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The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace - Martha Beck

The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace

Author: Martha Beck
Book title: The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace
ISBN: 1594868123
ISBN13: 978-1594868122
Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (March 18, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Diets & Weight Loss
Rating: 4.5/5
Votes: 296
Pages: 368 pages
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The woman Psychology Today calls "the best-known life coach in America" shatters the myth that willpower is an effective weight-loss tool and introduces a revolutionary approach to lifetime leanness based on a series of "4-day wins" that work with any weight-loss program.

This paperback edition includes an appendix where readers can complete the book's many exercises, making it even easier to follow the program!

Reviews: (7)
I've been reading this book for a month now, and I'm only on page 63. However, I'm starting my review because I've already lost 5 pounds without trying. In fact, I thought I was gaining weight with all the chocolate I've brought into the house, after promising myself I'd never diet again. But I got on the scale with trepidation... and realized I'd LOST five pounds.

I felt hopeless when I began this book last month: felt terrible about my body, my ability to lose weight, everything. I rated the lowest on her "resistance to weight loss" quiz, meaning I had the highest resistance to losing weight. That's why I decided to take the SLOW approach with reading this book, because I figured I had a lot to learn (and unlearn). When Ms Beck recommends mastering a (four-day) skill before moving on, I comply. I focus on that skill and don't continue reading for four days until the skill has been mastered. These "skills" are easy to master too, if you actually try. Super easy. Like laying down and repeating "I'll be kind to my body" for ten minutes. I changed my meditation to "I'll never diet again" and felt really good about it. But seriously, who can't do that? And if you do take the time to actually do these "wins"... well, I know I felt a shift in my outlook. My outlook is one of abundance without deprivation and I feel so much better eating every meal, snack and, yes, donut. The binges have stopped.

I've been on various diets for more than 35 years, since I was a kid. I feel like I've tried them all, and lost and regained so much weight in my lifetime. I tried severe diets, fasts, WW, body awareness, smoking, South Beach, purging, etc., etc. My weight has fluctuated about 70 pounds from my lowest (anorexic) to my highest (obese) over the last 35 years. I've lost and regained weight dozens of times. It's been a long, and very EXPENSIVE, road that has hurt my body and psyche.

This book is healing for me. I feel freedom from the deprivation/overeating cycle I've put myself on for decades. I will continue to update my review while I read this book. I really wanted to get this out there for anyone struggling with their outlook, and looking for a peaceful way to lose weight.
I hardly ever write reviews so it has to be extremely exceptional or horribly bad. This book is extremely exceptional. It is changing me slowly from the deep down inside--the core, the root---so that the changes manifested on the outside will more likely to be permanent. (I say "more likely to be permanent" because Martha states that arriving to "thinning peace" means keep doing the mental/subconscious exercises while experiencing relapse, just like a weight lifter who does not hold the weight up his head to get better. He has to continue to lift up and down (relapse and overcoming it.) I bought this used book for $4, but looking back, I'd pay thousands for all I've gained in freedom, knowledge, and peace.
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This book is the answer to the global fattening epidemic. And yet - there is still a global fattening epidemic. What gives?

I think it's because - except for people like you - most human beings don't read anymore. Maybe life has become too busy - not enough brain cells to process new information - who knows? People WILL read diet books of the simple "eat lots of raisins and bacon" variety - but only if the message is extremely simple and the diet is guaranteed not to work. (Change is scary!)

This book does work. I lost 35 pounds and have easily kept it off over 2 years, getting down to my weight when I was a fit high school student. Now at age 53 I find many of my relatives think - since I no longer have belly bulge hanging over my belt - that I'm anorexic! "Fat" is the new "normal", so be prepared for that as you achieve the weight that's best for you!

As always, bless you Martha Beck!

Eric Winter
Losing weight can be complicated and be hindered by psychological traps we gravitate into. It's hard to re-wire your brain and habits, it causes discomfort and we are pleasure-seeking creatures. This breaks down thought processes, teaches you more about your brain wiring. It's useless to blame and hate people for being fat, not to mention, cruel. It's a brain process that has to be deconstructed, supported and re-worked to change. It takes time, patience and self-love. This book helps with change; it's not a miracle cure, it won't do it for you. But it will explain why you have trouble and what you can do about it. Dieting starts in the mind, not the mouth.
After many,many years of buying diet books searching for "the one" that had the answer, this book gave me a great understanding of why I always feel schizophrenic on a diet. When she describes the "Dictator" who sticks to the shoulds and should nots on the diet right to the letter and then the "Wild Child" who wants to eat whatever she wants and rebels against any control, that described my feeling to a T. Then she introduces you to a third element, the "Watcher" who is more detached and watches the two fight it out for control of your eating. As usual, Martha has put her finger right on the problem and tells you how to deal with it and, yes, finally be able to change the way you eat. It is a gentle, respectful insight into what makes people eat to excess with very clear guidelines on how to get out of the fight with yourself. I highly recommend this book -- it has really helped me.
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