Fredric Neuman, M.D. is the Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center, the oldest hospital-affiliated program in the country to treat phobias. After serving as Associate Director for 21 years, Dr. Neuman assumed the directorship in 1994. Educated at Princeton University and the NYU College of Medicine, Dr. Neuman specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. He is the author of the following books: Caring: Home Treatment for the Emotionally Disturbed, Fighting Fear: An Eight Week Guide to Treating Your Own Phobias, Worried Sick?: The Exaggerated Fear of Physical Illness, and Worried Sick? The Workbook. Dr. Neuman is also the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles on the efficacy of Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Neuman is a member of the American Psychiatric Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Science. Dr. Neuman has published five novels, the first two of which, The Seclusion Room and Maneuvers received international acclaim.
Failing at a previous diet and exercise regimen does not mean you are doomed to fail in the future. There was never much chance in the first place that the usual programs would work. And something can be learned from failure. The approach to diet described here seems paradoxical, but it will work. It does not depend on willpower. Losing weight is one thing, but no one can maintain a proper weight indefinitely by an effort of will alone.