Need some help with weight loss? Here are some resources you can use!
Current and Future Online Weight Loss Bible Studies
New Taste for Truth and Freedom from Emotional Eating Bible studies will begin on August 8, 2016. Click here for details.
Free Weight Loss Bible Studies & Blog Posts
Christian Weight Loss Bible Studies and Books
Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study is focused on the lies that make us eat, body image, and the weight loss process. If you want to lose weight, I would probably start with this one and follow it up with Freedom from Emotional Eating. I wrote this Bible study to go along with the questions and Bible verses in I Deserve a Donut, and although you can do the study without I Deserve a Donut, it’s best if you have both books.
I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) is a renewing of the mind resource to use in the midst of temptation and also to prepare yourself for temptation. I use it all the time, just for regular life. It is filled with 36 sets of questions and over 150 Bible verses that you can use to have conversations with God about life and food. The questions and Bible verses will help you renew your mind, taking off the lies that make you eat and putting on the truth that will set you free. It’s also available as an app.
Freedom from Emotional Eating: A Weight Loss Bible Study is more focused on emotional eating. Although there is material on boundaries and breaking free from the control of food, most of the book is devoted to learning how to let go of negative emotions. The comment I get most often with this book is that yes, it helped me with eating, but it helped me even more with letting go of my negative emotions.
The Renewing of the Mind Project is more of a comprehensive book on the renewing of the mind. In a way, it’s this whole blog put into the form of a book. Although the book isn’t directed towards weight loss, the questions and Bible verses in the starting a habit section of the book would be helpful for losing weight. The questions and Bible verses in the stopping a habit section are similar to those in I Deserve a Donut, but there is one set, the opportunity/sneakiness questions that are new.
Note: All of these Bible studies can be done at home alone or with a group. If you’d like to do them with a group, see the link below for the free leader’s guides.
Resources for Bible Study Leaders
If you’d like to lead a Bible study with Taste for Truth, Freedom from Emotional Eating, or TheRenewing of the Mind Project, click here to access free leader’s guides and other resources.
Online Weight Loss Bible Studies
I often have people email me to ask if I know of any online Taste for Truth or Freedom from Emotional Eating Bible studies. If you’re leading one and would welcome new members, please email me and I’ll include the info on my online Bible studies page.
If you want to take a class, click here and check out the links to see if the class seems like a good fit for you. I don’t always know the leaders personally, but am very grateful to those of you who lead classes and are willing to welcome others to your classes!
Other Christian Weight Loss Resources
Weight Loss Renewing-of-the-Mind App
Blog Posts, Podcast, and Videos
- The Christian Habits Podcast
- YouTube channel with weight loss videos
- Periscope weight loss videos
- My old blog on weight loss: This blog is on a free blogging platform, so there may be advertisements on it. I don’t benefit from the ads, nor do I have control over what shows up. They’re annoying, but too much work to do anything about them at the moment, so please try to ignore them unless they’re something you’re interested in!
- Pinterest board for my blog: This is a collection of blog posts from my blog. I’m slowly working my way through old posts, making Pinterest pins and adding them to my board. To follow, click on the “Follow on Pinterest” tab below!
- Christian Weight Loss Pinterest Board: This is a collection of blog posts from myself and other authors on weight loss, fitness, and going to God for help with all of it! To follow, click on the “Follow on Pinterest” tab below!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do these Bible studies by myself?
Yes, they’re set up to be done with just you and God, but you can also do them with a group. If you’d like to lead a group, check out the free leader’s guides.
What Bible study should I do first?
I often get asked, “What Bible study should I do first?” I would probably start with Taste for Truth. The first six lessons especially are helpful in changing the way you think about boundaries and the whole book is geared toward breaking free from the control of eating. Freedom from Emotional Eating deals more with the emotions.
If you happen to have both books and don’t mind a little variety, I would do the first chapter of Freedom from Emotional Eating first, then do all of Taste for Truth, and then the rest of Freedom from Emotional Eating.
You talk a lot about “hunger/fullness” and “three meal a day” boundaries in your books. Can I use these studies with other programs such as Weight Watchers or low carb?
Yes, you can use the Bible studies with any healthy boundaries. If you decide to go on a weight loss program such as Weight Watchers but aren’t planning to use those boundaries for the rest of your life, consider practicing your lifelong boundaries while you’re on the weight loss program.
For example, let’s say you plan to do “three meals and one snack” for your lifelong boundaries. While you’re on Weight Watchers, eat your daily points within the confines of those three meals and one snack. You could even set a limit of how many points you’re allowed for each meal and then renew your mind if you go over your point total.
This will make it easier to transition to your lifelong boundaries once you lose weight. If you’re planning to count points your whole life, this wouldn’t be necessary.
What is the difference between the first and second edition of Freedom from Emotional Eating?
For the most part, it’s the same study I published seven years ago. If you’re doing a class and someone has the old books, they can easily use those in the new class. I wrote the first edition in 2008 when I had barely started writing, so I felt like it could use a little brush up in the writing department.
What denomination are you?
I go to a non-denominational, evangelical church led by a pastor with a Calvary Chapel background. My Bible studies are pretty general theologically, so I think you could teach them in any Christian denomination. I’ve had women write to me who have taught them in Catholic, charismatic, evangelical, and other mainline denomination churches.