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If  you had a dime for every time you thought you were too fat, would you be rich?

If so, that's a very ineffective way to start a savings plan, according to Brenda Crawford-Clark, who has spent 15 years working with people dissatisfied with how they look.

Crawford-Clark, author of  "Body Sense Balancing Your Weight and Emotions," said most weight loss products come with broken promises and can never work because they do not address overlooked connections that ultimately will cause you to reach for food.

"The sad thing is they have no potential, yet when they fail they put the blame on the dieter," said Crawford-Clark. "Even if you ignore the fact that many are unhealthy or at the minimum are a drain on your pocketbook, you're usually just wasting your time."

  Crawford-Clark's said she has spent years listening to men, women and children who are unhappy with their body appearance. She's been director of hospital and outpatient programs that have helped people with everything from stress eating to eating disorders. Her book "Body Sense" grew out of her frustration and concern that so many people were looking for answers and being taken advantage of  by a multi-million dollar diet industry.
"Losing weight has never just been about willpower or finding that perfect pill," she said. "There's many pieces to connect that have been neglected." She attacks other myths in dieting by helping readers figure out why their eating and weight became a problem, then gives them tools to do something about that today.

"There's many things that contribute to the birth of a weight problem," she added. Among the most overlooked is loss. Those include the more obvious losses related to trauma, emotional and physical abuse and death, but also losses related to infertility, miscarriages, relationship problems, career changes, illness, accidents, financial concerns and adoption.

Crawford-Clark said even loss of a dream can lead to using food to alter your feelings. Growing up with unusually high expectations placed on you, or in a family where you were not allowed to express your feelings can cause some people to use food as a way to temporarily change feelings. Eventually it can become an unconscious action. "Body Sense" helps readers re-connect to the source, determine how it has effected one's life and gives tools for readers to take care of themselves with something else other than food.    

That process she includes in "Body Sense" is a personal one that the book's author compares to that the reader would receive in her office. It combines compassionate stories of others who have similar problems and backgrounds and have utilized the step-by-step explanations of  techniques that the author says will make this a long-lasting change. She provides ongoing support to readers through her website "forgetaboutdiets.com."

Our online course is the perfect companion learning tool to Body Sense. Participate in the online course as you read Body Sense and you'll benefit from a structured program, developed by the Body Sense author.

Brenda Crawford-Clark, LMHC, LMFT, NCC

Author: Body Sense Balancing Your Weight and Emotions 

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