I've recently finished the 12 weeks of the online program. I thought it was fantastic. I did not read the book until I was at least 2-3 weeks into the online program. Just the first 2-3 weeks of the program for me was worth way more than the cost of the program.
I don't understand why people think the program is expensive. How many binges does it take to equal $120? How much money have I wasted in my life on junk food? How many hundreds or maybe thousands of extra dollars have I spent on diet foods, supplements, equipment, etc? Personally I think the online program is dirt cheap if it helps you overcome bingeing or compulsive eating faster, which I strongly believe it did for me. After I read the book halfway through the online program, I contemplated cancelling my online membership-- but I'm glad I stayed on, and actually at this point I am paying the $9.95 per month extra to stay on longer and continue to integrate the material into my life.
I do also want to recommend the book "Intuitive Eating", for those of you who are more interested in permanent change than in temporary changes of the scale. It is so compatible to the Shrink Yourself approach-- and it gives further advice on listening to your body.
It talks about different styles of unconscious eating, which really spoke to me, with emotional eating being just one type. The chapter on emotional eating gave me some new information that Shrink Yourself didn't-- for example-- they put emotional eating on a continuum-- with 1.eating for pleasure on the normal end, then 2. eating for comfort, then 3. eating for distraction, then 4. eating for sedation, and then 5. eating to punish oneselves. I definitely do some emotional eating-- but I realized much of my emotional eating is types 1,2,or 3 above, combined with a lot of "mindless", unconscious eating, like "choatic unconscious eating"-- grabbing stuff fast between to much hectic in life-- that Shrink Yourself doesn't address that much.
It also takes the concept of inner dialog further. I found the "Harriet concept" from Shrink Yourself, helpful, but the different voices in Intuitive Eating even more thought provoking for harnassing positive change.
Anyway-- when you finish Shrink Yourself-- I think "Intuitive Eating" is a great follow-up to it.
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