Jean Fain, The Self-Compassion Diet

Jean Fain says the secret to sustainable weight loss isn’t counting calories or depriving yourself at the dinner table. It’s about cultivating self-compassion wherever you are. And scientific research is proving her right.

“Most dieters try to ‘kill cravings’ and break habits with self-discipline,” Fain says, “but only self-kindness can help quiet the shame that traditional diets instill and establish a harmonious relationship with food.”


Fain’s assertion that kindness, not discipline, is the missing ingredient in every diet and most other weight-loss plans is supported by a growing body of scientific evidence. Research psychologists have found that, for veteran dieters, a little self-compassion goes a long way toward curbing the self-critical thoughts and emotional distress that fuel overeating.

Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW, is a licensed psychotherapist and a teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  In her private practice in Concord, Massachusetts, she uses hypnosis and mindfulness to treat everyday eating issues. Her health articles have appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Shape and more.  She has dedicated her work to helping others keep physically, emotionally and mentally fit.
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The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness Cover Image
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Published: Sounds True - January 1st, 2011