Excerpt: Bethenny Frankel's 'Naturally Thin'

Back when I was burdened, overwhelmed, and ingrained with the diet mentality, I never really thought I could escape. But I did. I can't believe how much of my life I've wasted feeling anxious, depressed, antisocial, and -- after binging on something -- full of selfloathing because my jeans were too tight. I can't believe how much of my life I wasted feeling fat, obsessing about what to order on a date or how to get out of an invitation to a restaurant I perceived as serving fattening food. Does that sound familiar? Do you feel full of regret every time you eat something that doesn't fit your perception of diet food? Have food, fat, carbs, and dieting created such a level of anxiety and preoccupation in your life that you think about them all day long? Been there, done that -- but I'm not there and I don't ever do that anymore. Why not join me in this new state of mind?

Guess what happened when I escaped from this kind of thinking. I got thin, for life. I can't even imagine going back to my old ways of thinking, eating, and behaving -- my heavy habits, those habits that perpetuated my self-destructive thinking and eating. (I'll talk more about heavy habits later in this book.) I broke free, and now I have thin thoughts. And you can, too, no matter who you are.

The greatest gift I can give you, and the greatest gift you can give yourself, is Naturally Thin. I've condensed everything I've learned about eating and cooking into ten simple rules you can use to change your own heavy habits, your own thinking, your body, your energy level, your health, your whole life. Think you've heard these tips before? Think again -- this book doesn't tell you what to eat. Instead, I show you how to change your life without changing who you are, what you like, or how you live. I show you how to change your habits and the way you think about food, no matter what you like to eat or how you like to live, because that's where your body starts -- in your head.

Diets Don't Work

You might have heard this before, and dismissed it as a line. But it's not a line. It's true. Some people define insanity as repeating the same behavior and expecting different results every time. Are we all crazy? How many diets have you started? How much money have you spent feeding the diet industry? Have you lost weight, strayed from the diet, and gained back all the weight (and more)? Of course you have. We all have. And yet, we keep going on to the next "new" diet, the one that promises to finally fix our weight problems. It never does. What's wrong with us?

Life is too short to waste obsessing over fat grams or carb grams or never, ever exceeding 1,200 calories a day. How many ounces of that cereal should you eat? Is your steak bigger than a deck of cards? Is your serving of rice larger than your fist? Is that two ounces of pasta on your plate, or are you "binging" on three ounces? Come on. It's ridiculous and obsessive.

It's amazing how many highly intelligent people can be so uninformed when dealing with food, and so stuck in harmful ruts they don't even realize they are in. How many times have your conversations at a dinner or a cocktail party revolved around somebody's saying, "Oh, you should only eat steak; it's a miracle diet" or "You have to try the cabbage soup diet; it's amazing"?

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