The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace [NOOK Book]

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The woman Psychology Today calls "the best-known life coach in America" shatters the myth that willpower is an effective weight-loss tool and introduces a revolutionary approach to lifetime leanness based on a series of "4-Day Wins" that work with any weight-loss program

Substitute a good habit for a bad one and stick to it for just 4 days, and it begins to feel normal. That's the surprising discovery that holds the key to lifetime weight ...
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The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace

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Overview

The woman Psychology Today calls "the best-known life coach in America" shatters the myth that willpower is an effective weight-loss tool and introduces a revolutionary approach to lifetime leanness based on a series of "4-Day Wins" that work with any weight-loss program

Substitute a good habit for a bad one and stick to it for just 4 days, and it begins to feel normal. That's the surprising discovery that holds the key to lifetime weight control, according to life coach and New York Times best-selling author Martha Beck. Not a conventional diet or exercise program, The Four-Day Win combines evolutionary logic, psychology, and neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to restructure itself, which suggests ways to reshape our bodies) with strategies and success stories—plus large doses of humor and an insightful, straightforward approach to teach the principles required to reverse weight issues.

Drawn from hundreds of hours interviewing weight losers—in both her discussions with private clients and her groundbreaking consulting work for Jenny Craig—Dr. Beck reveals:
  • Why willpower-based dieting is doomed to fail
  • How to step out of the conflict between the rule-making Commander (who bans all our favorite foods) and the rule-breaking Resistor (who gives in to cravings) and reach the Watcher, who is our happiest self
  • What the latest research into the mind-body connection reveals about how our emotions affect our eating
Breaking down the weight-loss marathon into 4-day intervals, Dr. Beck provides effective strategies for changing the behaviors that make us fat. And if there is a relapse, readers take comfort in knowing they are just 4 days from turning it around.
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In her books and her monthly O magazine columns, life coach Martha Beck teaches women to discover and connect to their destinies. In this stand-alone sequel to her Finding Your Own North Star, she charts the steps that she herself uses to help her private clients navigate their unfolding dreams. Steering by Starlight contains numerous useful signposts: Dr. Beck has seasoned the book with recent research findings in psychiatry, neurology, and other fields. A reliable guide to steering a safe course.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623362317
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 107,421
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

MARTHA BECK, Ph.D., is a life coach and monthly columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the author of the bestseller, Steering by Starlight.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Why Are You So Damn Fat?     1
4 Days at a Time     9
How to Be Skinnier in 4 Days: Changing Your Body, Now     20
The Transtheoretical Model and the Piggly Wiggly Problem     24
Precontemplation
The Polar Bear Effect: Why Resistance Is Futile     33
This Is Your Brain on Diets: The Fattening Way to Lose Weight     40
The Body Whisperer: Getting Your Subconscious Mind on Your Side     48
The Creature and the Computer     56
Thinking about Thinking about It     65
Contemplation
The Most Important Weight-Loss Skill in the History of the Universe     75
Learn to Return to the Place of Thinner Peace     82
How to Stop Eating When You Can't Stop Eating     90
Make Love, Not War: Living in the Place of Peace     97
How Not to Be a Big Fat Liar     104
Not Always So: From Fathead to Open Mind     112
Beware the Permanently Helpless Dalmatian Reptile     119
Researching Your Life: Your Weight Lifeline     128
Preparation
Fat Rat Park: Identifying Your Natural Environment     145
The Three B's: Building Your Own Rat Park     155
Fat Is a Social Disease: Getting Support for Your New Life     162
Eat Whatever the Hell You Want: Preparing to Eat Less     170
Bury a Bunch of Bones: Developing Abundance Brain     185
Trash the Treasure, Don't Treasure the Trash     193
Flavors for Flouting Famine Brain: Weirdly Compelling New Diet Research     200
What's My Motivation?: Making Moving Easier     207
You're Getting Verrrry Sleeeepyyy...: Avoiding Burnout     216
You Need New Moves: Preparing to Move More     225
Packing Your Parachute: Preparation Checklist     235
Action
Creating Your Daymap: The Second Most Important Weight-Loss Skill in the History of the Universe     243
"Move More" Daymap Adjustment: Edging into Exercise     250
"Eating" Daymap Adjustment: Feeding Your Soul     258
I Will Fight No More (and Eat a Bit Less) Forever: Actually Losing Weight     265
Maintenance
Trim-Tabbing Along the Middle Way: Staying Thin No Matter What     279
Relapse
Getting Back on the Horse: Relapse and Recovery     291
Celebration
Determination Yields De-Termination: Celebrating Freedom     301
The 4-Day Win Jump-Start Weight-Loss Program     309
Index     346
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Must Read

    This book is a must read if you have been dieting your entire life!

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    This is the best book about permanent change I've ever read. You can apply it to weight loss, but, truly, it can be applied to any kind of change.

    Martha Beck's strategies in The Four Day Win are incredibly helpful. This was the first book I read cover to cover in years. Now, I keep it by my bedside and slowly work the strategies into my life.
    I've never read a book that was so fun to read, while also being incredibly informative and so easy to apply to my own life. Not to mention that it is different from the typical weight loss book.
    Martha addresses the fact that EVERYBODY says, "In order to lose weight, you must move more and eat less." She sheds new light on an old subject when she says that we all know that, but it doesn't change our behavior.
    This is a great read, and the strategies will certainly make the weight loss process one you can succeed at.

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