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The Thin Woman's Brain

Re-wiring the Brain for Permanent Weight Loss
Narrated by: Kate Fotopoulos
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Why are certain women able to stay thin and never, ever diet? What is different between these naturally thin women and those that can only struggle to thinness through obsessive diet-like behaviors? The book explains the significant body of science which finally reveals the differences between the brains of thin and overweight women. It details the alterations in the brain that occur from years of overeating and dieting - and how to reverse them. In a personal and accessible style, the author guides the listener through an easy to follow step-by-step program based on cognitive behavioral therapy. The book's program does not include any food restrictions, or recipes. It does not prescribe any specific exercise program as its sole objective is to restore the brain to its healthy relationship with food.

You will learn how modern foods and ancient survival mechanisms have interacted to create an obesity epidemic. "Famine" brain, high-stress lifestyles, reduced pleasure from food and other factors are examined. Once you understand how your brain has inadvertently gone awry, you will appreciate this sensible approach to "rewiring" you brain back to its natural state - the thin woman's brain.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Dilia Suriel (P)2013 Dilia Suriel

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This is not a quick fix diet book, it is informative and gives you the tools to put things into practice to help you make life changing habits

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A great book that really spoke to me

This book really spoke to me and my 'neural pathways'. The narrator has a very pleasant and informative voice, easy to listen to and take in information. I clicked on the title initially as it piqued my interest and I wasn't expecting much, just another quick fix. However I was pleasantly surprised that this book is very relevant, up to date and refers to plenty of research. I have read many books on emotional eating but don't feel that I can relate to any of them. This book just made sense to me. Using the latest science of neuroscience, it is very up to date and made me realise maybe it wasn't this mystery emotion or feeling I was supposedly suppressing (as other books said) but more the pathways in the brain, the well worn paths and the fact that sugar and certain foods light up the reward and pleasure centres of the brain. I have found myself with quite some bad habits and this book made me realise I can choose healthy food and enjoy it. The more you try to be healthy, the more the neural pathways in the brain will set. I have the kindle and audible version. It is also shorter than most books which means I actually got through it all (7.5hours) but it is all relevant and succinct, and gets to the point quite quickly without going on an on. I think the title appeals to those looking for a quick fix but offers so much quality and science that you would expect from that title. It is not a diet book, it helps you to understand your brain, pleasure centres and also that it is not your fault. Highly recommended.

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A great, well referenced book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very psychologically and emotionally focused and well researched and referenced.

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  • Susan
  • Stafford, QLD
  • 10-09-2017

What an Awesome book

Where does The Thin Woman's Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten self help books I've ever read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thin Woman's Brain?

Understanding the science behind Brain Hunger vs Physical Hunger. How feelings can present as hunger but we need a different type of nourishment, and we need to look within for what those needs are that aren't being met. I think this book was fantastic and Eating in the Light of the Moon is a brilliant follow-up read on the same topic, different slant.

What does Kate Fotopoulos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Very good, compassionate narrator. Easy to listen to. Accentuated the main points easily.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Overeaters don't get more pleasure from eating food. They get less of a dopamine rush, therefore need more food to get the same satisfaction. Meditation however and mindfulness raises our dopamine levels by 68%, in part aiding us to have desire for overindulging food, or non-nutritive foods.

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A heap of research went into this book. I loved the breakdown of how naturally slender women do think and behave.

Awesome book, Dilia deserves to sell a tonne of these books.

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Very interesting & totally relatable for me!

Narrator was easy to listen to with great content for me personal as a busy mum who drives for perfection and this book has given me some insight into myself that I had not considered.

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Most motivational book I've read in years

Would you listen to The Thin Woman's Brain again? Why?

I have actually listened to it through audible over and over and over again. It is like a mantra to me almost - very positive reaffirmation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Looking at weight management from different people's perspective and why it is hard for some and not others

Have you listened to any of Kate Fotopoulos’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to any others at this stage

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not cry but made me think hard about what I wanted to achieve with my weight loss

Any additional comments?

Great book - totally recommend.

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  • Nicole
  • 18-02-2014

A new weight loss paradigm!

I first purchased the audio version of this book and its message resonated so strongly with me during the first listen, I immediately started it over and listened through a second time! I have read dozens of diet books, both practical, how-to types and general theory about nutrition and weight loss. Every one of them had left me with unanswered questions. Why do gain the weight back every time I lose it? Why do I have to spend every minute of every day obsessing about my next meal or snack in order to stay on a program? Why am I finding it harder and harder to stay committed each time I attempt weight loss…again??

