FULL-FILLED: The 6-Week Weight-Loss Plan for Changing Your Relationship with Food -- and Your Life -- from the Inside Out, by Renée Stephens and Samantha Rose. Free Press, 307 pp., $26.99.

You may never have thought of it this way, but you may be getting something positive out of being overweight, writes Stephens, a behavioral weight- loss expert whose Inside Out Weight Loss is the top diet podcast on iTunes (at more than 3 million downloads).

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Maybe it's a buffer, a rebellion or a provider of "comfort, safety, and security." If you really "Dig in" to Stephens' short writing assignments, you might find insights that will finally help you "resolve your inner tug-of-war" and "release" those extra pounds.

THE SCOOP You'll learn to "set your intention to be forgiving and kind to yourself as you allow yourself to learn from your slip-ups and mistakes . . . mistakes are actually doorways to your dream future."

THE BOTTOM LINE Stephens tells you how to understand triggers and change self-limiting beliefs. If you can change your mind, you can change your weight.