The Automatic Diet: The Proven 10-Step Process for Breaking Your Fat Pattern

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Diversion Books, Apr 29, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 335 pages
In the book THE AUTOMATIC DIET readers discover how to harness the power of time-tested behavior modification techniques and empower themselves to lose weight and keep it off, automatically. All successful dieters share a common “secret” to consistently maintain their weight. The secret is that they do not have to think about what they are doing. Their food choices are instinctual and they already know what to eat when faced with the disastrous dieting situations we all encounter in everyday life. Whether it’s a cocktail party, on an airplane, or at an Italian restaurant, they know to react and choose wisely.

THE AUTOMATIC DIET takes you step-by-step through a process of self-analysis, as well as powerful techniques based on practical steps that you can put to work immediately. This easy, accessible process will lead you to an understanding of your own patterns of success and failure in managing your weight. Platkin then guides you to understand your own motivations, and how you can use this knowledge to overcome self-defeating habits with positive behaviors you can sustain for a lifetime.

THE AUTOMATIC DIET is founded on the principle of "automaticity". Automaticity is a psychological term used to describe the unconscious way in which we make choices for our daily behaviors. Activities like setting an alarm clock at night, putting on shoes before you leave the house, buckling your seat belt when you get in a car, and remembering how to drive to the office – these activities do not require much thought, we just do them. If we consciously thought about each decision that we make, we would be exhausted at the end of a day. Through automaticity, we unconsciously automate some of our routine processes. While automaticity has been working against you and your weight loss goals for years, THE AUTOMATIC DIET will show you how to redirect your knee-jerk impulses so they can work in your favor!

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Most diet books treat dieting and nutrition as if there's a secret formula that only THEY know, and if you just follow it to the letter, you'll lose weight. That's crazy; there is no secret formula ... Read full review

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One-size-fits-all diets don't work, says Platkin. The way to lose weight and keep it off, he explains, is to understand "your individual fat pattern." In this refreshing guide to dropping pounds ... Read full review


Making the Choice
Do You Believe in Miracles?
Why Diets Dont Work
So What Does All This Mean?
Its as Simple as Brushing Your Teeth
This is for the Rest of Your Life
It will Become Automatic
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Diet Busters
If you are Still Stuck Your Parents May Have the Answers
Do As I Say Not As I Do
Becoming Aware
Find Your Activity Opportunities
Other Ways to Increase Your Activity
Do it Because it Feels Goodand Make it Automatic
The Two Faces of Blame

Fill Yourself Up
Habit is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment
Variety Isnt Always the Spice of Life
Learning from the Past to See Your Future
So how can looking at your past help you?
How Did We Get These Fat Patterns Anyway?
Continuing the Investigation and Identifying Your Individual Dieting Traits IDTs
 Unconscious and Mindless Eating
Delayed Feeding
Entertainment for the Mouth
Social Eating
Comfort or Stress Eating
  Eating Alarm Times
  Diet Buster Moments
Delayed Feeding
Entertainment for the Mouth
Social Eating
Youre sitting at a restaurant having a great conversation with family or friends and the bread basket is on the table along with an excellent bottle of re...
Comfort or Stress Eating
Pinpoint Your Eating Alarm Times EATs
Use the Power of Language
Get to Know Your Enemy
Fire Back
Outsmart Your Enemy with a Plan B
Energize Your Choice
Goals in the Context of the Rest of Your Life
Never Say Never
Dont Give In to Ego Threats
The Goal of SelfReflection
achieved in 1 month 6 months
Overall and LongTerm Goals
Daydreaming with a Purpose
Make Them Foolproof
Thats the plan in a nutshell So become your own architect and general contractor Once you have a wellstructured working blueprint youll be able to ...
Beware of Portion Distortion
Keep It Real
Write What You Feel
Keep Your Options Open

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Charles Stuart Platkin, the Diet Detective, has made it his life's mission to help people lose weight and get healthy by encouraging them to think before they eat. Charles Stuart Platkin, PhD, MPH, is one of the country's leading nutrition and public health advocates; his syndicated health, nutrition, and fitness column appears in more than 100 daily newspapers nationally, including the Honolulu Advertiser, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and The State. Platkin is the host of WE tv's series, I Want To Save Your Life. He is also the founder and editor of the health and fitness network, (part of the Everyday Health Network), which offers nutrition, food, and fitness information along with a weight-loss program that provides customizable meal plans and fitness regimens that put his wellness principles into action. He is a health expert and blogger on and Platkin has been quoted as a health expert in thousands of publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Oprah, Time, Newsweek, Ladies' Home Journal, Men's Health, Shape, Self, and Fitness. He has also appeared on NBC's Today show, ABC’s Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, CBS's Early Show, and the BBC, among other venues. Platkin is a member of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, the American Obesity Association, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, the Society for Public Health Education, the Society for Nutrition Education, the American Public Health Association, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, and the American Council on Exercise. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Fordham University, a master's in public health from Florida International University, and a PhD in public health from Florida International University in Miami. He is also a certified personal trainer. Platkin is also the author of five books. His first book, Breaking the Pattern, was a bestseller in hardcover; it has been used by addiction clinics to assist patients in resolving problems with drugs and alcohol, and more than 20 universities around the country have used it as a text in teaching techniques of behavioral change to nutrition and dietetic counseling students. His latest books are The Diet Detective's Count Down (Simon and Schuster, 2007) and The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible (Simon and Schuster, 2008). 

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