Dilia Suriel answered all those questions for me and opened my eyes to the real underlying issue – my brain. Clearly, I don’t think like a naturally thin woman. This book explained how my brain-body connection can be radically adjusted so that I, like a naturally thin woman, can joyfully eat for pleasure and nutrition without fear of overeating or needing food for comfort, reward, or sedation. "The Thin Woman's Brain" is about the rewiring process, not the simply the mechanics of mindful eating. This book is NOT a one-trick-pony. Yes, mindfulness is discussed as one of many tools and behaviours to help achieve the rewiring, but it is only one element of a comprehensive, scientifically-based behavioural training program.

I have barely begun to synthesize and practice the methods set out in this book and I am already experiencing a great deal less anxiety about food and eating, as well as new-found confidence in my ability to successfully take off, and keep off, my excess weight. I have also purchased the Kindle version as I know I will be reading and re-reading sections of this book many times over. This is no quick-fix, lose 10 pounds in a week nonsense – the concepts in this book are the real deal.

Buy this book in audio and print, read it twice, and stop that lose-gain cycle forever. Thanks to Dilia, I now believe it’s possible.

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  • Carissa
  • 08-07-2014

It was just okay for me

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I'll start by saying that the author does present some good information concerning brain chemistry. That being said, I have several annoyances, and I think I'll make a list to keep me from ranting on and on

1. You will not find a before and after picture of the author ANYWHERE. She may not want to classify this as a diet book, but that's what it is. It's teaching you how to lose weight and keep it off. If it looks like a diet book and sounds like a diet book... I really don't trust a self-help-weight-loss book where the author can't even provide solid evidence through a photograph that it works.

2. The author says at one point that you don't have to use self control to overcome cravings. All you have to do is use mindfulness and acknowledge the craving, but don't give in to it. Um, how is that NOT self control? I tried it, it didn't work. It felt a whole lot like not having self control.

3. The author spends a LOT of time talking about brain chemistry, but ignores one of the most important (in my opinion) things in our brain - serotonin. Serotonin controls HUNGER! I don't really get how the function of dopamine trumps serotonin, but whatever. I was disappointed.

4. The author talks about how important meditation is, but only talks about ONE form of meditation (mindfulness). There are many forms of meditation (yoga, prayer, etc.).

5. The author mentions a few things that all naturally thin women have in common, and one (or more) really irritated me. Naturally thin women don't like the feeling of being too full. Really? Because overweight women just LOVE the feeling of being overly stuffed and bloated? NO. I hate it! Not only do I feel uncomfortable, but I also get a side of feelings of guilt, self hatred, self recrimination, etc. I wonder if naturally thin women have to deal with THAT when they're stuffed? I don't know many people, obese or thin, that like that feeling. The point is, we do it because there are other things going on in our brain.

6. I think the title of this book is misleading. The only scientific comparison between a thin person and obese person is showing the dopamine levels in the two brains after eating. The rest is just her asking her naturally thin women friends questions about their thinking. For me, I already know the difference because I have a naturally thin mother, but that doesn't mean I can do what she does, since my brain chemistry is different than hers.

In summary, this book does provide some good information, but it may not give you the full answer to the weight problem that you might be looking for. I'm really not trying to turn anyone away from purchasing it; I just wanted to air my grievances. It didn't give me the answer I needed, but it gave enough information and the inspiration to go find my own answer. For that, I give the book 3 stars.

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  • Omtomyheart
  • 25-04-2014

Taking willpower out of the equation...

I really liked this book because it explained how to think like a "naturally" thin woman, not a "dieting" thin women. Great concepts that are very convincing in an outline form for you to follow. I think the audiobook is great, however, I'm going to get the written book as well, so that it will be easier to refer back to often.

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  • kindle customer
  • 27-05-2016

This was so disappointing!

If I have to hear the words "naturally thin women" again I just might lose it! This book is all about replacing self control with food with self control on techniques that prevent you from needed self control with food! So really nothing changes. You're still needing will power and self control to prevent over eating! I got nothing useful from this book. If you have kids, are busy, or are a normal person, most of the techniques in this book are not realistic. I'll give you the short version of this book... Naturally thin woman are amazing, beautiful, perfect, never over eat, never get full, are not tempted by food, sit in silence and have a bonding moment with their food. Overweight woman love binge eating, love to feel full, eat while distracted, blah blah blah! I'm so disappointed in this book!

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  • Laila
  • 14-01-2015

I now understand, and I am relieved.

