Everyone knows how to lose weight: eat less, move more. But so many dieters who know what to do still don't do what they know. Why not? Because they don't understand the brain-body dynamics of weight loss. Now, cutting-edge research has revealed that millions of dieters following typical weight loss programs are actually programming themselves to get fatter.
In The Four-Day Win, Harvard-trained Oprah magazine columnist Martha Beck, Ph.D., reverses this trend and teaches dieters to get lean from the brain outward. The Four-Day Win tells how to reverse the brain-body programming that makes you fat, so you can create a new, leaner, and healthier body...for good. As empathetic and funny as she is informative, Martha Beck observes that:
Dr. Beck helps you to think thin and end your compulsion to overeat, and includes a Jump-Start weight-loss program that will help you shed pounds the best way, both psychologically and physically. An inspiring and enlightening challenge to everything you think you know about losing weight, The Four-Day Win provides you with an easy and fail-proof way to change your life.
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I loved this book. Martha Beck addresses some of the most vexing problems of being on a diet--the psychological ones-- and provides a way to really deal with them, not just wish them away. The Four Day Win structure that she proposes is completely doable. By completing sequential "ridiculously easy" tasks, each for four days, building better "move more, eat less" habits becomes almost fun. Martha Beck is a pleasure to listen to-- funny, clear, and memorable. I suspect that, with some imagination, Four Day Win has applications for other binge-starvation activities (for me, time management and budgeting). I highly recommend this book. I know that I will be referring to it for a long time to come.
The specific directions for behavior change was made easy to understand with plenty of examples.
Definitely yes to anyone frustrated with dieting or any other habit changes .
This book gave me hope for achieving personal goals.
I would recommend any of Martha Beck's book. There is always great humor mixed in to the material .
For those of us who have lost and gained weight -- it really is a mystery as to why sometimes we have the "willpower" to eat less/move more and sometimes we have no "willpower". I think Beck, in a really funny way, helps explain in fairly simple terms some of the inner voices and motivations that create our behaviors. She uses lots of easy to understand metaphors -- and helps demystify "willpower". Although you won't lose 30 pounds in 30 days with this approach, I'm giving it a try because it rings true.
I like her presentation -- it's witty and engaging
I found this audible to be ok. I think it was more about destressing and trying to relax rather than getting frustrated and raiding the fridge. I was a bit disappointed, though, that you have to go through a number of 4 day activities before anything starts to happen.
The way she reads the book! I listen to many audiobooks but listening to her narration has been the best listening experience. She should narrate professionally! She was able to keep my attention whereas with many other audiobooks, I find myself switching off and having to rewind to catch up what I missed. Lovely easy going style - and she has a great sense of humour which I appreciated.
I believe the same as the author - all diets work, so you just need to find the method that works best for you in the long run (one that you can maintain and live with for the rest of your life!) - BUT we need to change the way we think about eating and dieting. We are diet and exercise obsessed.
Her dry sense of humour.
I like the idea of the four day win plans, but near the end of the book, it felt like we'd be doing a four day win and journaling for the rest of our lives. A lot of work needed to follow everything she says. I like that she asks you to find a goal - and then half it - That definitely makes the goal easier to complete. I believe the reward at the end of each day is essential to succeed. I like that she encourages you to quick start, then work on the rest of the methods - That makes is more do-able too.
I love books, I love reading, now I love listening with Audible! Just enjoy the ride...
Beyond dieting or being obsessed by diets, it shows you the real reasons why you are so damn fat and shows you the way to get your perfect body & soul.
My favorite character was Martha herself as she explains and tells the story of her own life, you just connect to her.
Excellent! It is not listening somebody reading a book, it is like listening somebody talking to you. Martha gives the excitement, emotion, humor and evidences so good that I feel like I had a coaching session with her.
I loved it!
The narrators voice is so insufferable, I couldn't bear to listen for very long, and giving yourself a reward after achieving a mini diet success after four days is nigh on impossible for two reasons. When the idea of dieting and reward is constantly on your mind, it is very hard to achieve; and the ensuing rewards are going to seriously cut into your finances, as well as quickly running out of reward ideas and inevitably going full circle to thinking too much about food again, as a cheap reward.
Better to try and fill your day with interesting things so you don't even think about food in the first place. Food is fuel, and an occasional indulgence. it requires a new mind set.
The four day win perpetuates the yo-yo-ing which is the ulimate downfall of all diets.
Martha Beck is an inspiring Life Coach and a much needed resource in the world of weight loss struggles. Stop setting yourself up for failure - adopting unnatural and unrealistic regimens in order to lose the pounds does not accomplish your real goal. You need to change from the inside out, or there is little chance the change will last your lifetime. Patiently approaching the exercises in this book is laying the ground work for lifelong health. Kudos to an author and motivator who gets it!
I am definately christian,,, and this book is very "new age". It has some good things in it but the "new age" undertones and the swearing make it hard for me to keep going back to it.
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