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–so people who don’t struggle with overeating also like this Bible study. If the majority of your overeating is due to emotional eating, I would start with this Bible study rather than Taste for Truth.
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.
Rally: A Personal Growth Bible Study is a Bible study on how to go to God for help with trials in a way that will make you grow. If you engage in emotional eating, this Bible study will help. Freedom from Emotional Eating also talks about trials, then focuses on one emotion per chapter. This book is a much shorter Bible study than Freedom from Emotional Eating, but gives some practical steps on how to deal with trials. This is also the best book to help you learn how to truth journal.
Freedom from Procrastination Bible Study: If you overeat due to procrastination, this Bible study will help. It contains 5 Bible studies based on the different reasons we procrastinate, then includes some practical tips to help you stop procrastinating, plus to-do lists and charts to help you practice what you learn while you’re doing the study, and 36 renewing activities to help you follow through with your to-do list even when everything in you wants to go to the fridge, get a yummy snack, and turn on Netflix instead!
Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating: These 100 exercises based on biblical teachings will change how you see food, dieting, and weight loss. As you read, you will grow closer to God as you honestly and humbly present your struggles to Him, build boundaries to stop you from using food as a coping mechanism—and make emergency plans for when you’re tempted to overindulge, find freedom from strongholds by focusing your mind on God’s desires for your heart.
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.
Christian Weight Loss Coaching
I love to coach, but sadly I don’t have that much time to coach. I do have a wait list (it’s long), but I may think of a way to do larger coaching groups at some time as I’m hoping to make a dent in the list! If you’re interested in the possibility of weight loss coaching at some point, click here to sign up to for the wait list (this doesn’t commit you to coaching, just allows you to get info if there’s a coaching opportunity): Weight Loss Coaching Groups
Christian Weight Loss Podcasts
Join us on the Taste for Truth Podcast as we go to God for help with weight loss. We’ll have victory interviews, coaching interviews, author interviews, tips, and even opportunities to renew your mind while you’re listening to the podcast.
The Christian Habits Podcasts also has some helpful interviews for weight loss. It is probably easiest to find them by going to your podcast app and checking out the various titles of episodes. You’ll find more weight loss podcasts towards the beginning of this series as I started putting them all on the Taste for Truth Podcast once I started that in February, 2017.
Christian Weight Loss App
Online Weight Loss Bible Studies
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 run these Bible studies, nor do I always know the leaders personally, but am very grateful to those who lead classes and are willing to welcome others to their classes.
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!
Resources for Taste for Truth and Freedom from Emotional Eating Bible Study Leaders
If you’d like to lead a Bible study with Taste for Truth, Freedom from Emotional Eating, or The Renewing of the Mind Project, click here to access free leader’s guides and other resources.
Free Weight Loss Bible Studies & Blog Posts
Other Christian Weight Loss Resources
Blog Posts and YouTube Channel
- YouTube channel with 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
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 evangelical, charismatic, Presbyterian, Catholic, Lutheran, and other mainline denomination churches.
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.
Is the new Freedom from Emotional Eating book the same as the one with the chocolates on it?
Yes, it is. I’ve had several updates to the book, including this last one where I changed the cover as some women had told me they were too tempted to eat by the chocolates on the cover. But all of the editions are the same except for minor edits so you can use all of the editions in the same class.
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.
I’d like to lead this Bible study at my church. Do you have any leaders’ guides?
Yes, I have leader’s guides for all the books and Bible studies. Here’s a link to them: https://barbraveling.com/leaders-guides-for-barb-ravelings-books/.
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.