Body Intelligence: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, and Feel Great About Your Body Without Dieting

Edward Abramson, Ph.D.

McGraw-Hill,  July 2005

Finally ready to jump off the dieting merry-go-round? Are you fed up with risking your health using diet pills and supplements that don't deliver on their promises? Have you had it with feeling ashamed about your weight and guilty about every bite you eat? Well, you've come to the right place. Body Intelligence offers you a smart alternative to diets, pills, and surgical procedures that can help you shed excess weight and keep it off -- for life.

Nobody is born with a dysfunctional relationship with food or a negative body image. In fact, babies are very good at regulating their food intake; guided by instincts evolved over millions of years, they know when to eat and when they've had enough. In Body Intelligence, psychologist Dr. Edward Abramson explains how, as we develop, our perceptions of food and of our bodies can become warped by countless advertising messages, peer pressure, and sometimes even our parents' good intentions. More important, he shows you how to rid yourself of that negative programming and reconnect with the body intelligence you were born with.

In Body Intelligence you won't find rigid mean plans, low-fat recipes, carb counters, or any of the other crutches that stop people from achieving a healthy, balanced relationship with food. Instead you get a simple, safe three-step program for learning how to eat intelligently, look at your body intelligently, and use your body intelligently. Dr. Abramson arms you with science-based strategies developed in his work with hundreds of people with eating disorders and weight problems, along with self-quizzes, exercises, journaling techniques, and other powerful tools that let you

  • Zero in on the sources of your unhealthy cravings and bad eating habits
  • Understand your feelings about food and free yourself from the cycle of quick-fix diets
  • Develop a realistic, positive body image
  • Rediscover the joy of movement and leading an active, healthy life
  • Enjoy eating like you never have before -- without guilt!

The time has come to free yourself from the emotional and psychological traps that are keeping you overweight and unhappy. The intelligent alternative to fad diets and "miracle cures," Body Intelligence is your ticket to the healthy, fulfilling life you were born to lead.

hardcover | ISBN: 9780071442060 | Publication Date: July 2005

"Ed Abramson is the go-to authority on the 'why' of weight gain." --Men's Health

"Based on sound science and years of clinical experience, Dr. Abramson's readable, practical guide shows you how to replace restrictive diets with sustainable, positive, and healthy strategies for weight management." --Barbara J. Rolls, Ph.D., author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan and Professor and Guthrie Chair in Nutrition, Penn State University

"Dr. Abramson's book provides guidance for people to gain self-control of their physical, social, and emotional relationship to food, eating, and their body experience." --Gilbert H. Newman, President-Elect, California Psychological Association, and Director of Clinical Training, The Wright Institute