5 Best Books to Learn How to Stop Overeating Once and for All

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.”

Outsmarting Overeating: Boost Your Life Skills, End Your Food Problems

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.

Never Binge Again: Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice!

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.”


Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating

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.

Comment below to share your opinions about the books, or to ask questions, or anything really. Your call. I’m always happy to hear from you. Thanks for being here!

Remember to keep practicing self-care, too!



6 Replies to “5 Best Books to Learn How to Stop Overeating Once and for All”

  1. Exactly overeating is like an addiction you can hardly stop it. I used to control it in my earlies. But now after 5 years of marraige, I am used to eat extras of my kids too. And you know kids snacks are quite healthy. I have to quit it.

    1. Yes, Arooj, there are a lot of parallels to addiction for sure. And having kids can definitely make it more challenging as our attention goes to our kids and we sometimes forget about ourselves. The good thing, though, is that if we put the time and effort in, we set a great example for our kids!

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I’m glad to have you here.

  2. Wow! These books must be great for all of us that want to learn how to reduce our hunger! I think that it is important to break free from unhealthy eating patterns and form healthier eating habits! Thank you very much for these reviews! I will definitely try one of them as soon as possible!
    Best wishes,

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