This book is fantastic! Even though the narrator wasn't my favorite, I was still hooked on this book because of the valuable content it gave me.

This book clarified why I kept losing weight then gaining it again, and helped explain very well how to rewire my thinking for great results. I started following right away and already feel like a new woman!

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  • Paula Hill
  • 30-05-2016

The root issues

Mindfulness as an approach to weight loss is safe, effective, inexpensive, and will help you get to the root of your food addictions. If you are looking for a mindless "eat this but not that" diet book this is not the book for you. If you want an approach to food that will get you off the diet roller coaster then give The Thin Woman's Brain a try.

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  • Jessica
  • 14-01-2014

Finally--- the end of yo-yo dieting!

I'm a 26 year old woman who has struggled with my weight since I was in single digits. I'm addicted to food, and I've been yo-yo dieting--my weight on a non-stop rollercoaster--- for YEARS.

This book is the first one I've found (and there have been many I've tried) that I feel has given me a tangible, sustainable and LOGICAL life approach to END the seemingly endless cycle of diets and setbacks, and get me back to a state of health and well-being... and best of all, repair my relationship with food.

While I first dismissed the concept of mindful eating and meditation as seeming a bit hokey... having put a variety of her strategies into practice has created a shocking difference in my approach to food and eating in a very short amount of time.

Read or listen to this book!! Though, for those of us with crippling impatience, note that she doesn't get into actionable steps until about Chapter 4 or 5... she explains a lot of the science behind it first.

In my first week of following the strategies outlined in this book, I lost a lot of the mindless stuffing-junkfood-in-my-face behaviour that has defined my relationship with food, and have naturally and easily started to lose weight!

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  • Jin Jing
  • 08-08-2014

Better if you have the actual book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Thin Woman's Brain to be better than the print version?

I think if you were to have either the book or the audio book, go with the book. However, I loved the audio version, it's very convenient to listen to on the bus, or while taking a walk.

Any additional comments?

I think that this book is a good listen if you want to practice eating more intuitively.

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  • TheFontenot
  • 02-05-2014

Thinking Thin... One Day At A Time

Would you listen to The Thin Woman's Brain again? Why?

Absolutely, the tools in this book have completely changed my life. Not even necessarily where my weight is concerned. They have great tools to help you in other areas of your life that affect your weight. I will need the support so I will definitely listen again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thin Woman's Brain?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, this cvan be applied to so many of life's challenges.

Which character – as performed by Kate Fotopoulos – was your favorite?

No Characters, just an incredible journey.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the bit on breaking the cycle of shame. I actually cried thinking of the way I was treating myself. I was my own bully.

Any additional comments?

Incredible book that ALL women should read or listen to. Its very empowering.

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  • Leslie B.
  • 04-08-2016

Excellent. Get the app too!

This is so much more than a book. Get the app too! It is a step-by-step behavioral guide that is helping me understand my brain and trust my body. I finally have hope that I can develop a neutral, healthy relationship with food without dieting and excessive exercise. The support that Dilia provides through her book, website, app, and support groups has been invaluable. Dilia is committed to using scientifically-sound and evidence-based strategies that work and she teaches them in a kind and compassionate way. She knows exactly what she is doing, is passionate about it, and guides us along masterfully. The value in the app and the accompanying support far and away exceeds the small monthly subscription fee. Do it, you won't regret it! 

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  • Amanda
  • 12-03-2014

Finally a solution to emotional eating!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Thin Woman's Brain to be better than the print version?

I loved the audio version

What did you like best about this story?

The no nonsense approach to stop food addiction with plenty of scientific back up

Have you listened to any of Kate Fotopoulos’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Kate's other performances but I thought she was very good

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a life changing book

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  • Delly
  • 01-09-2014

The best weight loss book I have ever read

If you could sum up The Thin Woman's Brain in three words, what would they be?

Life Changing, Enlightening and Exciting are the three words I would use to describe this book.
This book is a must read for anyone who has dieted and failed or has been on that diet/regain/diet/regain hamster wheel.
This is truly a discovery of what is at the root of why the dieting approach does not work for many people and how to in effect rewire your brain so it does.
It sounds very "mumbo jumbo" I know, but, it truly is not. Its very scientific and very logical.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the word character doesn't apply to this book so I will state the most interesting points are how different the thin and fat woman's brains react to food, mindfulness and its effects on your eating and your life and CBT and how it can provide solutions

What does Kate Fotopoulos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kate is a marvellous narrator, she clearly researched the subject matter and delivers it expertly. She engaged me from the start to the end.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did, a profound one. I found the likely cause of why I had been battling with my weight for 35 years and most importantly what I could do to address it

Any additional comments?

