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The Diet Trap: Feed Your Psychological Needs and End the Weight Loss Struggle Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Have you tried every diet or weight loss plan under the sun, but still can’t manage to lose weight and keep it off? You aren’t alone. Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on weight-loss products, yet we continue to have the highest obesity rate in the world. After trying and failing countless times, you have to begin to wonder, �What am I doing wrong?”

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 2nd 2014 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Diet Trap is a well written, instructive book that intends to get to the root of the emotional problem behind overeating. While I felt the concepts and especially focus were sound, it ended up not being a book I could follow. As such, I would rate it a 5-star book for others but unfortunately, I have to balance that against the 1 star I would have to give for it not working for me, personally. So I will rate it 4 stars in the end because I do believe many would benefit from this and stop the ...more
Dani Baxter
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the cheapest therapy session you'll ever get. The tools are powerful and effective. I've never heard of this approach to healthy, compassionate living. I'm glad I read this.
Shaazi
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counselling
I am only half way through this book but I can gladly give it five stars. The book addresses weight loss in a way that is compassionate and encouraging. Lillis shows the way to weight loss through the lens of A.C.T. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This book will not be for those who want to get a meal plan and an list of exercise rules -btw they don't work long-term anyway. This book will give you a values centric approach to losing weight that allows you to do it in a calm and loving way. Or ...more
Diana
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
The gym I go to started a book club and this is the first book that was discussed. The owner of the gym felt that too many of his clients were stuck about changes that they wanted (weight, shape, strength) but were unable to achieve. He chose this book because it tries to get at the barriers behind the struggle with weight. So, the book is not quite self-help and it isn't real therapy although it tries to get the reader to explore in a therapeutic way, what has led the reader to this struggle.

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Katie
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book completely changed my life. I wish it came with it's own journal and the prompts/activities in it. I love this book and recommend it to anyone.
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The Diet Trap is a well written, instructive book that intends to get to the root of the emotional problem behind overeating. While I felt the concepts and especially focus were sound, it ended up not being a book I could follow. As such, I would rate it a 5-star book for others but unfortunately, I have to balance that against the 1 star I would have to give for it not working for me, personally. So I will rate it 4 st
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Joell
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been emotional eating for 65 years with limited success controlling it. This book is a practical guide for change. I admit that I skipped the first couple chapters. Even so, I liked the exercises. I've been looking for a way to keep on going after my son died and this book helped me to see that my life isn't over.
Katarina
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a traditional "diet" book. If you are looking for a book that tells you the details of a diet, what to do, what to eat etc, then this is not the book for you.
If you have failed on tons of diets, if you are banging your head off the wall thinking "I'm never going to be able to lose the weight" or "I can't do it", then this IS the book for you.

The author mentions early in the book that it's specifically written for people who have tried tons of diets and either regained the weight, or
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Carla
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a book based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. A way to get to the root of your eating or dieting trap, change it and develop a healthier way of thinking, thereby a healthier way of life. Written in a way that is very comfortable, informative, fun, compassionate, and therapeutic you will learn self- compassion, mindfulness, how to identify your thinking patterns, and values. There are deep and helpful exercises (to do at your own pace). Meet yourself within these exercises, your goal ...more
Anna Gallop
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Received this book in a giveaway.
This book offers different approaches in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and is not your typical diet book.
I was initially excited about its untraditional approach towards losing weight, but found keeping a journal not very practical at least for myself. There were a lot of good points like seeing your thoughts from a different perspective and changing your relationship to your thoughts, and how your mind could be your worst enemy. However, some of the e
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John
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Won this book a few months ago in a Good Reads giveaway. Took a while to get through it, but that's what's likely to happen if you try to read thirty or so books at once. It's an interesting book. Not sure if it's all that original, but then maybe it does not need to be, so long as what is in it is useful. And much of it should be of value to almost anyone who is either trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy size. It's also a book that would be good to read more than once in order to ge ...more
Bethany
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for creating practical strategies for the mental struggles of weight loss. It's not just a book to help you figure out what your problem is. It helps you identify and get back to losing weight with a healthy mindset.
Stevie
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book but one you have to read a few times to really grasp.
Laura
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was really enlightening, I thought there was very good advice and reasoning in how YOU do end up in a TRAP!
Skye
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Some good insights. Thoughts and feelings don't have to control us. Now to remember that in day to day life!

I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Marie
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought the approach to this book was refreshing. I might have gotten even more out of it if I had actually done all the writing exercises.
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Jason Lillis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a clinical psychologist at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center of The Miriam Hospital. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in health services ...more