fter much research and reading, five books for overeating stand out above the rest. They range from being heavily skills-based and pragmatic to emotion-focused and holistic, so chances are good you’ll find the book you need to learn how to stop overeating once and for all.
If you’re looking for calorie counting, food restrictions, and diet plans, you need a different list of books. But maybe you’re here because you’ve already tried those books and they haven’t worked. It might be time for something different.
Each of these books also teaches skills and methods that can help other areas of your life – not just overeating, making them even more worthwhile.
Click on each book title to learn more.
The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life
by Lynn Rossy, PhD
Published July 1, 2016
Paperback, 232 pages
The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution is based on an effective and intelligent blend of mindfulness and cognitive therapy, and it aims to help you learn why you’re overeating, form healthier eating habits, and increase kind self-talk, and enjoy your food more while eating less.
Blurb: “If you want to lose weight, feel better, and truly enjoy your food, the easy-to-use strategies in this book will show you how—one mindful taste at a time.”
By Karen R. Keonig, LCSW, MEd
Published January 13, 2015
Paperback, 232 pages
With a friendly writing style, Outsmarting Overeating teaches you to how to use life skills instead of willpower to stop overeating. It will help you improve your relationships, take care of yourself, think rationally, and create a meaningful life where food is nourishment and one of life’s pleasures.
Blurb: “Outsmarting Overeating does more than offer a solid, step-by-step approach to building a healthy relationship with food and eating. It offers a thoughtful, compassionate, effective path for healing your life, emotions, and relationships.
By Glenn Livingston, PhD
Published August 25, 2015
Paperback, 120 pages
Never Binge Again’s matter-of-fact manner focuses less on healing and self-love, but is still designed to help you have a more lighthearted relationship with food, less self-judgment or guilt, and an increased ability to stick to a healthy food plan.
Blurb: “Dr. Livingston shares specific techniques for isolating and permanently dis-empowering your ‘fat thinking self.'”
The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating
By Carolyn Ross, MD
Published July 1, 2009
Paperback, 256 pages
In The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook, you’ll learn skills to help you break free from unhealthy eating patterns. Drawing from a variety of practices, including some alternative medicine, this book shows you how to develop new strategies for a healthier lifestyle.
Blurb: “There are nearly as many reasons why people overeat as there are reasons to stop…If you feel like you’re caught in a cycle of unhealthy eating that you can’t stop, this workbook can help you overcome it.”
By Judith Matz, LCSW and Ellen Frankel, LCSW
Published April 6, 2014
Paperback, 352 pages
While Beyond a Shadow of a Diet is written for professionals, it is also one of the most comprehensive books for addressing overeating. You don’t have to be professional to learn from the research, the step-by-step guidelines, and the visualizations, exercises, and skills.
Blurb: “Beyond a Shadow of a Diet offers both therapists and their clients a positive, evidence-based model to making peace with food, their bodies and themselves.”
These books can teach lifelong skills and improve your life while you learn how to stop overeating once and for all. Pick one today to add to your self-therapy toolbox.
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