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Be kind to yourself and lose weight? That's what this diet book says

January 11, 2011|By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los…)

For anyone who spent 2010 worrying about his or her weight, the economy or egg recalls, it's time to look within. Introspection can mean a healthier you -- not a more narcissistic you.

That's the message featured in a new weight loss book called "The Self-Compassion Diet." This Allentown Morning Call story features a Q&A with author and Harvard psychotherapist Jean Fain. She tells the paper: "What I'm saying is when you treat yourself with self-compassion, when you treat yourself like a friend or a loved one with love and kindness, you're more apt to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full; rest when you're tired and move when you feel energized; and when you do that, you lose weight naturally."

Looking inward also can be an anxiety buster. As this Los Angeles Times story explains: "Mindfulness therapy encourages patients to focus on their breathing and their body, to notice but not judge their thoughts and to generally live in the moment. It may sound a bit squishy and New Agey to some, but [professor Stefan] Hofmann and other experts say mindfulness has something that discredited theories of the past never had: solid evidence that it can help."

So it's OK for life to be all about you -- up to a point.

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