Stop Dieting to Lose Weight
The Rebecca Review
“The only effective means of
protecting yourself from developing an eating disorder is to
avoid diets that push you, both psychologically and
biologically, toward a destructive new level of food restriction
and weight preoccupation.”
– Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, M.D.
In Fed Up! Wendy presents a back-to-basics
approach to healthy living. First, she dispels the myths
associated with dieting and boldly declares:
wreaks havoc on the mind, body and soul.”
Dieting has failed us. Dieting preys on our
insecurities. Scientific research indicates that dieters only
succeed in weight loss 2% of the time. Dieting also leads to a
tense and uncomfortable relationship with food. In fact, Diets
can in fact encourage eating disorders.
In reality, the less I eat, the more weight
I seem to gain. Wendy explains why this occurs! I’m a big fan
of the Suzanne Somers’ approach because I’m now a believer
that it is not really how much you eat, but more the combination
of what you eat and when. The only time I’ve ever lost weight
and kept it off was when I was eating more food! Imagine that.
Personally, I think dieting is depressing
and I’m happy to see Wendy saying that diets don’t work. I
don’t have time to count all those silly calories and I get so
stressed out trying to figure out how much of this, how much of
that. I give up in a day.
With a diet, you know that all the weight
you are trying so hard to get rid of is going to come back as
soon as you go back to your regular routine. So it seems you
should try to find balance and a healthy lifestyle that includes
foods that are good for you and will encourage a healthy
approach to eating. There
are foods you should be eating to encourage health. Those foods
are not discussed in this book. This book deals with eating from
a psychological perspective.
also deals with the following questions:
Why do we allow the diet
industry to get rich while we become overweight?
Do you have an eating disorder?
Why do we accept our cultural myths about dieting?
Are you addicted to exercise?
Is your weight gain related to a medical condition?
What effect does cortisol have on your body?
Can the stress of being on a diet actually make you gain weight?
So, we are still hungry, we crave foods we
are told are bad for us and we want to have the perfect figure
and the perfect life. Wendy gives us a dose of reality by
stating the facts.
Our society has presented a pleasing view
of an unpleasant situation. Models are unhealthy. The images we
see flashing across our screens, in magazines and on every
billboard scream “Be like me,” “I’m attractive,” I’m
what you want to be.” Yet have you ever heard that some models
lay in bed all day because they feel so sick and depressed they
have no life besides modeling? I’ve heard these stories.
The advertising industry is doing more harm
than good all while filling their pockets with our money. They
are feeding off our insecurity, our desire to belong and be
loved. America is obsessed with beauty. As Wendy points out,
“Perfectionism breeds low self-esteem.” The harder we try to
become “perfect,” the more “imperfect” we feel.
“With the advent of the mass media,
however, women now find themselves being compared not just to
the girl down the street, but also to the most beautiful (and
often surgically enhanced) women in the world. It’s no longer
good enough to look normal’; instead, you need to look like
Calista Flockhart or Demi Moore.” pg. 35
Wendy gives us back a calm sense of
control. She encourages the reader to achieve a sense of balance
in their life through maintaining a healthy view of life.
While she encourages us to evaluate our own
lives, she also explains what didn’t work for her and what
isn’t working for millions of Americans. She herself struggled
with an eating disorder for ten years.
Her purpose in writing “Fed Up!” is to
encourage a “nationwide rethinking about whether dieting and
maintaining mental lists of so called good and bad foods
actually leads to long term health and weight management.” She
wants her readers to think seriously about the impact of
cultural pressures and the pursuit of unrealistic beauty
Wendy’s book provides steps you can take
to achieve a healthy mind and body. You will become more relaxed
in your relationship with food and consider the psychological
barriers to health and fitness.
The steps are:
Recognize Your Exhaustion: Is Food Preoccupations Running Your
In this chapter, you can take a “Are You
Exhausted?” Self-Inventory test. The results may surprise you.
Step Two: Reject the
Cultural Myths That Make You Diet and Gain Weight
In this chapter you will find information
on how to calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index). This will help
you figure out what weight you should be as opposed to how much
you weigh now. With a few simple calculations you will find out
if you are actually underweight, a healthy weight or overweight.
Step Three: Decide That You
Are Good Enough Today to Love Yourself Today
Experience, Trust and Enjoy Hunger and Satiation
Step Five: Straight Talk
Step Six: Get Your Doctor on
Your Weight-Loss Team
Learn to Wait to
Step Eight: Break Through
Step Nine: Redefine Your
Life: What’s More Important to You Than Dieting?
Step Ten: Give to the Next
Generation: Preventing Eating Disorders and Obesity in Children
This is not a book about fancy meal plans,
supplements, exercise equipment, foods you should and should not
eat. There are no diets in this book!
This book is about taking control of your
mind and body. Wendy offers advice on how to develop an
enjoyable, effective and sustainable fitness program. She also
discusses how parents can help prevent eating disorders in their
“Fed Up!” shows you how to enjoy the
primordial pleasures of eating
while focusing on how to avoid the modern madness of diets.
If you are ready to break free from the
prison of dieting, this ten-step plan will help
you to control your eating, lose excess pound and maintain your
Inspirational and Insightful.
Throw away your Scale and
you might be happier!
Music & Books
Eli Davidson Funky to Fabulous
Authentic Happiness, April 18, 2007
Eli Davidson presents a positive and encouraging message while
sharing her wisdom with a sense of wit. Her spunky writing style
is completely captivating and there is a sense of authentic
happiness throughout the writing.
With a sense of determination, Eli Davidson shows you how to
revisit the land of you to create the world of your dreams. Are
you worried about credit card debt? Does the cycle of dieting
drive you insane? Who is that person in your head that sounds
like an inner nag?
"You can spend your time finding out what makes you
purr-and do more of it." ~ pg. 14
Through coaching business owners and Hollywood insiders, Eli
Davidson has learned a lot about what it takes to be successful
and the only person standing in the way of anyone's success is
basically the same person who can make you trip over yourself.
So, with sage advice and lots of wisdom gained from experience,
Eli takes you by the hand and leads you out of wherever you
don't want to be to a place of your dreams. With her advice you
can retrain your brain, play your way to success and face your
life with a renewed sense of humor.
Eli Davidson's refreshing personality infuses the book with
sassy style and leaves you feeling like you can take on the
world. Read this book this summer and change your life by
~The Rebecca Review