking
on 29 January 2014
I've had issues with weight all my life. I've tried some dieting, food psychology and a range of approaches with mixed success.
This book has some good ideas and important points but I'm not totally convinced. Some parts such as changing irrational beliefs on the morality of foods "good or bad foods" just don't really apply to me. The same with ideas about shame and overeating, they're not massive issues for me. I felt some of the beliefs discussed and some other parts of the book might apply to women more.
The bits about using your hunger to guide you are really good and I liked the practical exercises/advice around this. This is something I will definitely use. The anti-diet approach makes sense too, although discounting nutrition and food choice for a purely psychological approach is a mistake, I think. For example I know I eat less and feel better when I have a higher protein breakfast. I don't see this as being a particularly disordered way of thinking. I have friends who do sports and are healthy weight who think like this sometimes. It's OK as long as you don't obsess over it.
The book is based a lot on CBT, which is good but has it's limits. I've tried the Beck Diet Solution before, which is CBT but it's convoluted and hard work. There's no references in the book, I'm not sure what science she's drawing her conclusions from, though CBT is scientifically supported.
The book is on the short side with some good advice, but it was lacking and expensive for a kindle book, with little new. I read it in under an hour. Had I known the full content I definitely wouldn't have bought it. However if you're a real serial dieter, with a lot of irrational beliefs around food, this could really help you. I have also bought Foodist, which seems much better for me so far.