Friday, January 6, 2012


By Reneé Stephens and Samantha Rose
New York, Free Press, 2011
298 pages   Non-Fiction
The Shortlist

When I received Full-Filled from the publisher, I began paging through the book looking for the menus and eating plans so common in most weight loss books. Much to my surprise, there were none. This is a weight loss book unlike the plethora of diet books that come out about this time every year. 

Full-Filled is a holistic approach to getting control of weight, cravings, and the bad eating habits that keep most people from finding and maintaining their ideal weight. Stephens combines meditation, journaling, counseling, and peer groups to help the reader—who has picked this book up with purpose—lose weight and gain control over their bodies and their self-image. 

I found it easy to read. The advice was solid. The techniques were useful. Stephens advises the reader/dieter to stop beating themselves up over past failures or momentary lapses. She suggests that the reader find a partner to work through the chapters, the journaling, the exercising, and the dieting with—someone who will help the reader be accountable. She even offers an online support group to aid the dieter in achieving his/her goals.

According to Stephens, much of the dieter’s dilemma has to do with self-image, and the intent of Full-Filled is to assure the reader that food is only part of the problem and only part of the solution. Mindfulness, stress-relief, and emotional support all will help the reader change their relationship to the food he/she eats.  

Renee Stephens is a renowned behavioral weight loss expert. She knows what she is talking about having had a difficult relationship with food in her life. She has many online and ITunes podcasts which she uses to connect with the people who are following her plan, which she calls a "weight release plan." I like that thought.

Last year I read Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth. I would suggest that it would be a supportive book in combination with Full-Filled. Both will help people change the way they look at food and the way they look at themselves.

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