Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever

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Emotional eating is by far the most common cause of weight gain, and all the diets, exercise regimens, and surgical procedures in the world will not free you from the problem. Why? Because they don't address your reasons for overeating. In Shrink Yourself, renowned psychiatrist and emotional eating expert Dr. Roger Gould offers the first step-by-step analysis of the connection between eating and emotion and shows you how to break the emotional eating cycle, shed your excess pounds, and keep them off for good. ...

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Overview

Emotional eating is by far the most common cause of weight gain, and all the diets, exercise regimens, and surgical procedures in the world will not free you from the problem. Why? Because they don't address your reasons for overeating. In Shrink Yourself, renowned psychiatrist and emotional eating expert Dr. Roger Gould offers the first step-by-step analysis of the connection between eating and emotion and shows you how to break the emotional eating cycle, shed your excess pounds, and keep them off for good. Based on Dr. Gould's unique method and his work involving more than twenty thousand people, this revolutionary eight-session program will help you slim down permanently without ever counting calories again.

About the Author:
Roger Gould, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author, and former head of Community Psychiatry and Outpatient Psychiatry at UCLA who is one of the world's leading authorities on emotional eating and adult development

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Editorial Reviews

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"In Shrink Yourself, Dr. Gould offers a simple but profound truth: hunger originates in your mind, not your belly. This empowering book will allow you to lose weight by recognizing the psychological stumbling blocks in your life that contribute to your emotional eating. If you're fed up with yo-yo diets that leave you feeling frustrated, confused, and powerless, you owe it to yourself to read the wisdom in this book."
- Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D., author of Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression

"Some things in life we can change; some things we can't. Our weight is definitely something we can change and control if we follow Dr. Roger Gould's brilliant method. Every time I'm tempted to reach for that extra sugar fix, I think about what I learned in Shrink Yourself - and I just keep on walking."
- Maud Adams, actress and model

"Obesity is an epidemic in America, and numerous experts have tried to identify its causes. Drawing on his background in psychiatry, Roger Gould makes a major contribution to our understanding of it by identifying the basic emotions that give rise to unhealthy eating habits and offering a manageable step-by-step program for readers to combat it."
- Senator Edward M. Kennedy

"It's important for long-term weight loss to change your eating habits to include healthy, whole, natural foods in your diet, but in order to motivate yourself to lose weight for the long term you need to change the way you think about eating???and about yourself. Shrink Yourself gives you the equivalent of eight therapy sessions with a brilliant psychiatrist who coaches you step by step to stop emotional eating and start feeling and looking great."
- Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of The Hamptons Diet and The Hamptons Diet Cookbook

"In this motivational, fascinating, and practical new book, Roger Gould shows readers how to lose weight by stopping and reversing the emotional eating habits they have developed over a lifetime."
- Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas and author of Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork

"This is a masterpiece: the only serious and practical guide for anyone serious about losing weight."
- Warren Bennis, University Professor at the University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470044858
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/27/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Gould, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author, and former head of Community Psychiatry and Outpatient Psychiatry at UCLA who is one of the world's leading authorities on emotional eating and adult development. His Web site on emotional eating is .#{.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Learning Sessions     9
Emotional Eating 101     11
Food, the Over-the-Counter Tranquilizer     25
The Costs of Powerlessness     37
Your Self-Doubt Layer     46
Your Frustration/Reward Layer     61
Your Safety Layer     93
Your Rebellion Layer     109
Your Emptiness Layer     126
The Practice Sessions     139
Recovering Your Power     141
Session 1: Getting Started     147
Session 2: Conquering the Feeling Phobia     170
Session 3: Waking Up from the Food Trance     184
Session 4: Challenging Your Self-Doubts     196
Session 5: Defeat Your Defeatism     213
Session 6: Creating Real Safety     233
Session 7: Maturely Dealing with Anger     245
Session 8: Fill Yourself Up     256
Shrink Yourself Conclusion     264
Index     266

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Effective, life changing, solid insights into why we don't lose weight

    I have a lot of experience in both nutrition and in weight loss approaches - and Shrink Yourself is something different and something effective. There is an online program that you may also want to try.

    The idea in this book is that it is feelings of powerlessness that trigger emotional eating episodes, which in turn keep us overweight.

    With excellent technique, this SY method leads a participant into the middle of emotional eating episodes - and then it gets interesting. By studying that 'innocent' moment where the hand reaches for food in some detail - a doorway into an inner exploration is opened.

    The technique is not for the casual explorer! It takes commitment and courage to do this study, and to go against and interrupt years of habit 'in the moment'

    But - if you are finished with yo-yo approaches to diets and years of failed efforts - this method has a lot to offer.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    FINALLY A BOOK THAT DELIVERS!

    This book is amazing. I was an emotional eater for 10 years plus and this book stopped it dead in its tracks. It focuses on WHY we emotional eat. It gets right into your head, takes the disorder by the neck and disassembles it before your eyes. I LOVE this book and am the happiest I have ever been. I read this book a month ago and have lost 7 pounds so far and counting. Thank God for this book!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

    Loved this book

    I have struggled with emotional eating for years and this book has been the best 'therapy' for my problems. I am returning to it again and again and I have learned many coping strategies to handle stress in more positive ways. Excellent advice - this book will REALLY HELP YOU!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    Buy This Book-

    I've been an emotional eater for 3 decades and used countless self help books and diets to no avail. Roger Gould cracked the code. You will conquer your battle with food. He is a genius and you won't regret a single penny spent on the book or a second reading it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Very Highly Recommended

    As someone who has gone to counseling for years for disordered eating, I found this book extremely informative and right on the money. It is a great resource to keep yourself headed I the right direction, as well as a great manual to getting your thoughts and emotions back on track.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Therapy in a book

    Awesome and so eye opening..just as good as therapy. Even better if you go to a therapist and read this book...


    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    It can work. Give it a chance.

    Great self help book. Could related to all the issues & solutions. To follow through with the plan, you have to be willing to journal a lot. Have recommended it to a few friends already.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    This book is amazing! It spoke to me when no other book could...

    This book is amazing! It spoke to me when no other book could... Don’t get me wrong, I am still working through two decades of overeating; two decades of feeling what Roger Gould calls powerless. But with the help of this book, it will happen, I will wake up one day soon and the urge to overeat will be gone. You have to read this book... it has opened my eyes and I know it will open yours.

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