I love The Diet Survivor’s Handbook! It’s written by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel and it’s about breaking out of the yo-yo dieting cycle. It’s giving you clear guidelines how to end the diet madness by becoming an attuned/intuitive eater. First book I come across about un-dieting was FED UP in 2006, but that book left me confused more than ever or because I wasn’t ready to listen. The Diet Survivor’s handbook on the other hand gives me plenty of lessons on eating, acceptance and self care. The book is divided in two parts.
Part 1: Becoming a diet survivor
First you have to understand what diet does to your body, mind and spirit.
Research shows that diets fail in the long term about 95 to 98 percent of the time.
What makes you think you’re among the 2-5% that will succeed? Most people who lost weight will regain it back. So let’s talk about what diet does to you. It makes you regain more weight, greater risk for health problem, eating disorders and depression – ending up worst than you started out. You need to read the book to understand why these problems occur.
A few years back when I started my first diet blog, which didn’t last very long, someone commented that I’d a light form of eating disorder and I didn’t believe it. Looking back, he was absolutely right. I just didn’t want to see it.
Part 2: Living as a diet survivor
In this second part, you’ll learn the 60 lessons on eating, acceptance and self care. The lessons are short, and easy to digest. Wouldn’t it be nice to eat the food you love when you’re hungry or craving without feeling shame or guilt? When was the last time you listen to your body? If you’re craving for ice cream, why would you feed your body with something else? When something is forbidden, you end up craving for it even more. You’ll feel deprived and it causes you to overeat. Then you feel sad and depress, blaming yourself for not having the will power. Lessons on acceptance may be a bit difficult to digest, but you’ll learn to love yourself , treat your body right, and have better self esteem.
The Diet Survivor’s Handbook is a wonderful guide. You should give it a try even if you’re on a diet program, because it makes you aware of why you feel the way you do about dieting, food and body image. I like this non-dieting approach to lose weight and at the same time feel better about oneself.