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

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

by Jean Fain


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

Self-Love: Your Greatest Guide on the Path to Healthy Weight

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:

  • How to appreciate the everyday activity of eating, and learn to trust your body’s signals that it’s nourished
  • Gradual change—a guided visualization for developing mindful eating habits
  • 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604070750
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,229,460
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jean Fain

Jean Fain is a writer, licensed psychotherapist, and teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School). She has dedicated her work to helping others keep physically, emotionally, and mentally fit.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Impatient Dieter xiii

Introduction: Planning Your Journey 1

Part I Self-Compassion: The Power of Loving-Kindness

1 The Kinder, Gentler Therapist 11

2 Loving-Kindness Suggestions for Cultivating Compassion 29

Part II Hypnosis: The Power of Positive Suggestion

3 The Enchanting Hypnotherapist 53

4 Winning Weight-Loss Suggestions for Staying Slim 73

Part III Mindfulness: The Power of Conscious Awareness

5 The Curious Meditator 103

6 Mindful-Eating Suggestions for Savoring Each Bite 129

Part IV Social Support: The Power of Compassionate Community

7 The Successful Weight-Loss Buddy 159

8 Community-Building Suggestions for Seeking Support 187

Part V Continuing Education: The Power of Personal Persistence

9 Ultimate Suggestions for Filling Your Toolbox 215

Afterword: The Compassionate Guide 225

Acknowledgments 229

Notes 233

Further Reading and Resources 245

About the Author 257

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