The Four-Day Win

Just a quickie–consider it a Twitter tweet, except not! 🙂

I got a new (2007) Beck book tonight, but this time it’s by MARTHA Beck (related to Dr. Judith Beck?!) called The Four-Day Win, which encourages readers to “End your diet war and achieve thinner peace.”

I am only on the first chapter, but one line really stands out and I wanted to share it before I get any further into the book.

Beck says, “Basing a weight-loss effort on willpower does the very things to your mind and body that are virtually certain to make you fatter in the long run.”

I’ve often felt that the reason I am not back at my goal weight has been a lack of willpower, and I bet many of us have felt that way, too.

Keeping weight off is clearly about way more than willpower; it really is about changing our behaviors for the long-term. And even when we make positive changes, we’re not always 100% out of the woods.

I love authors that make us think… and I’m looking forward to what else she has to say.

How about you? Have you read this book? I hope to read it over the next week or so.

11 thoughts on “The Four-Day Win

  1. I didn’t know that Dr. Beck wrote another book. I’ve started the Beck Diet Solution recently and really am liking it. I just love your blog…sometimes I feel like I’m reading my own journal! I stop by often but don’t usually leave comments! 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that you truly are an inspiration to me!

  2. Wow, that’s so true (the quote). I never thought about it that way. I also liked your post last week about how what you may think is disordered could be normal for other people. I relate so much to everything you write!

  3. Like Krystyna, I sometimes feel your blog is my own journal! I am following your progress as I try to make my own. I was interested in reading The Four Day Win – please do post again as you get farther into it. Good luck with your recovery and thanks for making me realize I’m not alone. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much, ladies!!! I really appreciate it and it’s amazing to me how many people say the same thing–that reading my words is like reading their own.

    I’m going to def. post more about the book, Jenny! 🙂 (will keep you all posted!)

  5. It sounds like a very interesting book, I’d like to see what you have to say about it as you read more! I think most people, including myself, feels that willpower can make or break a diet, and it seems that Beck says it harms the diet more than it helps it.

  6. I have both of these books. No, I don’t think theyre related. Both are about changing the way you think in order to lose weight, but in different ways. I think I will start with Martha’s book since I have that sinking feeling that comes before trying to start losing weight again and I think hers will help more with that. I think Judith’s book will be better down the road. Martha’s teaches you to generally be more joyful and to win the fight over the judgemental voice in your head. Judith’s is more like thinking like a thin person.
    Does this help?

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