The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
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The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom

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DR. PHIL McGRAW'S #1 BESTSELLING PHENOMENON IS CHANGING MILLIONS OF LIVES -- FREE YOURSELF FROM DIETS THAT DON'T WORK AND DISCOVER THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION

You have made the decision to take control of your weight. Dr. Phil McGraw's powerful bestseller gives you the tools for life-changing weight loss. If you're ready to get real about your weight, if you want to end

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Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Pocket Books (first published 2003)
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Velma
Jan 25, 2009 Velma rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who don't get that losing weight = eat less, move around more
Recommended to Velma by: freakin' Oprah
WTF? I went through one of those "I'm gonna get healthy, come hell-or-highwater!" phases in spring 2004, some kind of need for internal spring cleaning, methinks, and this book was one of the "tools" I put in my cleaning arsenal. And whaddya know, there's only one way to healthy weight loss: eat less, move around more. Duh! Dr. Phil is raking in the cash by re-packaging this one truism in the guise of a diet book, all slicked-up with a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of pop-pseudo-psychology. Not my...more
Dale
This book (unlike Make the Connection) does have some very good parts to it. Phil has good advice and his page chewing nearly pointless never ending "audits" are occassionally informative. But to get to the good stuff you have to wade your way through his enormous ego which shines through in every page.
Monika
I bought this book with lots of others that deal with weight loss.

Phil McGraw doesn’t disappoint. The biggest bonus is the psychology knowledge that he brings to the topic and that is why his section on emotional eating and how to overcome it is the most valuable. Otherwise his approach to weight loss feels too controlled and too disciplined for me.

I found the biggest success weight wise, mood wise, life wise even (I think it did change my life), when I quit sugar, an addictive substance for man...more
Tamra
Apr 03, 2009 Tamra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people wanting to make a change
Recommended to Tamra by: Rob
Read this book last year when my husband and I both did a Health and Fitness Challenge together. His goal was to lose more weight and mine was just to be healthier. He had already used this book as the motivator and guide to losing almost 40 lbs. and during the challenge lost another 25 lbs. or so.

Anyways, this book is fantastic. It makes you commit to things, and if you're not ready to commit, then DON'T READ THE BOOK. Simple as that.

The book is an excellent guide to making changes in your lif...more
Alissa
I enjoyed Dr.Phil's "Get Real" approach to weight loss. I like to hear it straight, listen to the facts, and feel that I gained a better perspective on living healthier. This has lots of practical advice but be forwarned... you may actually START to exercise and start eat right (cause most likely if you are reading this book, you may find those things to be a bit challenging):)

My favorite advice is that 'motivation' alone will never get you to loose weight, it simply can't carry you to your goa...more
Debbie
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Marsha
This book has some interesting things to say about why people eat in ways that are unhealthy. The insight I got from the book is that most of the eating behaviors that cause weight gain occur at specific and limited times that are different for each person--for example one person might feel compelled to eat a lot of chips every night, and another person might feel compelled to visit fast food restaurants several times a week. If you figure out what specific habits are causing you to be overweigh...more
Peggy
May 29, 2007 Peggy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Is Tired Of Diets
OMG this Book and Dr Phils words has so help me. I was at my wits end and i had my fair share of D-I-E-T-S ..... Especially the one's that Did Not Work ! Ok this isnt a Diet by far . Its a Self look at Your Inner person . A look that will Open Your Eyes to finding out what it is in your life that has you bound. It help me go from 233 lbs to 169.lbs not by starvation nor by wont work diets. But by taking a look at other issuse in my life that had me bogged down . Helping me to find the real cause...more
Melissa
Straightforward and pretty easy to use, as with anything, only if you stick to it!
Angela
I am not a huge fan of Dr. Phil but I would say that his psychological approach was good.
Jodi
I know... I wasn't sure if I wanted to actually admit to reading this book or not. But I got it for free at a library book sale, and since I'm struggling to lose my last 10 pounds after having Lexie 4 months ago, I thought I'd see what Dr. Phil has to say. Of course this book is more geared for people who have much more weight to lose than me, so I'm just doing a quick browse-through to see what I could apply to help with my last 10 pounds of pregnancy weight. We'll see how it works!
Abeer
أكثر شيء أعجبني في الكتاب تغطيته لموضوع التغلب على الوزن من جميع النواحي العضوية والنفسية وأساليب الحياة والعوائق التي قد تصادف الإسنان خلال سعيه لذلك والحلول لها.. كما أن دكتور فيل لا يطلب من الشخص عمل ريجيم قاسي لأن ذلك غير مجدي وبعد فترة سيعود الإنسان ليأكل بشراهة أكثر، إنما هو يعطي الإنسان الحل السحر وذلك بأن يغير معتقداته ويعيش بطريقة صحية ويكون واقعي..وأيضا أن لايكون مهووساً بالأكل أو الريجيمات..والكثير من مبادىء هذا الكتاب ممكن تطبيقها على أشياء أخرى غير التحكم بالوزن
Brittany F
Jan 25, 2010 Brittany F rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to loose weight
I really love this book. I think I want to start reading it again. Such great lessons for life about health! If you are not into all the crazy diet stuff but want to get real about your weight and health this is a great book, if you are really willing to do what you learn. I love this because it emphasizes reasons why you might be overweight in the first place and helps you to realize what you need to do for yourself emotionally as well as physically.
Karol
I got a lot from this book, especially the first 2 "keys": Right Thinking and Healing Feelings. A No Fail Environment, Controlling Binge/Impulse Eating, Proper Nutrition, Consistent Exercise, and a Circle of Support are all things I needed -- and found -- to successfully lose weight. I benefited a lot from Dr. Phil's perspective on these topics. His writing style is very down-to-earth, very much like how he comes across on TV.
Faith
I didn't care for this book, I don't care for most. But it came highly recommended, and worked for a few people I know.

