The Diet-Free Solution to Lifelong Weight Management
By Deirdra Price, Ph.D.

Most diets don't work. We should all know that by now, but author Deirdra Price, Ph.D., not only tells us why they don't work, but how we should avoid diets if we want to lose weight. Her 220-page, easy-to-read workbook, published by Plume (1998), is packed with real-life stories, information, checklists, charts, and a six-week plan to stop the food-restricting, food-obsessing habits that cause us to gain weight. Part of her theory is that it is okay--and even preferable--to build into our day the foods we love and crave, from chocolate cake to chips and candy bars!

The author who helps hundreds of individuals overcome weight-management and eating-disorder problems in her private practice in San Diego says the secret to healthy eating is to address our four "selves"--the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Awareness of what the body and mind are going through is the key to shaping new behaviors that can lead to a healthy weight and body-image.

What makes Healing the Hungry Self unique is Dr. Price's explanation of how beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, and feelings affect choices. Dr. Price allows readers to see the difference between physical and emotional hunger and to learn to eat three meals a day plus snacks--incorporating "forbidden" foods. She gives directions for reversing eating rituals, recognizing danger zones, preventing harmful behaviors, setting up an exercise plan, using alternatives to food to cope with emotions, and accepting our bodies.

Written with warmth, understanding, and humor, Dr. Price shows readers how to stop turning to food for comfort, companionship, or consolation and, instead, how to take control of their appetites, emotions, and actions. True to the title of her book, Dr. Price promises readers they will learn a new style of eating and exercise that they can do for the rest of their lives without ever having to diet again.

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