This three-part workbook offers a concise and forgiving research- based guide to clients’ diffi culties
with sustained weight loss. Part 1 is a review of your client’s previous efforts at weight control and
image change, as well as information and a review of research to help your client understand why
weight loss might not have worked in the past. Part 2 contains information and exercises to help your
client develop a new acceptance of their body and their relationship with food, as well as tools to
develop mindfulness and self- compassion. Part 3 will help your client identify, experiment with, and
commit to values related to food, appearance, and other important areas of life, tackling troublesome
mental and practical barriers along the way.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction: Who this book is for and how to use it Part I: Your Weight, Your Body: Can You Control It? (And Why Not?) 1. Your Body Struggle: Evaluating Your Progress Thus Far 2. The Surprising Truth about Weight Loss 3. The Magic Wand Part II: Body Acceptance 4. Turning Down Programming, Tuning in to Your Body 5. From Mindfulness to Self-Acceptance 6. Producing Your Own Programming Part III: Can You Live the Life You’ve Always Wanted, in the Body You Have Now? 7. The Value of Feeding Yourself 8. Embodying Your Values 9. Dancing with Your Body to the Life You Really Want
Margit I. Berman is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
and associate professor of clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology
at Argosy University. She was the recipient of the 2015 Hitchcock Foundation Scholars Career
Development award for her research and development of the Accept Yourself! intervention for
women with obesity and depression. She is past chair of the Society for Counseling Psychology’s
Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, and is on the editorial boards of The Counseling
Psychologist and the Journal of Counseling Psychology.
"To end the profound struggle with weight and health that so many people today endure, we must stop the insanity of doing what we have always done and develop new ways to truly help people. Accept Yourself! provides an in-depth guide to doing just that, using evidence-based strategies to improve how a person relates to food, their bodies and themselves. The results can be just what the doctor ordered."
Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, Co-owner, Green Mountain at Fox Run and 2016-2018 President, The Center for Mindful Eating.