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William Anderson, MA, LMHC
William Anderson, MA, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Sarasota, Fla., specializing in weight control. He is the creator of the behavioral therapy program called The Anderson Method that he developed for permanent weight loss. He is the author of the self-help weight loss book, The Anderson Method –- Secrets of Permanent Weight Loss (Two Harbors Press, 2009), and he operates a network of licensed therapists in his successful weight loss program. Anderson developed his approach when, as a behavior therapist, he permanently lost 140 pounds over 25 years ago after over 25 years of diet and exercise failure. More information can be obtained at

Entries by William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Quitters CAN Be Winners

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 3:25 PM

I'm sure you've heard these famous sayings:

"Never, never, never give up." ― Winston Churchill
"Winners never quit and quitters never win." - Vince Lombardi

Whenever I heard those words as a young person, it always made me sick. They were famous sayings by famous men, repeated over and over,...

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Finding the Perfect Weight Loss Lunch

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 8:43 AM



This scrumptious BLT is one of the lunches I had regularly when I lost 140 pounds in 18 months 30 years ago. This is only one example in a whole...

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To Lose Weight, Think Like a Savvy Shopper

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 4:59 PM

To lose weight permanently, what you think is a lot more important than what you eat. Thinking about calories as if they were dollars will help you lose weight more easily, so start thinking like a savvy shopper. I can teach you how, and that will make weight control much...

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Does Loving Yourself Lead to Weight Loss?

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 5:08 PM

I'll bet that you've heard that you must first love yourself to lose weight. So many of us hate being overweight, even hate ourselves for it, and we think that we need to lose weight to be able to like ourselves. But we're told that we have it backwards, that...

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How to Eat Out and Lose 50 Pounds a Year (or Gain!)

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 3:02 PM


Consider these selections when dining out for a day:

  • Breakfast: Egg McMuffin and coffee at McDonald's.
  • Lunch: Cheeseburger and Diet Coke at McDonald's.
  • Dinner: Filet Mignon, grilled vegetables and garlic mashed at Outback.

This would add up...

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Obesity's Link to Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 3:02 PM

Does being overweight increase your risk of getting cancer? Does losing weight reduce that risk? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes. In some cases, the risk is over 50 percent greater. I had no idea the link was so strong, and it turns out that more than...

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Is Your Job Making You Fat?

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 2:44 PM

When I told her I was going to write about people's jobs making them fat, my partner Deborah thought I was going to write about job stress and emotional eating. Stress and emotional eating are important issues we correct in order to be successful in weight loss, but that's not...

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Is Food Addiction Keeping You From Losing Weight?

(4) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 8:57 AM

Have you ever thought of yourself as a food addict? If so, you are not alone.

Ask yourself these questions:

1) Do you find yourself craving and eating certain foods even though you're not physically hungry?

2) Have you tried to have just a bit of something like ice...

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Is It 'Sane' to Forgive Dylann Roof?

(10) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:23 PM

There is so much confusion about forgiveness. Some, even the family of the killed in Charleston, are forgiving the shooter Dylann Roof, seeming to say, "It's OK, we forgive you." Some say, "What he has done is unforgivable! Execute him!" What is a reasonable person, wanting to...

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Can a Drug or Surgery Solve Your Weight Problem?

(6) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 5:30 PM

In a word, no. Can they help? Perhaps.

Last month I wrote an article that spoke somewhat favorably of the new weight loss drug, Saxenda. I said it was perhaps the most important weight loss medication ever developed.

Wow! Did I get lambasted! I got all sorts of...

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What Is Saxenda, the New 'Blockbuster' Weight Loss Medication?

(54) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:08 PM

There is a new "blockbuster" weight loss drug on the market, Saxenda, and it is available in many U.S. pharmacies this month. It is perhaps the most important weight loss medication ever developed. Novo Nordisk Inc., a very big and very old Danish pharmaceutical company, has launched the...

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The 7 Elements of Easy Weight Loss

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 11:28 AM


Can weight loss ever be easy? Many people I work with have said just that. But there are reasons that they are able to describe their success as easy. What sets them apart from those that have been unable to succeed?


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Will Losing Weight Make You Happy?

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 8:27 AM


I know that you've heard that losing weight is not the key to happiness and will not solve all your problems. But, after 30 years working with thousands of clients and readers losing weight, I can say without reservation, that they become incredibly...

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The TGIF! Diet -- Why It Works

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 10:48 AM


No, we're not talking about the restaurant. We're talking about how I lost 140 pounds 30 years ago and kept it off with what has been called the TGIF diet.

I teach a lifestyle where five days a week we are quite...

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Here's What to Do About It

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 3:32 PM


Every client I've ever had for weight loss has complained of feeling overwhelmed sometimes. Some feel overwhelmed most of the time. For them, the stress and pain of being overwhelmed is one of the main reasons that losing weight is so hard. When...

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Should the U.S. Sue Food Companies for the Costs of the Obesity Epidemic?

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:55 PM

In November of 1998, the five largest tobacco companies in the U.S. agreed to pay 46 states over $200 billion to reimburse them for the Medicaid costs due to cigarette smoking. And that was just the beginning. Over the years, the tobacco companies have paid out billions more...

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Eating Is Not a Hobby

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Thirty years ago I lost 140 pounds the right way after 25 years of being obese and trying to lose weight the wrong way. Fortunately, I'm one of the approximately 5 percent who have been able to keep it off. I've been teaching others how to do it since.

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4 Top Weight Loss Scams of the Year (So Far)

(26) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:33 PM

The New York Times recently reported that the Federal Trade Commission charged four weight loss companies with fraud, companies with products we've all heard about from friends and family as well as advertisements. Perhaps you've been one of the victims. The companies, charged with deceptive marketing and false...

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Want Weight Loss in 2014? Here Are 5 Key Requirements

(9) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 4:10 PM

I'm asked all the time, "What finally made you decide to solve your weight problem?" as if it didn't bother me being overweight for 25 years. The truth is that I sincerely wanted to solve my problem when I was 12! But I wasn't successful until 20 years later. It...

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Have You Heard About The 'Fat Letters'?

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 3:11 PM

Have you heard about the "Fat Letters"?

Recently I was a participant on a HuffPost Live segment about the "Fat Letters" that schools are sending home to the parents of overweight kids, like a bad report card, a warning notice about their weight. These letters have created...

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