I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month.
Ali
This was a good book to jump-start me into weight loss and setting goals for overall good health. I would recommend this book to someone interested in being losing weight. It is a good book, but be ready to do some work. It has lots of questions to answer about yourself. It was kind of eye opening for me to learn about myself in that way. It was worth reading.
ضحى الحداد
One of the most excellent written and executed books about weight loss and keeping it off forever , it covers all the aspects about why you may be overweight .. it has the "real deal" I was half the way through the book and I already lost 2 lbs !! I think I lost more now
so so so good and most most most recommended :)
Jamie
Self Help, we all read them. I especially enjoy reading all of the weight loss books that come out. This one is sensible. It teaches you that you are important!! The only way to successfully lose weight and keep it off is to exercise, eat right, and deal with you emotions. Can't get any more real than that
Samantha Taylor
Apr 15, 2008 Samantha Taylor added it
Recommends it for: no no no no no i can't give it away they won't take it!!!!!
This is the cheesiest and sleeziest weight loss book i ever read, did richard turn from queer to straight, but actually lost his hair on the way to straight, this book is a bunch of testimonials about how great dr. phil is and ugh, the guy is an idiot, it's bad when britty actually beats him in mentality teehee
Carlynne
I learned so much from this book. It has really helped me to see why I eat and helped me to solve those problems. I've lost 14 lbs so far and I know that I will never see those 14 lbs again because of what I learned in this book. If you take the 7 keys seriously ther is no way you can fail.
Lilly Jarusevicius
This is a great book to reinforce a healthy lifestyle based on 7 keys to success. It is NOT a diet book but more of how to take steps to lose weight more mindfully. Has a lot of great little quizzes to help you determine your readiness to lose weight and make it a lifestyle, not a temp diet
Julie4
Same ole type book. Blah blah you need to not eat sugar.... eat more vegtables, exercise more..... I want a book that shows you how to look buff without exersizing and eat all the chocolate you want and still be healthy. Oh, and lets have it also makes us look 20 with no wrinkles too.
Kelly
You either love him or hate him, I personally LOVE him! He tells it like it is and this is a book about finding out why you eat, making no excuses, and changing your life to make nutrition really work. I'm looking back at it again... need some help with the weight issues!
Heather
While I'm not a Dr. Phil watcher, this book was very helpful to me in losing weight a few years ago. Its got great practical ideas. Even though I don't follow the eating plan, I still use the principles found in this book to eat healthy. Recommended.
Kristen
Wonderful tips for anyone that has trouble with their weight. There are many different tips that I found very helpful. It helps you to identify causes for you to eat digging deep with in you.
Jacki
This was a good book, but it was more geared towards extremely obese people. I found myself half interested because I don't have as big of problems as people who weigh 500+ lbs.
Ashlie
I resisted this book.

However, it was recommended to me by a very pregnant lady at the gym, who then lent me the book. Out of respects, I started it. It's not bad.
India

I like this book. I think it can be really helpful for some people at certain times. I think this does not meet my needs for now, but I will keep it for reference.
Michelle
I'm reading this book right now and I like the approach it takes since I think my head is the main problem behind my weight issues. So far I really, really like it.
Kathie
May 08, 2009 Kathie marked it as to-read
I read the first 2 chapters and discovered that I am already doing most of the things her says to do and my other book was calling to me so I gave it up for now.
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Phillip Calvin McGraw, best known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, psychologist and author who is the host of the psychology themed television show Dr. Phil. He gained celebrity status following appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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