Excerpt from Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss by Howard M. Shapiro, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss

The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss

by Howard M. Shapiro

Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss by Howard M. Shapiro
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • First Published:
    Apr 2000, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2001, 352 pages

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book

About this Book

Print Excerpt


While it's nearly impossible to know the reasons why you need to eat a particular food at a particular time, it's very important to be in touch with that desire. You can't understand all the ways in which chemicals work, but you must listen when they talk to you. Most dieters have not learned to do this.

The urge to eat is a need that must be filled.

If we don't respond to that urge, the need-to-eat feelings—call them hunger, appetite, or anything else—will get the upper hand. And here's the irony: As a result of trying not to respond to the need to eat, there's a good chance that you won't be able to lose weight or maintain weight loss.


Beyond Good and Bad
Most dieters have built-in defenses. A statement as simple as "I'm hungry!" is unacceptable. Before acknowledging something that simple, dieters are already worrying about how that hungry feeling can lead them into going astray, going out of control, or messing up. People who have been on diets tell me that they constantly feel either good or bad, in control or out of control.

But you can't repress a feeling that says, quite simply, "I want to eat that." You might try to keep that chemically driven impulse in check, but it's sure to get the upper hand.

Overweight individuals typically have so much anxiety about the urge to eat that their bodies operate defensively. They don't even allow the hunger to come to consciousness. They find all kinds of rationalizations.

A person may come home from the supermarket with a cake. She says, "I bought it to serve to company." But lying just below the surface of that statement is the real reason, which is simply the desire to eat cake. The chemicals are talking. But what happens when we don't allow the chemicals to be heard?

What I'm telling you is something that you may have always suspected if you've struggled repeatedly with your weight. That struggle is caused by something other than lack of determination. It's not being caused by a deficit in willpower. By identifying the chemicals that play a role in your hunger, we're beginning to get to the real causes. Soon we should have the information that proves your suspicions are true: Gaining and losing weight are not matters of self-control, determination, or other intangible factors.

In the meantime, that doesn't mean that your only choice is to throw up your hands and say, "Well, it's fate. I was born to be overweight." That is definitely not the case. You can reshape (literally) your destiny—or at least you can achieve a more modest goal of just taking a few pounds off.

I like to think of a person's underlying body chemistry as a kind of metabolic hand of cards that he is dealt at birth. Maybe, when it comes to weight issues, you weren't dealt the genetic equivalent of four aces, but I can tell you that if you play your cards right, you can still come up a winner.

Reprinted from Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss by Dr. Howard M. Shapiro, Copyright 2000. Permission granted by Rodale, Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling (800)848-4735 or visit Rodale's website at www.rodalestore.com.

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

One-Month Free Membership

Discover your next great read here

Join Today!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Hillbilly Elegy
    Hillbilly Elegy
    by J.D. Vance
    In this illuminating memoir, Vance recounts his trajectory from growing up a "hillbilly" in ...
  • Book Jacket: The Dark Flood Rises
    The Dark Flood Rises
    by Margaret Drabble
    Margaret Drabble, the award-winning novelist and literary critic who is approaching eighty and ...
  • Book Jacket: All Our Wrong Todays
    All Our Wrong Todays
    by Elan Mastai
    You need a great deal of time to read All Our Wrong Todays, but don't let that put you off. ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Atomic Weight of Love
by Elizabeth J. Church

In the spirit of The Aviator's Wife, this resonant debut spans from World War II through the Vietnam War.

About the book
Join the discussion!

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Lola
    by Melissa Scrivner Love

    An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman.
    Reader Reviews

  • Book Jacket

    Our Short History
    by Lauren Grodstein

    Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it's stronger, than before.
    Reader Reviews

Who Said...

A library is a temple unabridged with priceless treasure...

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

Solve this clue:

O My D B

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.

 
Modal popup -