What Professionals Say

“Gillian Riley’s approach is clear, simple and powerful in its effect on people’s lives. For smoking and overeating, her work is excellent in both areas. Simply the best.”
Leslie Kenton, health expert and writer

“One woman I worked with recently had undergone therapy at a NHS funded clinic and she said your book gave her more insight in the few days she took to read it than months of counselling.”
Maggie Preston, MA, counsellor

“Beating Overeating is a small, concise book that is easy to read in an evening and neatly summarises a new approach to an old problem. It is my hunch that this method has something new and long lasting to offer the rising number of overweight and obese people who have problems with eating which require more than just another diet sheet.”
Dr Melanie Mackintosh, GP, Bristol

“Eating Less is likely to succeed where diet books fail. The utter simplicity of its message and techniques makes it easy to start and continue with a programme that revolutionises your attitude to eating and weight.”
Sarah Litvinoff, psychologist and writer

“Excellent marriage guidance counselling for those with a difficult relationship with food.”
Patrick Holford, writer and founder, Institute For Optimum Nutrition

“Gillian Riley has developed an exciting and truly original understanding of the underlying problems associated with eating and dieting. Gillian skilfully incorporates a range of up-to-date psychological concepts which show how to actively pay attention to points of difficulty, thereby enabling us to resolve conflicting desires.”
Jill Arnold, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

“I like the simplicity of the Eating Less system; the basic principles are amazingly easy to understand and follow. Most importantly, I’ve lost many of my fears around the topic of food – fear of going out of control, fear of failure – and this gives me confidence that this is the permanent solution to my problem. I’ve found that I really can trust myself around food – even regaining my sense of humour about it all!”
Mirjam Bollag Dondi, psychotherapist, Institute of Applied Psychology, Zurich

“Immensely interesting and helpful. Empowers those who previously have felt themselves to be the victims of dieting and dietary advice.”
Dorothy Rowe, PhD, clinical psychologist and writer

“I am a psychologist in practice for 30 years, and this is the most cogent and wise approach I’ve encountered to date. It’s the only approach I’ve seen that combines all aspects of this complex problem: neurochemistry, blood sugar, nutrition, the rebelliousness of the human spirit, and the power of intentional mindfulness into a practical, sensible plan for altering those addictive neural pathways.”
April Martin, PhD

“Beating Overeating was a book that would change my life. My life up until this point had consisted of numerous diets, exercise regimes and an obsession about my weight and appearance. From the age of six I had used food as an emotional crutch.
The first insight for me was to discover that weight was not the problem – it’s my eating that’s the problem. This was a total new way of thinking for me. I had always believed that my weight was the problem. So I found it liberating to look at this from a totally new angle, which was my eating, and my relationship with food.
The second major step for me was to discover I had a choice regarding what I eat. That the ‘I must, I have to, I can’t’ are familiar to me but there is a different way and that is that I am totally free to choose what to eat and totally free to choose the consequences with these choices. Again this was liberating and very freeing for me.
Discovering and applying Gillian’s techniques has brought me into a new relationship with food. I have experienced many, many benefits from using her approach.
I do not treat my body as a ‘garbage bin’ anymore. My meals are more nutritious and I am eating better quality foods – especially vegetables. I am more able to say ‘no’ and not feel deprived or that I am missing out! I am more conscious of what I am eating, I read the labels more and I am more educated about the nutritional value of food.
But most importantly I am able to integrate all this into my normal daily living. I do not have to say no to parties or social gatherings afraid I will break my diet! This is the main thing with Gillian Riley’s techniques, that this is a lifelong, liveable way of relating to food.Not only have her techniques helped me in my relationship with food but they have also over-spilled into other areas of my life: my relationship with myself, and others. Discovering this book has been life changing for me. It has brought me from a place of obsessive thinking about my weight and neglect of my health to a new place of freedom, responsibility, control and most importantly a healthier body.”
Dr Rosaire O’Donovan, MBBS MICGP DcH DipDerm

“Apart from prescribing Beating Overeating to all my clients, I am using it as a workbook in all my long-term groups. We choose a topic, everyone reads it up and we then focus discussion around it.”
Sally Rettig, counsellor and group leader

“This book will be invaluable not only to people with an overeating problem but to those who are counselling them as well.”
Joe Griffin, psychotherapist and writer

“When it comes to issues around using willpower, my clients often tell me that willpower cannot be developed or acquired, that it is only available to those people who happen to be exceptionally strong and assertive. Some clients accept that they could use willpower occasionally, but that it requires such tremendous, almost superhuman effort it is impossible to maintain. Gillian Riley’s books are a breath of fresh air which take an entirely new approach to this subject, making it much more attractive and attainable. I am especially impressed with her linking of willpower to self-esteem, showing how developing willpower develops greater confidence in oneself. I have often seen clients grow with that esteem, especially from her emphasis on personal choice. Once clients understand the concept, they blossom with the sense of their own autonomy. They begin to believe in their own power and are able to challenge core beliefs about being failures and never being able to change. Gillian’s books are very readable so clients can access the information themselves, but therapists benefit as well. I read her books many times over so that I can internalise the concepts and bring that understanding to my work with clients.”
Annie Wilson, BACP counsellor