It took a confusing conversation with Lori ("How many bickled beppers did Martha/Judith Beck bick?") to make me realize that The Four Day Win and The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person were not written by the same author. I'm sure that confusion is common and causes no end of annoyance to both Judith Beck and Martha Beck. Although in Martha's case, she got her share of the $19.95 or so I spent on her book because of that confusion, so maybe she's OK with it.
I read a favorable advance review in the April 2007 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine about Judith Beck's The Beck Diet Solution but, when I realized it wasn't on shelves yet, bought Martha Beck's The Four-Day Win because I thought it was an earlier book by the same author. Though there were some interesting elements to The Four Day Win, after I read through it I knew I'd never complete the seventy bazillion homework assignments in it and put it back on my shelf.
I think what confused me most is that in The Four Day Win, Martha Beck talks about "The Beck Diet" (which she refers to as "eating whatever the hell you want." So actually, when I started reading Judith Beck's The Beck Diet Solution, I thought, "wow, you really changed your tune." There are some similarities in the ideas between the two, which contributed to my confusion, I think. For example, both claim to use cognitive therapy techniques and to work with "any sensible diet." This sounded promising to me, which is why I picked the first one (and now the second one) up.
The nice thing about The Beck Diet Solution is that there is really one task per day, with a couple of teeny, tiny, writing assignments (think index cards). This is something I could actually do. I already read through the book and I think the whole program looks practical, useful, and doable. It even provides strategies to deal with the "I don't care" lie that got me into trouble the other day.
I am going to start today -- six weeks, one task per day. My first task is to write an index card with all the advantages to losing weight, so I can look at it if I have an urge to eat 20 Ritz crackers and move on to the rest of the contents of my kitchen cupboards. After six weeks of little reminders about why I want to reach my goal, maybe I'll be back at my Lifetime weight and actually be able to stay there.
P.S. If you want to learn more about The Beck Diet Solution, I recommend moseying over to Southern Fried Fatty's Blog. She's following the plan and her blog is also a lot of fun -- it has pictures. So go check it out.