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The Self-Compassion Diet
A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness
Read What The Publisher Is Saying
Most people say when they lose weight and look better, they’ll like themselves better. Jean Fain suggests that we’ve got it all backward. “The best way to lose weight and look your best is to start with loving who you are.” With The Self-Compassion Diet, this Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist shares a revolutionary new model for lasting weight loss.
Combing the best of four proven weight-loss methods—self-love, mindfulness, self-hypnosis, and group support—this unique mind-body approach cultivates true self-acceptance, which paradoxically produces remarkable physical change.
The Self-Compassion Diet is available in two complementary formats. The book describes the four weight-loss methods. The audio edition guides listeners through exercises described in the book. Used together, this powerful combination speeds learning and boosts success.
Topics covered include:
- Practicing kindness to help you develop the “habit of compassion” for yourself
- Using the power of positive suggestion to potentially double your weight loss
- Finding “thinspiration”—hope and motivation where you least expect it
“Self-compassion,” Fain teaches, “is the missing ingredient in every diet.” The Self-Compassion Diet invites you to pass up deprivation and self-loathing, and indulge in healthy portions of loving-kindness.
Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW, is a licensed psychotherapist and a Teaching Associate in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. In her Concord, Massachusetts private practice, she uses hypnosis and mindfulness to treat everyday eating issues. Her health articles have appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Shape, and more. She has dedicated her work to helping others keep physically, emotionally and mentally fit.
What The Experts Are Saying
“The Self-Compassion Diet translates an established research finding – that self-compassion is a more effective motivator than self-criticism – into a practical, easy-to-follow guide to lose weight. This book will not only transform your waistline, it will change your life.”
–Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
“If you’re tired of losing weight and then regaining more, forget about starting that same-old diet tomorrow. Read this book today. The Self-Compassion Diet delivers what you truly crave – a simple, flexible, proven plan for transforming the way you live, breathe, and eat. Synthesizing current psychological theory, cutting-edge research, tried-and-true mindful-eating practices, winning hypnotic suggestions, Jean Fain shows you how to find your best way to a healthy, sustainable weight.”
–Steve Gurgevich, PhD, author of The Self-Hypnosis Diet
“Self-compassion is the only approach that works, and with Jean Fain's guidance, you will not only wake up out of addictive eating patterns, you will have a pathway to deep happiness and transformation. Filled with the basic elements of healing – mindfulness, heartfulness, psychological strategies, and relational support – this book is a real gem!”
–Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance
“This delightful handbook moves the diet conversation to a new level. The author, diet expert Jean Fain, gently unravels the mystery behind successful change – self-kindness – and weaves it into a wise, carefully-organized, multifaceted, step-by-step approach to healthy eating. Allow the subtle message into your heart and see how your food habits change from the ground up.”
–Christopher K. Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
“Jean Fain’s The Self-Compassion Diet offers a welcome and fresh approach to weight loss for the battle-weary dieter. You won’t find any forbidden food lists or calorie-counting strategies in this book. What you will find is the missing ingredient in most weight-loss approaches: self-compassion, which has the power to transform every eating experience into something bright and positive in your life. Fain’s engaging writing style, complete with mini-assessments, helpful practices, and case-studies, will help you say goodbye to dieting, once-and-for-all, and feel good in the process.”
–Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, author of Intuitive Eating
"The Self-Compassion Diet by Jean Fain blends eastern meditative techniques and western psychology for a gentle, comprehensive approach to weight loss. These techniques will help many people of any weight to be calmer and happier with their lives."
–Deirdre Barrett, PhD, author of Supernormal Stimuli
"Just about everyone who has dieted knows that traditional diets with self abuse and deprivation are bound to fail in the long run. In contrast, Jean Fain's compassionate approach to weight loss is accepting and transforming. This book helps turn past diet abuses into present-day understanding and emotional sanity. I recommend The Self-Compassion Diet to everyone struggling with weight and self-abuse problems."
–Jean Antonello, RN, BSN, author of Breaking Out of Food Jail
"Most books about eating issues are so deadly serious they make me want to bury my head in a pound of pasta and forget the whole thing. In all my times of dieting, failing, and resolving to be harder on myself, it never occurred to me that not only had that approach not worked, but it didn't feel particularly good. Jean Fain’s approach – trying a little tenderness – feels much better. Thank you for creating this gentle, sane approach."
–Suzan Colón, author of Cherries in Winter