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Tops Way to Weight Loss: Beyond Calories and Exercise

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Weight loss is about people, not calories! Interpersonal, emotional, and spiritual factors are the real keys to weight management, but are seldom mentioned in diet and exercise books. Drawing on the inspirational stories of the members of the international nonprofit weight-loss support group Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), the organization's psychologist, Howard J. Rankin, Ph.D., shows you how to harness your personal power-and the power of others-to lose weight and keep it ...
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Overview

Weight loss is about people, not calories! Interpersonal, emotional, and spiritual factors are the real keys to weight management, but are seldom mentioned in diet and exercise books. Drawing on the inspirational stories of the members of the international nonprofit weight-loss support group Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), the organization's psychologist, Howard J. Rankin, Ph.D., shows you how to harness your personal power-and the power of others-to lose weight and keep it off.

Successful weight loss has to do with personal transformation. Dr. Rankin shows you how to develop and maintain your motivation by finding the real meaning in your weight-loss efforts. Extracting key principles from incredible success stories, Dr. Rankin not only presents practical steps for achieving your weight-loss goals, but shows how they can be implemented in the context of your everyday, busy life.

In addition to motivational strategies, easy-to-follow advice is given to help develop key attitudes such as resilience, self-acceptance, and responsibility; as well as essential skills such as self-control, adaptive thinking, and temptation management. People don't lose weight in a social vacuum, they lose weight in the context of their relationships. So at each step, Dr. Rankin shows you how to enhance your program by using one of the most valuable resources available-the power of others.

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English psychologist Rankin asserts that when it comes to losing weight "information and education are valuable, but they're a small piece of the puzzle." Those who want to slim down would do well to follow the tenets of the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) organization, he says, which embrace the emotions involved in weight issues, such as insecurity, fear, hope, self-worth and identity. Although this touchy-feely approach is surely not for everyone-it forces people to thoroughly examine how they perceive themselves and does not delve into specific dietary regimes or exercise plans-it could help those with deep-rooted weight issues. Rankin divides his book into two main sections ("Attitudes" and "Skills") and offers chapters on subjects like self-acceptance, courage, excuses and spirituality, as well as on strengths, such as patience, planning, self-control and setting goals. Contributions from people who have struggled with losing weight lend the book a sobering note that's often absent in weight-loss books. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401901578
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,417,211
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction: It's Not about the Food xix
Part I Social Support and Motivation
Chapter 1 The Power of Group Healing 3
Chapter 2 The Motivational Journey 13
Part II Attitudes
Chapter 3 Resilience 23
Riding the Wave
Chapter 4 Priorities 29
Time for Me
Chapter 5 Self-Acceptance 37
Am I Worth it?
Chapter 6 Self-Pity 45
A Sorry State
Chapter 7 Focus 51
Eyes on the Prize
Chapter 8 Courage 57
Yo-Yo Dieter: Sandra Hill
Chapter 9 Responsibility 63
Part of the Problem
Chapter 10 Self-Defeat 71
A Shot in the Foot: Karen Dixon
Chapter 11 Weight-Loss Expectations 77
Pounds in Perspective: Carol Priest
Chapter 12 Grieving 83
Saying Good-bye
Chapter 13 Excuses 91
Fooling Yourself
Chapter 14 Spirituality 101
A Force That's Bigger Than I Am
Part III Skills
Chapter 15 Patience 109
Do One Thing: Donna Simoneaux
Chapter 16 Visualization 117
Seeing Is Believing: Bonnie Cesana
Chapter 17 Countersabotage 127
Don't Let Them Hook You: Claire Banaszak
Chapter 18 Emotional Eating 133
Feel, Don't Eat
Chapter 19 Planning 143
Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance
Chapter 20 Self-Control 151
Willpower, Walking, and Water: Jerry Boudreau
Chapter 21 Assertiveness 161
Just Say No
Chapter 22 Accountability 167
Someone to Answer To: Christi Smith
Chapter 23 Goal Setting 173
The Next Step: Jim Draeger
Chapter 24 Journaling 181
The Write Stuff: Anola Sinnott
Chapter 25 Food Control 187
Eating to Live: Tory Magnusson
Chapter 26 The Magic of Exercise 193
Energized: Lisa Lee Jones-Garner
Chapter 27 The President's Story 201
LaNeida Herrick
Afterword 204
About TOPS 211
About the Author 212
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

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    I am a t.O.P.S. Member from lebanon pa. I have read this book from cover to cover about a year ago. I am in a rutt as far as my weight loss is concerned. I am now reading this book again. It is my 'chicken soup book for t.O.P.S.' thank you dr. Rankin for writing these true life stories about people and their weight loss struggles. As t.O.P.S. Says 'weight loss is a changing way of life...Not a diet you forget in a few weeks. I will referr to this book over and over again and each time i will read something new in one of the stories. I am also going to purchase inspired to lose and i hope you will continue to write more books from tops members. They really are 'my chicken soup for t.O.P.S. Stories.

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