I have been following the on-line 21 day program that accompanies this book and I'm about half way through now. I feel entirely in control of what I eat for the first time in my life

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  • Christine
  • 19-11-2014

Might be the solution I've been looking for!!!

What did you like most about The Thin Woman's Brain?

I have read several book about mindful eating, but by reading this one, I feel that I have finally found something that might actually get me out of the caos that have been controlling my life for years. It is read aloud by a calm, yet fresh voice, and the actualy content is not just borrow information on how to eat mindful as it is spiced with stories.

What did you like best about this story?

That it has given my the feeling that I might actually be able to get my eating habits under control, without livng with chocolate, cake, etc. I has helped me realise that diet are ruining, and I will never, ever go on one again.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved hearing about the author's experience, e.g. her discussions with her naturally thin friend. How naturally thin women don't ban themselves any types of food - they just wait eating it until they are actually hungry. In stead of binging chocolate croissants (example from the book) likes there's no tomorrow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I am actually listening to the second round now.

Any additional comments?

If really wanting to get your eating habits under control, I would recommend also going for the 21-day app that helps you get your food addiction under control.

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  • JR
  • 08-07-2015

Very informative but too technical

Very detailed and informative. Brilliantly and soulfully presented by Kate.
At times I was turned off by the degree of detail but it is worth persevering.
Many helpful theories presented some of which will help me frame my future approach.
A refreshing, liberating approach. Thank you Dilia-I would love to see your before and after pictures!

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  • Katherine
  • 01-12-2014

Keep gaining weight after loss? This is for you!

In a moment of desparation I ordered this audio book. All my life I have known that to conquer an eating disorder was not just about eating right. "Something has to happen in my brain" I kept saying to dieticians and psychologists.

This book has opened a window in my brain; introduced a fresh breeze of an approach and thereby a tangible hope of conquering a life-long self-harm addiction. The approach may not be "the answer" for everyone, but I dare to think after 4 months of listening to this book and installing and acting on the knowledge held in it, that I have been handed the key that I have searched for since I was a child. I am bent on completely "re-wiring my brain".

The book is simply and clearly read. It holds results of scientific research being done on obesity caused by food/eating related addiction (along with other addictions); it describes cause and effect; moves onto approaches of how to adjust the brain's responses to triggers; what to do about triggers; some tips and tricks and so much more.

For someone who does not want to just control what they eat to lose weight, always with the thought at the back of their head that the weight will be gained again when the control slips. For someone who wants to be free of this repetative cycle of defeat and really have a brain that thinks the way a naturally thin woman's brain does about food and appetite. I would suggest listening to this book now.

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  • Rima Deford
  • 30-11-2014

Simple and Powerful

Would you consider the audio edition of The Thin Woman's Brain to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is simply amazing. No fluff, no gimmicks and no b.s. If you seriously want to get to your healthy weight, here are the intelligent and compassionate tools you'll need. In short, you'll learn to eat mindfully in order to nourish your body instead of trying to fill your emotional needs with food. If you're tired of diets and all the hype/let downs that goes with them, then you must try this gentle and fun process of change.

What about Kate Fotopoulos’s performance did you like?

Kate Fotopoulos's performance is great. She manages to present hard, factual information in a spellbinding manner.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book opened my eyes and made me realize that being overweight doesn't mean I'm a flawed person! It just means that my brain chemistry isn't working optimally and that I can fix it by making simple, gentle behavior changes. I can't say enough how grateful I am for Dilia's groundbreaking work. I've been set free from the eternal dieting trap forever!

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  • elaine
  • 27-07-2015

Annoying narrator

The narrator has a horrible habit of adopting a gravelly voice at the end of every sentence. It's slightly less irritating if you listen at 1.25x speed. I couldn't concentrate on contents of book.

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  • barboorka
  • 26-12-2018

A very insightful book!

I really enjoyed it. Makes you think and challenges beliefs and views. I bought a hard copy after listening to it as I wanted to go back to jt and think more on some issues raised.

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  • Rachel sissons
  • 11-08-2019

Life changing

As a coach, this book has helped me help a lot to help clients and also myself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-2018

Incredible

This book has truly changed my life, and set me free from an unhappy bind with food. I feel liberated, healthy and am on my way to a thin woman’s body by having a thin woman’s brain.

Thank you, Dilia Suriel for writing about your own brave journey.