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The Weight Escape - Joseph Ciarrochi

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2014
ISBN: 9780670078011
Number Of Pages: 272

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Today's the day to start making real changes. Diet fads and fitness trends may offer the prospect of losing weight, but they rarely work out long-term. The Weight Escape is different.

Using the psychological science of ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Dr Russ Harris, medical doctor and author of The Happiness Trap, psychological practitioner Ann Bailey and scientist Joseph Ciarrochi will help you make the lasting changes you want.

Focusing on the mental barriers that can stop us setting and achieving our goals, it promotes a holistic approach to wellbeing and weight loss – one that goes beyond meal plans and calorie counting to give a deeper meaning and mindfulness to how you live and what you eat.

Through practical exercises, quizzes and personal stories, it shows you how to:

  • Set goals and give direction to your life Overcome destructive habits and exercise self-control Deal with cravings and stressful situations Develop self-acceptance. Get the weight-loss results you want – and so much more.
About the Authors

Ann Bailey, M.A Senior Clinical Psychologist, has designed and implemented an award winning government service. She is currently the psychological consultant for dieticians in South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Health, running workshops and coaching allied health staff on the principles of ACT for health and well-being. Ann has been featured in the influential ACT in Action video training series as a master clinician and is the co-author of a number of ACT books.

Dr. Joseph Ciarrochi is Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney and a renowned ACT trainer and researcher. Joseph has published over 90 papers, books and book chapters. In 2011, he won a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellow award, which recognises him as one of the top scientists in the country. He is, along with Ann Bailey, one of the authors of the bestselling self-help book, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens.

Dr. Russ Harris qualified as a doctor in the UK before migrating to Australia in 1991. He now works as a therapist and executive coach, as well as being an internationally acclaimed ACT trainer. He is the bestselling author of seven books, including The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap, and his best-known work, The Happiness Trap, which has now been translated into thirty different languages.


Having read so many stories from participants in my 12 Week Body Transformation program (12WBT), I have to say they bring such a smile to my face. They take me right back to the reason why I created this program – to help REAL people get REAL results.

From one little seed of an idea, it's grown into something incredible. So far, in just four short years, 12WBT has helped tens of thousands of people lose more than 700, 000 kilos! I am so proud to have been a part of that.

The Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation started because everywhere I went people would come up to me and ask me to be their trainer. I would have loved to, but that is pretty much humanly impossible. So, I started to think about ways to connect with people all around the country. An online program seemed the ideal solution.

However, I didn't want to just stick something static on the web, some cut-and-paste job. No, this had to be done properly, to be all-inclusive. It had to be real.

I wanted to make the program as good as, in fact better than training with me face to face. It needed to be a sure-fire way to get results; a place where you could get everything you need to achieve your goals. Not just exercise plans, not just recipes, but advice to get through the tricky periods, lessons on what's in the foods we eat and tools on how to shift your mindset and habits. Most importantly I wanted it to be a place to get support, encouragement and the occasional kick up the backside.

From there I wanted the program to be a journey, where 12WBTers could track their progress, share their achievements and feel a sense of momentum in their transformation. That's why it's a 12-week event. We all start together, we all finish together. You're not doing the same things day in, day out. Every week offers new information and new challenges to help you keep progressing.

The program has become a way for people to connect, support and motivate one another. I even met a group of women who lived in different states who have become besties from sharing their stories in the program, having never even met before.

My mission is to transform as many lives as possible, and I know that my 12WBT is already making a difference. It's only been four years and I feel like I'm just getting started! The amazing feedback I get from members is what spurs me on.

In the last fifty years the number of Australians who smoke has almost halved through concerted efforts by campaigners and lobbyists. What if fifty years from now we have halved the number of overweight or obese people in this country? Imagine the difference that would make, not just to our health care system, but to each and every individual's life. It's a big job but together we can make an impact.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of my awesome 12WBT members, learning some new skills, recipes and a few of my secrets! Most of the members in this book had no idea what they were capable of until they started. So my question to you is not about what are you are capable of, but rather, what is holding you back from finding out? It's time to Get Real ... and get started!

ISBN: 9780670078011
ISBN-10: 0670078018
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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