This weekend just gone I spent the whole time reading. It’s not something I do a great deal of, generally, but this weekend I couldn’t put the book down. Fact is, I was reading about weight loss, about body confidence, about relationships with food, something that is totally relevant to me and my work. In fact I was reading Beyond Temptation: How to stop overeating and feel normal and in control around food
the second book by the team behind Beyond Chocolate: How to stop yo-yo dieting and lose weight for good, sisters Audrey and Sophie Boss.
Despite having opened Beautiful Swans in February 2011, I had never heard of Beyond Chocolate until December 2012 when a friend mentioned them. Their approach to weight loss is very similar to mine (although some references to hypnotherapists are less than complimentary 😉 ) and so having read Beyond Chocolate I was more than happy to read and review Beyond Temptation for them.
The Beyond Chocolate Approach
Where Beyond Chocolate is a set of guidelines (or ‘principles’ as Sophie and Audrey call them) to live by, Beyond Temptation seeks to look into your behaviour around overeating and give you tools to discover why you overeat and to move beyond that behaviour.
In my experience of working with clients, it is the emotions, reasons and issues that lie around overeating that are the key to supporting anyone with a weight or body issue to move forwards. For that reason, I found that the book did not disappoint.
Separated into 3 sections, entitled ‘Get Ready’, ‘Steady’ and ‘Go’, the book takes the reader step by step through the process of noticing and understanding her overeating behaviour, preparing to test small changes and then making the changes in a controlled and non threatening way. Through my own work I know that for many women, these behaviours have been learned and consolidated over many years and are deeply embedded.
The book carefully crafts ways for the reader to test everything slowly and not to jump into things without the support to go back. I loved the fact that they suggest you “try things out, just once” which removes the left over associations we have with diets where it’s all or nothing. In fact the Beyond Chocolate approach, like my own, completely rejects these stark contrasts.
Each chapter ends with an action which builds into a full action checklist at the end of the book. As you reach the end of each chapter the building checklist is useful to remind you of the ideas that went before and how things are building in logical steps.
One thing I didn’t like within the book (and this is only a question of style) was the women’s voices they used to illustrate each chapter. For me, I found it difficult to read, a little disjointed and hard to relate to the women. But that’s a small point and by no means a reason not to read it.
As I have recommended Beyond Chocolate to clients, so I will also be recommending Beyond Temptation, as I think it complements the work I do beautifully (no pun intended 🙂 )
Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’ve ever come across the Beyond Chocolate approach and if so, what you thought of it.
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