The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness

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The secret to sustainable weight loss isn’t counting calories or depriving yourself at the dinner table. Jean Fain tells us it’s about cultivating awareness and self-acceptance wherever you are. With The Self-Compassion Diet, this Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist prescribes a practical program for transforming the way you think and feel about food and your whole self–a shift that, paradoxically, inspires physical change. Combining loving-kindness, self-hypnosis, and other winning weight-loss strategies, The Self Compassion Diet is available in two complementary formats to help you naturally progress toward genuine self-acceptance and a healthy, sustainable weight. With more than 30 different tools including quizzes, breathing exercises, and visualizations, the book explores four powerful weight-loss methods. The audio edition guides you through 11 key practices described in the book. Used together, this powerful combination can speed learning and boost success. Additional topics include:  1) how to appreciate the everyday activity of eating, and learn to trust your body’s signals that it’s nourished 2) Gradual change: a guided visualization for developing mindful eating habits 3) a meditation for getting to know the diet coach who knows you best–your compassionate “inner advisor.” “Most dieters try to ‘kill cravings’ and break habits with self-discipline,” teaches Fain. “Self-kindness can help quiet the shame that traditional diets instill, and establish a harmonious relationship with food.” The Self Compassion Diet book and audio offer a treasury of heart-opening mind-body teachings and practices for improving the way you live, breathe, and eat.

Comments

Stellaro says:

Transforming poor body image with kindness instead of self-hatred–who would’ve thought?!? This book was highly recommended by my eating disorders nutritionist, and after reading it I have to say it’s a lifesaver for anyone with binge eating disorder or bulimia. Instead of beating yourself up for your lifelong, out-of-control behaviors with food, you’re encouraged to be kind to yourself, as you would be to a close friend struggling with a painful health issue. You wouldn’t criticize your friend and tell her she was stupid and weak and disgusting for not being able to change her…

S. Power says:

Wonderful read for anyone serious about stopping the vicious diet cycle! As a health psychologist that specializes in working with patients who are trying to lose weight, I have to say that this book is a breath of fresh air! So many diet programs and books about dieting fail to take in to account the struggles that people face. They always make it seem so easy- just eat less, exercise more, and the weight will melt away! Well anyone that has ever made a serious attempt at weight loss realizes that it is not that easy. If it were, 2/3 of the American population…

Christine Adams, PsyD says:

Stop dieting and learn to eat mindfully and with self-compassion The Self-Compassion Diet is not a diet at all (thankfully) but a set of tools that can help in making lasting changes in one’s way of eating: meditation, self-hypnosis, mindful eating, and community support. As a psychotherapist who works with eating disorders and emotional eating, I greatly value the research, practical exercises, and other resources the book offers in each of these areas. It is particularly nice to see a self-help book that so comprehensively cites research supporting its…

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